April 10, 2019: New Survey to Research Cases of Shock Being Used on Pets without Owners’ Permission

In the wake of a number of recent news stories, the Pet Professional Guild Advocacy Committee is starting to ...

Treats that Beat Squirrels!

By Yvette Van Veen Treats that Beat Squirrels! What if I told you that tiny little treats could beat a high ...

April 8, 2019: Shock Collars to Be Banned in Netherlands Next Year

Netherlands Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, Carola Schouten, has announced the banning of shock ...

April 4, 2019: Study Finds Cats Can Recognize Their Names

A new study, published in Scientific Reports, has investigated whether cats could differentiate their names from ...

Dispelling the Myths: Tuggy, Retrieve and Safe Play

By Sue McCabe I still regularly hear from clients that they have been told they shouldn’t play tug with ...

Portland Blog Competition: The Journey of a Crossover Trainer

By Nichola Marshall This is going to sound like an Oscar acceptance speech and it kind of is because I feel ...

March 27, 2019: Newly Published Review Debates Reliability and Validity of Behavior Evaluations for Shelter Dogs

The new paper, What is the Evidence for Reliability and Validity of Behavior Evaluations for Shelter Dogs? A ...

Things I Wish I Had Known Before I Started Training Dogs – Gus, the Dominance Myth, An Alpha Roll, and a Damaged Relationship

By Don Hanson In a recent interview, I was asked a series of questions about how to choose a dog trainer. One of ...

Teach Your Dog to Cooperate with Grooming and Vet Visits

By Debbie Bauer Brushing, combing, cutting toenails, being held for vet examinations and treatment - these ...

March 13, 2019: Shock-Free Coalition Launches Survey on Use of Shock Collars in Dog Training

The study will help the researchers understand various aspects of the use of electronic collars on canines and is ...

Skipping Reinforcements? Rethink That

By Yvette Van Veen We’ve all heard it. “When do the rewards stop?” The knee jerk reaction by many, especially ...

What Makes a Pet Fence Humane?

By Jennifer Smith of EasyPetFence.com, a PPG corporate partner Dog trainers, animal shelters and pet owners ...