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Why more people are hiring “pet shrinks”

A policeman pets a sniffer dog trained to detect coronavirus.
Reuters/Ivan Alvarado
The field of animal behaviorists, trainers, and counselors, is burgeoning.
  • Jackie Bischof
By Jackie Bischof

Talent Lab editor


“He clearly has the makings of a very good dog,” the vet told me, as he wrangled our growling, shivering, Jack Russell-Chihuahua mix on his lap to cut his nails. “I’m going to give you the number of a pet psychologist.”

My husband and I rescued Bowie Philbert from a California kill shelter almost three years ago. We adopted him six months after Stewie, my husband’s beloved Chihuahua and a faithful companion, died at 13 years old.

Jackie Bischof
A great dog, with all the makings of an even better one.

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