Resources


The are many resources available to help owners when behavior issues develop with their dogs.

Behavior Resources

American College of Veterinary Behaviorists: ACVB is a professional organization of veterinarians who have achieved board-certification in the specialty of Veterinary Behavior. Board-certified specialists are known as diplomates. Dr. Nicholas Dodman is an ACVB diplomate.

Veterinary behaviorists are the canine equivalent to psychiatrists for humans, but since dogs can't speak for themselves, it’s usually the pet owners who talk with the “shrink” and provide a history of the dog’s behaviors. These veterinarians work with individual pet owners, other animal professionals, and facilities that care for animals in order to manage behavior problems and improve the well-being of animals.

There are only about 63 such certified veterinary behaviorists in the United States today. If you think your dog might benefit from this treatment, ask your general veterinarian for a referral, or use the ACVB Member Directory to find a board certified veterinary behaviorist.

Animal Behavior Society: The field of applied animal behavior employs the knowledge of animal behavior that is gained through observation and experimentation for a particular purpose. This purpose may be to benefit humans or the animals. In many circumstances applied animal behavior can be used to mediate conflicts or problems that exist between humans and animals in a way that does not require killing or hurting animals. There are two certification levels: Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists (CAAB) and Associate Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists (ACAAB).

If you need to find a CAAB or ACAAB, use the Animal Behavior Society Member Directory.

Association of Professional Dog Trainers: APDT is a professional organization of more than 6,000 individual trainers who are committed to becoming better trainers through education. Founded in 1993 by Ian Dunbar DVM, Ph.D. as a forum for trainers to associate with one another and to discuss topics of mutual interest, it is today a member-driven organization producing educational conferences in locations throughout the United States. The APDT refers, but does not endorse, members listed in their searchable U.S. and International membership directory to people searching for a trainer in their area.

Additional APDT Information

How to Choose a Trainer

Search for a U.S. Dog Trainer

Search for an International Dog Trainer

Alternatively, the following organizations may be able to provide you with guidance on finding a suitably qualified person in your area:

The Association of Professional Dog Trainers has an excellent resource page to help you understand the different types of behaviorists and trainers and what "All Those Letters After Everyone's Names Mean?"

In the USA:

American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior

American College of Veterinary Behaviorists

University Clinics

Dr. Nicholas Dodman is the head of the Tufts Animal Behavior Clinic.

The University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine Behavior Clinic of the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital

List of U.S. Schools of Veterinary Medicine

In the UK and Europe:

Association of Pet Behaviour Counselors

Association for the Study of Animal Behavior

European Society of Veterinary Clinical Ethology

Grief Counseling

The Grief Recovery Institute

The Grief Recovery Institute was founded in the mid 1980s. If you want to connect with a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist in your area, GRI has a FINDER program to help.

The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement (APLB)

The APLB is a compassionate nonprofit organization of trained volunteers, dedicated to helping people during this very special kind of bereavement. APLB is comprised of concerned volunteers who are experienced and knowledgeable in the tender subject of pet death. APLB chatrooms are free and available to anyone bereaving for a beloved pet. Membership is not required for this.