Features July 2014 Issue

When to See a Vet and When to See a Trainer

Include your trainer and your veterinarian in your dog’s “team” of professionals if his behavior changes suddenly, or gradually becomes uncharacteristically undesirable.

When to See a Vet and When to See a Trainer

Medical rule-outs for abnormal behavior.

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, between five to seven million companion animals enter animal shelters in the United States every year, and three to four million are euthanized. Of the dogs entering shelters, about 60 percent are euthanized. Some lose their lives due to old age, illness, or injury, others as a result of shelter crowding, but behavioral problems are most frequently cited as the major cause of relinquishment or euthanasia.

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