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I Pushed My Friend off the Sofa! Whoops… [How to deal with undesirable guest/animal interactions]

I Pushed My Friend off the Sofa! Whoops… [How to deal with undesirable guest/animal interactions]

By Ryan Cartlidge   I’m not proud of it, but recently I pushed a friend – who was staying at our house – off our sofa! Find out why below (as well as how to avoid doing it yourself) … This happened during the festive season, and if you are like us, you probably have lots of ...
An Open Letter to Animal Shelters and Rescues

An Open Letter to Animal Shelters and Rescues

By the Pet Professional Guild Geek Week 2021 "For the Love of Rescue": Supporting Shelter and Rescue Continued Professional Development A day does not go by where we, the Pet Professional ...
BARKS News – August 2021

BARKS News – August 2021

Listen to the August 2021 edition of BARKS News! Highlights include: PPG Advocacy Panel Shock-Free Coalition ‘Tag It’ Competition Winners Volunteers needed for new Service Dogs and ...

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Partying or panicking? How to be a separation anxiety sleuth

By Julie Naismith Dogs like company. They like being with us. I heard Dr. John Bradshaw say in a radio interview this week that ”All dogs hate being left on their own. You can train dogs to be ok with being on their own. But you do need to train them”. And some dogs hate being alone so ...

Bring Your Dog Inside, Have a Better Relationship and Much More Fun

I believe that a large majority of dogs would probably exchange the biggest backyard in the world for quality time with their owners. Yet apartment dwellers are sometimes frowned upon for owning a dog. Here in Australia, however, strata laws are changing in favor of pet owners and renters. ...

Prepare Clients for Potential Emergencies

As I write this, huge areas of Northern California are on fire. I lived in Sonoma County for a while and have many friends there. I now live in Missoula, Montana, where we had a brutal fire season. Tens of thousands of people have had to evacuate their homes due to the fires. Over the summer, ...

How to Teach Your Deaf (and Blind) Dog to be Quiet

By Debbie Bauer I’m always amused when people find out my dogs are deaf. One of their first questions is, “Do they bark?” Oh yes, and boy, can they bark! Some deaf dogs have a very high-pitched bark. Some have a deeper bark. You may hear that deaf dogs bark more than hearing dogs.  Some ...

Spook Night, Fireworks and Dogs Don’t Mix!

In the United States, Halloween is widely celebrated and can be a challenge for dogs (see Halloween Hazards for Pets), while here in the United Kingdom, Bonfire night on November 5 is fast approaching - great fun for most of us but not so great if you happen to be a dog! This subject is ...

My Dogs Do Know Sit! A Hint for Training the Sit Stay

Turns out my dogs do know sit. About two years ago, I wrote a post called, “My Dogs Don’t Know Sit!”. I described how my dogs couldn’t hold a sit stay when I stood still right in front of them. I analyzed the problem, and my conclusion was that part of the cue for them to stay was actually my ...

Why Prong Collars Hurt

  Prong collars, also called pinch collars, are metal chain collars for dogs that include links of prongs whose ends press into the dog’s neck. When a dog pulls on leash, moves out of position, or is “corrected” with a quick snap of the leash, force is exerted on the dog’s neck through ...

Halloween Hazards for Pets

Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. A bag full of treats and scary costumes make me happy, but these things can be a real terror for some pets. Hazards come in two flavors: environmental and edibles. I once trained a Dachshund puppy named Sparky* and he was a happy little guy, ...

An Open Letter To Pet Owners About The Pet Professional Guild’s Shock-Free Coalition

According to the American Pet Products Association (2017), 68 percent of Americans return home to a pet (or pets) each day.  An estimated 48 percent of US residents are dog owners while 38 percent share their home with a cat (or cats). In spite of this, for many people, more time is spent ...