Many dog owners find themselves in need of advice from a behavioural expert at some point, but not everyone has access to a pet behaviourist in the area – leaving thousands across the country, and ever more across the world, entirely without help.
Some say that online consultations should be available for dog owners who need help from a pet behaviourist; after all, if NHS online consultations are a viable option for patients, there is no reason why the same principle shouldn’t apply to other fields.
Others, however, argue that the risks outweigh the benefits, and that no amount of description from the owner – or even videos – can replace a hands-on assessment. This could make online consultations counter-productive or even dangerous in some cases.
Should pet behaviourists give online consultations for people with no access to a behaviourist in their area?
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