We believe that by joining Dog Republic community you are stepping into a new relationship with your pet, so… Welcome!
Welcome to a place where it is possible to:
We offer a variety of services both for pet owners and professional trainers of all levels in three languages (English, Russian, Turkish). Scroll down to read more about positive training and Dog Republic’s trainer Ekaterina Chirkunova.
Medical school: Private psychotherapy counselling with interest in animal assisted therapy and human-animal bond research.
Graduate of I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University (general medicine), Moscow State University of Medicine and Dentistry (psychiatry qualification), Institute of Psychotherapy and Clinical Psychology (psychotherapy qualification).
Dog Training and Dog Behavior Modification: pet dog training, behavior modification, assistance dog training, therapy dogs.
Training programs, seminars and courses: Dog Training and Behavior Modification (School of Applied Ethology), Animal Assisted Therapy Applications (University of New Hampshire), Dog Emotion and Cognition (Duke University), Animal Behavior and Welfare (University of Edinburgh).
Proud of learning from Karen Pryor Clicker Training Academy, Ken Ramirez, Emma Parsons, Jean Donaldson, Kathy Sdao, Emily Larlham, Susan Garrett, Patricia McConnel, Grisha Stewart, Chirag Patel, Nicole Wilde, Malena DeMartini-Price, Claudia Fugazza, Pamela Johnson, Pat Miller, Sophia Yin and still continuing to learn from them and other world-known trainers and behaviourists.
Positive training is a modern scientific based approach to animal training and behavior modification. There is always a worthwhile reason for any behavior an animal performs whether it is moving ears as a reaction to the squirrel on a tree or for peeing on an owner’s favourite carpet. There is no need to invent explanations for so called “bad behaviors” like revenging an owner leaving home alone, being capricious about food or naughty because of an ill nature (bad character). Behavioral science had already explained all of it years ago. What is left to us is to learn the science, observe the behavior, understand dog’s basic needs and make a training plan that works for this particular dog.
We adopt dogs to experience this special deep love and dedication that they share with the owner, to experience dog’s endless happy and openminded attitude to this life. Each dog lover will agree if I tell you that a dog will make us better versions of ourselves as well as help us to maintain more active and healthy style of life. We believe that true friendship is built on mutual understanding, good attitude and respect to vital needs of both partners of the communication. So by promoting positive training we promote enhancing the quality of relationship between dog and its owner.
It is been proven that both humans and other animals learn better while playing. Work can be hard. Work can be boring. I mean… you probably know it better then me. We do learn much better and faster when we love doing what we are doing, when we feel inspired and happy, when our job is just the best playground in the whole world. While training positively we don’t work, we keep playing and discovering your dog’s unique personality.
No, you don’t need to train 1 hour a day to get a perfect dog. No, your dog doesn’t necessarily need to walk 6 hours a day. No, your dog might not benefit at all from fetching a ball game. No, your dog doesn’t need a big private garden to have a happy life… Yes, your super active terrier can be tired and sleep hours after 20 minute exercise. Yes, you may train without punishment and it doesn’t mean that your dog will be allowed to eat from your plate or dance on your head. Yes, you can handle your large dog without any shock or choke collars even if your dog is heavier then you…
There are so many more misconceptions on dog training out there. What is true is that your dog is smart, it loves you and it loves to learn new things most of all in this world. So why not start using it all to your advantage?
Be creative. There’s almost nothing impossible.