How do I choose a qualified behaviorist, behavior consultant, or dog trainer?
Finding a behaviorist, behavioral consultant, or trainer who is experienced requires a little homework.
Always look for a behaviorist, behavior consultant, or dog trainer that has a high level of expertise (CAAB, AVSAB, Ph.D., APDT, CPDT-KA), are insured, and a member of a recognized, professional behavioral organization, which can provide a list of qualified professionals in your area such as:
American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior
Animal Behavior Society
Association of Professional Dog Trainers
International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants
If in doubt…ask 3 simple questions!
1. What exactly will happen to my dog if she gets it right?
2. What exactly will happen to my dog if she gets it wrong?
3. Are there any less invasive alternatives to what you propose?