Category Archives: Dog Training Professionals



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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What is the difference between escape and avoidance behavior?

Copyright Niki Tudge 2009 Escape & Avoidance Behavior  First what is positive and negative reinforcement ? Positive reinforcement is defined as the occurrence of a behavior followed by the addition of a stimulus or the increase of a stimulus which results in a strengthening of the behavior. Negative reinforcement in contrast is defined as the occurrence
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A CHECKLIST – A few strategies for hiring the best!

by Niki Tudge Focus on hiring only the best. Make sure you have a written job description. Don’t limit your sources for good employees. Avoid hiring someone who averages more than one employer every two years. Use a rating system so that early candidates are not forgotten in the interview process. Where possible, promote from
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Scientific and Research Data That Show The Harm That Shock Collars Can Do Behaviorally

Since its inception in 2012, PPG’s position has been that “the use of electronic stimulation, or ‘shock’ or ‘e-collars’ to care for, manage and train/modify the behavior of pet animals is simply not necessary.” (Note: For the purposes of this document, electronic stimulation devices include –but are not limited to — products often referred to
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