I recently attended a COAPE/CAPBT CPD Workshop learning about new research and practical techniques in the management of self-control in dogs. The knowledge of the science behind this topic means I will be better equipped to help owners of reactive dogs.
The workshop was presented by Sian Ryan, MSc and Hannah Wright PhD from Lincoln University, who shared the most up to date research on Self Control and Impulsivity.
The theory consisted of an overview of past and current research on impulsivity, the effect of individual differences in personality, plus the theory and concepts of self-control, focussing on key differences between ‘cued’ and ‘autonomous’ control behaviours. Practical demonstrations were then given by Sian and Hannah of how to implement the theory in the ‘real world’.
As a canine behaviourist and trainer, I have to ensure I keep myself up to date with the latest research. I am member of the COAPE Association of Pet Behaviourists (CAPBT). This means I get to learn about new techniques via COAPE/CAPBT organised seminars and workshops that are presented by leaders in the field of animal behavioural research.