“The relationship we want to build with our dogs is one of trust and mutual affection: once this has developed through using kind, force-free methods, and an understanding of dog behavior, our dogs feel relaxed and comfortable around us, and, when given clear instructions, will choose to do as we ask.”
— Lisa Tenzin-Dolma, founder & principal of the  International School for Canine Psychology & Behavior


“For many years it was a myth that you have to take a leadership position to prevent a puppy from trying to take over and to be the boss. When the puppy comes to new owners who start disciplining and punishing it… the puppy’s world becomes frightening and it might start to growl out of fear… Then he is punished for growling… problems start to occur, and the puppy’s life becomes a misery. Stop using the word leadership and use instead the word parenthood, as this is exactly what it should be. We need to protect our puppies, to allow them choices and to teach them with kindness.”
— Turid Rugaas, from the book, “On Talking terms with Dogs: Calming Signals”

About Me

I work with families and individuals who seek an affectionate, cooperative and stress-free relationship with their dogs. Building trust and a sound temperament is accomplished by early socialization and training. I love guiding people to raise their puppy right from the start, avoiding the usual pitfalls and helping them to open a line of communication with their new puppy.

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Let’s Work Together

The best time to hire a professional trainer is as soon as you decide to get a dog. A pre-puppy consultation is always extremely helpful.

I specialize in puppy development and working with fearful dogs, but I also work with families who want to modify behavior problems in an adult dog. FAS (Fear, Anxiety, Stress) are at the root of most behavior problems. For this reason, eliminating these things in a dog’s life is beneficial to their well-being. As a Fear-Free Certified Professional, our mission is to prevent and alleviate fear, anxiety, and stress in pets by inspiring and educating the people who care for them.

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Contact Susan Claire, CPDT-KA for more information at 954-349-5969

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PlayTrain uses science-based, force free methods.  We never use any method or collar that causes your dog to feel pain, fear or intimidation.  We follow the Humane Hierarchy and LIMA (Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive) codes of ethics.



Barks from the Guild July 2021