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About Niki Tudge

Niki is the Founder & President of The Pet Professional Guild. Niki is also the founder of DogNostics Career College and The DogSmith a national licensing company for dog training and pet care company

Does Your Training Language Potentially Compromise Your Credibility With the Medical Community?

The words we choose to use in our training and behavior change sessions and written client plans impact the way we are perceived. Our words Impact our credibility and thus our ability to work alongside our peers and our industry … Continue reading

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Type-Delete-Reset. Manage your Social Media Activity. Your friendships, business and mental health deserve it!

by Niki Tudge I spend about an hour each day, broken down into short time periods, on social Media. Most of my postings are on Facebook and Twitter as I prefer these two platforms.  Many of my business posts are … Continue reading

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It is Unwise to Say, “Just Ignore the Problem Behavior!”

By Niki Tudge Last week, while perusing my Facebook news feed while I drank my morning coffee, I came across a link to a blog advocating for force-free dog training methods.  This short blog had a video link which was … Continue reading

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An Open Letter on Defining, Determining and Maintaining Best Practices within Our Force-Free Organization

Each year I am reminded of the importance of PPG’s Guiding Principles and our ability to manage them on a daily basis. As I read through them yesterday I felt it would be a good reminder for each of us to … Continue reading

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Pet Professional Guild Launches Worldwide Advocacy Program

Project Trade encourages pet owners to exchange aversive training devices for discounted force-free training services provided by PPG members Tampa, FL – The Pet Professional Guild (PPG) has launched Project Trade, an international advocacy program that encourages pet owners to … Continue reading

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Are You Suffering From Compassion Fatigue, Stress or Burnout? Three Tips That May Help You!

by Niki Tudge The signs of work and personal time imbalance are unmistakable. Every day we hear of people in our industry suffering from poor health, burnout and stress. If you recognize the signs of imbalance in your own life, … Continue reading

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Professional Competency, Transparency and Accountability. Have You Got What It Takes?

Written by Niki Tudge There is much chatter within the pet industry about transparency, competency and accountability amongst professionals.  So let’s look at each of these individually and what they mean.   1. Transparency to me implies openness. Are you … Continue reading

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The Top 7 Reasons You Absolutely Cannot Miss The Pet Professional Guild’s Annual Educational Summit

The Top 7 Reasons You Absolutely Cannot Miss The Pet Professional Guild’s Annual Educational Summit 1. You Will Have Lots of Fun From the Welcome Reception, to Quiz Night, ‘Munch and Learn’ Merry-Go-Round and the Gala Dinner you will have … Continue reading

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Listen To The Opening Address at The PPG Summit – Tampa, 2015

A few of the most important points I felt were covered in my opening address at PPG’s First Educational Summit in Tampa, FL. Click here to listen to the full 19 minutes. • I reflected on the sometimes rocky but … Continue reading

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Pet Professional Guild New Advocacy Videos

Advocacy Videos 1. Calling Veterinarians & Pet Professionals. Let’s Work Together!   2. A Call For Change. Say No To Prong and Choke Collars!     Checkout the link to our PPG Advocacy Page. Click here

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