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Yes, But Which Kind of Animal Behaviorist?

Yes, But Which Kind of Animal Behaviorist?

You need help teaching your dog to behave better. How do you find someone with the right qualifications? Choose from among these five types of specialists.

Let’s say your dog is aggressive to the point that you fear he will truly hurt someone. Or he won’t stop jumping on people, or barking, or otherwise engaging in behavior that many find obnoxious. Or you simply would like to enjoy a relationship with him in which he is able to respond to your cues to come, fetch, wait, or whatever but haven’t had much success training him on your own. Where do you turn?

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