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Multiple Dogs Create Joy and Challenges

For many of us, dogs are like potato chips, you can't just have one. Living with multiple dogs can be joyous and chaotic. For 3 years, I had 3 dogs. The dogs, Dale, Jesse and Rio, got along fine for the most part. Dale was firmly in charge of ...

The Best Laid Plans: Adding a New Dog to the Fold

How to introduce a new dog or cat to a home with resident pets has been well-documented by many an expert. Personally, I have done it successfully so many times over the years I rarely bat an eyelid when another creature needs a place to ...

Forcing Hugs on Dogs Amounts to Punishment

Imagine if somebody, particularly someone you didn't know, were to approach you directly, grab you and, despite your resistance, squeeze and rub him/herself against you, what would you do? Struggle to escape? Shout at them? Call for help? Slap ...

Pet Professional Guild Promotes Force-Free Training Methods for Hearing Impaired Dogs

Tampa, FL – In line with Deaf Dog Awareness Week taking place from 21–27 September, 2014, the Pet Professional Guild (PPG) is highlighting the message that deaf dogs respond equally as well as their hearing counterparts to force-free ...

DOWN WITH DOMINANCE

When was the last time you heard "my dog is dominant" or "my dog is trying to be dominant with (fill in the blank)" or "my dog doesn't see me as the dominant one"? Dominance in dogs is scientifically proven to be a myth. Read More

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?
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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 ...

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