About David

14 November 2018 No Comments
About David

David Ryan was a police dog handler and Home Office accredited instructor for twenty-six years until retiring from the police in 2007, helping to lead the revolution in professional dog training out of the “push, pull and shout” methods used since the Great War.

During that time he trained dogs from seven stone German Shepherds to one-stone-wringing-wet Cocker Spaniels, including general-purpose police dogs (the ones with the teeth), drugs, weapons and cash detection, explosives search and firearms support dogs. He has competed in police dog trials and participated in police dog displays, and introduced breeding and puppy rearing programmes.

He was the first police dog instructor to be awarded Southampton University’s postgraduate diploma (educational level 7) in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling, with distinction, in 2002, and also the first to be accepted as a full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors, serving as Chair from 2009 to 2012.  He is certificated as a Clinical Animal Behaviourist by the independent Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour and is registered as a Clinical Animal Behaviourist and Expert Witness with the Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC).

David worked privately as a veterinary referred companion animal behaviour counsellor from 2002 to 2013 and between 2011 and 2017 was employed as a lecturer on Newcastle University’s MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare. Since 2013 he has instructed Police Dog Legislation Officer’s Initial and Refresher Courses in canine behaviour.

David appears as an legal expert witness in canine behaviour in civil and criminal cases and has been an independantly verified member of the UK Register of Expert Witnesses since 2008. He is regularly instructed in cases involving alleged pit bull terriers (Sec 1), dogs alleged to have been dangerously out of control (Sec 3 Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 & alternatives such as 1871 Dogs Act), cases of negligence and those involving the 1971 Animals Act, and cases where interpretation of police dogs and their handling are required. A complete CV and contact details can be found here.

Most recently David was one of only four experts in canine behaviour requested to appear before the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee to provide oral evidence on the subject of dog behaviour to their inquiry into Dangerous Dogs: Breed Specific Legislation at Portcullis House, Westminster, influencing their subsequent report ‘Controlling Dangerous Dogs‘.

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