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[14 Nov 2019 | No Comments]

Today I saw a Facebook post that took issue with trainers and behaviourists who recommend that people should not own certain breeds of dogs because they come with difficult behavioural traits. There were many comments on it, both challenging and in support.
It reminded me of a conversation I had with a mountain man and a rock guitarist some years ago, (I’m not sure where the kiwi was, probably lost astride a big KTM somewhere). We were pondering the pronouncement of a wise man from Lincoln that, ‘The variability within a …

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[2 May 2019 | One Comment]

I’m being instructed in more and more cases where people have been injured when they intervened in a dog fight. The typical scenario is that they will be happily walking their dog along, sometimes on sometimes off the lead, when another dog comes along off-lead and attacks their dog.
It can happen anywhere but is often close to the attacking dog’s home, because it has just escaped. Quite often the attacking dog latches on a bite and won’t let go.
The attacked dog’s owner then tries to pull the dogs apart and …

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[14 Nov 2018 | Comments Off on David Ryan Dog Behaviour Consultancy]
David Ryan Dog Behaviour Consultancy

Why should you know what makes a dog tick? Who taught you? Where did you learn? You don’t study it at school. There must be a secret to it…

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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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[24 Oct 2017 | No Comments]

David began what he laughingly calls his career in police dog handling in 1981. Things were different then. One day he may write a book about it, but this isn’t it.
This is Major’s book
It is definitely not based on real events or real people. Or real dogs. It is fiction. Definitely. But some of this stuff you just couldn’t make up, could you?
Major is a German Shepherd Dog. Like most police dogs he is arrogant and more than a little self-centred, with a strong sense of natural justice and a …

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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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[8 Apr 2014 | No Comments]

The problem of dogs biting people and fighting other dogs is getting worse. Every year the NHS dog bite figures increase, court cases for dangerous dogs are at an all-time high, the government is still failing to tackle the issue of “status dogs”, postal and other delivery workers and assistance dog users are demanding protection, behaviourists’ case-loads are full of biters and fighters. Whatever happened to man’s best friend? No sensible person wants their dog to bite them or anybody else, or to fight with other dogs, so why is …

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[12 Oct 2013 | No Comments]

Once upon a time in a galaxy quite nearby…
Scientists have announced that sentient life has been found in a galaxy not too far from our own. We’ve been observing a planet through video-linked satellite relays in space-time until we can establish if it is safe enough to make contact.
It isn’t an inspiring planet, just a small rock circling a slowly dying star, and the inhabitants are fairly uninspiring too.
The top predator species is a fluorescent green upright biped with multiple multi-functional appendages and aerial-like detectors that register perception frequencies we …