What is the difference between a Dog Trainer and a Canine Behaviourist?
Some dog owners are unclear about who can best help them with their dog’s behaviour problem. Although many dog trainers offer advice on the causes of canine behaviour, there are many differences between the methods used by a dog trainer and a canine behaviourist. A dog trainer normally sets a goal of getting a dog to obey a command and then works towards that. A canine behaviourist looks back in time, exploring reasons for the behaviour and examining chains of events to find the cause of the behaviour. When dealing with problem behaviour it is often a case of trying to prevent a dog from doing something and it is necessary to find stimuli for the behaviour before modifications can be made. A one-to-one consultation to establish why your dog is behaving as it does allows me to develop a tailored behaviour modification programme.
I have a degree in Applied Animal Behaviour from Sparsholt College Hampshire, one of the UK’s leading land-based colleges. This course was validated by the University of Portsmouth. I have also completed with Distinction, the Advanced Diploma in Canine Behaviour Management course provided by Compass Education & Training. This accredited course is designed to be the definitive course on canine behaviour management and is study level 5, HND/Foundation degree level. I have eleven years experience in dealing successfully with all types of behaviour issues. I subscribe to the Journal of Veterinary Behavior and regularly attend seminars and conferences to keep my knowledge of dog behaviour up to date.
Please be aware when looking for help for your dog that currently in the UK anyone can claim to be a canine behaviourist regardless of their lack of study or qualifications.