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 a discount by simply by giving us old pet gear* you have laying around. It couldn’t be easier!
Trade in your: shock collars, prong/pinch collars, bark and citronella collars, or electric boundary fencing for 10% off any group class or in home coaching package.
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 awidevarietyof equipmentand toolsarecommonly usedwhentraining pets,the pet-owning publicneeds tobeawareofthe potential problemsand dangerssome equipmentmay pose. Specifically,the useofcollarsandleadsthatareintended toapplyconstriction, pressure, painorforcearound adog’sneck(suchas‘chokechains’and‘prongcollars’)should beavoided.Distinguished veterinarians and behaviorists worldwidearejoiningthediscussionandcallingfor theelimination ofsuch devices from the training efforts of both pet owners and professionals.
What Do the Experts Say? Respected veterinarianandthyroidexpert,Dr.Jean Dodds,recommendsagainstchokeor prongcollars“astheycaneasilyinjurethe delicatebutterfly-shapedthyroidglandthatsitsjustbelowthelarynxandinfrontofthe trachea.Thesecollarscanalsoinjurethesalivaryglandsandsalivary lymphnodesonthesideofthefaceunderneathbothears.” Bestselling author and canine behaviorist, Jean Donaldson,says:"These devices(chokeand prongcollars), whenthey work,doso tothe degreethattheyhurt.With theadventofmodernmethodsand toolstheyareirrelevant.”
According to veterinarian and veterinary behaviorist Dr.SorayaV.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 PetProfessionalGuild.com. *qualifying pet gear = prong collars, shock collars, pinch collars, choke chains, citronella collars and the like.