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Sniff for Calm and So Much More!

Sniff for Calm and So Much More!

Congratulations to Kris Whipple! This post won first prize in the 2022 Canine Scent Writing Competition. Of all the canine behaviors that I teach, calm is the most valuable. Calm dogs are less likely to bark, jump, mouth, lunge, pull or engage in other challenging behaviors that come with ...
BARKS Podcast with Mychelle Garrigan of Pet Pro Marketing

BARKS Podcast with Mychelle Garrigan of Pet Pro Marketing

Join Niki Tudge and PPG Canine Committee chair Judy Luther as they Chat and Chuckle with Mychelle Garrigan of PPG corporate partner, Pet Pro Marketing. Pet Pro Marketing provides digital ...
Building the ‘Super Learner’

Building the ‘Super Learner’

By Kate Mallatratt   One of my behavior colleagues posed a very interesting question recently, “If you always set your dog up for success and aim for errorless learning, are you ...

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Cats: In Crisis

Cats: In Crisis

By Dr. Liz Bales America loves cats! In fact, we have more cats than dogs living in our homes. We currently live with more than 94 million cats, compared to 90 million dogs (Daily Dog Stuff, n.d.). Nearly half of all millennials have cats: 57% consider their feline friends as important as ...
Project Trade: Revisited

Project Trade: Revisited

In March of 2016, the Pet Professional Guild rolled out Project Trade, an international advocacy program promoting the use of force-free pet equipment by asking pet guardians to swap aversive gear for a discount on services.  The aversive gear was identified as shock, prong, and choke ...
A Creative Solution for the Dog Who Barks at Other Dogs

A Creative Solution for the Dog Who Barks at Other Dogs

By Kitty Lee *This post is The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) Australia winning entry in our Geek Week 2020 Writers’ Competition* Three years ago, I decided to become a professional dog trainer. I’d been teaching obedience classes at the local dog club and fostering rescue dogs ...
BARKS Podcast with Louise Ginman of APDT Australia: October 3, 2020

BARKS Podcast with Louise Ginman of APDT Australia: October 3, 2020

Join Niki Tudge as she chats to Louise Ginman, president of The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) Australia, one of the co-hosting organizations for Geek Week, a virtual educational event for pet training and behavior professionals, taking place on November 11-15, 2020. Louise is ...
Phoenix Blog Competition: A Rough Start

Phoenix Blog Competition: A Rough Start

By Kim Jukes  Zeus had a rough start to his days at Fuzzy Friends Rescue in Waco, Texas two years ago. Early one morning, the staff came in to find that someone had thrown a young German shepherd puppy over the fence. When they did, he had cut his underside on the fence. Fence Jumper The ...
Puppy Joint Problems: An Unexpected Detour

Puppy Joint Problems: An Unexpected Detour

By Gail Radtke Porter came into Sam’s life at the age of 8 weeks old as a healthy, happy, and adorable American pit bull terrier pup. Sam had met both Porter’s breeder and his biological mother and could not have been happier to bring Porter home and start raising her puppy. Sam works as ...
BARKS Podcast with Debra Millikan of PPG Australia: October 2, 2020

BARKS Podcast with Debra Millikan of PPG Australia: October 2, 2020

Join Niki Tudge as she Chats and Chuckles with Debra Millikan, a PPG board member and steering committee  member discussing the Pet Professional Accreditation Board and Pet Dog Ambassador program. Pet Professional Accreditation Board Leran how the three Pet Professional Accreditation Board ...
Puppies Being Puppies

Puppies Being Puppies

By Sally Bradbury Preventing food guarding at mealtimes is usually pretty straightforward: simply allow puppy to eat in peace. If you have more than one dog, feed them separately and teach them that the presence of a human near their food bowl always means they are there for the sole ...
A Problem Like ‘Down’!

A Problem Like ‘Down’!

In a training class, I always find that a significant number of dogs (and their guardians, of course) have some trouble when it comes to learning/teaching how to lie down on cue. Why Teach Lie Down Anyway? If we can ask our dogs to lie down on cue, it can be really useful in terms of helping ...