Behavior Consultation

Our veterinarians provide basic behavior consultation services to determine whether a problem is behavioral or medical, and whether a behavioral problem is easily manageable, requires training and/or medication, or necessitates referral to a behavior specialist.

Local Animal Behaviorists & Behavior Consultants

In addition to behavior specialists at various veterinary referral centers in Connecticut, we also refer to the following local animal behaviorists and behavior consultants outside of Connecticut:

Certified Professional Dog Trainers

Certified Professional Dog Trainers (CPDTs) have successfully completed standardized testing administered by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT), an independent organization whose “mission is to establish and maintain humane standards of competence for dog training and behavior professionals through criteria based on experience, standardized testing, skills, and continuing education.”1

CPDT’s must adhere to a strict code of ethics and earn continuing education credits to maintain their designations.2

The CCPDT also provides testing and certification for Certified Behavior Consultant Canine (CBCC), a designation which shows knowledge of more complex behavioral issues.

Furthermore, animal behavior professionals with comprehensive scientific training who have earned a graduate or veterinary degree may be certified as a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist (CAAB) or Associate Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist (ACAAB) by the Animal Behavior Society (ABS), which maintains a Directory of Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists.

You can use the CCPDT website to Find a Dog Trainer in your area. For additional information, see the CCPDT’s information on How to Choose a Dog Trainer.

Additionally, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) maintains detailed information regarding steps to take when looking for a CPDT, and other information about Finding Professional Help to address behavioral issues.

Dog Obedience Trainers in Connecticut

While not a replacement for a formal behavior consultation; owners with first-time learners (puppies), or dogs requiring a refresher in obedience training, may find the following list of local obedience trainers useful:

Additional Resources


  1. ^ Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. About Us.
  2. ^ Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. Code of Ethics.