I've finally discovered the perfect career for the lover of animals and psychology that I am...
Although, I quickly discovered that "pet shrinks" strongly dislike this term and prefer Applied Animal Behaviorist...and for those with canine and feline clients, Companion Animal Behaviorist ...probably because most of them have PHDs and are often also veterinarians. Most importantly, this field is rapidly becoming more accepted and seen as a reliable source for curbing problematic pet behavior.
I have thoroughly enjoyed reading up on this profession and mostly reading books by Nicholas H. Dodman, vet + companion animal behaviorist who heads the Animal Behavior Clinic at Tufts Veterinary School. He is a good writer, is clearly competent in psychoanalyzing pet behavior and also has a talent for analyzing pet owners and demonstrates an all around humanitarian outlook. Andreaharner.com has found a role model!
What I know for certain is that when I start taking photos like these to grace the backs of my books on "pet psychology" (I'm trying to take back and be empowered by the name) I will know I have finally landed in the right profession.