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Old 08-21-2012, 11:49 AM
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I really, really like our new vet, but it's highly unlikely I'd ever go to her or any other vet for training advice. If I was having an issue or a concern, I'd seek out an actual trainer or somebody I know who knows a lot about training and behaviour. I go to the vet for medical stuff. Some might be good trainers too, who knows, but generally speaking I'd say you'd get better advice for behavioural issues elsewhere.
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Old 08-21-2012, 12:17 PM
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I would ask.. but it would hold the same amount of weight I would put the advice of any dog owner. No more, no less.

Just like I would my dog trainer about my dog's health..of course I would ask, but their opinion wouldn't be more weighted then anyone elses. because they are each PROFESSIONALS but it just isn't what they are trained to do.

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Old 08-21-2012, 12:33 PM
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I wouldn't ask a veterinarian for any training/behavioral advice, unless they were a veterinary behaviorist. I'd much rather go to knowledgeable, experienced dog trainers or friends that I have seen work with their dogs.

I would also stop seeing a vet that gives me unsolicited training advice - when I brought Jack in to get his rabies vaccine at the clinic I used to use, they gave me a dominance lecture. I'm here for a vaccine, not advice. Please just poke my dog, I'll pay, and then we can go.

However, if my dog was having behavioral issues that could be connected to a medical issue, then I wouldn't hesitate to see a veterinary behaviorist.
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Old 08-21-2012, 01:40 PM
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No I wouldn't. Vets are there for medical attention. Yes, I'm sure many of them know about training as well.... but being a vet does not mean you are a dog trainer, does not mean you are going to give good advice about my dog destroying the house or lunging at other dogs or not coming when called. Unless it's a veterinary behaviorist, then IMO training advice from a vet really holds no more merit than the advice I could get from Joe Schmoe at the dog park.

We get a lot of training/behavioral questions, but one of our vet techs is a trainer as well so oftentimes we just field them to her.

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Old 08-21-2012, 02:27 PM
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No. Except the vet I worked with in IL who did competition Obedience and Agility with numerous dogs...I felt her advice was sound, lol.
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Old 08-21-2012, 07:35 PM
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Heck no. I had a vet tell me I was rewarding the growling of an injured dog when I was actually making a positive association for the dog which was beginning to work it's magic. If they knew anything about behavior, they would know rewarding growling Is a good thing. The dog was letting us know where it hurt.
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Old 08-21-2012, 08:16 PM
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If I had a training/behaviour issue, and I was at the vet's office around the time it cropped up, yes I would ask.

I wouldn't necessarily take the vet's advice as law, though. Personally, I take training advice as a suggestion, and I think having more suggestions/ideas/input is better than less.

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Old 08-21-2012, 08:33 PM
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No, but I would ask them for a referral to a trainer. Actually, I'd never thought of it... I've even been asked how I trained certain things.
But I did ask if they heard of any good agility or RallyO trainers in the area. They named two, one I had heard of and one I had not... and it was a good suggestion!

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Old 08-21-2012, 08:43 PM
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I wouldnt ask my kids dr about education why would I ask my vet.
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Old 08-21-2012, 08:51 PM
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Silly question...but if your vet provided training/behavior services, would you then seek them out for a behavior problem/training issue?

I'm graduating with a BS degree in Animal Science, focus of Animal Behavior and Well Being. I'd like to continue on in tech school and become a registered Vet Tech. One of the things I'd really like to do is become a certified Behavior Technician and be able to provide behavior/training advice to clients and perhaps offer basic seminars for people with new puppies, housebreaking issues, etc., etc.
But so many people say, "I don't want to go to my vet for training advice", I'm not really sure if there would be a demand for that kind of thing.
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