There are situations where it is simply unethical and inappropriate to delay proper treatment

“If you are a trainer  and you showed up at a client’s house and saw this, would you try to deal with this yourself or recommend referral to a veterinary behaviorist for additional assistance?”
The above pictures and question was posted by a colleague of mine, Dr. Lore Haug DACVB  in Texas. It is imperative that anyone who works with dogs knows when to refer immediately to a veterinarian who is knowledgeable about psychotropic medications or a board certified veterinary behaviorist who can not only start the animal on the appropriate medical intervention but also manage those interventions on a week by week basis. There is no grey area in cases like these. They need help by a doctor immediately. Everyone’s goal in these situations should be to get the animal appropriate help and relief in a timely manner. Once the extreme panic is under control, the dog is now in a position to benefit from behavior modifications and training.
Published in: on December 9, 2013 at 9:36 am  Comments (1)  

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  1. Wow! I would wonder how long that behavior was going on, too.

    I tend to put training and behavior modification in separate categories. I consider myself a trainer and this situation obviously needs BM before any training can start.

    Also, I’d like to know how a lay person/trainer can get educated in behavior. I’d like to know more (enough to be helpful and know my limitations) to help clients.


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