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The Challenge of Breed Discrimination

The Challenge of Breed Discrimination

By Kym Iffert      It was finally a beautiful day in Chicago so I grabbed my bag, my leash, a pocket full of treats and tennis ball and set out for a walk. The neighbors were out and it was the perfect opportunity for a social outing - but not for me and my dog. As we ...
BARKS Podcast with the PPG Advocacy Panel: Discussion #5 – Meeting People Where They Are to Facilitate Change

BARKS Podcast with the PPG Advocacy Panel: Discussion #5 – Meeting People Where They Are to Facilitate Change

Meeting People Where They Are to Facilitate Change Join the Pet Professional Guild (PPG) Advocacy Panel for a discussion on Meeting People Where They Are to Facilitate Change. Pet guardians and ...
PPG Advocacy Panel: Making Education More Accessible

PPG Advocacy Panel: Making Education More Accessible

By Susan Nilson The Pet Professional Guild (PPG) Advocacy Panel was launched in August and has already held its first three sessions, where the panel discussed How To Best Advocate for ...

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Teach Your Dog to Cooperate with Grooming and Vet Visits

By Debbie Bauer Brushing, combing, cutting toenails, being held for vet examinations and treatment - these things are a part of life for our dogs.  These aren't events that will happen once and never again.  Instead, these are lifelong skills that our dogs will need to learn to deal with ...

The Last Trip To the Vet: What If Your Pet’s Last Breath Is on the Operating Table?

Alex in the foreground, with Rusty and Andrew behind him—photo from 1993. Yes, they are in a bathtub. Many years ago I lost Alexander, my dear, dear cat to stomach cancer. This was before veterinary medicine had the technology that’s available today. It was also before I took as proactive an ...

Beating the Winter Blues

This winter has been very challenging, especially for those of us living in the northern half of the United States. Winter has behaved like a house guest who does not know when it is time to leave.  As I type this and look outside I still see thick snow and packed ice, with temperatures about ...

Skipping Reinforcements? Rethink That

By Yvette Van Veen We’ve all heard it. “When do the rewards stop?” The knee jerk reaction by many, especially on social media is to cave, to placate, to give the client at least some of what. ” Variable reinforcement, skip rewards. It will actually make the behaviour ...

What Makes a Pet Fence Humane?

By Jennifer Smith of EasyPetFence.com, a PPG corporate partner Dog trainers, animal shelters and pet owners alike choose to fence-in yards for several reasons. For one, pet fencing allows dogs and cats to exercise; play; and socialize with other animals. Fencing is convenient for pet owners ...

BARKS Podcast with DogBiz founders Veronica Boutelle & Gina Phairas: March 5, 2019

Guests: dogbiz founders Veronica Boutelle and Gina Phairas Topic: Is It Your Time to Go Full Time? A lively, informative discussion on starting a dog training business— the start up process, what it takes to be your own boss and make it as a dog trainer, avoiding common mistakes and ...

Portland Blog Competition: Changing a Dog’s View of the World

By Kathleen Godfrey  As a trainer, my goal is to help to help both dogs and their guardians have the best possible life together. New client Angie heard about me through a friend I’d helped the friend work with a rather “wild” foster dog (he was truly a good dog, he just had no idea what ...

Create Sensory Spaces for Dogs

An article from Australian Dog Lover on how to create a "sensory garden" for dogs was a nice escape from the cold of a Montana winter. It's filled with great tips for creating mental stimulation for dogs that you can adapt to any space. The author describes watching how her dog used their ...

‘Spring Clean’ Your Relationship!

Spring's here (almost), the weather's improving, the mud's drying, the morning's are getting lighter and the day's longer and you just feel better.  So why not use this time to think about how you and your dog work together? It's a great time for positive change! NEW WALKS It's so easy to ...