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Lunch Panel: Socialization: What is it really?

May 8

1:00 pm PT


Panelists include: Kathryn Lord, Laura VanArendonk Baugh, and Suzanne Clothier; the panel will be hosted by Amy Cook.

This lunchtime discussion will be streamed via Facebook Live on the event’s Facebook page, free and publicly available, even to those not paying to attend the conference. Our panelists will discuss socialization and what it means to “properly” socialize a puppy or young dog.

Kathryn Lord

Dr. Lord (she/her) has been studying the evolution and development of behavior in dogs and wolves for over 20 years. She is currently a Postdoctoral Associate in the Karlsson lab at The University of Massachusetts Medical School and The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.


Laura VanArendonk Baugh

Laura VanArendonk Baugh (she/her) discovered positive reinforcement training after a decade of more traditional models, and she’s never looked back. She has competed in obedience, agility, rally obedience, and protection sport, but her special love is helping novices and crossover trainers like herself get started with the science of behavior and the practical application of clicker training. She also has a tender place for high-intensity dogs, which led to her first training book, Fired Up, Frantic, and Freaked Out. Her second training book, Social, Civil, and Savvy, emphasizes the role of socialization in setting a dog up for learning and life success. She also has authored a book for children which introduces clicker training titled Dragons, Unicorns, Chimeras, & Clickers.

She currently lives with doberman Undómiel and labrador Penny, who was part of a clicker puppy research program for guide dogs. Laura is faculty for Clicker Expo and for the Karen Pryor Academy of Animal Training & Behavior, and she is delighted to join the Lemonade Conference.

Suzanne Clothier

Suzanne Clothier (she/her) has been working with animals professionally since 1977, with a deep background of experience that includes obedience, agility, puppy testing, breeding, conformation, instructing, kennel management, and search and rescue.

She has taught across the United States and internationally for groups as varied as University of Minnesota’s SPEAK! conference, Wolf Park, FEMA-Northeast Region Disaster Dog Teams, Alaskan Dog Musher Association, APDT, and Assistance Dogs International. She has taught for training groups, rescues and shelters, veterinarians, breeders, national conferences, and search and rescue organizations.

Suzanne’s seminars reflect the breadth and depth of her experience, covering a broad range of topics from early puppy development to aggression, fearful/anxious dogs, behavior, athletic performance, the animal/human bond, and more. Whatever the topic, the focus is always on humane, effective, and practical application of her Relationship Centered Training™, her holistic approach to dogs and the people who love them.

Her book, Bones Would Rain from the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships With Dogs, has received wide spread praise from every corner of the dog world. Ahead of its time, Bones, spoke specifically to the importance of relationships as the foundation of all and has been selected twice for the Wall Street Journal‘s list of “Top 5 Dog Books.” She is the author of numerous videos, books, booklets, and articles on a broad range of topics.

An innovative trainer, she has developed multiple programs and tools:

CARAT™ (Clothier Animal Response Assessment Tool) – temperament assessment
RAT™ (Relationship Assessment Tool) – assessment of the dog/handler relationship
FAT™(Functional Assessment Tracking) – tracking functioning on cognitive, social and physiological dimensions
The Enriched Puppy Protocol™ (EPP) – early developmental enrichment from birth to 16 weeks
Clothier Puppy Test, Clothier Adult Test, including a formal In-For-Training (IFT) test for use in guide/service dog schools
Connection, Cooperation & Control (CCC) – with trainer Cindy Knowlton – a program for developing and improving the handler/dog relationship using puzzled based rewards
Suzanne served as a committee member for the AKC Agility Advisory Board and the American Humane Association Task Force for the Development of Humane Standards in Dog Training. She has served as a consultant to Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Southeastern Guide Dogs, Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, Assistance Dogs of the West, and Guide Dogs of America.

A German shepherd breeder, 10 generations of her Hawks Hunt German Shepherds have been successful in obedience, agility, SAR, tracking, nosework, herding, therapy work, and as guide dog breeding stock. She lives on a working farm in upstate New York with her husband, John Rice, and their considerable animal family of dogs, cats, parrots, tortoises, Scottish Highland cattle, horses, donkeys, pigs, and chickens.

Panel Hosted By:

Amy Cook, PhD, CDBC, CPDT-KA

Amy Cook, PhD (she/her) has been training dogs for over 30 years, and through Full Circle Dog Training and Play Way Dogs in Oakland, California, has been specializing in the rehabilitation of shy and fearful dogs for 20 years. She is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) through the IAABC and was one of the first trainers nationally to become a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CDPT) through independent evaluation. She is a graduate of the SFSPCA academy for dog trainers and has attended all four “chicken camps” in Hot Springs, Arizona, taught by Bob Bailey.

Amy has worked for the Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society, the San Francisco Animal Care and Control, and has provided behavioral evaluations for shelters and rescues throughout the Bay Area of California. She has worked with the anti-cruelty team at the ASPCA doing behavioral evaluations and psychological enrichment of dogs seized in dog fighting, puppy mill, and hoarding cases.

Amy returned to school in 2006 to get her PhD in psychology from UC Berkeley. Her research focused on the dog-human relationship and its effect on the problem solving strategies dogs employ. She has also studied causal inference in dogs and toddlers and olfactory navigation. She has extensive experience as a graduate student instructor, having taught sections of Introductory Psychology (both in person and online), Human Emotion, Developmental Psychology, Social Psychology, Stigma and Prejudice, Statistics, Animal Cognition, and has taught Fundamentals of Psychology and Developmental Psychology as a full instructor.