Monday, November 07, 2005

"Certified" Dog Behaviorists?

Unlike dog trainers, behaviorists work to modify behavior, not train for a task, says Ellen Lindell, diplomat to the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists.

That’s what I feel is wrong about the so-called “certified” behaviorists coming out of veterinary schools. They oftentimes scorn dog trainers, and figure that all they need to do is pop some pills in the dog, do some desensitization work, and the dogs will be fine. Well, it doesn’t work that way. Sorry. I read your scientific studies and papers, and they are sorely lacking. Get out of the laboratory and start working dogs in the real world.

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