The Reason We Work with Veterinarians
As a Tampa-area dog trainer, I intentionally network with and get to know my local dog community, especially veterinarians. While many people think of veterinarians as only being involved with their dog’s medical issues, a dog’s veterinarian should also be kept informed of behavioral and obedience problems.
Veterinarians and dog trainers have the same goals—your dog’s well-being and health! The way we go about achieving it is just different. Vets know that behavior can impact a dog’s overall quality of life, but can usually only prescribe medications or recommend a behavioral trainer. As a trainer, I also often address behavioral issues that can affect a dog’s physical health. Once, for example, I had a client whose dog struggled with aggression. The dog had bitten the vet techs and, as a result, was actually banned from the veterinarian’s office. The client knew that this aggressive behavior had to stop because otherwise, the dog would be out of luck the next time he got sick!
Working to extend and improve the quality of your dog’s life is a team effort and I often find myself working closely with vets on certain clients. Sometimes I’m helping address an issue that’s affecting the dog’s health, such as teaching the dog how to walk nicely on a leash so it can get more exercise, and sometimes they’re helping to fix medical issues that exacerbate bad behavior, such as managing pain that’s leading to aggression. The more information we share, the clearer the big picture is and the faster your dog is put on a path toward success.
Often, getting to know my local vets helps both your vet and me become a better resource. For example, I might have a client with a new puppy who needs to find a good vet for the puppy’s shots and regular check-ups. If I’m familiar with my local vet community, I can usually refer them to a vet that will be a good fit for their location, budget, and any special needs. Similarly, if an owner expresses frustration or concern over a behavioral issue, the vet is able to refer them to a good trainer.
Of course, getting to know veterinarians is about so much more than just getting client referrals. As a trainer, knowing the vet community is an important part of working to improve your dog’s life. With a great vet to treat any medical problems that might arise and a devoted trainer to work through behavioral issues, your dog will be on the path to a long life of happiness and health!
If you are a vet or a vet tech interested in learning more about my dog training, please contact me. I would be happy to host a lunch-and-learn at your clinic for you and your staff! If you are a dog owner with questions about dog training, call 800-649-7297 or get in touch via our contact form.