"Do as I Do"
A new method for training dogs
DRA. CLAUDIA FUGAZZAFirst and Only Seminar for México in 2017
“The predisposition of a dog to learn socially from humans has contributed to making them our loyal friends for life, and today, finally we can allow them to use there cognitive social capacity to interact with us in a totally new way.”
Dr. Claudia Fugazza
• PhD in Ethology (Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest)
• Post Graduated Master in Ethology (University of Pisa)
• Post Graduated Master in Dog Training (University of Pisa)
• BSC in Dog Breeding and Dog Training – TACREC (University of Pisa)
• Master in (university of Insubria)
> For more info, go to : http://www.doasido.it/en
• Fugazza, C., Pogány Á., Miklósi Á. (2016) Recall of others’ actions after incidental encoding reveals episodic-like memory in dogs. Current Biology, Vol. 26, No. 23, 3209-3213
• Fugazza, C., Pogány Á., Miklósi Á. (2016) Spatial generalization of imitation in dogs. Journal of Comparative Psychology, Vol. 130, No. 3, 249–258
• Fugazza, C., Pogány Á., Miklósi Á. (2015) Do as I … Did! Long-term memory of imitative actions in dogs (Canis familiaris) Animal Cognition DOI: 10.1007/s10071-015-0931-8
• Fugazza C. and Miklósi A. (2015) Social learning in dog training: the effectiveness of the Do as I do method compared to shaping/clicker training. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, DOI: 10.1016/j.applanim.2015.08.033
• Fugazza C. and Miklósi A. (2014) Measuring the Behaviour of Dogs: An Ethological Approach. In Horowitz A. Domestic Dog Cognition and Behaviour, The scientific study of Canis familiaris. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, DOI 10.1007/978-3-642-53994-7_8
• Fugazza, C. and Miklósi Á. (2014) Should old dog trainers learn new tricks? The efficiency of the Do as I do method and shaping / clicker training method to train dogs. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 153, 53-61, DOI: 10.1016/j.applanim.2014.01.009
• Fugazza, C. and Miklósi Á. (2013) Deferred imitation and declarative memory in dogs. Animal Cognition, 17(2), 237-247, DOI: 10.1007/s10071-013-0656-5
A few words from Claudia Fugazza
“I was only a child when, for the first time my eyes met yours. You were the most wonderful creature I had ever met and for a few seconds you shared with me the river’s song. Then, trotting, you disappeared in the forest and I was left alone to follow you with my imagination. To you, wolf, I dedicate my research work.”
My name is Claudia Fugazza and I’ve grown up with my family dogs, who taught me how to love and respect animals. I gave up my previous job to dedicate myself to my real passion: the study of dogs and wolves ethology.
I have a Degree in Dog Breeding and Dog Training Techniques, a Master in Ethology of Companion Animals and a Master in Dog Training (University of Pisa – Italy) and a PhD in Ethology.
During my PhD I conducted research on social learning and imitation in dogs with Prof. Ádám Miklósi at the Eötvös Lorand University in Budapest.
Now I work as a Researcher at the Department of Ethology at Eotvos Lorand University (Budapest) and I conduct research on dogs’ social cognitive abilities.
I have also worked as a Dog Trainer in Happy Dog School (Como) where I gave courses and counseling on dogs’ behavioral problems.
I teach social learning in dogs at the University of Pisa and Padova and give several seminars on this topic. http:// youtu.be/oC3OqbjlxkM.
I wrote a book and DVD on social learning in dog training: “DO AS I DO – Il cane impara guardandoci” edited by Haqihana, translated also in English by Dogwise, in German and Russian by Dogfriend and in Spanish by Dogalia
I often give seminars on the use of Do as I Do in dog training and never give up the practice with dogs and owners, who are always my teachers.
About the seminar
What is Social Learning? What is the Seminar about?
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 imitative ability. With this technique dogs will learn new behaviors observing and imitating their owners.
During the seminar Dr. Fugazza 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 behaviors to their dogs, simply showing them what to do. These new actions will be then put under verbal cue.
Dr. Fugazza will also explain what are the cognitive abilities implied in imitation and in this training techniques which is the first training method based on dog’s social cognitive skills.
Price of seminar
$ 5,500.00 mexican pesos
- If you pay the total cost before 31st of May 2017 $ 4,500.00 (early early bird)
- Payments made through June 1st to July 31st 2017 $ 5,000.00 (early bird)
- Payments made in August $ 5,500.00
To sign up for the Seminar click here: https://goo.gl/forms/lE13NO8CF9qRBb0A3
For your convenience food will be served with and additional cost at the hotel.
• Breakfast $70.00 mexican pesos.
• Lunch $90.00 mexican pesos.
Payment for food must be done before the event ( at the same time as your inscription) in order to guarantee your meals if you do not pay ahead of time you will not be able to receive food at the event. There will be vegetarian options. The food service is not Buffet, and the price includes one meal. It is VERY important to confirm your meal ahead of time. The closest Oxxo or restaurant is about 15 minute away from the hotel.
The Seminar will be given in English and translated into Spanish.
Instructionsfor people that want to participate with their dog
The dogs that participate to the practice part of 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.
• Deaf dogs can participate, if you have one, contact us for details because the training protocol is a bit different.
• Your dog should be social and shouldn’t present aggression towards other dogs or people in order for the seminar to function smoothly.
Only for people sing up for the practical part
Owners are requested to send a video of their 3 behaviors on verbal cue at least 10 days before the date of the seminar.
Only 10 spots for Person - Dog practical part
The first 10 dogs to comply to there requirements, will be the only dogs to participate in the seminar.
This is why it´s important that anyone interested in the practical part of the seminar sends their videos to be revised and approved by the organizing committee and Sara Tagliati (Do as I Do) to be admitted to the practice part of the seminar.
Before starting the seminar we will examine the dogs, and only the dogs that meet these requirements will be allowed to participate.
If you have any questions, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: Only people signed up for the Seminar will receive video assessment.
Important information: Goal of the Seminar
The goal of this seminar is not personal dog training, but to teach the Do as I Do protocol to all participants. Therefore, if a dog doesn’t reach the requirements mentioned above, it will not be allowed to participate in the practice part. Obviously the owner will still be welcome to take part in the seminar as an observer.
This has proved to be the best way to give all participants as much knowledge as possible within the short time of a two days seminar.
Each owner can choose the 3 behaviors, but please note that they should be ‘imitable’ actions, that is, actions the owner can perform as a demonstrator (so, NO passing under the owner’s legs, giving the paw to the owner etc). Behaviors like touch the cone with nose or paw, go on target mat or touch it with paw, climb on a chair, jump on the agility table, spin, walk around an object, lay down, jump over a hurdle are easy to start with. I give these just as examples but each owner can choose its own actions, provided that they are ‘imitable’.
Hotel and Seminar venue (pet friendly)
Hotel Perico is an ecological and simple tranquil get-away spot for any occasion. Located in Ajijic, Jalisco, México. Hotel Perico has been our favorite venue for all of our official Agility competitions and other seminars like our last one with Dr. Ian Dunbar.
This is the only hotel that we will offer since it is very accommodating to stay where the seminar will be held and that is also pet friendly. Ajijic and Chapala are touristic areas where you could find another hotel, in the case you have other special needs.
The hotel offers:
• Pool (Climate conditions determine the temperature)
• Large terrace with tables and chairs
• Area with BbQ ́s
• Soccer field (Seminar area)
• Lake view
• Internet in all areas (ask for codes in reception)
Direct Contact to Hotel Perico:
Localization in Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/3WuYVQYNnRm
Local Telephone: (376) 688 0998
Cell: (33) 3142 0012
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Reservation should be done directly with the hotel, but it is important to confirm with the event organizers via email to, email@example.com in order to guarantee your reservation.
Cost of Rooms and Camping (price in mexican pesos per day and subject to change)
• Small room: 1 to 3 People: $600.00
• Large room: 1 to 5 People: $900.00
• Camping 1 Person: $150.00*
*Camping costs are per person, per day and you need to bring your own tent. There is a public restroom but no showers for campers (August is rainy season in Jalisco, you should pack accordingly).
All rooms are different, you must explain to the hotel what your needs are to select the right room for you (rooms are subject to availability). Any damage that may ocurre to the premises by the guest or their dog will have to be covered in full before check out.
Dogs selected to participate in the seminar should be on leash at all times, you should bring a dog kennel as well, only one dog at a time will be used. There are other animals (cats, dogs) and people that live in the hotel year round, and should be respected.
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