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The Bigger Picture

The Bigger Picture

By Morag Heirs Within my day to day life as a canine professional, I am regularly asked for advice on cases where standard training approaches seem to be failing. In some of these cases, deafness or visual impairment is also part of the picture. The case* I will talk about here illustrates ...
Banking the Positive

Banking the Positive

'Banking the Positive' is actually a comment I wish I could take credit for, but it's actually something one of my clients said. She came up with it during a conversation we were having about ...
The Power of Play

The Power of Play

By Margo Patrick *This post is a selected entry from the Pet Professional Guild Writers’ Competition for Geek Week 2020* My goal is to educate and facilitate health, wellness and ...

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Laying the Foundations

This article was written by Barb Levenson and first published in BARKS from the Guild, July 2014, pp. 24-26. I was attending an agility trial recently and was sitting by the crating area massaging my dog. A couple sitting behind me had two Labradors, the older one their agility competition ...

BARKS Podcasts – Teach Me Force-Free

Teach Me Force-Free  If you're gonna teach me, teach me force-free  People can be good and kind and that's a great philosophy  I can flourish, I can learn if you'll just help me  Show me, guide me, be my friend and train me happy  I can be the best dog I can be if you believe in me  And if ...

Can you FIX my dog?

When clients contact me, they often ask, "Can you fix my dog?" It has become something I smile about now, but nonetheless a pet peeve.  There's nothing wrong with the word itself, but let's take a look at it applied to a living, breathing animal. Used as a verb to FIX something by ...

How Best Not to Catch a Loose Dog

Stolen dogs are constantly in the news at the moment. Losing a dog is not always because someone has taken him, however. He may have simply run off and become lost or have been stolen then dumped. He may have escaped from the yard, something may have spooked him on a walk or he may simply have ...

What’s In A Name?

What's in a name? "That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet."  William Shakespeare was right when he penned those words to his classic play over 400 years ago because regardless of what you call a rose, it won’t change its intoxicating scent. But what about other ...

Provide for Your Pet’s Care in an Emergency

One of the saddest things I see at the shelter is pets whose owners have passed away and left no provision for them in their wills. These pets are heartbroken and confused. I’m sure their owners would be devastated to know their beloved friend is pining in the animal shelter. If you love ...

Very Clear on the Concept

Jana started learning concepts and putting things into categories way back when she was a puppy, before Chaser was even born. Chaser is the most famous “categorizing” dog; she has learned the names of well over 1,000 items and can group them into the right categories: toys, balls, Frisbees, ...

How Force-Free Training Helped Save My Dog’s Life!

Written by Louise Stapleton-Frappell Yesterday I shared a post on Facebook about Pamela Johnson's "Rattlesnake Avoidance Training Using Force-Free Methods," a Pet Professional Guild webinar. (You can register and watch the webinar here). Last night we had a thunderstorm and my Staffy bull ...

PPG World Service Radio Show Launches with Trial Podcast

PPG World Service is the official international e-Radio web-casting arm of The Pet Professional Guild. The mission of PPG World Service is “Global News & Views on Force-Free Pet Care” and will serve as an advocacy forum for force-free dog training and pet care issues. The PPG World ...