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Pet Training and Behavior Consulting: Licensing vs. Industry Certification

Pet Training and Behavior Consulting: Licensing vs. Industry Certification

  This article is excerpted from the book, Pet Training and Behavior Consulting: A Model for Raising the Bar to Protect Professionals, Pets and Their People, authored by Niki J. Tudge, Susan J. Nilson, Debra A. Millikan and Louise A. Stapleton-Frappell (pp. 14-21). The book is available ...
Chat & Chuckle with Veronica Boutelle and Gina Phairas of dogbiz

Chat & Chuckle with Veronica Boutelle and Gina Phairas of dogbiz

Join PPG's Kelly Fahey and PPG Canine Committee Chair Judy Luther as they chat and chuckle with Veronica Boutelle and Gina Phairas of dogbiz about their THRIVE! program. THRIVE! is an online ...
Chat & Chuckle with Laura Cassiday of Pawsitive Vibes Cat Behavior and Training

Chat & Chuckle with Laura Cassiday of Pawsitive Vibes Cat Behavior and Training

Join Niki Tudge and PPG Feline Division Chair Laura Cassiday of Pawsitive Vibes Cat Behavior and Training as they chat about cat declawing, current legislation banning the procedure and ways to ...

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Scent Success: Giving Scent Work a Second Chance

Scent Success: Giving Scent Work a Second Chance

Congratulations to Shelley Doane! This post won runner up in the 2022 Canine Scent Writing Competition. I started getting interested in canine scent work with my dogs a few years ago. It began with an introductory class taught by a fellow trainer. It was an interesting class with lots of ...
Chat & Chuckle with Irith Bloom of The Sophisticated Dog

Chat & Chuckle with Irith Bloom of The Sophisticated Dog

Join Niki Tudge and PPG Canine Division Chair Judy Luther to Chat & Chuckle with Irith Bloom. Irith is the owner of The Sophisticated Dog and offers virtual, online training for dogs and other pets.   Listen to the Podcast with Irith Bloom here on your choice of ...
The Harness Is Coming – Run for the Hills!

The Harness Is Coming – Run for the Hills!

  I often wonder why some of us expect our dogs to miraculously accept collars, harnesses, leashes, and the like. After all, dogs are not born with these alien contraptions attached to their person! But some of this gear must feel restrictive, worrying, anxiety-provoking, or ...
Pet Professional Guild Launches New Divisional Member Meetups

Pet Professional Guild Launches New Divisional Member Meetups

Free Bimonthly Events Provide Members a Forum for Mentoring, Education and Support INVERNESS, Fla. – Aug. 19, 2022 – The Pet Professional Guild (PPG) has launched free bimonthly divisional meetup events for its members. The events are designed to give members the opportunity to join in the ...
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 ...
Dog Speak: The Language of Barking

Dog Speak: The Language of Barking

  At a recent public event I attended, the question asked most by companion dog owners was, "How do I get my dog to stop barking?" As professionals, of course, the first thing we want to do is ask more questions. "When does the dog bark?", "What time of day?", "What are they ...
A Note From Your New Editor

A Note From Your New Editor

Hello! My name is Paula Garber, and I’m the new editor of BARKS from the Guild! I wanted to take a moment to say hello and introduce myself. I started my professional cat training and behavior consulting career in 2014,
Socializing Puppies to Other Animals

Socializing Puppies to Other Animals

  Dog guardians these days tend to be fairly aware of the crucial importance of socialization. These include the interactions a young puppy will have with people in his/her immediate family, people outside the family, and people of all different ages and appearances, wearing all ...
BARKS Podcast with Dr Robert and Karen Hewings

BARKS Podcast with Dr Robert and Karen Hewings

Join Niki Tudge and PPG Canine Committee Chair Judy Luther to Chat & Chuckle with Dr. Robert and Karen Hewings. Learn all about the upcoming PPG Scent Fest events: Your Scent & Scentability 3-Day Workshop Event - Scent Work for practical training and behavior solutions, Nov. ...