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    Default Dog Trainer / Behavourist

    What's the difference between the two?
    Qualifications? Experience?

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    Well, a dog trainer is someone who just trains dogs based on different methods and may or may not know much about behaviour in depth. Many actually know very little in depth.

    There are also behaviourists and ethologists.

    Behaviorism and ethology are two different ways of studying animal behavior; one is confined largely to the laboratory (behaviorism), and the other is based on field studies (ethology). Each tells us something different about an animal's response, but the conclusions from both disciplines, taken together, explain all that we see and understand about animal behavior.

    When those are combined with training it works better than training alone.
    Respect and you shall be respected. Animal is always right.

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    In the world of dog training and behaviour modification I like to think of people in three different ways you have the dog trainers (like school teachers), you have behaviorists (like psychologists), and vet behaviorists (like psychiatrists). So you have those who can teach your dog many things but they don't really know why they do certain things, then you have those who understand dogs behaviour, why they do things, the way they think and are able to change behaviour, and then you have those who are allowed to prescribe medication to help alleviate the symptoms of an underlying problem.

    hmmm did that clear things up? :S
    "In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semihuman. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog." - Edward Hoagland

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaz Tarja View Post
    you have behaviorists (like psychologists), and vet behaviorists (like psychiatrists).
    The first is ethologist. Behaviourist can only be a person with university degree.
    Respect and you shall be respected. Animal is always right.

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    Yes a quilified behaviourist should have a uni degree where as a trainer dose not.
    A train uses a method to train a dog.
    A behaviourist looks at why the dog is misbehaving & gives you exercises to tell with it.
    I find it best to have a behaviourist & training that are on the same page & willing to cominucate with each other. This is not always possible but great if you can get it.

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