Exploring self control in dogs with Sian Ryan

Sunday 30th October 2016

Price: £40, £35 LAA members  

When: Arrive 9.45 for a 10am start, finish around  4 pm.

Where: Wotton Village Hall, between Guildford and Dorking on the A25, behind the Wotton Hatch pub, Surrey (easy access of the M25, M3 and relatively near a railway station).

Self-control has become a popular term in dog training circles which can be easily misunderstood and misinterpreted. The first part of this exciting workshop will present an overview of past and current research on impulsivity, the effect of individual differences in personality, plus the theory and concepts of self-control, focusing on the key differences between ‘cued’ and ‘autonomous’ control behaviours. The second part of the workshop is a hands on opportunity to practice proven techniques with your dog (handler place only) and look at how to implement the theory in the ‘real world’. The application of cued and autonomous control behaviours will be discussed in depth. This thought provoking workshop will leave you with a greater understanding of the science behind this important topic and give you ways to apply it to your training.


Dogs will work individually, or in a small group if appropriate, and need to be comfortable (I.e. not fearful) working in a room of people. Excitable dogs welcome! There are four dog places and the rest spectators. If you’d like a dog place please contact me for more information to check that your dog will be suitable for the environment and event.

This is a rare opportunity for a great CPD event for professionals and an interesting day out for anyone wanting to learn more about their dog.

Pay by PayPal using the links or send a cheque, payable to ‘Learning About Animals’, to:

Suzanne Rogers, 6 Fern Cottages, Dorking Road, Abinger Hammer, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6SA.

E-mail: Suzanne@learningaboutanimals.co.uk Please let me know at time of booking if you require a certificate of attendance of the course for your records.

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The speaker: Sian gained her MSc in Clinical Animal Behaviour from the University of Lincoln with distinction in 2011. Whilst finishing her dissertation on Self Control in Pet Dogs she worked as a behaviour counsellor and trainer in the Lincoln Animal Behaviour Clinic and went on to work as a researcher looking at novel ways of measuring emotions in dogs in 2012. With several years of dog training experience, Sian was the first course tutor for Life Skills for Puppies training classes and helped create and develop the course, as well as tutoring on the Life Skills for Puppies Trainers Courses offered by the University of Lincoln. Sian writes for several organisations and her book No Walks? No Worries! (with co-author Helen Zulch and photographer Peter Baumber) was published in October 2014. Sian has also appeared as an animal training and behaviour expert on Bang Goes the Theory and was consulted during the making of Inside the Animal Mind with Chris Packham. Sian owns and runs the Developing Dogs Training Centre and Holiday Cottages in Cambridgeshire, as well as giving seminars and workshops across the country.

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