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[16 Nov 2018 | Comments Off on What is a Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourist?]

The title of animal or dog “behaviourist” is not protected in the same way that other professions, for example “nurse” or “dietician” are, and therefore anyone can call themselves a behaviourist.

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[14 Nov 2018 | Comments Off on Résumé]

As a police officer for thirty-two years David has an extensive knowledge of legal procedure and report writing. He has given evidence in court on countless occasions and is well versed in legal protocol.

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[14 Nov 2018 | Comments Off on About David]
About David

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

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[17 Oct 2018 | No Comments]

The House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, to which I was privileged to give oral evidence back in June, today published their report Controlling dangerous dogs, calling for a full-scale review of current dog control legislation and policy to better protect the public, under the banner headline:
Dangerous Dogs legislation fails to protect the public while harming animal welfare  (Their words, not mine)
The inquiry was launched to investigate Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) and wider dog control, amid concerns that the current approach was not protecting the public adequately. The Committee …

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[18 Jan 2018 | 2 Comments]

Last year when we managed to explain to a court that a dog that bit a lady when he was tied up outside a supermarket did not constitute a danger to public safety (we think she accidentally backed him to the end of his lead and then stood on his foot when he couldn’t get out of her way) I Facebooked a plea to people not to leave their dogs tied up outside shops, schools or anywhere else alone, and it sparked some debate. There seems to be a feeling …

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[2 Dec 2014 | No Comments]

Cheshire Dog Training School – Saturday 21st February – The Holistic Nature of Canine Behaviour Problems – Weston Primary School, Runcorn, WA7 4RA,
Contact Ami on 07825 119 188 or Mike on 0777 563 4228, or through their website http://www.cheshiredogschool.com/index.htm
Dog Trainers South West – Saturday 21st March – Predatory Chase – Highampton Village Hall, Okehampton, Devon EX21 5LE.
Contact Viv Last on 01308 485416 (dogsatlast@aol.co.uk) or see Seminars for booking form.
Positive Training for Canines – Saturday 11th April – Dogs that Bite & Fight – Otterbourne Village Hall, Otterbourne, SO21 2ET.
Contact Leah at …

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[12 Aug 2014 | No Comments]

The concept of resource control has been around for years, but over those years it seems to have been corrupted. In some cases it became an attempt to control dogs through denying them access to the things they want and need; about “pack leadership” and “status” – which it never should have been.
The idea became so tainted that not long ago questions were asked on the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors’ forum as to why we professional behaviourists were using it (the answer is that we use it because we …

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[18 Jan 2013 | Comments Off on Dog Law]

The law relating to dogs is far from simple, either in a criminal prosecution or a civil action. If you are either informed that you may be prosecuted for an offence or that you may be the subject of a civil action you need to contact your solicitor. Your solicitor will advise you on what to do next, including whether you need to consult an expert witness.
The information on this website is not intended to provide legal advice, but to give an overview on the law in relation to dogs …

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[5 Oct 2010 | No Comments]
Launch of the Animal Behaviour and Training Council

For the past three years David has been working on behalf of the APBC with other interested parties towards the formation of the Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC), which is being developed to regulate the education and training of those working in the animal behaviour modification sector.

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[13 Feb 2010 | One Comment]
Dangerous Dogs Act – Is it working?

David joins a panel of invited guests to discuss the Dangerous Dogs Act. If it is working, as the government claims, then why is the number of reported dog bites still rising?