Do as I Do is a new training method based on dogs’ social cognitive abilities
“Do as I Do” was the name of a scientific protocol first used by Hayes & Hayes in the ‘50s to test chimpanzees imitative abilities
In 2006 the first scientific study on dog’s imitative abilities using the Do as I do protocol was published by Topal and colleagues from the Department of Ethology headed by Adam Miklosi (Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest)
In order to use the Do as I Do in training, fist the dog needs to learn the imitation rule: “Do it!” means “copy what I showed you”
Once the dog has learned and generalised this rule, you can use it to teach him new behaviours
The new behaviours can then be put under verbal cue as in the following video, where Phoebe first learns a new behaviour and then her owners teach her a new cue for this behaviour.