As a PHOENIX DOG BEHAVIORIST Here are some typical questions I receive.

Q: What is an Animal or Phoenix Dog Behaviorist?

A: The term “Behaviorist” or Phoenix Dog Behaviorist is misused in many situations. Some dog training professionals refer to themselves as behaviorists or dog behaviorists, but they are using the term inappropriately. Professionals without an upper level degree that specializes in behavior should rightly be classified as counselors. An Animal or Dog Behaviorist has upper level degrees (MS or PhD.) In most cases this is over six to eight years of formal education specializing in psychology, canine cognition, behaviorism, learning theory, ethology, biology, zoology, endocrinology, neurobiology, physical anatomy, canine physiology and kinesthetics, advanced training in the normal and abnormal behaviors of dogs and animals, our Phoenix dog Behaviorist understands the underlying disease states that may contribute to behavioral changes, the psychology of learning and in therapeutic behavioral medicines. An Animal  or Phoenix Dog Behaviorist can evaluate a pet’s behavioral problems, can work with your pet’s Veterinarian to help potentially diagnose medical problems that may be contributing to these behavioral problems and can recommend therapeutic behavioral medicines that may benefit these animals. An Animal or Phoenix Dog Behaviorist will often time work very closely with your pet’s Veterinarian to treat and help the “whole” animal. A Phoenix Dog Behaviorist is qualified to develop and help you implement a behavior modification protocol and treatment plan for your pet which includes counter conditioning and systematic desensitization and may or may not include behavioral medicine in the treatment plan for your pet. You can easily determine of your dog trainer is a dog behaviorist by having them give you a complete history of their formal education.  Don’t be surprised that 99.9% of Dog Trainers are really not Dog or Animal Behaviorists, yet advertise and promote themselves by saying that they are. Currently in Phoenix there are ONLY TWO REAL PHOENIX DOG BEHAVIORIST OR ANIMAL BEHAVIORISTS, AND ONE VETERINARIAN BEHAVIORISTS, so do your homework first. Always ask someone referring to themselves as a Dog Behaviorist or Animal Behaviorist about their formal education and type of degree(s) they have in Animal Behavior and Where they went to school.

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Q: What is the difference between an Applied Animal or Dog Behaviorist like Phoenix Dog Training has on staff, and a Veterinarian Behaviorist?

A: Veterinarian Behaviorists typically have nothing to do with any actual training of dogs. They are not like the Phoenix Dog Behaviorist at our company. A Veterinarian who has a specialty in Behavioral Medicine concerns themselves primarily with medicine, and has only as little as one year of behavioral training with the emphasis on psychotropic medicines. This is also a very new field in its infancy that has only been around for as little as 10 years. On the other hand, An Applied Animal or Phoenix Dog Behaviorist, like the one at Phoenix Dog Training have had much more extensive education and training that takes at least 6 to 8 years in ALL aspects of behavior, not just behavioral medicine. The Profession of Applied Animal Behaviorists is not a new field. This type of real behaviorist  their regular dog obedience training and puppy training has been around for many decades, and is considered THE definitive choice for expert behavioral help, treatment and behavioral advice for you and your pet. The Phoenix Dog Behaviorist at Phoenix Dog Training is also a Master Certified Dog Trainer with many additional years of education, training, and experience, giving you and your pet the absolute best of both worlds. It is actually very rare that a Dog Trainer is also a Dog Behaviorist.


Phoenix Dog Behaviorist Behavior ModificationQ: What is your “success rate” and do you guarantee results?

A: A dog owner should be cautious of any person who states that they “guarantee” fixing your dog’s severe behavior problems. Although Phoenix Dog Training guarantees their regular dog obedience training, it is impossible to guarantee a total 100% cure and total remission from severe dog aggression, severe dog anxiety and phobias to mention a few. Also,  and  dog and animal behavior can be very complex and results from a combination of genetics, medical problems of neurological problems and or neurochemical imbalances, painful conditions, visual, auditory or cognitive deficiencies and deficits contributing factors, contributing factors of prior experiences,, traumatic experiences, habituation, and learning, the current environmental situation that the dog or animal is placed in, along with possible dietary and nutritional contributing factors. There are many behaviors that we can modify and improve, some that we can learn how to work with, manage and control and/or prevent, and some that our Phoenix dog Behaviorist can fully resolve. The results we see can vary depending on the severity of the particular animal or dog’s behavioral problem(s), the owner’s ability to dedicate the time and effort into behavioral modification protocols and the motivational state of the dog. So, in short, success is not guaranteed, but always our goal. Most problems are helped and in remission with a few behavioral consultations, some need additional follow up.


Q: Are behavioral problems simply training issues?

A: There are some pets and dogs that would benefit largely from some simple training, but many behavior problems require much more than that. Dog Trainers are not Animal or Phoenix Dog Behaviorist with Advanced Training and Upper Level Degrees, (MS or PhD.) in 99% of cases. There are no requirements to be a dog trainer, and in Arizona anyone can call themselves a dog trainer with no training, education or experience. Dog’s and Animals, like people, can develop a number of fears, anxieties, phobias, obsessive compulsive behaviors and many types of aggression that require an in-depth history and actual behavioral modification, with counter conditioning, systematic desensitization,  (a lot more than dog obedience training and leash correction type dog training) to help resolve these behaviors. Sometimes trainers will employ aversives or punishment  in attempts at resolving some of these behavioral problems which may actually aggravate the problem further. Training can however be an integral part of behavioral modification, and often a good trainer or Phoenix Dog Behaviorist will be employed or recommended to help the owner work with behavior modification techniques once they have been prescribed and explained in the initial behavioral consultation. Phoenix Dog Training is one of only two dog training companies that has a REAL Phoenix Dog Behaviorist on staff. Many trainers wrongly call themselves a behaviorist without the proper training and are really just regular dog obedience trainers who often make serious mistakes with your dog’s well being and with your dog’s behavior. At Phoenix Dog Training our Phoenix Dog Behaviorist is one of the world’s leading behavior specialist in difficult and severe behavioral problems in dogs and domestic pets, such as fears, anxieties, phobias, obsessive compulsive behaviors, cognitive impairment such as canine dementia, along with various types and severity levels of aggression.


Q: Do you answer behavioral questions and give behavior advice over the phone?

A: Not generally in any detail.  An adequate history and description of the problem is impossible to get quickly over a phone call and attempting to do so would provide you and your dog or pet a grave disservice.

Phoenix Dog Behaviorist Phoenix Arizona Dog BehavioristQ: What is behavioral modification?

A: Behavior modification techniques are used to alter an dog or other animal’s behaviors and reactions to stimuli using both operant and classical conditioning techniques. The most commonly employed techniques include systematic desensitization; counter conditioning, reinforcement of more appropriate behaviors and extinction.

Q: Where do I go for an In-depth Behavioral Consultation?

A: In-depth Behavioral Consultations, typically occur at your home with a Phoenix Dog Behaviorist and in your dog’s natural environment.

Q: How do I make an appointment to see the Phoenix Dog Behaviorist and to get a Behavioral Consultation?

A: Appointments can be made with our Phoenix Dog Behaviorist by calling the main office number at (602) 769-1411 Monday thru Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The appointment is typically 2-3 hours in length and has a fee of $295.  Your dog’s full medical record is also required 24 hours in advance of the appointment with the Phoenix Dog Behaviorist, or the appointment will be rescheduled or cancelled.  There is a $95 cancellation fee for any canceled or rescheduled appointments without a 24 hours notice. All of your dog or pet’s medical records are also required and can be emailed  to us in advance of your dog or pet’s appointment. Your pet’s medical record must be received 24 hours in advance of the appointment or the appointment will be canceled. The canine behavior questionnaire and history will provide detailed information on a variety of aspects of your dog’s environment, health, activities, and behaviors (both normal and problematic). This is all vital information to receive prior to the consultation in order to give the behaviorist a basis to start the behavioral appointment and to focus on the behavioral history once the consult begins.

Call or Email Phoenix Dog Training for any additional questions or information and to find out about scheduling an appointment with our Dog Behaviorist. (602) 769-1411.

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05:11 18 Jan 18
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15:37 30 Nov 17
I recently called Phoenix dog training to train my out of control hyper Australian Shepherd. The training was excellent and the service was A+ all the way. I have used two trainers before that could not help with the pulling on walks when any dog came by and jumping on guests. Now "Molly" knows to go to her "Place" when the door bell rings. Walks are now enjoyable. I can even take her off leash and she stays right with me. I can not thank you enough.Tyler Thompson
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21:11 25 Jul 17
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Charles F Frost
Charles F Frost
20:30 21 Sep 17
I was referred to Phoenix Dog Training by our Veterinarian because of our Boxer Max, and his aggression.Phoenix Dog Training and their Harvard schooled Animal Behaviorist did an incredible job helping myself and my family bring Max under control. We realize we will need to manage Max's behavior for as long as he is with us, but now we have the skills and the tools to keep Max and everyone happy and safe. Thank you for all the great training help and support with our dog Max.
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The German Star Lord
06:53 20 Sep 17
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03:45 17 Sep 17
I am so grateful I found Phoenix Dog Training. I live up in North Scottsdale and have a large yard. We get a lot of wild animals that come onto our property. Coyotes, Havelina, Bob Cats Mountain Lion, you name it. The problem I was having was my dog Skip would not come when called. No matter what we did he would not come when called. He would call me when there were no distractions. He would come when nothing was going on. But up another dog or another person or another animal is there, he will not come for anything! I have tried several other dog trainers in Scottsdale. They all promised me they could get my dog to come, and they did a great job getting my dog to listen to me when there were no distractions. But if there's another animal, they were not able to get my dog to come when called. Out of frustration and skeptical, I called Phoenix dog training. They said they had a money back guarantee. I figured if there was ever a time they would have to honor their money back guarantee it would be with myself and my dog Skip. To my absolute amazement, the dog trainer from Phoenix Dog Training was able to get Skip to come with the distraction of another dog he brought with him within about 3 minutes! It was absolutely crazy!!! No one had been able to produce any results, and here they have skip coming when called with another dog around, skip would normally go crazy. But this time he was coming when called! I would definitely recommend Phoenix Dog Training!!! They saved my dog from being eaten from a Mountain Lion I'm sure!!!
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Paras Dhankecha
06:03 19 Sep 17
I really want to thank you guys. Phoenix Dog Training has made my dogs life and my life so much better. I get to finally enjoy my dog. Walks are now a pleasure. She sits and stays when I tell her. When I call her to me, now she comes. I love the "place" command and that seems to be her favorite command too. I'm looking forward to the Polishing and Maintenance classes that Phoenix Dog Training offers after our completion of our private at home dog training lessons. Thank you again.
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Numb Brrr
21:45 20 Sep 17
Phoenix Dog Training is AMAZING! They rehabilitated my aggressive PitBull when 3 other trainers failed and told me the only option was to euthanize my dog. Boy am I glad I did not listen to the other trainers and hired a real Dog Behaviorist. It is very different working with a professional Dog Behaviorist than just a Dog Trainer. It was worth the money and the time to save my dogs life. Definitely hire Phoenix Dog Training.
Linda Shoemaker
Linda Shoemaker
00:20 23 May 18
My husband, our Great Dane Misty, and I are so glad we signed up for training. We so appreciate all the training we received to help us better manage our girl. So much better but still a ways to go and now we have the knowledge and help we needed. We also know that anytime we have a question or issue that Bill will be there to help. Highly recommend. Jack, Linda, and Misty Shoemaker
Melinda McClean
Melinda McClean
01:12 05 Jun 18
My wife and I are more than happy with the work that Bill did for us, and our dog. We reached out to him for one-on-one training, frustrated and concerned about her reactive behavior. His knowledge of dog behavior is extensive, and his ability to impart that knowledge was exceptional. We learned more in one day, than we did in 6 months of group training with another organisation. Bill guided us through the training, and explained how we should progress through to maintenance, so that our dog's progress could continue. We've received many positive comments about our dog's improved behavior and we highly recommend Bill. He's given us the knowledge and confidence that we need to work with our dog.
Amanda Szolnok
Amanda Szolnok
18:18 27 Aug 18
I greatly appreciate Bill's help and support as my dog was going through some severe separation anxiety (barking loudly and whining anytime I left) after moving to a new apartment. I tried many different tips from multiple articles that I read online but nothing seemed to help. His barking was very loud for an apartment complex so I would need to keep him in doggy day care during the day while I worked as he couldn't be left alone in the apartment due to the noise level. It was a brand new behavior for my dog and I was pretty lost as to what steps to take. It seemed like a hopeless situation however Bill was very helpful and provided great insight and guidance in the situation. My dog is now doing great and is fine to be left alone while I go to work. He is very comfortable in the apartment and is back to being happy and playful. I really appreciate Phoenix Dog Training.
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