Learning Dog

Learning Dog | More Dog – More Human – More Together 
Applied zooanthropology education program, in the relationship between dogs and human.     

The main purpose of this education program is represented by providing a learning platform for the professional and the caregiver who deal with dogs and who want to fully understand the cognitive-zooanthropologic model of Learning Dog. 
An education program that goes to the roots of the relationship between dog and human, which highlights the profound meanings of cognition and relationship, which emphasizes the needs from the point of view of the dog, which highlights the emotional, mental and social innate heritage of the dog, who speaks a language other than where the dog becomes more dog, the human becomes more human and where both become more together.  

Francesco De Giorgio, cognitive ethologist, with a life experience in the relationship with horses and dogs. Practical consultant in the application of the cognitive- zooanthropologic model. 

José Schoorl, consultant in the animal-human relationship, teaching and support people, how to understand, how to live, and how to improve the relationship with animals from their own point of view.  

Structure and content overview 

Module 1: The animal-human relationship | What really mean zooanthropology. The meaning of relationship between animal and human. Cognition, emotions and relationship. The cognitive-zooanthropologic model (CZ model). The dog today: new insights from the dog point of view. The human today: from a different point of view. Ethics, ethology and zooanthropology.

Module 2: Principles of Cognitive Ethology | The cognitive ethology of dogs, as subjects and as species. Wolves, dogs and other canids. Dog cognition. The Alpha myth: what is wrong? Nuances and details of behaviour. Social behaviour: the affiliative dimension. 

Module 3: How dogs learn | What means learning. Conventional approach to dogs: the behaviourism. Zooanthropologic approach to dogs: the emotional-cognitive learning. The mean of the latent learning. Experiences and learning. The CZ model.

Module 4: Language and Relationship | Observing dog language, observing human language. Individual dog language. Posture and movement. Signals of cognitive processes. The ritualization. Learn to read the context. Signs of stress vs expression of wellbeing.

Module 5: Behavioural and Relationship | Problems Analysis and Diagnosis Disorders due to social isolation. Disorders due to training. Aggression and stress. Resistance and defense. Problem solving approach.

Module 6: Applied Canine Zooanthropology | Relationship practices. The management of a zooanthropologic center. The dog harness. Counselling in problem solving. Personal growth mediated by dogs and the AAI. The daily experiences management. Cognition and wellbeing.


When you are interested in attending this education program, please request an intake.