Resolving your dog's behaviour issues by employing a behaviourist
If people do not have dog behaviour knowledge, they will be unlikely to resolve the problem and in trying to do so they may actually make the problem worse.
Specialist canine behaviourists are not always the first port of call for dog owners. The first places to ask for help will be the Vet, a neighbour, relative, or breed forum.
But ask yourself, why is this not the best course of action?
If the people you are asking do not have dog behaviour knowledge, they will be unlikely to resolve the problem and in trying to do so they may actually make the problem worse. For example, people turn to Google to search for solutions to behaviour problems. The result is finding much conflicting information, most of which is incorrect and outdated. Aversive techniques can 'work' in the short term, but more behaviour issues may appear down the line.
Understandably, people are often tentative about seeking specialist help for their dog as it's considered too expensive. Behaviour work is like any other specialised serve, taking an enormous amount of study, seminars, conferences and continuous education to keep abreast of current research and techniques. When humans have a problem, they see a specialist i.e. a dentist, a doctor physiotherapist, all of whom are experts in their field. If your dog has behaviour problems it make sense to consult a qualified canine behaviourist.
Lynne Muir is a COAPE Certified Animal Behaviourist having achieved an Ofqual regulated qualification with the Centre of Applied Pet Ethology (COAPE). She has a Diploma in the Principles in Companion Animal behaviour and Training (RQF Level 4).
To learn more about Lynne and her work, visit www.lanarkshiredogtraining.co.uk