First Impressions

By Yvette Van Veen Free-roaming animals are unaccustomed to restraint, so crates, doors, leashes and fences are foreign concepts to them when they are brought into people’s homes to become pets © Yvette Van Veen Fourteen years ago, a series of serendipitous events led me toward a career working with…

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Building a Feline Behavior Volunteer Program…from Scratch

By Melissa Taylor and Alese Zeman One of the duties of BV2s, like Beverly Burns, is carrying out matching assessments to help adopters find the right fit © Friends For Life There’s no way we at Friends For Life Animal Shelter can handle all of Houston, Texas’s feline behavior needs,…

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What's Better For Dogs: Collar Or Harness?

If you are a dog lover, you understand the need to walk your dog regularly. It not only ensures that you have a great bond but is also a great way to get them to exercise. What's more, as the dog owner, you get a chance to clear your head…

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Slipping and Sliding

By Diane Garrod This papillon appears vigilant as she makes her way across the shiny floor © Can Stock Photo/Laures It is no fun for a dog who is scared of walking on shiny floors. Slipping and sliding and being worried or afraid every step of the way can diminish…

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Defying the Stereotype

By Dee Goings Because of the stereotypes surrounding her breed, casual observers, sadly, often find it hard to believe Ripley was trained without punishment or force © Dee Goings When people think of a Rottweiler, they often think, unfortunately, of a large hulking mass on a choke chain or shock…

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Tracking Equines

By Vicki Conroy The ponies started their tracking training with food on flat polymer discs on the ground, then proceeded to targeting the treat-loaded socks, and then following the trail by scent © Vicki Conroy A while ago I hosted a tracking workshop for dogs at my hobby farm in…

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It’s Not Them – It’s You

By Andrea Carne A new study shows the odds of owner-directed aggression were lower in households that reported using positive reinforcement, while the odds of severe aggression toward people were greater when the owner reported using positive punishment © Can Stock Photo /cynoclub Aggression in cats. It’s a sensitive and…

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Pet Professional Guild Launches ‘Horses with Voices’ Initiative

OFFICIAL PPG NEWS RELEASE | LECANTO, Fla. – Aug. 30, 2021 – The Pet Professional Guild (PPG) has launched its Horses with Voices initiative, the primary aim of which is to improve companion equid* welfare by educating and empowering owners to commit to a higher standard of care for all species, from stabling practices to…

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An Open Letter to Animal Shelters and Rescues

By the Pet Professional Guild Geek Week 2021 “For the Love of Rescue”: Supporting Shelter and Rescue Continued Professional Development A day does not go by where we, the Pet Professional Guild (PPG) do not see and recognize all the hard work and emotional investment that you and your team…

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