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Finding a Certified Trainer or Behaviorist


Trainer or Behaviorist

Whether you have a pooch who is chewing everything in the house, barking like crazy, or suffering from separation anxiety – many of us find ourselves in need of some help. Sometimes finding the right professional to provide that help can be a challenge, though. So the question is … do you need a dog trainer or dog behaviorist? 

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. A behaviorist will help with more in depth 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.

*If a pet is suffering from severe emotional distress or if there is concern that the pet will injure himself, other animals or people, pet guardians are urged to contact the Animal Behavior Society or the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists for a referral to a certified applied animal behaviorist or a board-certified veterinary behaviorist.

Choosing the Right Trainer

Please access our spreadsheet of positive reinforcement trainers, behavior consultants, and veterinary behaviorists. 

You can also see the American Veterinary Society for Animal Behavior's guide to How to Choose a Trainer for some great tips and questions to ask.

If you are a dog owner, whether it's a Baypath dog or not, and would like help in your search for the right trainer, please email us and we would be happy to assist! 

Recommended Trainers

Please access our spreadsheet of positive reinforcement trainers, behavior consultants, and veterinary behaviorists.

Trainers and behavior consultants: If you are a positive reinforcement trainer and would like to list your services with us, please email us.

Common Acronyms 

BCBA-D - Board Certified Behavior Analyst with Doctorate
CAAB - Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist
CBCC - Certified Behavior Consultant Canine
CDBC - Certified Dog Behavior Consultant
CPDT-KA - Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed
CSAT - Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer
DVM - Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
DACVB - Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists
Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy

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