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Introducing Cats: Slowly Does It

By Patience Fisher   There are many challenges for shelters in finding adoptive homes for cats. As an adoption counselor, I always found it disheartening to have a cat returned to the shelter for not getting along with the resident cats. During the adoption process, the ...
Building a Feline Behavior  Volunteer Program…from Scratch

Building a Feline Behavior Volunteer Program…from Scratch

By Melissa Taylor and Alese Zeman There’s no way we at Friends For Life Animal Shelter can handle all of Houston, Texas’s feline behavior needs, but sometimes it seems like there’s no ...
BARKS Podcast with the PPG Advocacy Panel: Discussion #2 – How to Reach and Work with Your Local Veterinarians

BARKS Podcast with the PPG Advocacy Panel: Discussion #2 – How to Reach and Work with Your Local Veterinarians

How to Reach and Work with Your Local Veterinarians Join the Pet Professional Guild (PPG) Advocacy Panel for a discussion on How to Reach and Work with Your Local Veterinarians. Pet guardians ...

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BARKS Podcast “Let’s Opinionate” with Veronica Boutelle & Gina Phairas – July 19, 2018

Guests: Veronica Boutelle & Gina Phairas of PPG Corporate Partner dogbiz. Topics: Would you like some tips on how to successfully grow your business? Get some tips from the experts at dogbiz! Listen here. Subscribe to BARKS Podcasts on YouTube and Vimeo.  

Multinational Canine Behaviour Modification

Over the last two years or so, my behaviour practice has welcomed more and more dogs from overseas. Sometimes these are canines with profound behavioural difficulties.  I have always assisted several imported dogs per year but there seems to have been an explosion of dogs from a variety of ...

Does Ignoring an Unwanted Behavior Really Work?

By Debbie Bauer I often hear the advice given to ignore the behavior we don't like and it will go away.  But is this really true?  In my experience, and in the experience of many others, ignoring a behavior does not cause it to go away.  In many instances, ignoring can even cause the ...

Pet Guardians Need Help Finding Professionals

As a professional dog trainer taking behavioral cases I see how confusing it can be for pet owners to know what sort of help they need and where to find it. Lack of regulation and transparency in the industry can lead pet guardians into pitfalls. This happened to a client whose dog was ...

BARKS Podcast with Dr. Lynn Bahr – July 10, 2018

Guest: PPG Cat Committee, PPG Summit presenter, and founder of Dezi & Roo, Dr. Lynn Bahr. Topics: Dr. Bahr's recent PPG blog post, Why Every Cat Needs a Place to Hide and her article in BARKS, Pain Underlying, in which she discusses the issue of pain, how well cats can hide it, and the ...

Pet Professional Guild to hold inaugural Australia summit in Sydney – Two weeks to go and 15 spots left!

Convention guarantees three full days of high-level education and networking opportunities for pet training and behavior professionals. The Pet Professional Guild (PPG) will hold its inaugural Australia summit on July 26 – 29, 2018 at the Bankstown Sports Club in Bankstown, NSW. PPG ...

Fear Free™ Vet Visits: A Feline Behavior and Training Specialist’s Journey

By Victoria Blais Desperately visiting a veterinarian I had never seen before, I had a sick feeling in my stomach when I was encouraged to put on protective leather gloves to hold my highly anxious cat, Haddie.  My normally sweet, affectionate girl, flattened her ears, pupils dilated, as ...

Busy Toys Gone Bad

By Yvette Van Veen Toys...are neither good nor bad. Rather it's how they are used. They can strengthen behaviour you like. If you're not careful, they will strengthen behaviour you dislike. There are more toys out there than you can shake a stick at.  You could say that busy toys are the ...

Learning a New Way to Communicate

By Debbie Bauer Sometimes we know in advance if our dog will lose sight and/or hearing.  I have a senior dog now who is mostly deaf from age.  So far his sight seems OK, but I know it too may begin to fade.  There are some things we can do to help ease this transition for our dogs. One is to ...