Do As I Do: Using Social Learning to Train Dogs

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9781617811487: Do As I Do: Using Social Learning to Train Dogs

Train dogs based on social learning ? Yes! Recent research suggests that dogs can engage in social learning which includes the ability to observe the actions of other dogs and imitate them to learn new behaviors. The big news for dog trainers is that author Claudia Fugazza and her colleagues in Europe have discovered that dogs can also imitate people. This natural skill can be used to teach dogs new behaviors using the Do As I Do protocol presented in this book-DVD combination. The "Do As I Do" method is particularly useful in working with service dogs and canine athletes who must masters skills such as ringing a bell, jumping over a hurdle, spinning and dozens more. The 42 minute DVD that accompanies the book has English subtitles.

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About the Author:

Claudia Fugazza lives in Italy and is completing her PhD research in the field of social learning in dogs
at Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest, Hungary.

Review:

A clearly written protocol for teaching dogs how to imitate their trainer as a new technique to add to the trainer s tool box. As someone who has studied dog imitation myself, I am pleased to see this available outside scientific circles. --Ken Ramirez, author of Animal Training: Successful Animal Management

It is rare that a groundbreaking new training concept is presented to the dog-training and dog-owning world. Claudia Fugazza not only brings this fascinating training method to the dog world, she does it in a charming and captivating style that simply begs readers to start teaching their dogs to imitate. --Pat Miller, author of Do Over Dogs and How To Foster Dogs

This pioneering book provides trainers with the information they need to try this new method for themselves. This will generate a lot of fun for the participants and further data to expand our understanding of this intriguing concept. --Kathy Sdao, author of Plenty in Life is Free: Reflections on Dogs, Training and Finding Grace

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