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Dognitive Therapy - drinks & snacks with Laura Vissaritis of 3AW
Wed. 31 May 2017, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm AEST
* Ticket price includes light dinner (share plates) & drinks * Doors open 6.30pm, for dinner at 7.00pm *
Laura Vissaritis is Australian born qualified Dog Behaviourist and Trainer. With degrees in Zoology, Genetics, Archaeology, Education and Psychology, Laura knows her stuff. But at the same time, she strongly feels that our best teachers are our dogs.
Her new book is called DognitiveTherapy & we'd like to invite you to meet Laura over some light dinner & drinks, then take a seat & listen to her discuss her new book & dog training ideas, called Dognitive Therapy (http://www.dognitivetherapy.com/about).
We might even have an extra special guest, her dog!
Whether presenting on TV, the radio or in print, Laura is a true professional. Her friendly personality is contagious, warming and engaging. She captivates your heart whilst calmly and professionally encourages positive behaviour. She has a wide range of appeal as a role model to young wide-eyed children, adults and beyond.
As a presenter, guest speaker, columnist and ambassador her ability to immediately relate to her audience is unique.
Over ten years, her extensive media training has allowed her to successfully work as a model and presenter across the country.
Laura says "I have been working with animals since I could walk and talk, but in 2005, I embarked on my first offical animal loving role, in wildlife education. I have educated hundreds of thousands of children and adults on wildlife conservation, building empathy for animals on the brink of extinction. It was here that I expanded my passion to encompass empathy for all living creatures, not just endangered ones.
Adopting Chester my Staffordshire Bull Terrier became the turning point of my career, where I returned to study; acquiring formal Dog Behaviour and Training qualifications to pursue my passion for ‘helping dogs to have the life they deserve’.
After acknowledging the Science behind all training methods, from Dominance approaches to Positive Reinforcement only training, I developed a philosophy that I felt other trainers constantly overlooked; a philosophy that respects the human - dog relationship. My philosophy addresses the relationship that dogs and humans share such as; social cohesion, survival needs of food, water and shelter and basic instinctive desires such as affection, acceptance, respect and most importantly, leadership.
Called Dognitive Therapy, this approach is based on recognising the dog’s state of mind as a reflection of the human’s state of mind. Where there are dog behavioural issues, there are invariably issues for the human that are symptoms of inconsistent leadership. Often, an owner's self respect, self discipline, expectations, confidence, priorities or motivations are questionable.
Through Dognitive Therapy, I address the behaviour of the human, before I treat the dog. Helping the human increase their trust in themselves as a consistent leader is the starting point of the therapy. In essence, I address the human’s motivations, their motivations with their dog and then the dog’s motivations.
Dognitive Therapy is applied through mutual cooperation, respect and trust instead of Dominance. If the dog complies with the human’s expectations, the human complies with the dog’s expectations.
Understanding what a dog’s motivations are at all times is critical to the success of my Dognitive Therapy.
Dognitive Therapy is the first method that changes a relationship between human and dog; starting with the human."