Is Your Trainee a Prisoner?

An excerpt from Training Big for Small Businesses by Niki Tudge   To be thorough about our training program needs it is necessary to conduct a needs assessment. This may be for a team, individual, department or an entire business. For example, if an individual has been performing below standard and their manager or someone
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You Are The Core Product – Market Wisely!

by Niki Tudge There are no magic bullets in marketing.  If I say this once per week I say it ten times. A good marketing approach and marketing plan works if done correctly.  However, if you only attempt activities once or haphazardly or for a short period of time you will be disappointed.  If you subconsciously
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No More Harmful Punishment in Pet Care & Training –

Niki Tudge Ziv (2017) notes that there is “no evidence to suggest that aversive training methods are more effective than reward based training methods” and that, in fact, studies suggest “the opposite might be true – in both pets and working dogs.” Ziv (2017) suggests a new line of research to “examine how humane, reward-based
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Open Letter to Hillsborough County Commissioners, FL ref Choosing a Dog Trainer

There are numerous professional organizations that offer membership and credentials in the field of animal training and behavior. Few, however, hold their members to a strict code of conduct which involves the application of their trade through scientific protocols and the objective to cause no harm.  Unfortunately, the pet training industry is entirely unregulated, meaning
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Basic Facts about Heartworms and Prevention

By Niki Tudge Many pet owners are unaware of the significant affect heartworms can have on their pet’s health. Heartworms are solely transmitted by mosquitoes which leave animals in the south, and especially Florida, at risk year round.  After biting an infected dog, the mosquito injects circulating microfilaria (the worm larvae) into another animal where
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An Open Letter to Pet Industry Representatives Regarding the Use of Shock in Animal Training

Pet Training, Management and Care: We Now Know Enough to Stop Shocking our Pets Copyright Pet Professional Guild Written by Niki Tudge and Susan Nilson Click here  to download a PDF version of this open letter    Shocking pet dogs remains a common, if controversial, training practice worldwide. In this open letter, Pet Professional Guild (PPG) combines
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