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Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists (CAABs)
It is important to understand the qualifications of people who use titles that indicate they are behavior professionals. This is difficult since, unlike the titles veterinarian, psychologist and psychiatrist, which are state licensed, the title "animal behaviorist", or similar titles can be used by anyone, regardless of their experience and/or background.
People who are trainers are not necessarily behaviorists though they may use that term. Ask for credentials - does the person have a Masters or PhD in Animal Behavior? A certificate from a training school is NOT indicative of any Behaviorist qualifications. It simply means a person earned a certification of completion at a training school. A trainer can work with you on behavior problems. However, some problems require the knowledge, expertise and experience of a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist (CAAB).
Click on the logo to learn more about CAABs and how they can help you with animal behavior problems.
I am NOT a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, though I do work with some behavior problems. I refer serious cases to:
Animal Behavior Consultations, LLC
Alice Moon-Fanelli PhD, CAAB
Tufts Animal Behavior Clinic