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How Ryan Neile became an animal behaviourist
Animal behaviourist Ryan Neile was a child who found it hard to learn the mainstream way. Ryan assumed he wasn't clever, and felt unhappy as a result. But, as he tells us here, being sent on a dog training course as a teenager changed that perception for good. While learning to work with animals, Ryan started to recognise that his natural talents which included patience, listening ability and gentleness, were fast achieving results with troubled dogs. This is how he learned to recognise that he WAS clever – just in a different way from his friends. Understanding this was his ticket to confidence and career fulfilment. His message to kids is: 'Don’t compare yourself with everybody else. You are just as clever as them in different ways'.
First broadcast in the Learning Zone on BBC2 in September 2012 as part of the programme 'Spark'.
What animals do you like? Why do people love animals - what do they get out of the relationship with their pets?
Ryan talks about key events/ moments in his life. Activity: Encourage children to create a timeline of Ryan’s life.
Opportunity for reflection: Have you ever had to do something you didn't want to, but were really pleased after you had done it?
Discussion: How do we/ could we value different talents at school? What talents do you have? Are there any talents that school does not recognise because you have no opportunity to show it or share it? Can you think of any appropriate avenues where you could showcase this talent?
Discuss: Failure is not the end but just the beginning and that failure is an event and not a person. At some point everyone thinks they are a failure. Instead of giving up, great achievers keep trying. Hold on to self-belief.
This is part of a series of films profiling inspirational people and their personal 'sparks' – when they decided what they wanted to do in their lives.
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