The 6 Essential Questions to Ask Any Dog

Suzanne’s simple but powerful Elemental QuestionsTM are:

  1. HELLO? Looks at the dog’s social interactions
  2. WHO ARE YOU? Asks about how the dog perceives and responds to his world
  3. HOW IS THIS FOR YOU? Asks about the immediate situation and the dog’s mental, physical & emotional balance
  4. CAN YOU. . .? Looks at the dog’s physical abilities & limitations
  5. MAY I. . .? Seeks ways to gain the dog’s cooperation and permission
  6. CAN WE. . .? Balancing the dog/handler team’s abilities and limitations against goals

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How Can You Really Understand Your Dog?

Suzanne Clothier is one of my heroes because of her empathetic perspective on dogs. I first heard her Elemental Questions many years ago at an APDT conference (incidentally, the first time I spoke there about BAT) and they continue to have a profound effect on the way I interact with dogs and even my own species.

Stating Suzanne's 6 questions is simple, but really 'hearing' the answers takes training, and helping people do that is the passion of her life. Watch the video above to learn a bit more about the questions (turn volume on in the upper right of the video).

The questions we hold determine what we can see. I invite you to learn more about how to hear dogs' answers to make your experience with dogs more empathetic, richer, and deeper.

Recorded live September, 2021.

  • Suitable for professional dog trainers and veterinarians, as well as families with dogs.

  • Learn to modify and adapt your dog handling and goals for enhanced relationships and better performance.

  • Understand how to truly “see the dog” and provide detailed information about each animal (or person!).

  • On-demand streaming video recording of live session with Q&A.

  • Earn 2 CEUs for dog trainer and dog behaviorist recertification with the CCPDT. We are an Approved Education Provider for the CCPDT.

  • Signing up for a lot of online dog training? Save some money! Diamond Members get ALL webinars and courses in the school for only $29.99 a month.

Deepen your understanding...

and open your eyes to a new way of interacting.

  • Video & More

    Includes a video of the presentation and a PDF of the slides to assist your learning.

    2 CEUs for CPDT, and CBCC.

  • Learn in Community

    Course students are also invited to continue the conversation in the Grisha Stewart Learner Support Facebook Group.

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Emma Bass

I fell in love with Suzanne when I read Bones Would Rain from the Sky. The Elemental Questions webinar just cemented that feeling. The topic is relevant, th...

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I fell in love with Suzanne when I read Bones Would Rain from the Sky. The Elemental Questions webinar just cemented that feeling. The topic is relevant, the presentation easy to understand, Suzanne is an enjoyable speaker. Thanks Grisha for hosting.

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About the Instructor

Dog Trainer, Author, Speaker

Suzanne Clothier

Suzanne Clothier has been working with animals professionally since 1977, with a deep, broadly varied background of experience. She is well respected for her humane, practical and sensible Relationship Centered Training (RCT™) approach to dogs and the people that love them.

Suzanne is always in demand as an exciting, informative and entertaining speaker capable of making complex topics easily grasped and practical.

An award winning author of videos, books, and numerous articles, Suzanne’s writings have appeared around the world in countless languages from Danish to Japanese. Her book, Bones Would Rain from the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships With Dogs (Warner, 2002) has received widespread praise from every corner of the dog world, including twice being included in The Wall Street Journal's list of Top 5 Dog Books.

A long time German Shepherd breeder, Suzanne lives on an upstate New York farm with husband John Rice, and their considerable animal family.

Are You Ready to Truly 'See' Your Dog?

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