Dog Behavior


In a world of instant solutions, I’m hesitant to share dog behavior insights. However, I’m now ready to open up and discuss my thoughts and perspectives on this subject. It’s vital to understand that what I offer here is just a glimpse into the limitless realm of dog behavior.

Finding Conflicting Info Online?

Relying solely on online resources can be as hit-or-miss as seeking answers from self-help books for life’s complexities. Although you can find helpful tips and tricks on your own, partnering with an experienced professional is irreplaceable.

Don’t expect to find a complete guide on the internet. In reality, a single session typically won’t accomplish all your training or behavior modification goals. If you’re drowning in conflicting info online, I’m here to offer you some guidance. Therefore, I hope this blog will give you some guidance on finding the right professional for your needs.

Lack of Regulations In The Dog Training World

Foremost, I want to address the lack of regulations in the dog training industry. This is a crucial issue because when you trust someone’s words over their educational knowledge in helping your family, your time and money are at stake.

Thoughts On Certifications

At the beginning, I considered certifications and education to be highly important in my field. It is apparent that most people perceive them as mere paper documents. Personally, I see dog training and behavior consulting as both an art and a science. It is important for dog owners to assess professionals’ certifications as they indicate their ethical and educational standards.

Contractors and hair stylists prove their understanding with exams and certifications, but dog trainers don’t have to. Keep these aspects in mind:

Things To Consider:

  • Board Members: Who comprises the board?
  • Certification Requirements: What’s needed to attain certification?
  • Continuing Education: What’s necessary to maintain certification?

There are two nationally accredited certifications: Certified Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) and International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). Both certifications require continued education and have panels to review the exams. Click here to see my certification and educational background.

Ethical Framework

“It’s not where you take things from—it’s where you take them to.”

Jean-Luc-Godard.

Ethical principles are important in our personal lives and the animal industry. My thoughts and techniques on behavior modification have expanded, but my ethical values have stayed the same. I see dog behavior as a spectrum, not as black or white.

As I gain more experience and knowledge, my understanding of dog behavior grows. Therefore, it is important to remember that each dog trainer and behavior consultant is unique, so finding someone you genuinely like is essential. I hope these questions help you find someone who fits you best!

Things To Consider:

  • If my dog doesn’t listen to my instructions, what should I do?
  • If this recommendation doesn’t work, when should I contact you to explore other possibilities?
  • What is your preferred technique or method for teaching my dog something new?

When choosing a professional to shape your dog’s perception of the world, prioritizing safety is crucial. I have observed problems with training methodologies that range from balanced to purely positive reinforcement approaches. Therefore, I only wish for people to find someone who fits them and their particular dog best.

Dog Training And Dog Behavior Modification Is An Investment

The investment in a dog trainer or behavior consultant entails both financial resources and time. In challenging times, dedicate your money and time to the most suitable choice for you and your dog, not shaped by others.

Until our next discussion, I wish you all a fantastic day! Stay tuned as my next topic delves into the distinctions between dog trainers and behavior consultants.


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