If your dog exhibits behavioral problems, seems untrainable despite your best efforts, or has any of the problems listed in the preceding section and your vet has ruled out a medical problem, consider contacting an animal behaviorist. No, it isn't like taking your pet in for psychotherapy. Dogs can suffer from very real and serious behavioral problems, and a behaviorist is trained to deal with these specific problems.
Don't be shy about calling a behaviorist. Plenty of people do, and plenty of people are very glad they did. Many dogs have been saved through simple behavior-modification techniques. Most dogs surrendered to animal shelters are there because of behavioral problems their owners couldn't or wouldn't handle. Don't let your Dachshund suffer this fate. Learn her language, train her, hire a professional when necessary, and immerse your dog in plenty of love. Now you're talking Dachshund.
An animal behaviorist may not have all the answers, but a good one may know just what to do when you've exhausted other avenues. Sometimes the most serious-seeming problem is really a simple matter.
Some dog trainers also call themselves canine behavioral consultants. These trainers may not have advanced degrees in animal behavior like a behaviorist, but they may have a lot of practical experience with behavior problems. A consultant could be a big help when you're trying to solve a training problem, depending on your situation, but behaviorists generally have more formal education. Only behaviorists can prescribe medication, such as a medicine that may be appropriate for separation anxiety or aggression.
Here are some resources to check out:
1 To find an animal behaviorist, check out the Animal Behavior Society's public directory of certified animal behaviorists at www.animalbehavior.org/ABSAppliedBehavior/ caab-directory.
1 For a list of behavior consultants, check out the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) at
1 For a list of trainers who specialize in behavior problems, check out the Association of Pet Dog Trainers's site at www.apdt.com and click on Dog Trainer Search.
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