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The Importance of Socialization for the Young Animal

Humans take years to learn socialization skills. In the process of growing from infant to adulthood, the human takes more than 20 years for his or her brain to fully develop. Yet during this time there is much socialization that is taking ...

How Safe Is It for Your Dog to Jump off Furniture?

As a dog Mom and professional dog trainer, dog safety is always on my mind. It seems every year, I start to question things I've done in the past, as to whether or not it is safe. My current dog, Dexter, is a small breed dog. Ok, so he's double ...

How To Bring Empathy into Practice?

Drawing empathy into our training practice is so important. As positive reinforcement training is involves multiple choices (such do we shape, capture or lure this behavior? What sort of reward should we choose; food or something else?   ...

Pet Professional Guild links up with Victoria Stilwell to support National Puppy Mill Awareness Day

National Puppy Mill Awareness Day falls on September 27, 2015 and the Pet Professional Guild (PPG) has partnered with renowned dog trainer, television personality and PPG Special Counsel member, Victoria Stilwell, in an effort to highlight ...

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