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What CARAT students have to say:

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CARAT Does Change Everything!

Mary Kulakowski

Suzanne's CARAT Assessment Tool is brilliant! Learn to observe and understand your dogs on a level you never dreamed possible! Thoughtful interaction between Suzanne and all participants. Questions welcomed!!! This course is an excellent resource ...

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Suzanne's CARAT Assessment Tool is brilliant! Learn to observe and understand your dogs on a level you never dreamed possible! Thoughtful interaction between Suzanne and all participants. Questions welcomed!!! This course is an excellent resource for everyone who cares about dogs, from breeders, to those involved with working dogs, to those who want to understand the relationship they have with their own "best friend." "10 out of 10 stars" in my book!

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Great seminar! Even better online than in-person.

Barbara Laricos

Observing and understanding dogs is a fascinating and essential element for anyone who works with our four-legged friends. But how does one develop a high degree of skill in that? Suzanne Clothier has captured this in her CARAT assessment tool, ...

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Observing and understanding dogs is a fascinating and essential element for anyone who works with our four-legged friends. But how does one develop a high degree of skill in that? Suzanne Clothier has captured this in her CARAT assessment tool, which gives a framework to identify and evaluate each dog's distinct temperament characteristics. The result is a picture of the "whole dog" that helps assessors understand who that dog is (what motivates him, what worries him, how he reacts to people and environments etc.) and develop the best fit/approaches for him. This seminar is an introduction to CARAT and I highly recommend it. Learning to use CARAT yourself is a longer but worthwhile process. Because CARAT depends on the observational skills of the assessor, the path to CARAT includes in-depth work to develop observation skills. I can't think of a better person to teach this than Suzanne. Her own abilities continue to amaze me. The next seminar will be on observation skills and I can't wait to learn more from her!!! A note about the format: I've taken several wonderful in-person seminars with Suzanne and at first was not sure about doing this online. But I'm so glad I did! In 2-day in-person workshops, I had the chance to see Suzanne work directly with dogs and deliver mountains of good information. But unfortunately, it was so much good info that it was slightly overwhelming for me (I'm not a professional in the dog world) and I probably lost a good bit of what I learned. But the online presentation was just what I needed. It was a series of lessons over several weeks and included pre-recorded videos that I could pause and re-watch to let them really sink in, as well as slides I can print out and retain for later reference. A live Q&A session was held each week to clarify and reinforce the information. I'm sure I understood and will retain much more of this thanks to the online format. Thank you, Suzanne, for such a wonderful experience!

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Thank God for the Pause and Rewind Function!

Jennifer Fritton

The CARAT Virtual Seminar was an amazing experience. Fun, entertaining, immensely thought-provoking and above all, educational and valuable for the understanding of dogs (and cats, birds, horses, people...). I’ve done the introductory CARAT cour...

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The CARAT Virtual Seminar was an amazing experience. Fun, entertaining, immensely thought-provoking and above all, educational and valuable for the understanding of dogs (and cats, birds, horses, people...). I’ve done the introductory CARAT course both in person and now as a virtual course, and while I loved the richness of being there in person, Suzanne is right when she says your brains may be leaking out your ears by the end of the 2 day seminar. The virtual course, by contrast, allowed the luxury of hitting pause, working some things out in your head, going off to take a look at what you saw in your own animals, and coming back all the more illuminated. Also invaluable was the ability to rewind and watch portions again or go through the entire session again. The Q&A’s after each session were as wonderful as the actual sessions for expanding understanding, clearing up confusion and realizing that if so many of the others have the same questions, maybe you’re not as hopeless as you feared trying wrap your brain around the concepts! This course is more than worth the cost of admission whether you’re a dog trainer or not. The growth in understanding of who my animals are as individuals is an absolute treasure.

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Extremely Informative

Brooke Corson

If one good thing has come out of COVID it's that this class was offered virtually! This class is packed with information that is easily learned through watching the videos and Q&A sessions.

If one good thing has come out of COVID it's that this class was offered virtually! This class is packed with information that is easily learned through watching the videos and Q&A sessions.

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CARAT Virtual Seminar was very informative. Really enjoyed the interactive module, videos and discussion groups.

Heddie Leger

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Gretchen Decker

The course was challenging and improved my observation skills. Suzanne was accessible, helpful, and respectful. She's an all around great teacher. I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to deepen their knowledge of how dogs experience t...

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The course was challenging and improved my observation skills. Suzanne was accessible, helpful, and respectful. She's an all around great teacher. I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to deepen their knowledge of how dogs experience the world.

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Fantastic

DeeDe Baker

I took my time going through this program by ensuring I could focus 100% on each video. Boy am I glad I did! I feel like this is just the tip of the iceberg, and am intrigued and terrified all at the same time! This is something anyone who works ...

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I took my time going through this program by ensuring I could focus 100% on each video. Boy am I glad I did! I feel like this is just the tip of the iceberg, and am intrigued and terrified all at the same time! This is something anyone who works with dogs should want to learn about.

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Accurate

Carolyn Maddox

CARAT is such a much more nuanced way to understand dogs and our relationship to them. This seminar was a great introduction to it and the feedback from other participants in the Q and A sections of the class was such an awesome complement to the ...

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CARAT is such a much more nuanced way to understand dogs and our relationship to them. This seminar was a great introduction to it and the feedback from other participants in the Q and A sections of the class was such an awesome complement to the course work.

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5 star rating

CARAT Virtual Seminar was very informative. Really enjoyed the interactive module, videos and discussion groups.

Heddie Leger

Join us and find out why those who know CARAT say "CARAT changes everything!"

The course provides the full information presented in Suzanne's 2 day seminar, and gives you the overview & understanding of the CARAT approach to assessing temperament. This is the first pre-requisite for the CARAT Certification course.

WHAT IS CARAT?

Developed by Suzanne Clothier in 2007, CARAT (Clothier Animal Response Assessment Tool) is a novel assessment system that categorizes behavior traits in multiple components that are intuitive and practical.

CARAT takes a detailed view of the individual dog as a unique combination of many factors working together to influence, exacerbate, mitigate and enhance each other. In the profile created by the nuances and specifics of this complex interaction of multiple traits, an accurate picture is created of the individual, regardless of breed or age.

At all times, behavior is assessed according to how productive, functional, or adaptive it may be, with a full understanding that what may be productive, functional or adaptive in one context may not be in another context.

For example, there would be great differences in the CARAT profiles for a successful guide dog, competitive agility and a suitable companion for an elderly person with mobility issues.


WHO NEEDS CARAT?

CARAT is a must-have tool for any serious animal professional who is involved in assessing behavior.

Whether you are a trainer, a behaviorist, a breeder, a veterinarian, in rescue/shelter work, or involved in service dog organizations, CARAT can open a new world of observation and understanding.

CARAT will fine tune your assessments, your behavior modification & training plans, improve your selection of suitable dogs for a given task, sharpen your breeding program’s focus on desired traits, and help find the best possible job/task/home for an individual dog.

This is CARAT Level I-Intro training, which includes development of observation skills, basic Level I CARAT concepts, introduction to assessments, and a very heavy focus on video.

Join us and find out why those who know CARAT say, “CARAT changes everything!”

CARAT looks at these main categories and specifics of temperament traits to build an assessment:

  • CORE: Arousal, Resilience, Energy

  • SOCIAL: Sociability, Social Tolerance, Social Use of Space

  • SENSORY: Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic, Olfactory

  • PERSISTENCE: Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic, Olfactory, Predatory/Chase

  • INTERACTIVE: Patience, Biddability w/Familiar, Biddability w/Stranger

  • Complex traits: Social Confidence, Environmental Confidence, Self Modulation

  • CARAT has been approved for CEUs for IAABC (18), KPA (22) and PPAB (16).

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to Introduction to CARAT Fall 2022!

    • Greetings From Suzanne Clothier

    • How to use this course

    • CARAT 1.1 Handout

    • Schedule of Weekly Q & A Sessions

  • 2

    WEEK 1 - Sessions 1 & 2

    • Session 1 - Pre-Recorded Powerpoint Presentation with Video

    • Session 1 - PDF of slides for note taking

    • CONSIDER THIS - Session 1 Discussion

    • Session 2 - Pre-Recorded Powerpoint Presentation with Video

    • Session 2 - PDF of slides for note taking

    • CONSIDER THIS - Session 2 Discussion

    • Chess & Thomas on Temperament

    • Week One Q&A - Tuesday October 4, 2022 - 9am EST

    • Week One Q&A - Wenedsday October 5, 2022 - 2pm EST

  • 3

    WEEK 2 - Sessions 3 & 4

    • Session 3 - Pre-Recorded Powerpoint Presentation with Video

    • Session 3 - PDF of slides for note taking

    • CONSIDER THIS - Session 3 Discussion

    • Session 4 - Pre-Recorded Powerpoint Presentation with Video

    • Session 4 - PDF of slides for note taking

    • CONSIDER THIS - Session 4 Discussion

    • BONUS MATERIAL The Science of Resilience

    • Week Two Q&A - Tuesday October 11, 2022 - 9am EST

    • Week Two Q&A - Wednesday October 12, 2022 - 2pm EST

  • 4

    WEEK 3 - Sessions 5 & 6

    • Session 5 - Pre-Recorded Powerpoint Presentation with Video

    • Session 5 - PDF of slides for note taking

    • CONSIDER THIS - Session 5 Discussion

    • Session 6 - Pre-Recorded Powerpoint Presentation with Video

    • Session 6 - PDF of slides for note taking

    • CONSIDER THIS - Session 6 Discussion

    • BONUS Article "SILENCE PLEASE"

    • Week Three Q&A - Tuesday October 18, 2022 - 9am EST

    • Week Three Q&A - Wednesday October 19, 2022 - 2pm EST

  • 5

    WEEK 4 - Sessions 7 & 8

    • Session 7 - Pre-Recorded Powerpoint Presentation with Video

    • Session 7 - PDF of slides for note taking

    • CONSIDER THIS - Session 7 Discussion

    • Session 8 - Pre-Recorded Powerpoint Presentation with Video

    • Session 8 - PDF of slides for note taking

    • CONSIDER THIS - Session 8 Discussion

    • BONUS Keynote address from U of MN's Nature Based Therapeutics 2014 Conference

    • Week Four Q&A - Tuesday October 25, 2022 - 9am EST

    • Week Four Q&A - Wednesday October 26, 2022 - 2pm EST

  • 6

    WEEK 5 Wrap Up

    • Completing the Course and Getting CEUs

    • Before you go...

    • Thank you for joining us

    • Week Five Q&A - Wrap Up - Tuesday November 1, 2022 - 9am EST

    • Week Five Q&A - Wrap Up - Tuesday November 2, 2022 - 2pm EST

FAQ

  • When does this course start and how long will it take?

    October 1st, 2022. A new chapter will be released weekly and you will have access to all the materials for one year from start of course.

  • What is the format of the course?

    Each week you will receive access to two recorded presentations, along with weekly bonus material and a discussion group. There will be opportunities for two Q&A sessions a week which you can attend live and talk to Suzanne directly, or view after the fact.

  • Who needs CARAT?

    CARAT is a must-have tool for any serious animal professional who is involved in assessing behavior. Whether you are a trainer, a behaviorist, a breeder, a veterinarian, in rescue/shelter work, or involved in service dog organizations, CARAT can open a new world of observation and understanding. CARAT will fine tune your assessments, your behavior modification & training plans, improve your selection of suitable dogs for a given task, sharpen your breeding program's focus on desired traits, and help find the best possible job/task/home for an individual dog.

  • Are CEUs available for this course?

    Yes, CARAT has been approved for CEUs for IAABC (18), KPA (22) and PPAB (16).

Pricing options

Course starts October 1st!