where to get help
There may be times when the best way to resolve a problem is through professional assistance. Veterinarians, veterinary behaviourists, animal behaviourists and qualified dog trainers are amongst the best sources of assistance.
Veterinarians and veterinary nurses can help you with information on nutrition and pet health, and can be a good place to start if you’re having problems with your pet that you think may be health related.
Veterinary behaviourists are veterinarians who have additional specialist qualifications relating to animal behaviour. They are the experts in this area and are able to provide advice, recommend strategies for behaviour modification and also prescribe medication if necessary.
Problems with aggression are serious and a veterinary behaviourist should always be consulted in such cases. Veterinary behaviourists can be located through the Australian Veterinary Association and the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists.
Professional dog trainers can help resolve many problem behaviours as well as helping you to train your dog to be a well-behaved companion. You should always check the qualification of any dog trainer. Canine Good Citizen (CGC) trainers undertake extensive theoretical and practical training to become qualified. The CGC instructor’s course is run by Delta Society Australia. The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) Australia is a professional body with members that advocate pet-friendly training. APDT can help you find a professional trainer in your area.