Dogs That Bite and Fight

Presented by David Ryan Pg Dip (CABC) CCAB

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 it happening on an unprecedented scale?

This seminar provides a complete understanding of why pet dogs become biters and fighters, how to prevent it and how to change the behaviour, including training methods that owners can use with their own pets. There is no need for man’s best friend to also be our worst enemy.

Event Information:


When: 10am -4:30pm, Saturday 6th May 2017.


Where: Bristol/Bath area - Venue to be confirmed.


Cost: £55 


Refreshments: Complimentary tea/coffee and biscuits will be provided throughout the day. You will need to bring your own own packed lunch.


How to book your place: Complete the registration form and either email or post it to: or Alison Scott, 12 Park Road, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, Sn16 0BX.N.B.  Payment must be received in order to secure your place. Email confirmation will then be sent to you. There are limited places and so book now to avoid disappointment.


How to make the payment: The payment for the full amount must be made to secure your place. Payment can be made by:

Cheque – Please make cheques payable to Alison Scott and post to 12 Park Road, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, SN16 0BX.

Bank transfer – Lloyds, Mrs Alison Scott, 77-10-13, 28661660. Please reference the payment with your surname and ‘workshop’.

About David Ryan:

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. 


Now retired from the police service, he helps local charities with their more problematic dogs. He has presented educational study days for the Companion Animal Behaviour Therapy Study Group and the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors and has lectured at the Wood Green Animal Shelter, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and to BSc animal behaviour students at Myerscough College and Bishop Burton College. He is currently a visiting lecturer on Newcastle University’s MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare.


David appears as an legal expert witness in canine behaviour in civil and criminal cases and has been an independantly verified member of the 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.

Further information:




Responsible Dog Ownership:

Due to the nature of the event, no dogs will be allowed to attend. If you need to bring your own dog(s), there will be a morning, lunchtime and afternoon break at which time you can take your dogs for a walk around the grounds.  All owners must be responsible and keep their dogs on the lead.   N.B. This event is being held in the summer and there is no shade in the car park.  



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Except under extreme circumstances, it will not be possible to provide a refund. If you are unable to attend, please let me know as it may be possible to sell your ticket to someone on the waiting list.



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"As you know I was rather sceptical of your training methods when we first sought your help. I now understand that if we had pursued a different course of a more confrontational type of training, there would have been a serious risk of her behaviour getting worse, not better!  Tilly has now turned away from being a nervous rescue dog, to becoming a delightful family pet. Mr and Mrs Bradshaw". 

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