Do you understand what a Certified APPLIED Animal Behaviorist really is?

Question by Lioness: Do you understand what a Certified APPLIED Animal Behaviorist really is?
It seems to me there are an awful lot of people who are confused about what the field of Animal Behavior is all about. This concerns me the most because unless people truly understand it, they are very likely to be fooled by false credentials. (just as people who don’t know better are fooled by unethical breeders selling ‘teacups’)

First of all, it is no more ethical for a person to claim to be an ‘Animal Behaviorist’ and “practice” on your dog than it is for a person to “play” Vet and perform a procedure on him.

A Certified Applied Animals Behaviorist is NOT the same thing as an “Animal Behaviorist”. An Animal Behaviorist is a person who would study subjects, test hypothesis, and report on their findings often in peer reviewed journals. They would not generally work with people such as pet owners to help them train their pets, etc. This is where the field of APPLIED Animal Behaviorist comes in. These are the people who use the data collected in in the field of research and APPLY it to a specific application such as dog training and dog behavior modification.

This difference makes it really quite easy to tell the difference between the the real and the phony. Anyone who actually calls themselves an “Animal Behaviorist” probably has absolutely no credentials at all. But a person who is a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist (CAAB) with a PhD in a field such as Biology or Zoology or Animal Science, etc has spent a tremendous amount of time in their field of study and very likely knows their stuff. Currently, there are a fairly limited number of colleges out there that are focusing degrees on this field (mostly due to a huge budget needed for this kind of study), but they are growing quickly.

It would serve the dog loving community well to start paying more attention to the Animal Behavior field because it’s primary goal is to answer the questions of HOW and WHY as far as behavior is concerned. This kind of study has the potential to begin unlocking the specific biology of behavior problems, understand what parts of the brain allow one dog to be a substantially better herder than another, and lord knows what else. It may even have the power to help us to better preserve breeds of dogs. This primary goal of answering the questions HOW and WHY is the fundamental difference between Animal Behavior study and training. Training is limited to what works and what doesn’t. Animals behavior spreads from microbiology to psychology to physiology, etc to find out how it works, and why it works.

Were you aware of this? Do you think in the future you might be more equipped to pick out when a person is attempting to work under credentials they do not possess?

Have you ever worked with an ACTUAL Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist?
Kaper, what you are referring to is exactly why I ultimately posted this question. Most of us here know we’re getting the wool pulled over our eyes when somebody wants to sell us a “Chiweenie” but I have discovered that the field of Animal Behavior is a very misunderstood field as a result of those who choose to deceive rather than educate.
2Have2Be – you’re misunderstanding the point of the Animal Behavior field. It’s primary objective is to study the how and why. So, for example, they would study what part of the brain is effected when a dog smells a particular pheromone and what physiological changes result. Not necessarily how to train your dog. That’s not the true goal.
I don’t think you necessarily have to have a PhD, but you must at least have supervised graduate courses from an accredited college. I cannot come up with the name of any CAAB that I know of who does not have a PhD. My assumption is that by the time you get to that point you might as well just get the degree… but don’t mark my words on that.
Add: Curtis, I looked it up. I did find a handful of CAAB’s with *only* a Masters.
(only seems like an unfair word there… lol)
Sorry this is getting so long. I just really got a bug up my butt about this and now I feel much better that at least some have been enlightened.

Here is a list of CAAB’s. As you can see, NOT very many!

Best answer:

Answer by ☼Eyes of a Warrior- APBT☼
Yes ..I am aware of this. I haven’t actually ” worked” with any of them but I have met many.

Give your answer to this question below!

Behaviorists/Trainers Part II: What is a “behaviorist”?

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?;_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.

What do you think? Answer below!

What Is A Dog Behaviorist?

What Is A Dog Behaviorist?

All Puppys Grow into Dogs

Hi. My name is Dave and I‘m no dog behaviorist but I do have big, stupid dog named Shelly. Shelly is my Rottweiler and I love her dearly. She has been with me for 9 years now (since she was a pup) and over the years we have come to an ‘understanding’, as long as it doesn’t make a huge mess or cost me too much, Shelly can basically do whatever she wants.

 That All Changed When I Met Monica

It had been Shellys’ yard, Shellys’ couch and Shellys’… well, everything for as long as she (and I) could remember, but that all changed when I met my fiancée (soon to be wife), Monica, a year ago. Shelly is not a bad dog. She is not vicious, aggressive or mean and she doesn’t growl at or bite people (or poop in the house, yay!), but she is very excitable and she likes to jump up and say ‘Hi!’ a lot. Oh, yeah. Did I mention she’s a 90 lbs Rottweiler?

Things Change When Kids Are Involved

I had lived alone with my dog, Shelly the Rottweiler, for quite a few years before we met Monica. Monica was awesome! We all got along famously, so we started to spend a lot more time together. She even had a stupid dog of her own, Jones. He’s a Springer Spaniel (I’ve never seen so much dog hair in one place in all my life).

Monica also had two small children (both of whom I now love unbelievably) and it became glaringly apparent that I had to end Shelly’s bad habit of jumping up on people immediately (or sooner, if possible). I didn’t need her taking out the woman of my dreams in a ‘joyous fit of greeting’ or worse yet, hurting one of the kids.

I Was Tired Of Yelling At My Dog

I got so tired of yelling at my beautiful puppy and seeing the confused and hurt look in her eyes after she jumped up to say ‘Hi Daddy’ when I got home. We had gone so many years with this type of behavior being ‘OK’. Jumping up was something we both looked forward to and did not consider it bad behavior. It wasn’t my puppy being a bad dog; it was just how we said ‘hi’ to each other, all the time.

It didn’t matter that my ‘puppy’ was a 90 lb Rottweiler coming at me full tilt because I was (and still am) a 250 lb ‘Dog Catcher’ who can handle it. This was not bad behavior or my dog being overly aggressive, this was expected behavior. This was how we said ‘Hello!’…Rottweiler Style.

…but things have changed. I have two precious babies now and my puppy’s jumping and excitable behavior is not acceptable anymore. What do I do? I don’t want to get rid of my dog. I love my dog. I promised her I’d take care of her forever. What – do – I – do?

I Had a Dog Behavior Problem

I didn’t know what to do. I had attempted to correct some of her bad behavior problems in the past, chewing and barking, with ‘obedience training books’ (not much help for me) and had co

Such a Good Dog

nsidered dog training classes (until I found out how much they cost and how often you had to go). I had put up with Shelly’s jumping and disobedient behavior for so long that it was something I just accepted because she was always so happy to see me, but now I was desperate.

I had a problem. One that was affecting a very important part of my life (my relationship with the woman I love and my children’s safety) and the source of that problem was the other most important thing in my life, my beautiful and wonderful puppy, the always amazing (sometimes smelly) Shelly-bean.

…and that’s not really fair either, because the true source of her bad behavior lies with me.  I’m the one who neglected to correct my dogs’ behavior when I knew she shouldn’t be jumping up and acting like she did. I’m the one who failed to train my dog, but how do you teach an old dog new tricks? Is it even possible? I needed help and I needed it fast. I needed the help of a dog behaviorist.

Who Am I? My name is Dave and I have an older dog who had some pretty bad behavior problems that needed to be addressed, quickly. This page is a short ‘Why and How’ I found a Dog Behaviorist to help me with my problem. In a nutshell: I met a girl, I liked the girl. Girl has kids, dog jumps on kids. Want girl and kids to stay, need dog to stop jumping. This is what I did.

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