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Leslie McDevitt presents the Control Unleashed 2 day Workshop
for the first time in the UK

Saturday May 26 - Sunday May 27, 2018 at Forest Oak Farm, Purlieu, Lydney, Gloucestershire GL15 4LN

Wednesday 30th - Thursday 31st May 2018 at The Poppleton Centre, Nether Poppleton, York YO26 6JT

Leslie's book, Control Unleashed® has been the top selling publication at Positive Animal Solutions since it was first published 10 years ago. Why? Just take a look at the objectives -

Learn how to turn stress to confidence and distraction to focus. Leslie McDevitt's versatile Control Unleashed® program is designed to help "dogs with issues" learn how to relax, focus, and work off-leash reliably in either stimulating or stressful situations.

Whether you're training a challenging dog on your own, an instructor trying to figure out how to help dogs in your classes, or an instructor who wants to design a special program just for stressed out dogs, this workshop is for you.


Who needs Control Unleashed®?

  • Dogs that are uncomfortable or unable to work off lead around other dogs
  • Dogs that are easily distracted and have difficulty concentrating
  • Dogs that are reactive or easily aroused
  • Dogs that are anxious or stressed and shut down
  • Dogs that are unable to control their impulses when excited

Leslie will also be presenting Pattern Games which she describes as being 'a simple set of clicker training exercises that provides a predictable and secure structure for dogs in order to help them normalise potential triggers in their environment.'


Seven working places are available. Before booking a handler place, which should be booked in addition to the delegate place, please ensure that your dog's responses are those detailed in the green box below.

Typical low-end behaviours (APPROPRIATE for a working spot at the seminar)

  • Dog gets sniffy (very often, but not always, a stress-displacement activity).
  • Dog wanders away on course (agility type situation).
  • Dog is environmentally oriented out of mild concern or normal interest (knowing which is which, is important).
  • Dog's mind drifts off easily.
  • Dog listens to his handler but his body language continually shows that he feels stress (for example, the dog yawns, licks his lips, scratches as a displacement behaviour not because he's itchy, “shakes it off,” or doesn't want to look directly at his handler).
  • Dog barks and/or pulls and lunges at dogs and objects he is uncertain about but can be interrupted before having a reactive response, or he recovers quickly from a response and continues working.
  • Dog is mildly responsive to sudden environmental changes (such as a falling chair or a person entering the far end of the room) but recovers quickly.

Working place handlers must provide and bring to the seminar: a) their own treat rewards for their dogs; b) a crate; and c) a mat. Please also bring a sheet which can be used to create a visual barrier between your own and other dogs or people.

Please note that choke chains, prong collars, shock collars or any other device designed to startle, cause pain or discomfort are not allowed on any dogs participating in the workshop.

Typical high-end behaviours (NOT APPROPRIATE for a working spot at the seminar)

  • Dog is hypervigilant (can't stop scanning and worrying about everything in his environment) and extremely responsive to sudden environmental changes.
  • Dog has low arousal threshold (as in a “hair-trigger dog” that is always ready to go off).
  • Dog cannot easily or quickly recover from a stressful event (for example, the Sheltie that screamed in agility class for an hour without being able to calm down).
  • Dog barks almost nonstop and pulls/lunges so forcefully at dogs or unfamiliar objects that his handler is in danger of dropping his leash, being pulled off her feet, or being injured.

When considering if your dog would be suitable for a working place, please remember to take into account the out of routine nature of the day and the new people and dogs who will be in the seminar environment.


Bookings open for this event at 8pm UK time on Tuesday 1st August 2017 at the following pages -

Forest Oak Farm, nr Lyndey, Gloucestershire

The Poppleton Centre, nr York, North Yorkshire
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