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Being a pet parent is, no doubt, an amazing experience. Pets bring fun and joy into your life. At the same time, they can be a handful. Are you struggling with getting your dog to listen to you? Is your cat driving you absolutely crazy? An animal or pet behaviorist is who you should turn to when it comes to dealing with and understanding your pets’ behavior issues. Maybe it’s just simple things like begging for food at the foot of the table or jumping at guests. These are things a trainer can help you with. But if the problem is more complex than that, perhaps it’s a behaviorist you need.
What do Pet Behaviorists do?
Pet behaviorists are trained professionals that work with pet parents and their problematic pets to modify, manage, and prevent erratic behavior. They especially come in handy when your pet is behaving erratically for no apparent reason. They study the way your pet goes about his day, tracking his comings and goings with science-backed tools. They then analyze their findings and use behavior modification techniques to help your pet.
They identify the reason behind your pet’s problematic behavior, devise a treatment plan specifically suited for your pet, teach you how to carry out the plan without any hiccups, and finally, check up on how you’re doing periodically so that there are no problems later on.
How do I Hire a Pet Behaviorist?
Similar to pet training, pet behaviorism is not a field regulated by science. This is why it’s especially important that you do your research before hiring just anyone calling themselves a pet behaviorist. Behaviorists can be a lot of help as far as your pet is concerned. But as the profession is not one that’s strictly regulated, you might find some difficulty finding a qualified and experienced professional to do the job. If you’re looking to hire a pet behaviorist, it’s advised that you look into someone who works under a verified organization.
What are the Different Types of Pet Behaviorists?
As with any profession, there are various levels of expertise when it comes to pet behaviorists. If your dog has behavior issues, you might want to consult a trainer first. If the problem persists, then you should call in a pet behaviorist to analyze the situation. There are many types of pet behaviorists in the industry that could come to your aid. There are behavior consultants, certified applied animal behaviorists, and last but not the least, board-certified veterinary behaviorists. Choose your pet behaviorist according to the degree of the problem.
Our pets bring joy and light into our lives. We all want the best for our pets. Even when they behave irrationally. There is no one better suited to find the root of your pet’s problem than a pet behaviorist trained in his field.