Find a Dog Anxiety Professional Near You
When dealing with separation anxiety it is helpful to find a professional who can evaluate your dog’s symptoms and help you implement a treatment plan. Having a support system is important for treatment success. Below are links to find a board-certified veterinary behaviorist, certified canine behavior consultant or a certified dog trainer near you.
What’s the difference between all the professional designations?
A board-certified veterinary behaviorist is a veterinarian who has chosen to specialize in veterinary behavior. To become a veterinary behaviorist, a licensed veterinarian must complete 3 years of supervised case studies, complete original research that is published in a peer-reviewed journal and pass an intensive 2-day board examination. They earn the designation of DACVB (Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists).
Diplomates are equivalent to human psychiatrists as they can prescribe medication for their behavioral cases.
Certified canine behavior consultants* are professionals who have completed a certain number of hours (specifically focused on behavioral issues) and successfully passed a certification exam. In some cases, behavior consultants must hold an advanced degree in animal behavior. There are a few different certifying organizations for behavior consultants, including the Council for Professional Dog Trainers, the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, the Pet Professional Guild, and the Animal Behavior Society. Behavior consultants focus primarily on treating behavioral cases such as anxiety, fear, and aggression, although many also hold a certification for dog training.
A certified behavior consultant would be considered equivalent to a licensed human therapist.
Certified dog trainers* are professionals who have completed a certain number of hours training dogs and passed an exam to show they understand canine learning theory and best training practices. Trainers focus on teaching dog obedience skills and basic manners in group class or in-home private training sessions. Some certified dog trainers also hold a certification in behavior consulting. There are a few different certifying organizations for dog trainers, including the Council for Professional Dog Trainers, The Academy for Dog Trainers, the Pet Professional Guild, and the Karen Pryor Academy.
In the human world, a certified dog trainer would be equivalent to a school teacher or counselor.
*The dog training and behavior industry is unregulated, meaning anyone can call themselves a dog trainer or behaviorist. To make sure you work with a professional that complies with the most up-to-date, scientifically sound and humane training and behavior modification practices, hire a professional who has invested their time and money into obtaining a certification.
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