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An innovative approach to dog training that awakens dogs’ natural skills

DO AS I DO Course & first level certification

 

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      What is Social Learning?

Social learning means acquiring information and behaviors from the observation of others.

 

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

 

WHAT IS DO AS I DO?

“Do as I Do” is a new training method based on dog’s social cognitive skills, particularly on their predisposition to learn by imitating humans. With this technique dogs will learn new behaviours by observing and imitating their owners.

WHAT IS THIS COURSE ABOUT?

During the course, the lecturers will describe how to teach dogs the “imitation rule” and how to progress through the training protocol. The lecturers will also explain the cognitive abilities implied in this training method. The course is aimed at preparing the students to obtain the 1st Level Do as I Do Certification.

  • The students will first learn how to train the Sample actions in the Foundation training module (module 1). This part of the course is fundamental to be able to succeed with the Do as I Do protocol.
  • Between module 1 and module 2, the students will be tutored by the means of video tutoring on the training of the demonstrator dogs (max: 8 dogs, for the requirements click on the button at the end of this page)
  • Once this part of the training is successfully completed the students will first be taught to train these demostrator dogs with the  Do as I Do protocol, first to imitate a small set of familiar actions (the Sample actions) and will then generalize this rule (module 1). Once the training protocol is completed, the students will be able to teach new behaviors to their dog, simply showing them what to do.
  • In module 3 the students will be guided in finalizing preparation for the Official Basic Exam: http://www.doasido.it/first-level-exam/ , which will take place at the end of the course.

This certification is the pre-requisite for becoming a Certified Do as I Do Trainer. This second level certification will be organized following the course.

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Program:

MODULE 1 online –

(1 day) – 01/May 2021

Foundation Training

Lecturers: Marco Ojeda and Claudia Fugazza

In this module the Lecturers will explain the Foundation training for Do as I Do.

Demonstrator dogs will be needed (max 8). All the students will learn from the guidance given to the owners of the demonstrator dogs and are required to practice at home based on the instructions received.

IMPORTANT: The preparation of the demonstrator dogs has to start before module 1 and the demonstrator dogs will be chosen among the candidates so that they represent the best candidates for everybody to learn from their training. For this purpose, the students that wish to work with demonstrator dog are required to send videos of their training starting at least 1 month before the date of module 1.

For this purpose, a group chat with all the students will be created.

The requirements to participate with demonstrator dog are described in detail in the attached file, which is material of study for all the students.

For the online lecture, the owners of the demonstrator dog are required to prepare their training setup so that the area is visible from the camera, including the full body of the trainer from the frontal (or 45 degrees angle) and the dog.

Schedule of module 1 (Click here)
  • 9.30: theory – the Foundation Training (lecturer Marco Ojeda)
  • 10.30: theory – Why do we need the Foundation Training. Mental representation of actions in dogs (Lecturer Claudia Fugazza)
  • 11.00 Coffee break
  • 11.30 Practice with the candidate demonstrator dogs
  • h 13.00 Lunch break
  • h 14.00 Practice with the candidate demonstrator dogs
  • 16.00 Coffee break
  • 16.30 Practice with the candidate demonstrator dogs
  • 17.30 End of the seminar

BETWEEN

MODULE 1 AND MODULE 2

– Video tutoring

 

Lecturer: Marco Ojeda

The group chat created before module 1 will be used for all the students to learn how to train their dogs in the Foundation Training. For this purpose, the owners of the candidate demonstrator dogs (important: only these owners!) will send videos of their training. These videos will be commented by the Lecturer (Marco Ojeda) and the comments will constitute the basis for all the students to train their dogs.

Among the candidates with demonstrator dogs, those who will fully comply with the requirements will be demonstrator dogs in module 2 and 3. 

Program of module 1, 1st day (Click here)
  • 9.30 Theory, the scientific studies about social learning in dogs and the Do as I Do protocol, phase 1
  • 11.00 Coffee break
  • 11.30 Theory, the scientific studies about social learning in dogs
  • 13.00 Lunch break
  • 14.30 Practice with the demonstrator dogs
  • 16.00 Coffee break
  • 16.30 Practice with the demonstrator dogs
  • 17.30 End of the lecture
Program of module 1, 2nd day (Click here)
  • 9.30 Theory, Do as I Do protocol phase 2: generalizing the imitation rule; teaching new actions with the Do as I Do method and placing them on verbal cue
  • 11.00 Coffee break
  • 11.30 Practice with the demonstrator dogs
  • 13.00 Lunch break
  • 14.30 Practice with the demonstrator dogs
  • 16.00 Coffee break
  • 16.30 Theory, the scientific studies about the use of Do as I Do in training
  • 17.30 End of the lecture

 

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MODULE 2 – 

(2 days) – 16 and 17/October 2021

The Do as I Do Protocol

Lecturer: Dr. Claudia Fugazza

In this module the lecturer will guide the students in learning the Do as I Do protocol. She will also introduce the scientific studies on which the Do as I Do is based.

This module is composed by theory and practice.

In the practice part the students will learn from the demonstrator dogs that were chosen from the previous phase.

Important: only the demonstrator dogs that fully comply with the training requirements of the previous module will be admitted to participate. This proved to be the best method for giving all the student the best learning opportunity about Do as I Do.

MODULE 3

(1 day) – 28/November 2021

– Preparation for the exam (practice)

 

Lecturer: Dr. Claudia Fugazza

In this module the lecturer will help the students to finalize the preparation for the exam.

All the candidates that will take part in the exam are admitted with dogs.

Program of module 3* (Click here)

All information about the Basic Exam can be found here: http://www.doasido.it/first-level-exam/

This Official Certification is the pre-requisite for being adimetted to candidate for the 2nd Level Exam, to become a Certified Do as I Do Trainer: http://www.doasido.it/certified-trainers/

Information about the 2nd Level Exam can be found here: http://www.doasido.it/second-level-exam/

BASIC EXAM

04/December 2021

All information about the Basic Exam can be found here: http://www.doasido.it/first-level-exam/

This Official Certification is the pre-requisite for being adimetted to candidate for the 2nd Level Exam, to become a Certified Do as I Do Trainer: http://www.doasido.it/certified-trainers/

Information about the 2nd Level Exam can be found here: http://www.doasido.it/second-level-exam/

Do as I Do Full Course & first level certification

About Claudia Fugazza PhD

About Claudia Fugazza PhD

Ethologist and Researcher ELTE University, Budapest

Researcher at the Department of Ethology in Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest). Her research is focused on dogs’ social cognitive abilities. She developed a training method called Do as I Do (named after Hayes & Hayes 1952 and Topál et al. 2006), which relies on dog’s imitative skills and is currently using it as paradigm to study dogs’ cognition. Due to its effectiveness, this method also spread in the applied field of dog training and she devote part of her research to study its effectiveness.

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Marco Ojeda

Marco Ojeda

Do as I Do Team Member and Official Trainer

The Dog and human relationship are what have always attracted my attention and devotion. The search to communicate more deeply. To be in contact, converse, comprehend, understand, to live with dogs and not just train them.

I formally started my education on dog training and behavior in the year 2000, and since then I’ve attended various specialized seminars. I have extensive experience from working with hundreds of dogs and humans along the way. 

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