Playing It Safe

By Andrea Carne A study by Cecchetti et al. (2021) found that cats who engaged in play with their guardians using a wand toy for just 5 to 10 minutes a day brought home 25% fewer prey animals © Can Stock Photo / adogslifephoto “Play with your cat more –…

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Alone Training

By Don Hanson Dogs that have not learned to cope with being alone can become anxious or fearful when they are suddenly left on their own © Can Stock Photo / adogslifephoto Dogs are social animals, and most will actively seek out our companionship. They can quickly become accustomed to…

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Navigating the Storm

By Mary Jean Alsina Fear is an emotion and not a behavior so cannot be rewarded. Fearful dogs must be made to feel safe at all times © Can Stock Photo Inc./hannadarzy “I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.” – Louisa May Alcott Many…

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Being Your Dog’s Best Advocate

Dogs are sentient beings with minds and emotions very much like our own: When we bring a dog into our life that is a solemn commitment to make decisions which are in the best welfare of our pet, not our own desires or goals. Photo: Susan Nilson In 2012, my…

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30 Reasons to Join the Pet Professional Guild

                        You may be wondering what exactly are the benefits of joining a member organization such as PPG so we’ve decided to help you out by listing a mere 30 of them. Whether you’re a seasoned pet professional, a…

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Use of Reiki in Pets

Reiki is a Japanese technique, based on the teaching of Mikao Usui in 1922, for stress reduction and relaxation that is also stated to promote healing 1. Practitioners believe that the human body is made up of energy and Reiki balances the human energy fields known as Auras, and energy…

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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 Service broadcast…

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