Claudia Fugazza


“I was only a child when, for the first time my eyes met yours. You were the most wonderful creature I had ever met and for a few seconds you shared with me the river’s song. Then, trotting, you disappeared in the forest and I was left alone to follow you with my imagination. To you, wolf, I dedicate my research work.”

My name is Claudia Fugazza and I’ve grown up with my family dogs, who taught me how to love and respect animals.

I gave up my previous job to dedicate myself to my real passion: the study of dogs and wolves ethology.

I have a Degree in Dog Breeding and Dog Training Techniques, a Master in Ethology of Companion Animals and a Master in Dog Training (University of Pisa – Italy) and a PhD in Ethology.

During my PhD I conducted research on social learning and imitation in dogs with Prof. Ádám Miklósi at the Eötvös Lorand University in Budapest.

I have also worked as a Dog Trainer in Happy Dog School (Como) where I gave courses and counseling on dogs’ behavioral problems

I teach social learning in dogs at the University of Pisa and Padova and give several seminars on this topic. 

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I wrote a book and DVD on social learning in dog training: “DO AS I DO – Il cane impara guardandoci” edited by Haqihana, translated also in English by Dogwise, in German and Russian by Dogfriend and in Spanish by Dogalia

Now I work mainly as a researcher on dogs’ social learning and imitative abilities but I often give seminars on Do as I Do in dog training and never give up the practice with dogs and owners, who are always my teachers.

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  1. Dear Claudia,
    I have enjoyed your seminar in Holland so much!! I was the lady with the red merle Australian Shepherd called Banner.
    I am so inspired by you that I was wondering if it would be possible to learn how to become a Do as I Do trainer myself, so I can do this on my dogschool in the future. Do you know if there are educations for this? I do not mind to travel to Italy for it.
    I am really looking forward to your answer.
    Warm regards,

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