Really Real Relaxation - PRO level course

The Really Real Relaxation Pro course is intended for trainers who want the "how to" as well as the "why." This professional level course walks you through the steps of the RRR protocol. Case studies demonstrate how dogs actually learn and apply this powerful technique. Additional information about using RRR at canine events, in classes or in private training are supplemented with an e-book and troubleshooting guide. This course is perfect for a dog professional, someone in performance sports, or anyone who likes a deeper dive.

A unique & effective relaxation protocol

Choice, connection, social modeling & the power of intrinsic reinforcement set Really Real Relaxation apart from other protocols

  • Creates authentic relaxation through the dog's own choice

  • Handler and dog remain connected and relaxed

  • Easy to teach, requires no special skills

  • Applicable anywhere the dog is in the Think & Learn Zone

What is Really Real Relaxation?

Imagine your dog choosing to lay down and truly relax with you, almost anywhere!!

RRR helps the dog learn how to modulate his own arousal, and choose to lay down, and to do so in connection with the handler.

It's a we thing, dog - me and you, relaxing

RRR understands the importance of social modeling. Social animals, like dogs (and humans) take their cues from what's going on around them. RRR has the handler model relaxation for the dog, and relax with the dog. 

Easy to teach

RRR can be taught in just one session, though some dogs (or their handlers!) may need a few sessions. Suitable for any age dog, RRR is ideal for first training sessions, even first night of class!

RRR can be taught and practiced anywhere the dog is in the Think & Learn Zone (able to think and use known skills/behaviors, and able to learn - take in new information). Being able to put RRR to practice immediately in their lives anywhere the dog is not over threshold is a true gift for any handler & dog.

Really Real Relaxation really works. It's a game changer!

What people are saying . . .

5 star rating

Easy to follow instructions, nuance and effective protocol.

Almudena ortiz

I enjoyed the course but more importantly, as a pro trainer, and I always look for new modalities and ideas to bring to my private training practice. This methodology is one of those "jewels" I will incorporate into my behavior modification toolbo...

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I enjoyed the course but more importantly, as a pro trainer, and I always look for new modalities and ideas to bring to my private training practice. This methodology is one of those "jewels" I will incorporate into my behavior modification toolbox to help my clients help their dogs relax in "real world" scenarios. Suzanne does a terrific job in delivering the information by providing clear examples of her protocol and what is not. However, do not be fooled by the simplicity of the exercise/protocol! There is much more nuance to the steps involved. From my perspective, there is a secondary benefit for dog parents to learn when engaging in Suzanne's RRR. They will learn to look for small changes in their dog's body language and demeanor, which supports their dogs in learning how to lower their arousal level. Almudena Ortiz Cué C.H.A.C.O. Dog Training & Behavior Consulting LLC

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5 star rating

Excellent Class!

Lisa Desatnik

Suzanne Clothier is a brilliant trainer and teacher. I have seen her demonstrate this at an in-person workshop. Since then, I've practiced it with clients and love the approach. I signed up for this class to take a deeper dive into RRR and I am ...

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Suzanne Clothier is a brilliant trainer and teacher. I have seen her demonstrate this at an in-person workshop. Since then, I've practiced it with clients and love the approach. I signed up for this class to take a deeper dive into RRR and I am glad I did. Suzanne breaks things down so well for easy learning.

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5 star rating

Easy to follow instruction, big-time benefits

Penny Locke

Through simple steps, you learn how to help your dog relax, which with practice you can take 'on the road' and craft in different settings.

Through simple steps, you learn how to help your dog relax, which with practice you can take 'on the road' and craft in different settings.

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5 star rating

Excellent!

Susan Johansen

Very clear teaching and excellent videos!

Very clear teaching and excellent videos!

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5 star rating

Be Here Now

Elizabeth Knight

A brilliant skill that not only helps my girl relax in different situations, but helps me to relax and stay connected with her IN THE MOMENT. It's really quite simple, but we're so used to always DOING something that it takes a while to "get it."

A brilliant skill that not only helps my girl relax in different situations, but helps me to relax and stay connected with her IN THE MOMENT. It's really quite simple, but we're so used to always DOING something that it takes a while to "get it."

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5 star rating

Excellent, well constructed teaching

Margie Wiesman

I watched the RRR on a PPG webinar and wanted more. The Pro webinar is an excellent teaching program, complete with diagrams, and real video showing real-time changes in dogs behavior. Ms. Clothier's patient, quiet voice is a reminder that calmn...

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I watched the RRR on a PPG webinar and wanted more. The Pro webinar is an excellent teaching program, complete with diagrams, and real video showing real-time changes in dogs behavior. Ms. Clothier's patient, quiet voice is a reminder that calmness always wins over loud, pushy behavior from humans and dogs!

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5 star rating

Easy to do Relaxation Technique

Georgette Lombardo

This is a great way to teach you and your dog how to relax with fewer steps than other programs I have seen. I also like these instructions since the handler shows the dog how to be relaxed as well. So often, handlers including myself are asking f...

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This is a great way to teach you and your dog how to relax with fewer steps than other programs I have seen. I also like these instructions since the handler shows the dog how to be relaxed as well. So often, handlers including myself are asking for calm and not demonstrating it as well. I plan on using this with my dogs.

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Course curriculum

  • 1
  • 2

    Really Real Relaxation

  • 3

    Practice and Perfect

    • Building Really Real Relaxation

    • Is it working? Or needs adjusting?

    • Practicing and Perfecting - Kirby with Cricket

    • Practicing in Public - Suzanne coaching a handler and dog in a hotel lobby

    • Building RRR while standing

  • 4

    Really Real Relaxation in Action

    • Working RRR in Public - Lowes

    • Case Study - Foster dog

    • Case Study - Remy

  • 5

    A Deeper Dive into Really Real Relaxation

    • Sue and Jinx - The beginning

    • Sue and Jinx - Are we done watching ducks?

    • Sue and Jinx - From on to off

  • 6

    Next Steps...

    • More resources for you

    • Before you go...

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More from our students . . .

“This technique absolutely changed my life with my Australian Shepherd. He went from a puppy that couldn’t settle to a dog that relaxes into a down anytime I am not giving him other instructions. This includes during highly stimulating activities like agility trials and novel places like restaurant patios when we travel. Really Real Relaxation opened up the world for my dog. He does it everywhere! I love it and will be forever grateful that you taught him this simple technique!”

Jenni Van Muijen

“Best thing I ever learned. Countless shelter dogs were helped and adopted after learning this skill!”

April Minech

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