How to Choose a Dog Trainer
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The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior Humane Dog Training Position Statement recommends that only reward-based training methods should be used for all dog training, including the treatment of behavior problems.
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Find a Dog Professional
Veterinary Practice, Groomer, and Trainers specialized in managing and handling dogs alongside a veterinary team.
DACVB can assess and treat your dog for behavioral issues, diagnose medical conditions, provide behavior modification plans, and prescribe pharmaceutical treatments. The purpose of medication is to improve your pet's physical and mental health, so that they are able to experience life without losing control of their emotions or being frozen from fear. Animals need to be emotionally stable, healthy, and free of pain to be able to learn new behavior(s) and create healthy habits. A Veterinary Behaviorist will help us learn how to help our furry family members.
PODCAST: Behavior Buzzzzzz with 2 Amys Dr. Amy L. Pike & Dr. Amy Learn
The 2 Amys are Board Certified Veterinary Behaviorists. "We provide clinical insight into underlying causes of behavior problems, make cynical sense of nonsense, disprove myths, and promote positive, trusting human/animal relationships."
This certification requires a PhD in biological or behavioral science with an emphasis on animal behavior and 5 years' experience in applied animal behavior. They cannot prescribe pharmaceutical treatments; however, they may work with your dog's veterinarian. They are actual "behaviorist".
Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC)
Warning, anyone can call themselves a "behaviorist" because the dog training industry is unregulated. A CDBC is certified through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). They are trained to assess dog behavior issues, identify the root cause, and create a training or treatment plan to modify unwanted behavior(s). They work with your veterinarian to see if your dog's health is impacting their behavior. They cannot prescribe medication.
These advanced trainers provide behavior consultations and e certified through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.
This certification is offered through the Pet Professional Accreditation Board.