Do As I Do
Northwood End Road
A new training technique based on social learning
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.