Dog Behaviorist vs Dog Trainer
Dog Trainer: When you’re thinking about a “dog trainer,” think of a teacher or coach. A dog trainer will help teach your dog new skills, such as sit, stay, come, or how to walk on a leash without dragging you down the street.
Dog Behaviorist: When you think about a “dog behaviorist,” think about a therapist. The behaviorist will help you solve behavioral issues like fear, aggression, out-of-control barking, destructive chewing, biting, and separation anxiety. The behaviorist will help you modify or totally change behaviors. After conducting a thorough interview and analyzing your pooch, the behaviorist will design a plan based on that analysis.
For the past 25+ years Jason Lake has been assisting dogs in the Rogue Valley with a plethora of behavioral issues such as dog reactivity, separation anxiety, food aggression and resource guarding. Although most behaviorists have PhD's and some type of degree from an institution, Jason Lake has had great success utilizing skill sets gathered from years of experience.
Effective applied animal behaviorists will have expertise in (a) behavior modification, so they know the techniques that produce changes in behavior, (b) the normal behavior of the species they’re treating, so they can recognize how and why your pet’s behavior is abnormal, and (c) teaching and counseling people, so they can effectively teach you how to understand and work with your pet.
What kind of training does my pet need? Once you’ve determined that you and your pet need some professional help to keep your household harmonious, consider what kind of training or treatment you need.
Group Class If your pet needs to learn some basic manners and skills, like sit, down and come when called, you might benefit most from group obedience classes. Group glasses are also ideal for young puppies who need socialization.
Private Sessions If your dog or cat has a specific behavior problem, seeing a professional outside of a classroom context would be best. Problems like resource guarding, handling issues, separation anxiety and aggression toward people or other animals require custom treatment plans and individual attention from a qualified behaviorist. Other less serious behavior issues that trainers and behaviorists can’t usually address in a group class include house training problems, excessive barking and destructive chewing.
Day Training & Board-and-Train Day training is a great service for busy pet parents. The trainer comes to your house while you’re at work, or alternatively, some train your dog in their home or facility. The trainer teaches your dog the specific obedience behaviors you want, for example recalls (coming when called), wait, stay, walk on-leash without pulling and greeting people and pets politely. Although some dogs can really benefit from board and train services this is not a service that Prodogz currently offers. We believe it's important for dog owners to learn the skill sets in order to upkeep their dogs training for years to come.