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  Title Do As I Do - A Social Learning Training Technique
  Speaker Claudia Fugazza
  Date(s) December 20 & 21, 2014
  Location Melrose Park, IL
  Fee $275 for a working spot both days and $160 for auditing spots both days
  Host Organization For Your K9
  Contact Person Sue Sentowski
  Contact Email
  Contact Phone 847-671-6844

  Description of Seminar/Conference

Social learning means acquiring new 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. Do as I Do is a new training method based on dog’s social cognitive skills, particularly on his/her imitative ability. With this technique dogs will learn new behaviors by observing and imitating their owners. During the seminar Claudia will describe how to teach dogs the “imitation rule” and how to progress through the training protocol.
Claudia will 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.

**Dogs that participate in the seminar are required to be able to perform at least 3 behaviors on verbal cue (no gestures) plus should know the “sit and stay” commands. Each owner can choose the 3 behaviors but please note that they should be ‘imitable’ actions (actions the owner can perform as a demonstrator so, NO passing under the owner\'s legs, giving the paw to the owner etc.). Examples include behaviors such as touch the cone with nose, touch target with paw, climb on a chair, target mat, jump on the agility table, spin, walk around the cone, lay down, jump over a hurdle are easy to start with.**

This is a 2 day working seminar. One day builds upon each other.

Working Spots limited to 13 teams

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