top of page

When we come together as a collaborative, we can change lives.

When it comes to animals, there is such a wealth of information available that Pet Guardians are understandably overwhelmed.  We advocate for training methods that are not driven by fear, pain, and intimidation.  Below are some great resources full of information on pet care, animal behavior, and training that also promote a positive human-animal relationship.

Receive 15% off of ALL services AND training gear by trading in your dog's old choke collar, prong collar, shock collar, bark collar, or boundary fencing!

How Would You Like to Trade Your Old Dog Training Equipment for Great Discounts?


We want to swap great discounts on our most popular services FOR your choke, prong or shock collars or any other qualifying pet gear. By participating in “Project tRade” you can earn up to 15% off our most popular services simply by giving us old pet gear* you have laying around. It couldn’t be easier!


What is “Project tRade”?


Project tRade is the Pet Professional Guild's (PPG) international advocacy program that promotes the use of force-free pet training equipment by asking pet guardians to swap choke, prong and shock collars (and any other devices that are designed to change behavior through pain or fear). Because we want all pets and their guardians to experience the huge advantages and long-lasting effectiveness of force-free training and pet care, we will give you great discounts on our most popular, effective, fun and pain-free training and pet care services in exchange for your old gear. 


Effective, humane animal training and pet care methods are the foundation of any animal’s healthy socialization and training and help prevent behavior problems. Since a wide variety of equipment and tools are commonly used when training pets, the pet-owning public needs to be aware of the potential problems and dangers someequipment may pose. Specifically, the use of collars and leads that are intended to apply constriction, pressure, pain or force around a dog’s neck (such as ‘choke chains’ and ‘prong collars’) should be avoided. Distinguishedveterinarians and behaviorists worldwide are joining the discussion and calling for the elimination of such devices from the training efforts of both pet owners and professionals.


What Do the Experts Say?


Respected veterinarian and thyroid expert, Dr. Jean Dodds, recommends against choke or prong collars “as they can easily injure the delicate butterfly-shaped thyroid gland thatsits just below the larynx and in front of the trachea. These collars can also injure the salivary glands and salivary lymph nodes on the side of the face underneath both ears.”


Bestselling author and canine behaviorist, Jean Donaldson, says: "These devices (choke and prong collars), when they work, do so to the degree that they hurt. With the advent of modern methods and tools they are irrelevant.”


According to veterinarian and veterinary behaviorist Dr. Soraya V. Juarbe-Diaz: "Using punishment to stop behaviors is not new. Notice I say ‘stop’ rather than ‘teach’ -- I can stop any behavior, but I am more interested in teaching my students, animal or human, to choose the behavior I want them to perform because they can trust me, because I do not hurt them and they are safe with me, and because the outcome is something they enjoy.”


PPG thus encourages all pet owners and pet professionals to embrace modern, scientifically based, training techniques and tools, especially the latest generation of no-pull harnesses which are free of the risks posed by traditional collars and offer far more benefits. So swap your gear and help create a kinder world for you and your pet! 


To learn more just visit


*qualifying pet gear = prong collars, shock collars, pinch collars, choke chains, citronella collars and the like. 


Local Resources


Books and DVDs

Books for Pet Dog Owners

DVDs for Pet Dog Owners

  • Paw-Sitive Dog Training – Allan Bauman

  • Ready to Rally! A Video Guide to APDT Rally – Clarissa Bergeman

  • Perfect Paws In 5 Days Featuring Jean Donaldson’s Modern Training Methods – Jean Donaldson

  • Dog Training for Children – Ian Dunbar

  • Sirius Puppy Training – Ian Dunbar

  • Training the Companion Dog Vol. 1, Socialization & Training – Ian Dunbar

  • Training the Companion Dog Vol. 2: Behavior Problems – Ian Dunbar

  • Training the Companion Dog Vol. 3, Walking & Heeling – Ian Dunbar

  • Training the Companion Dog Vol. 4, Recalls and Stays – Ian Dunbar

  • Crate Games for Self Control and Motivation – Susan Garrett

  • Lassie, Come! – Patricia McConnell

  • Really Reliable Recall: Train Your Dog to Come When Called … No Matter What! – Leslie Nelson

  • It’s Pawsible! Dog Training – Beth Ostrowski-Parks

  • The Dog Whisperer – Beginning & Intermediate Dog Training – Paul Owens

  • The Dog Whisperer – Problem Solving Volume 2 – Paul Owens

  • Train Your Dog – Nicole Wilde and Laura Bourhenne

Books and DVDs for New Puppy Owners

Books and DVDs for General Training Information

Books and DVDs for Homes with Children and Dogs

Books for Dealing with Dog Behavior Problems

bottom of page