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Ask the Experts: A Little Bit of Magic

Ask the Experts: A Little Bit of Magic

Veronica Boutelle of PPG corporate partner dogbiz talks cancellation policies and how to make them stick
A Cautionary Tale

A Cautionary Tale

By Kayla Sprague Before entering the world of dog training I had never really had an opinion on shock collars. To me they were just another kind of collar, another way to train a dog. I was ...
Pet Professional Accreditation Board launches French language option for training and behavior credentials

Pet Professional Accreditation Board launches French language option for training and behavior credentials

LECANTO, Fla. - March 9, 2021 - The Pet Professional Accreditation Board (PPAB) has completed translation of its study guides and instructions into French in a move that will make a force-free ...

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Cats in a Dog’s World

Cats communicate in a variety of ways. Those of us who are most familiar with canines can often have difficulty differentiating the signals that cats send in attempts to communicate their intent. While many of us prefer to work with dogs, it is often the case that the canines with whom we ...

Positive Is a Perception: Empathy to Understand the Perception of the Other

Two things happened to me recently that set me off thinking about positive reinforcement from the recipient’s perspective.  Firstly I read a very negative review of positive reinforcement training through a Facebook blog. The writer was suggesting that positive reinforcement is a misnomer ...

All I Want for Christmas…

Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is an e-collar…that I can use without violating my professional ethics. Thanks to modern technology and micro circuitry dog owners and trainers alike enjoy a variety of devices for use in training. Unfortunately, not every one of those devices is ...

Five Ways to Survive the Holidays with your Dog

'Tis the season of family, laughter, fun and joy.   Gift giving, good eating, and relaxing are just a few of the things we look forward to during the holidays.   But, along with the holiday spirit, also comes a little stress and chaos. This stress and chaos not only affects us humans but our ...

Just an Ordinary Dog!

My dog Jambo is a Trick Dog Champion. In fact, he was the first Staffordshire Bull Terrier to be awarded the Title. Jambo is an adorable, loving pet dog. Jambo is not an exceptional dog. He isn’t particularly athletic. He isn’t unusually intelligent. He is a dog who has been set up for ...

Rio Goes to Tampa

I was so excited to attend the PPG Summit in Tampa, Florida last month. Tampa is just a bit more than a 2 hour drive for me. And for years I’ve wanted to take one of my dogs to a professional training conference. All the locations have been too far to drive and my dogs are too big to fit ...

Do No Harm!

That maxim is one of the fundamental principles that health care providers are taught in school which roughly means that given an existing problem, it may be better not to do something or do nothing than risk causing more harm than good. I believe as positive reinforcement trainers and other ...

A Laser Light and OCD

It's really strange how it all started. My clients have had the little Bichon Frise for just a few weeks - he came over from Ireland with an unknown past - and the young lady quite unwittingly bought him a laser light thinking that he would enjoy chasing it. Just a few seconds triggered ...

Listen To The Opening Address at The PPG Summit – Tampa, 2015

A few of the most important points I felt were covered in my opening address at PPG’s First Educational Summit in Tampa, FL. Click here to listen to the full 19 minutes. • I reflected on the sometimes rocky but never boring journey it has taken over the last four years to get PPG to where it ...