Suzanne Clothier

Carpe Canem Inc.

Contact Details

Carpe Canem Inc.
St. Johnsville, NY
PRIMARY: 518.568.3325


Suzanne Clothier has been working with animals professionally since 1977, with a deep background of experience that includes obedience, agility, puppy testing, breeding, Search and Rescue, conformation, instructing, kennel management and canine midwifery. She is well respected for her holistic Relationship Centered Training™ approach to dogs and the people that love them.

Whether the audience is companion dog owners or experienced trainers, Suzanne's broad knowledge, common sense and humor offer exciting, practical information and approaches that will enhance the dog/human relationship.

She has taught in the US, Canada, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Japan, Australia, Poland, Ireland, Great Britain and New Zealand for groups as varied as Wolf Park, NADOI, Association of Pet Dog Trainers, FEMA (Northeast Region Disaster Dog Teams), Alaskan Dog Musher Association, Chicago Anti-Cruelty Society, AKC Obedience judges, many national specialties, and numerous obedience, agility, breed, rescue, shelter and SAR groups.

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, including twice being included in the Wall Street Journal's list of Top 5 Dog Books. An award winning author of videos, books, booklets and numerous articles, Suzanne has written articles for the AKC Gazette, Dog Fancy, Dogs In Canada, Off Lead, Clean Run, Wolf Clan and breed magazines and newsletters around the world. She served as a committee member for the AKC’s Agility Advisory Board, and as a committee member of the American Humane Association’s Task Force for the Development of Humane Standards in Dog Training.

In 2007, she developed an exciting new temperament assessment tool, CARAT™ (Clothier Animal Response Assessment Tool). She is also the developer of RAT™ (Relationship Assessment Tool), and FAT™ (Functional Assessment Tracking). Currently, she is involved in a number of research projects involving CARAT, FAT and RAT, ranging from guide & service dog schools to the use of CARAT and RAT in Animal Assisted Therapy.

Her Enriched Puppy Protocol (EPP) has been in use since 2007, with about 10,000 potential guide & service dog puppies being raised using her EPP raising principles. EPP will be published in 2019 as an online course and a book/DVD for breeders & trainers.

She works as a consultant in the guide & service dog industry in addition to teaching seminars worldwide, offering trainer workshops at her farm in upstate New York, and breeding German Shepherds (9 generations so far!).