Roberto Barata works professionally with dogs and other species since his 17 years old, being an integral part of his life over these years. He lives in Denmark in synergy with the etologi.dk, and his work focuses in companion animal families teaching, study and research of their relationships, and mentoring/tutorship for professionals and students in the animal behavior modification field.
He is a modern implementer and precursor of an anthrozoological view in companion animal training.
Due to the lack of this approach in animal training, he created and adjusted theoretical and practical models based on scientific evidence and empirical knowledge, demystifying popular theories, concepts, terms, and the current politically correct approaches and trends in the animal training world. All models aim to give different perspectives and tools to professionals so that they develop their self-reflection, critical thinking, and professional development, including their daily life challenges with companion animal families.
He incorporated other professional social science areas in the animal behavior modification educational programs, creating a different professional model, and bringing real and adapted topics for the daily trainer’s challenges, continuing his longtime work to create a credible recognization to the animal behavior modification world.
His best-ever seminars (so far) are:
- Critical thinking and the scientific method for animal trainers.
- Teach without speech in animal training: Speak less, observe more.
- More than training, a human science-based view.
- A new view about animal training: Anthrozoology, Mentoring & Animal Behavior.
- Aggressive and Fearful Behavior: Understanding misunderstandings
- Dog as part of the family: Be an exemplary dog owner. ( from the etologi.dk program “Hunden som en del af familien”)
His differentiated approach to animal behavior modification follows the natural communication, the interspecific understanding, the respect for the species nature, and the use of critical thinking as a tool for professional and personal improvement, without harmful or coercive techniques.
He supports and respects the science by updating his work regularly, rejecting labels for his work, extremist/moralistic trends, or the misrepresentation and manipulation of the science and the scientific method in favor of social, economic, political trends or agendas.
In his daily work, he works as advisor, mentor and coach for companion animal families, professionals in the animal behaviour modification field, and institutions worldwide.
In synergy with etologi.dk, Denmark, several on-campus, online courses, and technical manuals are developed for companion animal families, animal behavior technicians, students, veterinarians, pet sitters, animal shelter volunteers, and other professionals in the animal field.
He also works with companies outside of the animal behavior field, implementing his ethological and behavioral knowledge, among other education in the area, for team management, leadership, and general quality improvement.
He still finds time for some pro-bono projects and for his independent research in the humans and companion animals relationship and companion animals in society field, sharing them in his on-campus and online lectures and seminars, for students, professionals, and participants around the world.
His mission in his work in the same principle that he enjoys his life:
“Respect for the silence and individuals, freedom in critical thinking and opinion, questioning everything, simplicity, and precision in our actions, without spending time and energy in unnecessary things. Nosce te ipsum– Know thyself.”