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S 25. May 2024

Training Skills Workshop 3 – Emotions

10:00 - 13:00

Tartu city | Hea Koer

  • Training
  • Side programme
49 €


Training Skills Workshop is a series for dog owners and animal professionals. Participants gain knowledge of the fundamentals of animal training and refine their training skills without a dog. This time, the topic is EMOTIONS.

Training Skills Workshops are a part of the European Capital of Culture Tartu 2024 side programme.

Kristina Mägi (Hea Koer) and Lea Tummeleht (BriskMind) are leading TSW, which deals with emotions. Emotions play a significant role in learning – the learners’ and the trainers’ emotions. You have probably personally experienced this in your earlier life. But how much have you noticed your own emotions when teaching your dog? Have you noticed the moment when your irritation only starts to grow when things don’t go as planned? Why is it recommended to praise and cheer on the dog enthusiastically during some exercises, and why is it sometimes considered inappropriate? Can dogs understand our dissatisfaction when we furrow our brows for a moment? And is all of this even important? Do dogs have emotions at all? And which are these emotions?

This time, TSW is more theoretical because we don’t like to conduct human experiments, especially knowing that it would cause suffering to our learners. However, we do have some good exercises in store for this TSW because we strongly believe in experimental learning.

TSW (Training Skills Workshops) is an excellent format for learning training because we don’t have dogs with us. Have you ever experienced that feeling when you try to teach your dog something new, and something happens that you didn’t plan for? Since the dogs stay home, you can come to the workshops completely stress-free and develop your knowledge, observation, training, and analysis skills.
We connect the experiences from TSW with behavioural science, which has yet to be widely popularized in the Estonian public so far but can significantly improve our everyday lives and the lives of our loved ones.

We welcome dog owners, volunteers working with animals, and professionals. Also, we welcome everyone who is keen to learn more about animal training!

The event is in Estonian.

Hea Koer and Kristina Mägi with BriskMind and Lea Tummeleht will organize 7 Training Skill Workshops, allowing enthusiasts to learn and refine their animal training skills. We focus on humane and positive reinforcement training with a scientific basis.
After each TSW, there will be a discussion with selected guests. We’ll talk about various aspects of Estonian dog culture. Both events aim to raise awareness of the needs of people and dogs in both urban environments and in general and thus improve our survival skills. We also aim for a more compassionate and friendly (dog-keeping) culture. We can achieve this through knowledge, skills, and a change in mindset.

If you want to grab a bite or need a place to stay, see what the Tartu 2024 hospitality network offers in the area:


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Hea Koer


Ujula 1a, Tartu, Tartu maakond, Eesti

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