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.
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 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 (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.