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Impulsivity and Self Control with Sian Ryan

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Thursday 7th February 2019 - Essex

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Impulsivity and Self Control with Sian Ryan

Self Control / Impulse Control / Impulsivity / Frustration have become buzz words in dog training in recent years. But what do we actually mean and what impact can they have on the day-to-day behaviour of dogs in our care?

This one-day seminar will: consider impulsivity in dogs, why it impacts behaviour and how we can measure it. It will also look at how frustration may manifest itself in dog behaviour and how impulsivity and frustration relate to self control.

The day will look at:

  • the difference between self control and owner-directed behaviour (if there is one),
  • the benefits of working on developing self control, 
  • the most effective ways of enabling dogs to manage themselves in ways that owners and dogs find rewarding.

Attendees will leave with a greater understanding of the concepts, and practical strategies for implementing training programmes. 



Sian will be using a variety of dogs as demonstrations, however these are pre-arranged so attendees cannot bring their own dogs into this event. 

There is some parking at this venue but it's also used by local businesses so we can't guarentee parking spaces so you may not want to bring dogs to stay in vehicles. 


Where and when?

Thursday 7th February. 9:00 registration for 9.30am start, 4:30pm finish

Foakes Hall, Great Dunmow, CM6 1DG

An optional sandwich buffet lunch is available at £7 per person per day, payable on the day. We need to book in advance so please let us know at least 2 weeks before the event if you would like to take up this option.


Accommodation suggestions

Please visit www.dog-and-bone.co.uk/accommodation for nearby accommodation suggestions. 

Note: Great Dunmow is near Stansted Airport so we advise booking early. Also, you may not wish to bring your dog with you as we can’t guarantee a parking space on site.


Sian Ryan

Sian RyanSian 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 has been featured in all the daily national newspapers and on local and national radio as a dog training expert, 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 for various BBC programmes including Me and My Dog (2017), Bang Goes the Theory (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7Rl55wdMr8) 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. Her speciality is pet dogs, developing interactions which enable dogs and owners to make the most of their unique relationship.


Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. Can I bring my dog?
A. This is a seminar with pre-arranged demonstration dogs. Only registered assistance dogs will be permitted inside the venue beyond those who are working. Assistance dogs must not distract the dogs who are working, otherwise we might need to ask someone to stand with them at the back or temporarily just outside. 

Q. I have a specific question, can I contact you?
A. Yes, send an e-mail to info@dog-and-bone.co.uk or phone us on 01763 256917. Leave a message on the answerphone, if necessary, and someone will get back to you.

Q:  Are there discounts for groups, students or rescue organisations?
A. Discounts are available for Charity workers and volunteers, students and Naturally Happy Dogs members. Contact us for the code to use at the checkout. Charity worker/volunteer or student evidence will be required either in advance or on the door.

Q:  If I can’t come, can someone else come in my place?
A: Yes, that’s perfectly fine, we’d just need their name and contact details.

Q:  Will I receive a certificate of attendance?
A: Yes, all attendees receive a certificate of attendance which can be used as evidence of CPD.

Q: Will I receive a printed ticket?
A: No, but you will receive confirmation of your place via e-mail and further information around 2 weeks before the event.

Q: Is lunch included?
A. Complementary tea, coffee and biscuits will be available. An optional sandwich buffet lunch is available at £7 per person, payable on the day. We need to book in advance so please let us know at least 2 weeks before the event. 

Q:  What is the refund policy?
A. For information about refunds and other terms, please visit our Terms and Conditions page

Q:  Will the event be recorded / will photos be taken?
A. Photos and videos are often taken by Dog & bone at their events, either for social media, advertising or for DVDs of the events. If you do not want to appear on any photos, please let us know at the beginning of each day. 

Other information

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