David Ryan was a police dog handler and Home Office accredited instructor for twenty-six years, helping to lead the revolution in professional dog training out of the “push, pull and shout” methods used since the Great War.
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; the first to be accepted as a full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors, serving as Chair; and the first to be certificated as a Clinical Animal Behaviourist by the independent Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour and a founder member of the Fellowship of Animal Behaviour Clinicians .
David retired from practice in 2022, but continues to share his extensive knowledge and experience as an author and lecturer.
“Stop!” How to control predatory chasing in dogsRead more: “Stop!” How to control predatory chasing in dogs
Throwing a ball for a game of chase is an enjoyable and rewarding experience for many owners and their dogs. For other owners canine chase behaviour turns into a nightmare. A good trainer or behaviour counsellor needs to be able to address inappropriate predatory chase behaviour swiftly and effectively. This book looks at the reasons…
Dominant Dogs. Handling Myths and Training InsightsRead more: Dominant Dogs. Handling Myths and Training Insights
If you want to know what Dominance really means, why enlightened trainers and behaviourists have discarded it as a diagnosis, and what has replaced it, or if you are struggling to deal with a dog you have been told is Dominant, this is the book for you.
Police With a Dog Stop!Read more: Police With a Dog Stop!
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? If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to be a police dog in 1981, this is the book for you.…
Dogs that Bite and FightRead more: Dogs that Bite and Fight
If you are thinking of buying a puppy or adopting a rescue dog, if you have a dog that has started biting or fighting, or if you would just like to further your knowledge of dog behaviour and training, Dogs that Bite and Fight provides a complete understanding of why pet dogs become biters and fighters, how…
Dog SecretsRead more: Dog Secrets
Understanding dogs, what they are, and why they do the things they do, gives an insight into what makes them tick. Understanding how they are affected by the things we do enables us to train, and live with, our pets more effectively.
Guide & Control Your Pet Dog’s BehaviourRead more: Guide & Control Your Pet Dog’s Behaviour
Thinking of buying a puppy or adopting a rescue dog, or are having problems with your dog’s behaviour? If your dog isn’t as well-mannered as you would like, or if you would simply like a better rapport, David explains how everyone can and should use the simple principles of Guide & Control to build the…
David most recently contributed Chapter 2 – Dog Behaviour, to ‘Companion Animal Behaviour Problems, Prevention and Management of Behaviour Problems in Veterinary Practice’, written and edited by the most prominent experts in the field, and available in all good bookshops, online and in digital formats.