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Ten Questions to Ask Your Dog Training Professional – Before You Hire Them!

Ten Questions to Ask Your Dog Training Professional - Before You Hire Them!

  1. What dog training equipment do you use when training a dog or do you recommend I use?
A force-free ...

PPG Responds to American Kennel Club’s Backtracking on the Use of Shock in Dog Training

In the light of a recent study stating that – unsurprisingly - electronic training collars present a welfare risk to pet dogs, The Pet Professional Guild (PPG) was ...

I Have a Dog. What Do I Do Now?

Now and then over the years I’ve tried my hand at painting. Portraits — human and canine — baffled me time and time again. No matter how painstakingly I tried to capture  a likeness, the finally product warped. A nose was too long. The eyes ...

“Trick” is a Very Powerful Word!

Why do I like doing “dog tricks” with my dogs Tessa and Jambo and why do I think everyone should do them with their dogs?
  • Reason no.1: Doing dog tricks is my way of “training” my two dogs, Jambo and Tessa. It’s simple really, I like ...

Electronic Pet Fences: What You Need to Know

Electronic fences, e-fences, radio fences, Invisible Fences™, pet containment fences: they all amount to the same thing. A system where your dog wears a radio controlled electronic collar that shocks him whenever he crosses a certain ...

Life Is a Numbers Game

On August 13, 2013, I forced myself to say goodbye to my senior Jack Russell rescue Minnie Winnie. She had developed intestinal lymphoma that my vet had diagnosed the previous September. I was thankful to have an anonymous sponsor pay for the ...

Drill-Sergeants Not Needed

I’ll never forget the first (and only) time I ended up in a law suit. It was many years ago and I was young and terrified. I had given my landlord a 28 day notice to vacate my apartment, but a 30 day notice was the law. In his complaint, the ...

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