Course Overview

The SHAPING Clinic consists of the following general topics:

  • When to LURE v. When to SHAPE:   Understanding the procedure of obtaining the behavior you want
  • How and When to CUE a Behavior:   Plus understanding how to put behaviors under Stimulus Control
  • Shifting/Raising CRITERIA:  How to observe what you have and know when to ask for more
  • Discrimination / Distraction:  Beginner level discrimination exercises.  How to and when to start adding distractions and what to do when mistakes are made.

We will be working in teams of two.  No more than 3 teams (6 people) so that everyone gets more personal attention. You will be able to choose the partner you would like to work with and will need to stay with that same person for both clinics.  There are a list of items to bring to the clinic and they are listed below in the FAQs

What You Will Learn

We will be covering the following Shaping Exercises:

AGILITY:  Jump, Tunel & Tire

CANINE FITNESS: 4 Paws in Container, Crawl

OBEDIENCE:  Got outs and Heeling Basics

RECEIVE BASICS:  Initial 3 STEPS of a Retrieve

Changing the Way you Look at Behavior 

Learning how to effectively observe behavior

How to be a more patient with behavior

When to reward and when NOT to reward – Understanding Extinction

Application of discrimination / distractions

Who Benefits from this Class

This class is geared toward those that are looking for the following:

You know there is more to learn about training your dog and you just need to find the right help.

Agility Competitors that want to take a new approach to training agility obstacles

Obedience competitors that would like to learn how they can shape and cue behaviors more effectively and efficiently.

You need an instructor that can tell you why you have the behaviors you have and how to change them effectively.

You want more joy in your training for both you and your dog and less frustration and punishment

You are stalling with your training.  Your behaviors are not getting any better and you are not moving forward

Plans and Pricing


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 | Pensacola, FL

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Linda Avery Culliton | Crestview, FL

Frequently Asked Questions

How many people are typically in your classes

We have no more than 6 students in a clinic or workshop.  Therefore instruction is more personalized and students have the ability to have much more interaction and time training the skills that are presented in the clinic.

What is your refund policy?

We offer no-questions-asked refunds to all customers within 30 days of your purchase. If you are not satisfied with our product, then simply send us an email and we will refund your purchase right away. Our goal has always been to create a happy, thriving community. If you are not thrilled with the product or are not enjoying the experience, then we have no interest in forcing you to stay an unhappy member.

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