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from the Guild Published by the Pet Professional Guild 9122 Kenton Road, Wesley Chapel, Florida 33545, USA Tel: +1-844-462-6473 Editor-in-Chief Susan Nilson

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The Guild Steering Committee Kelly Fahey, Paula Garber, Carole Husein, Rebekah King, Debra Millikan, Susan Nilson, Claire Staines, Louise StapletonFrappell, Angelica Steinker, Niki Tudge, Sam Wike

BARKS from the Guild Published bi-monthly, BARKS from the Guild presents a collection of valuable business and technical articles as well as reviews and news stories pertinent to our industry. BARKS is the official publication of the Pet Professional Guild.

Submissions BARKS encourages the submission of original written materials. Please contact the Editor-in-Chief for contributor guidelines prior to sending manuscripts or see: Please submit all contributions via our submission form at:

Letters to the Editor To comment on an author’s work, or to let PPG know what topics you would like to see more of, contact the Editor-in-Chief via email putting BARKS in the subject line of your email. BARKS reserves the right to edit for length, grammar and clarity.

Subscriptions and Distribution Please contact Rebekah King at for all subscription and distribution-related enquiries. Advertising Please contact Niki Tudge at to obtain a copy of rates, ad specifications, format requirements and deadlines. Advertising information is also available at:

PPG does not endorse or guarantee any products, services or vendors mentioned in BARKS, nor can it be responsible for problems with vendors or their products and services. PPG reserves the right to reject, at its discretion, any advertising. The Pet Professional Guild is a membership business league representing pet industry professionals who are committed to force-free training and pet care philosophies, practices and methods. Pet Professional Guild members understand force-free to mean: No Shock, No Pain, No Choke, No Prong, No Fear, No Physical Force, No Physical Molding and No Compulsion-Based Methods.


From the Editor

ccording to PPG president Niki Tudge, Project Trade is a “fabulous little program.” In case you are unaware, Project Trade is PPG’s international advocacy platform whereby members provide service discounts as an incentive for clients to swap out aversive training gear and equipment. Our cover story this month delves deeper into the program and examines how, by offering strategic discounts, it can boost members’ businesses by helping them reach new clients, build market share, promote their services, and ultimately benefit both dog owners and their pets. At the same time, it gives participants an easy starting point to have the discussion about why it is appropriate to avoid aversive training methods and equipment without exercising judgment. As a supplement to the cover story, our news section on page 10 features two of the latest Project Trade monthly ambassadors and several photos of some of the gear exchanged recently. We hope all this will motivate you to join Project Trade's efforts to change lives for pet dogs and their guardians. The beginning of the year has been busy for PPG, with the announcement of three educational summits, a new educational scholarship program, the release of a position statement on socalled pet correction devices, and an open letter to veterinarians on referrals to behavior and training professionals. Read all about it in our news section, and the position statement on startle devices is available in full on page 16-17. As always, this issue features a wide range of articles contributed by PPG members, including the tale of Courage, the rescue pit bull type dog who helped shelter staff realize the value of positive training methods, and the story of Chopper, the Rottweiler who has defied the odds to qualify as a therapy dog, and is now helping combat breed stereotypes through his work. We also look into the intriguing world of living with retired racing greyhounds and dispel some of the myths surrounding their behavior. In our pet care section, we feature an excerpt from an upcoming BARKS from the Guild e-book that sets out the minimum health and safety standards for day care and boarding facilities. Our feline section, meanwhile, examines declawing, a procedure banned in many countries but still widely carried out in the US, usually to prevent scratching. Our article looks into the physical and psychological effects caused by this controversial practice. We have plenty more on other species too. Our equine section discusses common misconceptions hindering conversation between horses and their humans, while the behavior section addresses husbandry for pocket pets and how to get them to participate in their own healthcare. We also look into the importance of training the animals in our care to be comfortable with changing environments. We are happy this month to welcome Veronica Boutelle of dog*tec to our business section. Dog*tec will be answering readers’ questions on all matters business and marketing, so if you have anything you would like to ask, email your question to and we will pass it on for dog*tec’s expertise. Feedback on the issue, as always, is welcome. If you have an article you would like to contribute, please get in touch.

BARKS from the Guild/March 2017

n Susan Nilso


BARKS from the Guild March 2017  

The bi-monthly trade publication from the Pet Professional Guild covering all things animal behavior and training, canine, feline, equine, p...

BARKS from the Guild March 2017  

The bi-monthly trade publication from the Pet Professional Guild covering all things animal behavior and training, canine, feline, equine, p...