Vickie, yes exactly. And, both of our vets referred us to the same veterinary behaviorist.
Seems that is now a graduate specialty. She has a graduate degree in the specialty, and is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (ACVB) - "a professional organization of veterinarians who have achieved board-certification in the specialty. According to http://www.petfinder.com/how-to-help-pe ... orist.html
"There are three groups of people that help people who are having behavior problems with their animals: veterinary behaviorists, applied animal behavior consultants and animal trainers. Veterinary behaviorists are veterinarians with a special interest in animal behavior. . . . A veterinary behaviorist is licensed to prescribe drugs and is familiar with the psychotropic medications, their uses and side effects. Applied animal behaviorists have post-graduate degrees (either Masters or PhD) in zoology, animal behavior or animal psychology. Certification is by the Animal Behavior Society and is based on education and experience. Animal trainers are usually self-trained. At this time there is no licensing or educational requirements to become an animal trainer. Many however have taken courses in animal behavior and have extensive experience dealing with behavior problems."
We have read some of Dr. Haug's publications, which emphasize positive reinforcement as a key training technique, and are satisfied with her competencies. This little fellow definitely does not deserve to be destroyed - he is a plucky sweet and joyful animal - with an occasional odd self-defense mechanism. We are resolved to do whatever it may take to help him swiftly develop the 100% habit of leaping into his space when a guest enters our home, and staying rooted to that spot until released.
But, the earliest appt we could get is March 23. He may get to go to Doggie Day Care for our April 1 baby shower. Or, we'll keep him in the TV room upstairs on that Sunday.