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- 11/07/16--02:18: _Setting Judgment Aside
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- 01/09/17--07:12: _Pet Professional Gu...
- 01/17/17--07:34: _Words Matter
- 04/21/17--06:31: _Is Calm Really Just...
- 06/21/17--05:31: _What Is the Purpose...
- 07/24/17--05:04: _The Problem with Pu...
- 08/10/17--03:14: _Labels and Limitati...
- 08/21/17--06:55: _Having a Bit More F...
- 10/03/17--12:41: _Pet Professional Gu...
- 10/12/17--08:39: _An Open Letter To P...
- 10/23/17--03:47: _Spook Night, Firewo...
- 10/30/17--04:29: _Bring Your Dog Insi...
- 11/13/17--08:41: _An Open Letter to C...
- 12/12/17--08:54: _An Open Letter to P...
- 12/21/17--03:56: _Ensuring Festive Fu...
- 01/04/18--08:18: _Counterconditioning...
- 01/09/18--04:10: _Cold Weather House ...
- 01/10/18--16:14: _Burnout: When Tryin...
- 11/07/16--02:18: Setting Judgment Aside
- 11/25/16--04:34: Practice? Liszt or Chopsticks
- 12/30/16--10:39: Countering The Aversive
- 01/17/17--07:34: Words Matter
- 04/21/17--06:31: Is Calm Really Just Another Behavior?
- 06/21/17--05:31: What Is the Purpose of a Real Dog?
- 07/24/17--05:04: The Problem with Punishment
- 08/10/17--03:14: Labels and Limitations…..
- 08/21/17--06:55: Having a Bit More Fun with Our Dogs
- 10/23/17--03:47: Spook Night, Fireworks and Dogs Don’t Mix!
- 10/30/17--04:29: Bring Your Dog Inside, Have a Better Relationship and Much More Fun
- 12/21/17--03:56: Ensuring Festive Fun For Fido!
- 01/04/18--08:18: Counterconditioning Leash Reactivity, the Hybrid Approach
- 01/09/18--04:10: Cold Weather House Training
- 01/10/18--16:14: Burnout: When Trying to Do Good Makes You Feel Bad
Professional dog trainers and behavior consultants who use force-free methods are some of the most compassionate people I know. We couldn’t do this work if we didn’t care deeply and want the absolute best outcome in every situation. So it … Continue reading
Years ago in another life I was a music teacher. In addition to class music lessons for many years, I also taught the piano and the flute. What’s this got do do with dogs, you might ask. My pupils’ results showed I … Continue reading
Some pet dog trainers that are either using aversive methods or some that call themselves “balanced”, and use a combination of both aversive approaches and food rewards, may carry the notion that positive reward based trainers are against them personally, … Continue reading
Pet Professional Guild Press Release Pet Professional Guild (PPG) has released a new position statement on so-called “pet correction devices” that are used for the management, training and care of pets. PPG does not recommend such devices and the move … Continue reading
By Don Hanson BFRAP CDBC ACCBC CPDT-KA Dog lovers use a variety of words when talking about their favorite subject. Sometimes we use a word because it is it is the only one we know, or sometimes we use a … Continue reading
What is the most difficult thing to teach our dogs? Coming back or a great recall? While I do agree that this is a difficult behavior, I do think teaching calm is much more difficult. Being calm is not the … Continue reading
Labeling normal dog behaviors like barking, digging, jumping up, chasing, growling and others as problems is something my colleagues and I have started seeing more often in our classes and consultations. However, typical puppy behaviors can include mouthing, housesoiling, not wanting to be alone, … Continue reading
Fortunately today, thanks to force free advocating organizations like Pet Professional Guild, there is much more awareness of the detrimental effects of punishment. Sadly though, in some quarters it still prevails and is even advocated by some and perpetuated by the … Continue reading
By Kamal Fernandez Do you have a nickname for your dog? I mean, an endearing title or word that describes or captures who they are? This can often be a positive thing… all of my dogs, have a ‘second name’, … Continue reading
When I got my first dog as a child no one in the family knew much about dogs, puppy preschool classes were unheard of and the average dog just somehow became part of the family. My father mainly got the … Continue reading
Successful first week for global initiative that seeks elimination of electric shock devices in animal training, consumer transparency for pet guardians seeking professional advice TAMPA, Fla. – Oct. 2, 2017 – PRLog — The Pet Professional Guild (PPG) has celebrated … Continue reading
According to the American Pet Products Association (2017), 68 percent of Americans return home to a pet (or pets) each day. An estimated 48 percent of US residents are dog owners while 38 percent share their home with a cat … Continue reading
In the United States, Halloween is widely celebrated and can be a challenge for dogs (see Halloween Hazards for Pets), while here in the United Kingdom, Bonfire night on November 5 is fast approaching – great fun for most of … Continue reading
I believe that a large majority of dogs would probably exchange the biggest backyard in the world for quality time with their owners. Yet apartment dwellers are sometimes frowned upon for owning a dog. Here in Australia, however, strata laws are … Continue reading
Introduction: The Importance of Transparency between Clients and Service Providers Frieden (2013) states that: “Free and open information empowers people to make informed choices and reduces the likelihood that misinformation or hidden information will endanger health.” It is not unusual and, … Continue reading
Shocking pet dogs remains a common, if controversial, training practice worldwide. In this open letter, Pet Professional Guild (PPG) combines decades of research, the opinions of certified animal behaviorists, and the question of ethics to explain why using electric shock … Continue reading
Christmas will be here again before we know it – sadly, every year, dogs can become casualties during the festive season. So how can we ensure that everyone has a fabulous time including our furry friends? Here are a few tips: … Continue reading
Leash reactivity towards dogs, humans or traffic, is one of the most challenging training endeavors. This is simply because there is no consistency in the appearance of the stimuli, and there will most assuredly be at some point, an over … Continue reading
By Kelly Fahey This winter I have been getting some inquiries about puppies “backsliding” in their house training. First, let me put your minds at ease and let you know that there is likely nothing wrong with your puppy. It’s … Continue reading
You love dogs. Loved them all your life. I mean, like it’s a your religion. You read about dogs, write about dogs, think about dogs, surround yourself with dogs, can’t imagine life without dogs. And you tie yourself up in … Continue reading