How I Give Back

How I Give Back

Humane Society of Broward County

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I’ve volunteered at the Humane Society of Broward County since 2000, in numerous capacities including in-house trainer, mentor, public speaker, education, and the boutique. I developed and taught the group training classes and Puppy Pre-school classes for 10 years. I volunteered as Behavior Consultant and trainer for the Adoption Ambassador Program for its implementation and initial 2 years, during which time I developed individual Behavior Modification Plans for each dog and counseled the Adoption Ambassadors.

I’ve given seminars for the staff, volunteers and the public on Bow Wow Basics, Body Language, Force-Free Training and Working with the Fearful Dog.

 
 

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“Susan generously donates her time to work with the Ambassador dogs while in their temporary homes. She presents workshops designed to empower foster volunteers with tools and information so each dog gets personalized behavior modification. The training and behavior support the Adoption Ambassador Program is able to provide its foster volunteers makes this program a stand out among other foster programs in shelters.”

Rachel Bryan, Adoption Ambassador Program Coordinator, 2013-2015
Humane Society of Broward County

 
 

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“Susan demonstrates a great deal of kindness and compassion.  Her methods are positive, creative and motivating. The Humane Society is fortunate to have such a committed individual.  She has been instrumental in developing a variety of programs, brochures and curriculums, using her talent and skills. I highly recommend Susan Claire as a dog trainer.  I feel 100% confident with her techniques and results. Susan loves what she does, which makes her the success she is today.”

Caroline Crane, Vice President of Education,
Humane Society of Broward County

 


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Miami Veterinary Foundation

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 Dr Ashbey
PUP E Spots Training Program

PUP E (Preventing Unwanted Pet Euthanasia) is an initiative of the Miami Veterinary Foundation. As part of that initiative, I serve as the Assistant Director of the SPOTS Training Program, whose goal is to decrease pets in our community from being abandoned and/or euthanized for problem behaviors. Our program trains Veterinary Assistant Students in the foundations of science-based dog behavior, force-free dog training techniques & humane protocols for kennel care and enrichment. All methods are in line with the Veterinary Behavior Standard of Care. We empower the students with the knowledge and tools to change the veterinary field through their internships in veterinary hospitals and future jobs/careers in the veterinary field. As Assistant Director, my responsibilities include staffing the volunteer training team (four rotating credentialed force-free trainers), teaching the class as one of those trainers, giving seminars to the students, interfacing with school officials, scheduling and creating protocols, curriculums, behavior modification plans, and reading assignments.

For more on the program, see my article in Barks From the Guild.

 
 

Dr Ashbey 
 
“Susan volunteers in our Behavior Initiative program which includes teaching and mentoring students in high school veterinary assistant magnet programs to train rescue dogs to get their Canine Good Citizen Certifications, enhancing their chances of adoptions. Susan is committed and passionate about improving the lives of dogs and their people- an excellent dog trainer who has a philanthropic heart. She lectures to the community, sharing her knowledge on such topics as Dog Body Language, Puppy Socialization, and the science of reward (force free, positive reinforcement, R+) based training. She is committed to force free training, which is in line with our veterinary behavior medicine standard of care, so I know my clients are in good hands. I appreciate her passion, dedication, professionalism and honesty.”

Dr. Karen Ashby, Founder and Director MVC PUPE Program
Miami Veterinary Foundation 

As seen on ShelterMe.TV

  

The student trainers of Felix Varela High School Veterinary Science Program, 2018-2019 school year, with Miami Veterinary Foundation SPOTS program volunteer professional trainers: Heather Deeley, CPDT-KA, Susan Claire, CPDT-KA, FFCP, Assistant Director of SPOTS, Chris Septer, Exec Director Miami Veterinary Foundation, Sandra Machado, CPDT-KA, VSPDT, FFCP, and Christine Geschwill, CPDT-KA

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