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The Art and Science of Consent Testing

The Art and Science of Consent Testing

By Angelica Steinker Consent testing is the process of observing a dog’s body language to see if he is fine with whatever environmental change has been presented to him. It can be used informally or formally. Informal use would be during play or social interactions, when two dogs or a dog ...
A New Trend in Dog Boarding

A New Trend in Dog Boarding

By Rachel Brix Pioneered by Dr. Hal Markowitz in the 1960s, enrichment originated from a focus on zoo animals. He called zoos “concrete wastelands” (Bender & Strong, 2019) and was ...
BARKS Podcast: Expert Panel Discusses Sales in the Pet Industry

BARKS Podcast: Expert Panel Discusses Sales in the Pet Industry

        Join pet industry experts (above, left to right) Niki Tudge, founder and president of the Pet Professional Guild and DogNostics Career Center, Gina Phairas, founder, consultant lead, ...

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The Smartest Dog?

The other day, I got a good laugh reading the bumper sticker of the car in front of me: “My Dog Is Smarter Than Your Honor Student!” This got me wondering as we “pet-parents” often do, about how smart my own dogs are. By coincidence, I happened upon a newsletter from a local veterinarian’s ...

The Conscious Equestrian – Extinguishing Force From the Rider’s Repertoire

By Sara Richter CPDT-KA As an equestrian coach and riding instructor, most of the clients that I work with come to me with a pre-existing knowledge of traditional horsemanship. One of the most prevalent challenges that I face in my line of work, is transitioning those riders from ...

Report from the Pet Professional Guild 4-Day Pet Care Technician Certification Program Workshop

Professional Pet Care requires knowledge, skills, individual competency and a high level of responsibility. I recently had the pleasure of attending and presenting at a 4-day workshop designed to do just that.  In this blog post, I am going to give you a brief overview of the topics covered ...

See the Dog in Front of You

Anyone who has had more than one dog in their life has probably fallen into the pitfall of living many years with their “perfect” dog and then suffering a devastating loss. When another dog eventually enters our life we compare, looking at the dog before us through misty eyes and seeing the ...

Declawing Can Cause Behavioral and Emotional Changes in Cats

By Bridget Lehet CAFTP CFTBS Take a moment and look at the world through a cat’s eyes. He is removed from his safe, warm, and familiar home and taken to the veterinarian's office where he gets poked with a needle. When he awakens from general anesthesia his paws are throbbing in pain. For ...

It’s Official: Dogs Have Feelings

That dogs have feelings, emotions, and thoughts probably seems obvious to PPG members and readers of my Thinking Dog Blog and to most people who share their lives with pets. But, as I tell my students at Bergin U, sometimes things need the stamp of approval of science, via peer-reviewed ...

Join Me at the Pet Professional Guild Force-Free Summit!

Presenting: TrickMeister Reinforcement Strategies for Success! I can't believe how quickly the second Pet Professional Guild's Force-Free Summit is approaching!  It doesn’t seem like two minutes since we were in Tampa attending the first Summit in November, 2015!  November, 2016 will soon ...

The Challenges of Teenage Dogs

Dog owners are not always prepared for the challenges of a teen-aged dog: This can include their emotional response and sometimes over the top reaction to certain stimuli, 'forgotten' training, increased exercise requirements, need for more mental stimulation, ongoing socialization and ...

You’re Too Close! Dogs and Body Pressure

So you are standing at a party, or in your office, or on your front lawn. Someone you know only vaguely walks up to you. He walks up very close, face to face, close enough that you can see up his nose and smell his breath. He starts a conversation. What do you do? What you desperately want to ...