Do you (really) know your dog? The importance of dog education today

04/23/2022 – 09.00 – A new article dedicated to raising animal awareness from the weekly column of Udine.news. The initiative aims to highlight the work and care of voluntary organizations such as Cat Oasis, Cattery, Canal in our region, raising awareness as well as providing as much as possible. Adequate information about the fauna that can be expanded and plotted to be understood and discovered.
In our interview route, we have included A dog educator, Alessandra Chiandotto Monfalcone based its association with InQuestoMondoDiCani, which For six years it has taken care of welcoming dog and human couples to various relational rehabilitation courses.Often devalued, but necessary for both animal and both owner and growth Through the dog-teaching method he is asked to listen and know his four-legged friend.

What is the role of the dog teacher in the relationship between the dog and the owner?

Dog education extends in many areas, from educating the owner to managing the ribs without violence; Motor activity in the field involves various games and techniques to allow the dog to unlock mechanisms that make him frightened, insecure, anxious, phobic or aggressive, even if in the latter case it is important to emphasize that an aggressive dog is almost always anxious due to negative treatment. And the saving of fear. Each dog has a specific character, given by both breeds – so do crosses – and by its relationship with its mate and by the social context in which it comes from. My role is first to observe the movements, attitudes, and treatment of both parties – the dog and the person – and consequently to apply interventions, receptions, and patience in a variety of ways depending on the context. We use the term “gentle method” which I don’t like very much, as it carries the risk of reducing the systematic application of the profession, which in itself is difficult to get there because it does not have a reference register. The goal is for dogs and humans to know and recognize each other. To do this, the person almost always has to step back to listen to his dog’s needs and when he doesn’t know how to do it because the relationship seems to lack answers – even if that’s never the case – they turn to our educators that we are dog specific. We provide targeted strategies according to the case, but many observe the couple’s relationship. Thus, the internal work is also performed by people who often change for the better. Dogs are our mirror, it should never be forgotten.

What’s the difference between a dog trainer and a dog educator?

Primarily the role of the dog educator was born to bring the dog into the next training technique or the various other disciplines associated with it, but in reality dogphilia is very different from that educational training, as the term implies in its etymology. The animal’s potential to “bring out” as much as its problems, which, unfortunately, are often linked to the social context in which it is inserted. Training, on the other hand, means “making it right”, “making it efficient”, more marked – often, but not in all training – to satisfy owners’ requests because it has long been considered necessary in our cultural context: dogs must be performed. This is not the case at all. The dog needs to understand as much as he understands his human mate and an ever-expanding knowledge can be created from this relationship. Training can be useful for dogs that can handle complications and problems, but always with an educational approach and not a coercive approach that turns the dog into an executioner. I say again, this is not the case with all training, but unfortunately for many, yes, if the dog does not respond to orders, especially in the case of Lish management, violence is also applied. Violence will only create more fear and potential dog violence on humans, other dogs and owners. No matter how violent a dog is, it is a consequence. Then there are the characters that should undoubtedly be handled because they are strong or imposed, like some alpha dogs, but it always falls within the power of understanding the animal and moving along with a relationship.

What are the main activities of a dog meeting?

I personally work 360 degrees. The first thing is to give the person skills on how to handle his dog so that he can understand later. The primary and most urgent task is to bring immediate owner awareness to create sharing; We then begin to work on the animal’s ability to express itself by exploring the field, communicating with its mate and other dogs, activities that allow us to learn about our dog’s skills; Then, we focus on the general contexts of life that are involved in running, playing, managing walks. For example, socializing with other dogs is an aspect that should be treated with the utmost care and the goal is for owners to know how to allow the dog to express itself best in the social context.

I wonder, is there any important work to be done on human behavior and consequently its problems?

Absolutely yes, it is essential. The owner’s psychological work is performed automatically if he decides to start the path of dog education. Human problems weigh so heavily on dogs that, I repeat, act as a mirror to humans, as far as what we bring to our dog relationships: control, anxiety, laziness, anger. Dogs always give us a chance to improve.

Alessandra Chiandotto

What are the biggest risks or problems in your work?

If we talk about bites, for example, it is a risk related to error: if you put the dog in a position to physically attack you, he will attack you. I worked with dogs who wanted to kill me, yet I was able to enter into a relationship without any injuries. Thanks to the application of the method, Z, with my bitch that I traveled that long and then with experience with other dogs. Of course this is a profession that you must feel, it is not for everyone, because it requires a lot of love for animals and a form of personal knowledge that, although it is always evolving, requires the necessary concentration to be able to perceive its signals. A living creature that is different from our language. I can say that perhaps more negative than the problem is that the negative aspects of the work I do happen due to the inability to reach a harmony between the relationship between the dog and the owner that the man does not want in the deep vision. The problem almost never comes from dogs. Relationship dysfunction and managing daily life by the person, as well as daily repetition of dysfunctional situations on the dog and, consequently, problems in the relationship with it. In addition, I am very dependent on the weather and I almost always work in the open field. During the Covid period, on the other hand, adoption has increased and my work requests have increased because of serious problem dogs related to the social world: dogs that did not run because they were closed to human-like houses; Frightened and confused dogs among some people. Kovid has left his mark on everyone, including animals.

How long has the dog teacher profession existed?

In Italy it is a profession that came later than in Central Europe. The first organized structures were created in the sixties, but actual research was born after the 1976 Fruli earthquake in Italy, where the method of mental activation used in training to rescue dogs was taken, thanks to Paolo Villani. , Considered the number one dog educator based on mental activation.

However, what are the positive aspects and the biggest success you get from your profession?

Without a doubt the change in owners after the canine path, who understand that their healthy evolution occurs when you establish yourself in a relationship with another life. Listening and taking a step back from their beliefs and blocks also allows them to be different in terms of emotions. Humans and dogs have the same endocrine system, so they are able to communicate immediately on an emotional level and both can damage the relationship if it is poorly managed, but it can recover and rebuild.

How far can we go to raise awareness about the importance of this profession?

I must say that everything is evolving, especially in a method based on scientific research based on dog listening, such as neuroscience, an aspect that lacks training. I think there should be a change in volunteer work with dog professionals so that they can do more work on the dog and create continuity among the incoming and outgoing volunteers. However, the great goal that many companies are working on is to incorporate other aspects of dog care such as osteopathy, physiotherapy, naturopathy. All the existing realities that expand our human discovery and knowledge about this wonderful creature, as they are perfectly suited for dog lovers, who, in contrast to training, cultivate dog welfare which must go through interactive activities.

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