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“ASK THE DOG” - this is how Nina Bondarenko taught her Rottweilers.

In this seminar, filmed in 2013, Nina shares this approach and demonstrates how it works in practise.

Disc 1 - 54 minutes, Disc 2 - 45 minutes

Ask the Dog

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ASK THE DOG by Nina Bondarenko

As Programme Director for Canine Partners, Nina based the Assistance Dogs’ development on errorless learning and motivational training. This allows each dog to learn and train at their own appropriate pace and level, thereby avoiding the potential stressors of confusion, anxiety or frustration. 

“Dogs can then tell us what they know and SURPRISE us. I now use this training approach to all dogs and puppies” (Nina)

Nina demonstrates examples of different types of training and explains why a dog can “shut down”.   

Many people want to learn how to punish their dog, so Nina discusses what is a correction or what is punishing for an individual dog and how to interrupt or modify unwanted behaviour by the ‘Learn to Earn’ approach -  the dog loses the chance to carry out a desired behaviour, or earns the chance to carry out a desired behaviour. This type of training puts a dog into curiosity and interaction mode rather than conflict and stress mode.

In this DVD Nina, in her inimitable, entertaining and lively style, teaches us how to improve our own training habits and be aware of what is salient to the dog.


About the author

Nina Bondarenko - is known for her witty and entertaining presenting style that reveals an extraordinary knowledge of all things Dog. As a breeder, judge, trainer, assessor, behavioural consultant, Nina has developed an in-depth understanding of Canine Ethology, Canine Cognition and Communication, the Human-Animal Bond, and how to help us humans talk to dogs and be understood.

Nina Bondarenko is the author and illustrator of the book "Hearts, Minds and Paws" - a lavishly illustrated book on dogs with unusual working jobs, from blood and explosive detection, through seizure alert and response, and including Assistance dogs such as Dog of the Millennium and Dickens Medal winner Canine Partners Endal www.milleniumdog.freeserve.co.uk

She has been training dogs for specific-purpose working roles for over 30 years.Nina was a founder member of the Dingo Study Foundation (Aust),and she studies wild canid behaviour. UTZ Rottweiler Stud was her breeding programme for Working Rottweilers.

Nina Bondarenko has delivered training courses and seminars for a range of organisations such as  Lancashire Police Dog Instructors Courses, City of London Police Dog Handlers, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, Wood Green Animal Shelter, Dogs Trust, Canine Partners (UK), Customs Dog Handlers, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Services, Florence Dog Rescue Centre (Italy), Accadamia  Studio Cani Communicatione (Italy), Australian Support Dogs, etc.

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