"He’s going to need six weeks crate rest; just keep him quiet while he recovers." These words, that can strike fear and dread into owners’ hearts, often form part of the treatment requirements for dogs undergoing surgery or requiring long term medical care. Vets can usually only give limited advice regarding keeping dogs appropriately mentally and emotionally supported whilst their walks are restricted and owners are left to manage as best they can. This may be stressful for both the guardian and their dog, and can lead to behaviour change and other problems.
This webinar, and the associated book, gives ideas to help owners in this situation to identify the individual needs of their dog. In addition it aims to support owners in preparing their dog for a period of restricted exercise when surgical interventions are planned. Ideas and tips for mental stimulation and emotional support, as well as alternatives to physical exercise and guidance on how to teach specific skills are included.
The webinar includes case studies, review of associated research on the topic and photos and videos to illustrate the points made.
Understand why a period of restricted activity might be needed
Sian Ryan 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) was published in October 2014. Sian is also the Training and Behaviour expert for the BBC2 series Me and My Dog.
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