December 14, 2017

Dog Behaviorist

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Maria asks…

Dog Behaviorist.?

Can anyone tell me what a dog behaviorist is, other then a really good dog trainer who is able to “read” a dog and does anyone know of a State or National, accredited, recognized University that also offers degrees in medicine or law that also offers an MS or PhD in dog behaviorism?

admin answers:

There are two correct answers, Greekman.

On this side of the big pond, ‘Behaviourist’ is in fact a bonafide specialty of veterinary science. Anyone advertising as such, without a proper degree (I believe they must have achieved their DVM to qualify) should be turned into your state’s bureau of consumer affairs – just like you would any other quack.

On the other side of the big pond, however, I am told that the terms trainer and behaviourist are used commonly – as you have qualified above.

NOTE: Unlike what you describe, many bonafide behaviourists are NOT trainers, and have no real skills at training. When presented with a dog-training issue, they usually refer out.

Example: Dodman to Killcommons, or Tortora to Dobbs, or Wilkes.

Steven asks…

How much money does a Dog Behaviorist make a year?

I an planning to be a Dog behaviorist when I get older. I’m 15 now, so as soon as I get out of high school, I’m going straight to college. I’ve had a dogs around my entire life, so I think I know a fair amount about them. I’ve wanted to work with animals since I was like 4! anyways, how much do they make a year? (Us currency please)

admin answers:

It totally depends on how much experience they have and how good they are at what they do. There are behaviorists making a 6 figure income and some barely getting by.

Here is the Website for the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors. Many are dog behaviorist as well as excellent trainers. NADOI trainers are the best of the best and they can give you ideas for training and seminars.


Ruth asks…

Reputable dog behaviorist/trainer in the Northern Detroit area?

I’m looking for a dog behaviorist/trainer in the northern Detroit area. That would be able to help with dog to dog aggression problems. Does anyone know of any? If so, can you give a testimony about them or some way to check up on them to make sure they’re a good one? This doesn’t include ones that hit the dog or any other form of abuse, I’ve seen some do that so I’m very cautious now.

admin answers:

You could look up places near there on the internet.

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