Canine Professionals and Social Media – have we missed the mark?

I have no solutions here, just a conversation I would like to have about social media and dog trainers and what our responsibility is and should be.   A good friend and skilled trainer made a post yesterday about her medically fragile and behaviorally complex long-time heart dog.  It was a quick post, she sharedContinue reading “Canine Professionals and Social Media – have we missed the mark?”

Why Excellent Trainers Don’t Pretend To Be Behaviorists

We must, as a profession, refer out early and often. There are cases that, even after 15+ years of excelling in my profession, I simply have no business seeing without the oversight of a Veterinary Behaviorist. Each and every one of us owes the general public and our own profession that honesty and courtesy. We own the public honesty about who we are and who we are not. I am not a Behaviorist. I have dedicated my life to excellence in my profession and I am very proud of who I am, which is a Certified Trainer and a Certified Behavior Consultant. I want my clients to trust, implicitly, that if I cannot help them I am both humble and educated enough to refer them to a Behaviorist who can.