Dunja Kovač is a doctor of veterinary medicine – behaviorist, who deals with behavioral disorders in dogs and cats and the implementation of behavioral modification therapy.
She founded the Pet Institute in order to provide dog and cat owners with a different experience in training of their pets, all with the goal of mutual understanding and creating a harmonious relationship.
During her stay in the USA, Dunja became certified by the ASPCA for the implementation of the SAFER and MYM programs (Certified Canine Assessor) – working with dogs in shelter environment, conducting behavioral evaluation and behavioral protocols, assessing the causes and degree of aggression and assessing foster care.
Under the mentorship of one of the greatest experts in the field of applied anima behaviour – Dr. Sophia Yin – Dunja has been certified for “Low stress handling and behavior modification protocols” in dogs and cats.
At the Messerli Research Institute in Vienna, at the Clever Dog Lab and Wolf Science Center, she worked on comparative cognition of dogs and wolves.
She is also certified to conduct the C-BARQ (Canine Behavior Assessment and Research Questionnaire) – a test to assess the temperament of dog owners.
At the Cynologique Academy in Belgrade, Dunja is a moderator and lecturer on the course for Professional Dog Walkers, as well as a lecturer on courses for Professional Handlers and for Kennel Judges.
Dunja is one of the authors of the “Manual for a responsible dog owner”, as well as the author of numerous professional texts, lectures and papers at national and international congresses.
She is currently a doctoral student at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Belgrade on the subject of animal welfare and behavior.