02/21/2017

Do As I Do two-day workshop
22 March 2017 to 23 March 2017
This event is more of a practical workshop than a theoretical seminar.

About the workshop
This event is more of a practical workshop than a theoretical seminar. Dogs will be worked one at a time and we expect to have some dogs who are familiar with the Do As I Do method so we can see progression in the technique, as well as beginner dogs learning the behaviour from new.

About Do As I Do
Social learning means acquiring new behaviours from the observation of others and training based on social learning has been shown to be the most effective way of teaching complex actions that can be demonstrated.

“Subjects using the Do as I Do method outperformed those using shaping/clicker training in the case of complex actions and sequences of two actions.”

– Applied Animal Behaviour Science, Volume 153, Pages 53–61, April 2014

Recent ethological studies revealed the social cognitive abilities of dogs and demonstrated that they are surprisingly predisposed to learn socially from humans.

Do as I Do is a new training method based on a dog’s social cognitive skills, particularly on his imitative ability. With this technique, dogs will learn new behaviours by observing and imitating their owners. During the semina, Sara will describe how to teach dogs the “imitation rule” and how to progress through the training protocol. Dogs will first be taught to imitate a small set of familiar actions (actions already trained with traditional techniques) and will then generalize this rule. At the end of the training protocol, the owner will be able to teach new behaviours to their dogs, simply by showing them what to do. These new actions will be then put under verbal cue. Sara will also explain what are the cognitive abilities implied in imitation and in this training technique, which is the first training method based on dog’s social cognitive skills.

Prices £79.00 (inc VAT)
county/area: Bedfordshire

Full details and booking here www.dog-and-bone.co.uk/seminars/do-as-i-do-workshop-with-sara-tagliati-beds-2017

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