Ultimate Self Control - Theory and Practice

Presented by Hannah Wright PhD MAPDT,UK & Sian Ryan MSc MAPDT,UK.


A workshop aimed at professionals who work with dogs and their owners, hobby trainers and dog enthusiasts interested in up to date evidence based practice.

Self-control has become a popular term in dog training circles which can be easily misunderstood and misinterpreted. The first part of this exciting workshop will present an overview of past and current research on impulsivity, the effect of individual differences in personality, plus the theory and concepts of self-control, focusing on the key differences between ‘cued’ and ‘autonomous’ control behaviours. The second part of the workshop will deliver practical demonstrations of how to implement the theory in the ‘real world’. The application of cued and autonomous control behaviours will be discussed in depth. This thought provoking workshop will leave you with a greater understanding of the science behind this important topic and give you ways to apply it to your training.


Perfectly placed to deliver this exciting workshop, both Hannah and Sian are dog owners and trainers with a strong background in science and practice. Sian has an MSc in Clinical Animal Behaviour; her thesis was entitled ‘Can dogs learn the concept of self-control?’ She has worked as part of the Animal Behaviour Clinic team at the University of Lincoln for several years. Hannah works at the University of Lincoln as a researcher in dog behaviour. Her PhD was in impulsivity in dogs and she has been researching in this area for the past 8 years. Sian and Hannah work with dogs and owners at all levels, from preventative to rehabilitation. The concepts of self-control are an integral part of what they teach in practice.

Event Information:


When: 10am -5pm, Sunday 16th November 2014.


Where: Belvedere Suite, The Lord Haldon Hotel, Exeter, EX6 7YF (see map).


Cost: £55 


Refreshments: Complimentary tea/coffee and biscuits will be provided throughout the day. The hotel will be providing soup and sandwiches which can be ordered and paid for on the day.  Alternatively you are welcome to bring your own packed lunch.


How to book your place: Complete the registration form and either email or post it to:

ali@dogbehaviourconsultant.co.uk or Alison Scott, 67 Higher Coombe Drive, Teignmouth, Devon, TQ14 9NL.N.B. Payment must be received in order to secure your place. There are limited places 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 67 Higher Coombe Drive, Teignmouth, Devon, TQ14 9NL.

Bank transfer – Barclays, Mrs Alison Scott, 60098728, 20-60-88. Please reference the payment with your surname and ‘workshop’.


About the speakers: Hannah Wright and Sian Ryan.


Hannah is a Research Fellow at the University of Lincoln, working on numerous projects

in the fields of dog behaviour, cognition and welfare. Hannah's PhD was on Impulsivity

in dogs.  Understanding this temperament trait has important implications for training

and behaviour, and for the past nine years Hannah has been focusing on projects that

help us to better understand these. The key findings from this work will be presented

during this talk. Hannah has a strong practical background, having previously worked in

many animal related jobs.  She is an APDT trainer and has taught a wide range of classes

as well as private training lessons.  Hannah's main practical interests include training and

management techniques for dogs with aggression problems, and optimal puppy education

for prevention of problems. Hannah also enjoys training and competing in agility and has

a keen interest in scent work and tracking.


Sian gained her MSc in Clinical Animal Behaviour from the University of Lincoln with

distinction in 2011. Whilst finishing her dissertation on Self Control in Pet Dogs she

worked as a behaviour counsellor and trainer in the Lincoln Animal Behaviour 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) will be published in September

2014. Sian has also appeared as an animal training and behaviour expert on Bang Goes the

Theory (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7Rl55wdMr8) and on Inside the Animal

Mind with Chris Packham. Sian is a committee member of the Association of Pet Dog

Trainers and owns and runs the Developing Dogs Training and Behaviour Centre in

Cambridgeshire (www.developingdogs.co.uk), as well as giving seminars and workshops

across the country.


Further information:



The impressive BEST WESTERN Lord Haldon Hotel, is set a midst rolling hills and is close to the cathedral city of Exeter. The hotel offers stunning views of the garden and the Devon countryside. 


Due to the nature of the event, only demonstration 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. Although the event is in November, please ensure that dogs are adequately provided for if it is sunny as there is very little shade in the car park.



If travelling by Satnav enter the postcode for the Hotel, EX6 7YF, then go to ‘via’. Enter Ide as a via route.


From the M5 (Travelling from the North):

Leave the M5 at Junction 31 signposted to Okehampton A30.Approximately 2 miles along that dual carriageway, the first turning on the left is a slip road, signposted to Moretonhampstead and Exeter, take that road, dropping down to an island, keep in the left hand lane, signposted to Ide and Dunchideock. After 0.7 of a mile turn left into the Village of Ide following this road through the Village of Ide up the hill into the country. After approx 2.5 miles you will see a Telephone Box on the left hand side. Take the next turning left opposite a Thatched Cottage. Follow this road for 0.5 of a mile and immediately after going under a low Stone Bridge, turn left into the entrance drive of the Hotel.(The total journey is approx 6 miles from the M5)


From the A38 (Travelling from the South):

On the A38 from Plymouth, when the Devon and Exeter Race Course is on your right, with a Petrol Station on your left, you will see a large sign to Dunchideock on your left. Turn left at the ‘T’ junction, and follow the road through the forest for approx 3 miles, going straight over any crossroads and passing Belvedere Tower on your right. After passing the village signs, turn right opposite a Thatched Cottage with pillars supporting the roof. Follow this road for 0.5 of a mile and immediately after going under a low Stone Bridge, turn left into the entrance drive of the Hotel (The hotel is approx 10 minutes from the A38).



Please contact me if you require the accommodation list.



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.



If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me by phone or email; 07738817775, ali@dogbehaviourconsultant.co.uk



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