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Knowledge for Life

Knowledge for Life

Don Hanson reviews Puppy Socialization: What It Is and How to Do It by Marge Rogers and Eileen Anderson
The Essence of a Dog: A Free Education from a Free Choice Walk

The Essence of a Dog: A Free Education from a Free Choice Walk

By Kristi Benson One cold day last spring, snow still clinging to the ground and ceding to the warm sun only on the tips of south-facing hillocks, I decided to do something new. I wouldn’t ...
A Safe Escape

A Safe Escape

By Dr. Lisel O’Dwyer The Adelaide Hills, South Australia have recently faced severe brushfires, an unfortunate situation that has prompted the discussion of the logistical differences between ...

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“Just” – Another Magic Word

Of course we all want well-behaved dogs. Come when called, walk happily on a loose lead, sit to be greeted rather than jump up on people, know when to stop barking. These are all things dog owners want their dogs to do: for the dogs’ benefit as well as the benefit of other people. So, yes, I ...

Pet Professional Guild Launches Worldwide Advocacy Program

Project Trade encourages pet owners to exchange aversive training devices for discounted force-free training services provided by PPG members Tampa, FL – The Pet Professional Guild (PPG) has launched Project Trade, an international advocacy program that encourages pet owners to trade aversive ...

Getting to Know You …

I’ve worked in the service dog field for a long time — as a trainer and as an educator, teaching future trainers. The burning question is and has always been: How do we choose appropriate dogs for training? This post is not going to discuss the merits and disadvantages of breeding for service ...

10 Steps for a Happy Office Dog

By Chantal Hughes We know there is a link between happiness in the workplace and increased productivity. And now, findings from research coming out of Virginia Commonwealth University in the USA reports that, “Man’s best friend may make a positive difference in the workplace by reducing ...

Are You Suffering From Compassion Fatigue, Stress or Burnout? Three Tips That May Help You!

by Niki Tudge The signs of work and personal time imbalance are unmistakable. Every day we hear of people in our industry suffering from poor health, burnout and stress. If you recognize the signs of imbalance in your own life, then you need to take action immediately and focus on achieving a ...

Stress-Free Holidays with Your Dog

Easter is just around the corner and what could be better than taking the dog for a short or long break. There is really nothing like a holiday with your four-legged best friend. However to have a stress free time, planning and preparation are essential. Choose a destination that provides ...

Professional Competency, Transparency and Accountability. Have You Got What It Takes?

Written by Niki Tudge There is much chatter within the pet industry about transparency, competency and accountability amongst professionals.  So let’s look at each of these individually and what they mean.   1. Transparency to me implies openness. Are you transparent in your business ...

Force-Free: Are You Getting the Correct Message Across?

Recently I learned of a trainer whose specialty is working with hunting dogs. For the purpose of this blog I will call him Bob, mostly because I like that name, and I like the trainer. The majority of hunting dog trainers use traditional methods, but several years ago Bob gave up the methods ...

The Top 7 Reasons You Absolutely Cannot Miss The Pet Professional Guild’s Annual Educational Summit

The Top 7 Reasons You Absolutely Cannot Miss The Pet Professional Guild's Annual Educational Summit 1. You Will Have Lots of Fun From the Welcome Reception, to Quiz Night, 'Munch and Learn' Merry-Go-Round and the Gala Dinner you will have more fun packed into a few short days than you thought ...