Training with Purpose…

Making science simple so that you can develop a more solid relationship with your dogs

UPCOMING SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS

 

NAPLES, Florida

January 12 & 13, 2019

Saturday:  Advanced/Masters Handling Skills & Drills Clinic

Sunday:  International Masters/Masters Handling Coursework

MORGANTOWN, WV

May/June, 2018 (Tentative)

Advanced/Masters Handling Skills & Drills Clinic

International Masters/Masters Handling Coursework

PLUM, PA

June, 2018 (Tentative)

Advanced/Masters Handling Skills & Drills Clinic

International Masters/Masters Handling Coursework

PAST SEMINARS

CHARLESTON, South Carolina

OCTOBER 13-14, 2018

Young Dog Agility Skills, Foundations Fundamentals in Handling

Advanced/Masters Handling Skills, Drills & Coursework Clinic

MORGANTOWN, West Virgina

SEPTEMBER 11 – 16, 2018

Advanced & Master Handling Clinics

Mad Skillz & Drills Puppies & Young Dogs Clinics

PUNTA GORDA, FL

AUGUST 10, 11 & 12, 2018

Weave Poles & Contacts Foundations Clinics

Puppies & Young Dogs & Ad/Masters Handling Clinic

GAINESVILLE, Florida 

June 30 – July 1, 2018

Advanced/Master Handling Clinic

YOUNG DOGS CLINIC

PUNTA GORDA, FL

MAY 19 & 20, 2018

Puppies & Young Dogs Fundamental

Advanced/Masters Handling Clinics

GAINESVILLE, Florida

May 21 & 22, 2018 

Advanced/Masters Handling Clinic

Monday Evening, Tuesday Morning

GAINESVILLE, FL

MARCH 17 & 18, 2018

Skills /Foundation Workshop &

Advanced Handling Clinic

NAPLES, Florida 

January 13 – 14, 2018

Foundation Agility Clinic &

Advanced Handling Seminar 

BEVERLY HILLS,  FL 

FEBRUARY 23-25, 2018

Puppies, Young Dogs, Blinds

Threadles, Coursework  

BEVERLY HILLS,  FL 

December 15 – 17, 2017

Puppies, Young Dogs, Blinds

Threadles, Coursework  

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WHAT WE DO

 

Using a Positive Approach to Training

Suzanne approaches her training using a more positive reinforcement based methodology relying on the principles of behavior and learning theory to achieve and maintain more reliable behaviors with her dogs.  Taking this more analytical and scientific approach has produced behaviors far more reliable in any environment and a dog able to cope with many distractions.

Understanding the Principles of Behavior

One of the main concepts of a positive based methodology is “CHOICE”.  Once an animal is able to freely choose to do a behavior and the trainer can reward that choice, it is then that learning truly happens.   Through a history of reinforcement for good choice and putting behavior under stimulus control an animal and truly learn to love what we want them to do.

Why Punishment is Detrimental to Learning

The world of dog training is still steeped in most part with the use of verbal or physical aversives in order for the trainer to achieve what they perceive to be the end goal.  Once punishers are implementedALL learning slows down, deteriorates or stops.  Here at Sonic Canines our approach is to give the animal a better understanding by rewarding good choices, controlling reinforcement and building on success.

What the STUDENTS Are Saying

Don’t just take it from me, let my students do the talking!

“Suzanne Wesley is not only a superb professional trainer, she is a caring and understanding individual.  Her ability to break down behaviors is so clever.  Not only does she relate well with the dogs she teaches she is also supportive to the individual needs of each handler.  It does not matter if you have years of experience or are just starting out with your first dog, Suzanne will customize your training plan to what you and your dog needs first and foremost. ”

Naomi Lane | Naples, Florida

Getting the opportunity to train with Suzanne has exceeded all of my expectations. She has an unbelievable amount of knowledge which allows her to fully break down old behaviors and build them again using a newer scientific based approach.  She is also able to explain the exact steps a handler will need to take in order to improve whatever particular exercise you are working on. This is extremely important because oftentimes we know a behavior needs to be changed, but we don’t necessarily know how to fix it. The content of her lessons and clinics along with the step-by-step instruction is invaluable to both new and experienced handlers. Suzanne is patient with questions, pushes you to move forward and she has a quick wit which keeps training light and fun. Last but not least, My puppy has constant wagging tail from the beginning to end of our sessions and that is a wonderful reflection of Suzanne’s training methods!

Karen Pritchard |

VENDORS & LINKS WE LIKE

Naomi is the owner of Twisted Bliss – It’s all About the Dog.   She has some of the best toys for our performance dogs in the United States.  You can contact her through the FB link provided for more information and details regarding her toys.

Naomi Flock Lane

TWISTED BLISS - It's All About the Dog

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