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No Walks, No Worries

by Sian Ryan and Helen Zulch

Every year millions of puppies enter homes, carrying their new family s expectation of a wonderful relationship. Sadly, many are re-homed or lose their lives as the result of behaviours which their owners find difficult to live with. Helping a puppy to grow into a resilient dog, capable of coping with the challenges of daily living, whilst retaining a good quality of life and exhibiting behaviours acceptable within society, is not an easy task. This book aims to simplify puppy education by presenting the skills that are required to achieve these goals within the context of everyday life. By enabling owners to incorporate teaching into each interaction they enjoy with their puppy, it not only becomes easier for them, but also enables the puppy to practice appropriate behaviour choices within day-to-day situations. By teaching skills such as self-control, respect for rules, and clear communication, owners can spend less time directing their dog, and more time enjoying their relationship with him, as he takes more control for his own good behaviour. Beautiful, specially-taken photographs illustrate the points made, and each chapter includes a worksheet to help owners chart their puppy's progress.

Sian Ryan

Sian gained her MSc in Clinical Animal Behaviour with distinction from the University of Lincoln, 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 (see the video below), and was consulted during the making of Inside the Animal Mind with Chris Packham.

Sian is a committee member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and owns and runs the Developing Dogs Training and Behaviour Centre in Cambridgeshire, as well as giving seminars and workshops internationally.

Helen Zulch

Helen Zulch is a veterinarian who qualified in South Africa, and has since worked in a number of areas of veterinary science. She developed an interest in animal behaviour and has consulted and lectured in the field for over ten years, moving to the University of Lincoln, England, to continue her career.

Helen’s main interests and areas of research include prevention of behaviour problems through appropriate early life experiences, the application of scientific principles in animal training, interaction between health and behaviour, communication in animals, and olfaction in dogs. She has owned and trained dogs all her adult life. Helen is currently programme leader of the MSc in Clinical Animal Behaviour at the University of Lincoln.

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