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    what is the difference between a trainer and a behaviorist? i started my puppy (6 months old)with a trainer. I mainly called him because she has a little bit of an aggression problem. I dont know if it is a puppy thing she will outgrow or a real problem. When do you call in the behaviorist? Any suggestions for one in MA area.

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    Anyone can CALL themselves a behaviourist or a behaviour specialist or a dog trainer - there's no standard or certification in the dog training field). However - a veterinary behaviourist is a licensed DVM who specialises in animal behavior. There are also Certified Applied Animal Behaviourists, who have a PhD or Masters in Animal Behavior, among other qualifications.

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    A behaviorist is a person who has studied animal behavior in a College or University and has a degree to go along with that study. Behaviorists are usually called in for stubborn or more serious cases - where a dog has bitten or truly aggressive behavior is happening. (I am referring to the CAAB here)

    A trainer often has completed a certificate program in training animals - or has been an enthusiast in obedience for many years and has gotten into training as well. Or they could just be someone who really likes dogs and is calling themselves a trainer.


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    thank you

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    IMO, I think the best certified behaviorists come from this group which includes PhDs and DVMs:

    http://www.animalbehavior.org/ABSApp...caab-directory



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