Who is BARKS’ readership?
Pet professionals (includes dog trainers, animal behavior consultants, veterinarians, animal behaviorists, pet sitters, dog walkers, groomers, and more), pet guardians, and anyone with an interest in the field of animal behavior and training.
How much does BARKS cost?
Digital BARKS is completely free of charge. If you prefer to order a print copy, there is a charge payable to the printer.
How do I get my free lifetime digital subscription?
Click here, then click on ‘Select’ in the Membership Levels/Lifetime Digital Subscription box.
How do I create my account?
Click here, then click on ‘Select’ in the Membership Levels/Lifetime Digital Subscription box. Then scroll down to create your new account.
Can I sign in using my Pet Professional Guild login information?
No. BARKS is on a separate platform so will not automatically accept your Pet Professional Guild username and login. You will need to create a new account.
Do I have to be a Pet Professional Guild to subscribe to BARKS?
No. The free lifetime digital subscription option is open to everyone.
Where can I find the latest issue?
Once you have subscribed, you can find the latest issue in your Members’ Area.
How can I access back issues?
Issues from April 2014 – November 2017 are available here.
Issues from January – November 2018 are available here.
Issues from January – November 2019 are available here.
Issues from January – November 2020 are available here.
Issues from January 2021 – present are available here.
Can I order a print copy?
Yes, you can order a print copy of any issue directly from a third-party vendor. Select your issue from the links above and click on ‘Order Print.’
How can I download a PDF copy of an entire issue?
Go to the year of the issue you want to download (links above). Click on the PDF icon of the relevant issue to download your full PDF copy.
Can I download PDFs of individual articles?
You can download a PDF of every article in any 2021 issue of BARKS by clicking here.
You can download a PDF of every article in any 2020 issue of BARKS by clicking here.
You can download a PDF of selected articles in any 2018 and 2019 issue of BARKS by clicking here for 2018 and here for 2019.
PDF downloads of articles from earlier issues are currently not available.
How can I search for a specific article, topic or author?
All BARKS articles from 2012 to the present day, as well as BARKS blog posts and podcasts are stored on the Guild Archive.
How can I find out more about force-free, science-based animal training?
Visit the Pet Professional Guild. The Pet Professional Guild believes that pets can be trained without the need to use shock, prong or choke and/or the application of pain, force or fear. If you support this mission and Guiding Principles then please join us and take advantage of the many member benefits. Pet guardians join for free!
How can I find a force-free training or behavior professional for my pet?
You can conduct a Zip Code Search on Pet Professional Guild’s website or fill out Pet Professional Guild’s Hotline Form for assistance with finding a professional in your area.
How do I contribute an article?
BARKS welcomes contributions from regular or occasional contributors. Read the editorial guidelines and then submit your article using this form.
What are the editorial guidelines and deadlines for submitting an article?
Click here for detailed submission guidelines and editorial deadlines.
How can I have my PPG member profile featured in BARKS?
Complete and submit this form.
How can I blog for BARKS?
BARKS welcomes contributions from regular or occasional bloggers. Please contact the editor for more details.
Do I have to be a Pet Professional Guild member to write or blog for BARKS?
Yes. We feature content exclusively from Pet Professional Guild, Pet Professional Guild British Isles and Pet Professional Guild Australia members and corporate partners.
Do I retain my copyright after I have submitted my article?
PPG has first serial rights on articles submitted, i.e. the right to be the first publisher of your work. After the work is published once, either in BARKS or on the BARKS Blog, all rights revert back to you.
Does BARKS offer compensation if my article is published?
BARKS offers $50 in PPG webinar credits after a contributor has had their second article published.
How can I be a guest on a BARKS podcast?
Please contact podcast host Louise Stapleton-Frappell email@example.com for more details.