Question by Loki Wolfchild: Behaviorists/Trainers Part II: What is a “behaviorist”?
As a sort of follow-up to my last question (link posted below):

When YAers recommend that someone “find a behaviorist” for their dog’s aggression problem, biting problem, fear problem, etc.

…do they know who/what they’re recommending? What makes a “behaviorist” any different from a trainer? Is there something that sets them apart?

In doing a little research based on answers to my previous question, I’ve come up with my own theory. What’s yours?
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AvMD6vohzrbVxL23RI0hFRvsy6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20090708100512AAUDe6F
I guess I don’t see how identifying problem behavior and then modifying that behavior is different than “training”.

If a dog is exhibiting a problem behavior, don’t you extinguish that behavior by training them? By teaching them a replacement behavior? Isn’t that what we preach to people here every day?

Best answer:

Answer by savannah_jc23
usually a behaviorist is trained to evaluate a dog and determine where bad behaviors are coming from and what instincts, or other things can come into play of why they are doing it. A trainer is that…a trainer…while trainers have to understand what the dog is doing when it behaves badly they have to correct it. If you are gonna be a trainer you might as well be a behaviorist…you ahve to be able to do the same things if you plan to properly train a dog.

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