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The Pet Professional Guild Position Statements


Why Changes Are Needed?

Effective training procedures lay the foundation for an animals healthy socialisation, capacity for learning and will help prevent behaviour problems.  Since a wide variety of equipment and tools are commonly used when training pets and in their daily activities, the pet-owning public needs to be aware of the potential problems and dangers some equipment may pose.

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The Use of Shock in Animal Training

It is the position of the Pet Professional Guild that effective animal training procedures lay the foundation for an animal’s healthy socialisation and training and helps prevent behaviour problems. The general pet-owning public should be educated by organisations and associations to ensure pet animals live in nurturing and stable environments to better prevent behaviour problems. In this effort, it is the position of the PPG that the use of electrical stimulation, or “shock” or “e-collars,” to train and/or modify the behaviour of pet animals is not necessary for effective behaviour modification or training and damaging to the animal. For the purposes of this statement, electrical stimulation devices include products often referred to as: e-collars, training collars, e-touch, stimulation, tingle, TENS unit collar, remote trainers.

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The Use of Dominance Theory in Animal Training

It is the position of the Pet Professional Guild (PPG) that dominance theory is an obsolete and aversive method of interacting with animals that has at its foundation incorrect and misinterpreted data which can result in damage to the animal-human relationship and cause behavioural problems in the animal. Rather, the PPG advocates for effective animal training procedures focused on the use of behaviourism, the natural science of behaviour which emphasises natural science assumptions and avoids speculation and theoretical constructs for explaining behaviour.

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Position Statement on Puppy Socialisation

It is the position of the Pet Professional Guild (PPG) that effective animal training lays the foundation for an animal’s healthy socialisation and training and helps prevent behaviour problems. The general pet-owning public should be educated by organisations and associations to ensure pet animals live in nurturing and stable environments to better prevent behaviour problems. Consistent with this effort, it is the position of the PPG that proper puppy socialisation be addressed as vital to a dog’s development with an ideal socialisation period starting at four weeks of age and continuing through four months of age.

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Position Statement on The Use of Choke and Prong Collars

Though data demonstrating the exact damage that can be potentially caused by using choke and prong collars is incomplete, experience has shown that soft tissue injuries are common and, as is the case with any harsh training method, the damage to the animal-human relationship results. Studies and the experience of the PPG’s membership finds that training and behaviour problems are consistently and effectively solved without the use of choke or prong collars with the alternative methods reinforcing the animal-human bond.

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Position Statement on Reality Dog Training

The Pet Professional Guild appeals to all programming organisations to re-evaluate any decision to showcase forceful, painful and aversive training methods and equipment.  Despite warnings on the television for viewers not to attempt the methods displayed at home, such methods will be attempted by pet owners and may lead to extremely dangerous situations. The Pet Professional Guild respectfully requests television channels to replace this programming immediately with competent, progressive and force-free, formally-educated trainers and/or behaviourists.

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