The Pet Professional Guild Responds to the Scottish Government’s Policy Change Regarding the Use of Electronic Shock Collars and Other Aversive Devices in Pet Training, Care, Behavior Modification and Management

JANUARY 25, 2018   The Pet Professional Guild (PPG) is greatly encouraged by the Scottish Government’s updated Policy on Electronic Training Collars, dated January 24, 2018, which states that under Section 38 of the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006, it will be officially recognized that training methods that incorporate unpleasant stimuli or physical …

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From “The Darwin Economy”

Human motivation resides in the brain, which has been evolving for millions of years. Its proximate purpose in every generation was to guide its bearer to take the actions that would best promote the transmission of its genetic blueprint into the next generation. The Darwinian framework is the only scientific framework available for trying to understand why humans and other animals are motivated to behave as they do.

Water Retrieves with Boudicca

  Putting Chuck It ball next to "Spot" caused some distraction. Additionally, excitement level. However, her enthusiasm is excellent. I would not want to punish this, normally, her response to "Spot" is good. It was my mistake. Should have realized chuck it balls sink, so not good choice for retention pond when full of water. …

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Help! My Dog is Aggressive, Reactive, Fearful, Anxious, etc. – What do I do?

There are three levels of professionals that specialize in assisting pets with behavioral problems. Certified Dog Behavior Consultants (CDBC) and Associate Certified Dog Behavior Consultants (ACDBC) credentialed by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) are qualified to work with most behavior problems. Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists (CAAB) and Associate Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists (ACAAB) accredited by the Animal Behavior Society work with more advanced behavior problems. Diplomats of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (DACVB), who are credentialed by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, are veterinarians with advanced training in behavior. They are skilled in dealing with the most dangerous behavior problems using both behavior modification therapy and medications.