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Meet Laura Cassiday of Pawsitive Vibes Cat Behavior and Training

Meet Laura Cassiday of Pawsitive Vibes Cat Behavior and Training

  Laura Cassiday takes cat owners from hopeless to hopeful using her feline expertise and force-free training techniques.   Tell us a little bit about yourself. How did you first get into animal behavior and training, and what you are doing now? I studied English and professional writing in ...
PPG Advocacy Panel: What Do You Do When You’re the Only Force-Free Professional in Town?

PPG Advocacy Panel: What Do You Do When You’re the Only Force-Free Professional in Town?

Join the Pet Professional Guild (PPG) Advocacy Panel for a discussion on What Do You Do When You're the Only Force-Free Professional in Town? Pet guardians and pet professionals, listen as panel members share their expertise in a fun, free-flowing format.   Your Moderator: PPG Advocacy ...
Pets, Emotions and Anthropomorphism

Pets, Emotions and Anthropomorphism

by Don Hanson Emotions are complicated and messy. So much so that as a youngster watching Star Trek in the 1960s, I was attracted to the Vulcan ethos of suppressing all emotion and replacing it with logic. However, I eventually learned that without emotion, we are devoid of joy, gratitude, ...
Advocating Together—The Mission, Vision and Values of the Pet Professional Guild

Advocating Together—The Mission, Vision and Values of the Pet Professional Guild

by Niki Tudge Each of us wants to bring about change in our industry. We yearn for a day when pain and fear are no longer used in the training and care of pets. We have a mammoth job ahead of us, and it most certainly is not a sprint but a marathon. It is possible to hold professional ...
Baby, It’s Cold Outside – Winter Outdoor Safety Tips for Pets

Baby, It’s Cold Outside – Winter Outdoor Safety Tips for Pets

Just like people, dogs vary in how well they tolerate cold weather. In addition to significant physical injuries like frostbite and hypothermia, exposure to cold weather conditions can cause dogs (and cats) undue stress and suffering. Here are some tips from the Pet Professional Guild for ...
Crossover Trainer Regine Manicom Uses a Better and Kinder Way to Get Amazing Results

Crossover Trainer Regine Manicom Uses a Better and Kinder Way to Get Amazing Results

In this PPG member profile, Regine Manicom of Regine's Dog Training shares her thoughts on becoming a force-free professional: "I want all animals to experience this way of life … it is in keeping with how I want to be treated and how I treat others, and animals deserve the same."
Chat & Chuckle with Jeanette Davis of Feline Rescue Association and Silver Whiskers Animal Rescue

Chat & Chuckle with Jeanette Davis of Feline Rescue Association and Silver Whiskers Animal Rescue

Join PPG Feline Division Chair Laura Cassiday and Joanna Wachowiak-Finlaison, also with the PPG Feline Division, as they chat and chuckle with Jeanette Davis of the Feline Rescue Association and Silver Whiskers Animal Rescue in Baltimore, Maryland, about keeping community cats warm in the ...
Tips for Ensuring Safe and Happy Holidays for People and Dogs

Tips for Ensuring Safe and Happy Holidays for People and Dogs

With the holidays approaching, it’s time for planning family gatherings. However, for many dogs, family gatherings are stressful, and the result could be a bite to a child or an adult. This article provides tips for your clients on how to read dog body language, respect dogs’ boundaries and keep everyone safe and happy during holiday gatherings.