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Naughty Dog Syndrome? Say What?!

Naughty Dog Syndrome? Say What?!

This article discusses reasons why owners may think that their dog is being ‘naughty’ when, in fact, a better understanding of the dog’s emotional state, breed instincts, and motivation is required     By Anna Bradley   I'm sure there are lots of dog training ...
Training a Blind Dog

Training a Blind Dog

By Miki Saito   Unfortunately, even knowledgeable and experienced trainers sometimes hesitate when it comes to working with a blind dog. It is as if they consider the dog’s ...
What Puppy Toy Next?

What Puppy Toy Next?

  By Anna Bradley If you're anything like me, I absolutely love buying my dogs new toys. The look on their faces is pure joy and excitement when the novelty factor of a new toy ...

Latest Articles

BARKS Podcast with Dr. Hannah Capon of Canine Arthritis Management: April 27, 2020

How much do you not know, but need to know, about canine arthritis, a disease that can affect four out of five older dogs? Join Niki Tudge as she chats to Dr. Hannah Capon of PPG corporate partner Canine Arthritis Management (CAM) about this illness and how you can make changes in your living ...

PPG Summit 2020 Sessions: Canine Welfare – What Is It and How Do We Measure It?

BARKS presents session details from PPG's 2020 Summit and Workshops in Phoenix, Arizona Session Details: Presenter: Dr. Lisa Gunter Session Title: Canine Welfare - What Is It and How Do We Measure It in the Animal Shelter? Session Type: General Session Lecture (1.5 Hours) Considerable ...

Dog Trainers: Still Here to Help – Virtually!

Progressively, over the last couple of months, I have seen my client contact change dramatically. Classes, in-person 1-to-1 training sessions, day training, board and train etc...all of this physical, hands-on work has had to end due to COVID-19. Of course, the social aspect for us and our ...

BARKS Podcast with Dr. Kristina Spaulding of Smart Dog Training and Behavior: April 22, 2020

Guest Dr. Kristina Spaulding chats with Niki Tudge about her calling to animal behavior, science and its role in informing practitioners, and much more. Listen to Podcast here on a choice of platforms. Or simply click 'Play' below.   Dr. Kristina Spaulding operates Smart Dog Training and ...

Message Received!

By Suzanne Clothier At the heart of any relationship is communication. On so many levels, how effectively we communicate plays a huge role in the quality, tenor and overall success of a relationship. As psychologist and family therapist pioneer Virginia Satir (1998) states: “Communication ...

E-Fence Fallout

By Daniel Antolec My clients Maggie and George* had both grown up with dogs. Now, as a married couple, they were ready for a puppy of their own. In 2009, they bought a house with a large lot that was ideal for a dog and joyful labradoodle, Charlee, thus entered their lives. As the house was ...

Tips to Help Your Reactive Dog

As a certified canine behavior consultant I enjoy working with “reactive” dogs. Yes, I said enjoy. Helping a dog and their guardian overcome this common behavioral issue is truly joyful for everyone involved. This is a long post...entire books have been written on this topic after all. I ...

Quick Cat Behavior Tip: Destructive Scratching

By the Pet Professional Guild Cat Committee Important Reminders about the Behavior Scratching is a normal, natural behavior for cats that serves many purposes: To communicate and modulate social interactions with other cats by: o                Leaving behind a long-lasting visual mark ...

Pet Professional Guild Launches Sponsored Membership Program

10 long-standing PPG members and 10 eligible shelter and rescue organizations to be awarded with free membership for 12 months WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. – April 7, 2020 -- The Pet Professional Guild (PPG) has announced a new initiative designed to support and reward 10 of its long-standing, loyal ...