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Is Loose Lead Walking a Self Control Behaviour? Presented by Sian Ryan

  • Tuesday, November 13, 2018
  • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EST)
  • Live Webinar

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Presented by Sian Ryan
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Walking on a loose lead remains one of the key goals for many dog owners, and there are multiple methods for teaching and achieving that goal, along with lots of options for equipment to manage or improve walking in the meantime. Some dogs struggle with loose lead walking, while others appear to be born with the skill already learned. Is loose lead walking as simple as it sounds, or is there more to teaching this behaviour than meets the eye. 

With a brief overview of the science of self control, and discussion of stimulus control, this webinar will contain video presentations of games and lessons to build self control around the context of loose lead walking.


Webinar Objectives


Increased understanding of what we mean by Self Control, Stimulus Control, Habitual Behaviours

Ideas for different exercises to teach foundation skills for Loose Lead Walking

Management ideas for when Loose Lead Walking isn't possible


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Sian Ryan gained her MSc in Clinical Animal Behavior from the University of Lincoln with distinction in 2011. Whilst finishing her dissertation on Self Control in Pet Dogs she worked as a behavior counselor and trainer in the Lincoln Animal Behavior 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 writes for several organisations and her book No Walks? No Worries! (with co-author Helen Zulch and photographer Peter Baumber) was published in October 2014. Sian is also the Training and Behaviour expert for the BBC2 series Me and My Dog. 

Sian owns and runs the Developing Dogs Training Centre and Holiday Cottages in Cambridgeshire, as well as giving seminars and workshops across the country.
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