Lynda Taylor, a former graduate and current lecturer at University Centre Bishop Burton, Beverley, has had her first book published in the UK and USA. 

Fear in Dogs – Theories, Protocols and Solutions, is a critical analysis of existing theories and techniques in canine fear and behaviour that also gives guidance to owners of fearful dogs, canine students and behaviourists who work with clients. 

The aim of the book was to investigate and develop new and more personalised techniques for working with fearful dogs while critically evaluating the effectiveness of established solutions. Initially, Lynda looks at the purpose and cause of fear in dogs and uses her extensive experience to examine the part that humans play in either improving the situation and behaviour or making it worse.

Fear in Dogs front cover

Acclaim for the book has been given by notable figures in the canine world, including Ken Ramirez, Executive Vice President and Chief Training Officer of Karen Pryor Clicker Training, who said;

“One of the most comprehensive yet easily accessible books on dealing with canine fear. This is a must-have resource for both pet professionals and dog owners who want to find an effective solution to deal with canine fear.”

Susan. G. Friedman PhD, Professor Emeritus, Psy Dept. Utah State University said of the work:

“Speaking to caregivers, students, and behaviour professionals, Lynda challenges us to examine our own biases and provides information to make more informed treatment plans.”

Lynda is a graduate of UCBB and completed master’s degree in Applied Animal and Behaviour Training in 2018. She also lectures for the university’s canine programmes, delivering sessions remotely from her home in Spain. In her experience as both student and lecturer at UCBB she said;

“The online remote delivery of our canine programmes really opens up opportunities to offer new and wider areas of expertise in specialist disciplines. Because students can choose to either join live webinars or via a recording in their own time, it offers real flexibility for our students, many of whom are adults with work and family commitments to juggle alongside their studies.”

Talking about her experience studying her masters at UCBB, Lynda explained that the programme;

“…gave me permission to get back into research, to update my knowledge and critical awareness of existing theories and practices. It gave me the confidence to question and re-evaluate established solutions, so I could challenge and then suggest new theories to make progress in the understanding of canine behaviour.”

Lynda is a huge advocate of the distance learning programmes that UCBB offer in her area of specialism and the opportunities they presents to students in understanding canine behaviour. Her next personal challenge is in the form of a PhD at Lancaster University which will focus on e-research and technology for enhanced learning. She believes that as a lecturer, you must continually put yourself in the position of the student so you can best support their learning. With the current shift to more remote learning due to the pandemic and the long-lasting impact that this will have on university study, this is an all too important view point and mindset to develop and nurture.

 

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