Animal Behavior Consulting
Have you recently adopted a new pet? Are you unsure about adopting a particular pet? Looking for advice about some of the behaviors your pet is displaying? Does your dog jump up on guests as they enter your home? Does she bark or howl when you leave? Is your cat urinating outside of the litter box? Having trouble introducing a new cat into your household? Is your dog nipping at heels? If yes, I may be able to help you.
As a UW-AAB trained animal behaviorist, I use my diagnostic skills to assess and develop personalized treatment plans for specific behavioral issues. A dog trainer can, and often times does, help implement this plan, but dog trainers and animal behaviorists are two different things.
It's sort of like going to see your doctor. Let's say you start to experience tingling and numbness in your right hand. At first you're just dropping things, but then your wrist really begins to hurt, so you call and make an appointment with your primary care provider. You see your doctor, and after asking many questions and taking a close look at your wrist, she determines you have carpal tunnel and that you should start working with a physical therapist. In this scenario, I'm the doctor who made the diagnosis and the physical therapist is the trainer.
Here's the good news: many clients find that they don't need any additional support. If you decide that you do, I can help you find a trainer that is committed to using science-based, force-free, positive reinforcement training techniques.*
*Current research indicate that in order to achieve long-lasting, effective behavioral change the use of positive techniques, such as counter-conditioning in conjunction with a behavior modification plan, is best. The use of shock or e-collars, pronged collars, or other aversives is strongly discouraged.
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