A key mission of the Pet Professional Guild is to build an international coalition of competent and ethical pet service professionals who can
create widespread industry transparency regarding the use and purpose of commercially available pet training and care tools and equipment.
Pet Professional Guild
Why Become A Member
PPG’s guiding principles provide a direct path forward for the industry while supporting professional autonomy,
encouraging its members to approach training and care as they wish while working within PPG’s guiding principles.
PPG is a great educational resource for pet owners
Pet owners are very important to us here at PPG. Our goal is to help pet owners provide the best life possible for their furry family members. Members focus on the pets and owners' physical, emotional, and behavioral welfare.
compassionate, ethical and humane pet professionals
PPG promotes the use of positive training methods, both personally and professionally, and holds that all training should be conducted in a manner that encourages pets and their owners to enjoy the process, leading to more confident and well-adjusted families.
specific, measurable and forward-thinking
PPG members optimize the use of applied behavior analysis to systematically identify and resolve problem behaviors using the least aversive and intrusive training methods, tools and equipment. The key focus is on ensuring pets are relaxed and happy during training and care procedures.
members actively discourage using fear, force or pain
PPG members actively recommend against the use of any training tools and equipment whose purpose or intent is to interrupt or redirect behavior using fear, force or pain. Overwhelming scientific evidence presented through our Position Statements supports our Guiding Principles.
providing information at the forefront of science and ethics
PPG promotes scientifically researched methods of training and behavior modification that are the least intrusive and most effective, both to its members and the pet-owning community at large.
Informed by Science, Guided by Empathy, Governed by Ethics
PPG members are committed to demonstrating integrity, compassion and an uncompromising commitment to excellence in the care and support of clients and their pets.
New Year New Mew: Your puuuurfectly lean dogs and cats.
February 20, 2029
Webinar Description Is your cat or dog more chunky than you'd like? Approximately 63% of cats and 59.3% of dogs worldwide are considered [...]
Less Stress For Dogs at Vets: How the research can help inform best practice witht Petra Edwards PhD
March 26, 2024
Webinar Description For many companion dogs the veterinary clinic can be a stressful, fearful or traumatic experience. Developing an understanding of how [...]
Calming The Storm: Relieve for Stressed Out People and Their Pets
March 26, 2024
Webinar Description Families with dogs are more stressed than ever before, with a global pandemic and its attendant upheaval, political and financial [...]
“It’s Mine!” – Object Guarder Cases Studies: Two DSCC and a DRI. Presented by Jean Donaldson
December 22, 2023
On-Demand Webinar: Watch as soon as you register Webinar Description This webinar will present three case studies of resource guarders. Two were [...]
A New Approach to Harnessing Commitment from Clients – Learn How To Use Motivational Interviewing & Commitment Devices – The Need For Change is Real! Presented by Niki Tudge
February 28, 2026
Webinar Description One of the most stated reasons by professional trainers for a failure to perform successful services in pet training is [...]
March Feline Chat and Chuckle with Beth Adelman
March 15, 2024
Member ONLY Registration. Non-Members Can Watch The Live Steam from The Pet Professional Guild Facebook Page Come and join Laura Cassiday and [...]
A Life Worth Living: Promoting Well-Being in our Animal Companions with Dr. K Spaulding.
July 24, 2024
Webinar Description How do we assess welfare and well-being in animals? What’s the difference between the two? This webinar will walk attendees through [...]
Understanding Personality in Dogs: The Joint Roles of Emotion and Arousal with Dr. K Spaulding.
March 18, 2024
A FREE PPG Member Event Webinar Description Understanding why behavior is happening is critical to preventing or addressing unwanted behaviors. But, behavior is [...]
Detection Dogs For Conservation- A Dog Centred Approach with Louise Wilson
January 20, 2024
Webinar Description Delve into the world of wildlife detection with Experts Conservation K9 Consultancy. With 20 years of experience working with detection dogs, [...]
Equid Division Membership Meetup – Setting Your Rates with Erin Maloney
February 23, 2024
After the live event this will be available to enjoy on the PPG Podcast page.
The Hierarchy of Dog Needs (HDN): The “First, Do No Harm” Model of Ethical Training and Dog Welfare—Beyond LIMA
March 2, 2024
Webinar Description An outcry for dog-friendly ethics in training and dog welfare has reached a tipping point, ready to embrace a new paradigm [...]
Pet Professional Guild British Isles Summit 2024
October 3, 2024
The Pet Professional Guild British Isles 2024 Summit Because Both Knowledge and Skills are Mission-Critical! PPG British Isles is hosting an in-person [...]
Service Dog Training – Answering the Tough Questions with Veronica Sanchez
March 19, 2024
Webinar Description Service dog training can be extremely rewarding. Trainers have the opportunity to teach advanced skills, make a difference in the lives [...]
Creating Behaviour Modification Plans in Challenging Environments (shelter) with Tom Candy
March 11, 2024
Webinar Description This webinar examines how we can create successful behaviour modification plans in challenging environments. From shelters to busy households, learn how [...]
How The Brain Creates Pain with Daniel Shaw
April 11, 2024
Webinar Description An introduction to the neurobiology of pain processing, breaking down pain's sensory, cognitive, and emotional aspects. This webinar also considers the [...]