A Simple Functional Assessment: The most versatile tool in your toolbox

Sue,

Just a quick note of thanks.  Finally – a simple way to learn how to identify working within the quadrants. Very helpful.  So glad I could listen in.

Kym Iffert
www.dogosophy.info
La Grange Park, IL    USA

The class was great!  It was my first class with you and much better than I expected.  I thought you did an excellent job at guiding volunteers to the correct answer, provided clear communication/information and kept the class on agenda. I plan to continue to take more classes.  Thanks!

Janey Patterson
Wimberley, TX USA

CPDT-KA CEUs: 1.5
or
CBCC-KA CEUs: 1.5
IAABC CEUs: see CEU page for information
KPA CEUs: 1.5
$30.00

Join Sue for this unique opportunity to learn how to do a simple functional assessment – the same technique used by Applied Behavior Analysts! This course will not be available as a recorded course, so take advantage of this opportunity!

A functional assessment will aid you in your work – it will help you discover the triggers for undesired behavior and the consequences that maintain that behavior; it will help you learn how to really dig down and isolate these most important pieces of the puzzle so you can resolve problems quickly and efficiently. This knowledge gives you a formula for success that will put you heads and shoulders above the competition.

ENROLL IN THIS COURSE

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Susan Smith, CPDT-KA, CDBC

As a professional dog trainer and behavior consultant, Susan Smith, Director of Raising Canine, LLC., looks at the places where dog behavior and human lifestyle, love of dogs and conducting business meet most often:

  • business in general
  • client compliance in particular
  • current trends
  • theory and practical application
  • time management
  • planning and goals

Through her emphasis on professionalism and fascination with behavior, she provides professional dog trainers with a comprehensive but incisive review of contemporary dog training, its foundations, current state, and future trends – and strategies for applying theoretical knowledge in the field.

Susan is the co-author of Positive Gun Dogs: Clicker Training for Sporting Breeds, the first book published in the United States advocating positive methods for training bird dogs. She is the author of many articles including Starting Your Own Dog Training Business and When to Ask for Help, which were published in the Association of Pet Dog Trainers’ The Dog Trainer’s Resource: The APDT Chronicle of the Dog Collection. She is a contributing author to the book “Top Tips From Top Trainers.” She has authored many other articles and book reviews, and is also the author of a column on learning and behavior for the APDT Chronicle of the Dog.

Certifications

  • CPDT-KA from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers;
  • CDBC from the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants; and
  • CTC from the San Francisco SPCA.

Affiliations & Honorarium

  • Current List Manager for the APDTlist;
  • Former Membership Coordinator for the IAABC;
  • Former member of the Board of Directors of the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers;
  • Past Chair of the APDT Member Relations and Communications Committee;
  • Past committee member for the APDT Member Relations and Communications Committee;
  • Past member of the APDT Sponsorship Committee;
  • 2004 APDT Member of the Year
  • 2009 DWAA (Dog Writers of America Award) Nominee for “A Learning Theory Primer” (APDT Chronicle of the Dog) in category “Magazine: subject related series

A Growing Reputation

Raising Canine was the first business to provide a wide variety of remote courses and seminars to the professional dog training field. These courses provide high-quality, science-based information for training and consulting, as well as established principles for running a business.

Susan and Raising Canine have been able to attract quality speakers who, through remote media, are able to reach a wider audience for a very reasonable price. The remote courses are available live, recorded and on-line. Some courses are simply a lecture format, some are interactive, some require homework, and some are a combination of several media.

Raising Canine also has an on-line school for professional dog trainers. This school is designed for those who wish to become a professional dog trainer, yet cannot spare the time to attend an in-person school. The professional dog trainer course provides in-depth education in the principles of learning and behavior, as well as the practical areas of training and running a dog business.

Raising Canine Today

Raising Canine’s goal has always been to provide quality education, products and services to animal professionals. We have solidified that goal through the creation of a mission statement that keeps our goals in the forefront of our minds, at all times.

Today, Raising Canine is still the largest and best known remote education service within the animal community. We continue to provide cutting edge information to trainers and consultants, as well as dog owners.

Even today, with our vast understanding of behavior and learning, there is still much misunderstanding of this subject within the training world. Raising Canine feels that all animals should be treated humanely and with the most advanced techniques available, and it is our goal to disseminate that information to animal professionals.

Susan’s Journey and Raising Canine’s Start

Susan Smith was born and raised in Alaska. At age 29, she decided it was time to experience the rest of the U.S., so she moved to Texas and opened a Mail Boxes Etc., USA franchise in Austin, Texas. The MBE store gave Susan a good, practical education in running a business.

In the early ‘90s, Susan decided it was time to do something else, so she began exploring her options. She had three criteria: ability to make a comfortable income, flexibility of scheduling and a sense of enjoyment and accomplishment within her work. She was able to eliminate most of the list she came up with through the “enjoyment” factor; however, dog training met all her criteria, so she decided to become a professional dog trainer.

She began apprenticing, reading and training. By 1996 she had sold her business and was building her animal consulting business.

In 2002 she moved to upstate New York to start a sanctuary for unadoptable dogs for the Animal Haven shelter in Queens. Animal Haven had purchased a 30 acre farm and the goal was for the dogs to live in the house with a lifestyle as close to “normal” as possible with aggressive dogs.

Susan spent 3 years running the sanctuary for unadoptable, primarily aggressive, dogs. The sanctuary was limited to 15 dogs and the dogs lived in the house with Susan. This was a most enlightening experience, and provided an understanding of what clients experience when living with an aggressive dog.

After three years of getting the sanctuary up and running, Susan decided to return to Austin and started thinking about what she wanted to do when she returned. She began consulting with a business coach, defined her criteria and began thinking about what she wanted to accomplish. She came to the conclusion that she wanted to maintain her original three criteria (comfortable income, flexibility and enjoyment), and added the criteria of helping her chosen field become a viable and respected profession.

This led Susan to provide remote, science-based training, consulting and business education to trainers, as well as providing a variety of products to help trainers more efficiently run their business.

Susan currently lives in Austin, Texas with her dog, Jimmy Joe, where she runs her Internet-based education and consulting business.

Refund Policy: The course fee will be refunded, in its entirety, so long as the enrollee requests a refund in writing no later than the 14th day after the course is purchased. Alternatively, the enrollee may request an exchange or credit toward a different course, instead of a refund.