About Suzanne Clothier
Suzanne Clothier has been working with animals professionally since 1977. She is well respected for her humane, effective Relationship Centered Training (RCT™) approach to dogs and the people that love them. An award-winning author of videos, books, booklets and numerous articles, her book Bones Would Rain from the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships was groundbreaking when published in 2002, and considered life changing by many readers.
An innovative trainer, Suzanne’s work includes CARAT™, The Enriched Puppy Protocol™, RAT™, FAT™, CCC™ (with Cindy Knowlton) and many RCT™ techniques. Her work reflects the experience of a lifetime spent living with and caring for many animals. Her work has been presented in multiple international conferences, including most recently at the International Working Dog Breeder Association conference. She served as a committee member for the AKC’s Agility Advisory Board, and the American Humane Association’s Task Force for the Development of Humane Standards in Dog Training.
She has taught throughout the US and internationally for groups as varied as Wolf Park, Association of Pet Dog Trainers, the University of MN’s Nature-Based Therapeutics “Speak!” conference, many national and international conferences, and training groups. She also serves as a consultant to guide dog schools and service dog organizations.
When not traveling and teaching, Suzanne is at home with husband John Rice on their farm in upstate New York, surrounded by their many dogs, cats, parrots, tortoises, horses, donkeys, pigs, chickens and Scottish Highland cattle.
About Heather Leonard
Heather Leonard has always had a great love for animals – surrounding herself with many different animals from a young age. Following her BS in Biopsychology with a focus on Animal Behavior, she worked as a veterinary technician for many years. She currently runs The Bark & Call Inn, an in-home boarding/daycare on her farm.
Heather has been working with Suzanne since 2002. She had the privilege implementing Suzanne’s training program at Guiding Eyes for the Blind. She brings her lifelong animal experience and professional expertise to her work with Suzanne on FAT™ and other programs.
Heather lives on a New England farm with her husband, Andy, and a menagerie of animals – horses, goats, dogs, cats and chickens. Heather is an integral part of the FAT™ team, working side by side with Suzanne at every step.