Pet Professional Guild's Project Trade Program

I am a participating trainer in PPG's Project Trade program.  You can earn a discount on Plucky Paws training services simply by relinquishing your aversive training equipment to me.  Trading in your old equipment is an easy way to save on your dog's training package!  The Pet Professional Guild encourages pet owners and professionals to embrace modern, scientifically based training techniques and equipment, especially the latest generation of harnesses which are free of the risks posed by traditional collars.  Swap your gear and create a kinder world for you and your pet!

Choke, Prong, or Shock Collar: 1 Collar 10%, 2+ Collars 15%

Citronella Collar/Spray, Scat Mat, or Pet Corrector: 5%

What is Project Trade?

Project Trade is the Pet Professional Guild's international advocacy program that promotes the use of force-free pet training equipment by asking pet guardians to swap choke, prong, and shock collars, or any other devices that are designed to change behavior through pain or fear. As a member of PPG, I want all pets and their guardians to experience the huge advantages and long-lasting effectiveness of force-free training and pet care.  I will give you a great discount ontraining services in exchange for your old gear!

Humane training methods help prevent unwanted behaviors and are the foundation of any animal’s healthy socialization. Since a wide variety of equipment and tools are commonly used when training dogs, the pet-owning public needs to be aware of the potential problems and dangers some equipment may pose. Specifically, the use of collars and leads that are intended to apply constriction, pressure, pain, or force around a dog’s neck should be avoided.  Distinguished veterinarians and behaviorists worldwide are joining the discussion and calling for the elimination of such devices from the training efforts of both pet owners and pet professionals.

What Do the Experts Say?

Respected veterinarian and thyroid expert Dr. Jean Dodds: “They [choke and prong collars] can easily injure the delicate butterfly-shaped thyroid gland that sits just below the larynx and in front of the trachea.  These collars can also injure the salivary glands and the salivary lymph nodes on the sides of the face underneath both ears."

Bestselling author and canine behaviorist Jean Donaldson: "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.”

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 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.”

Humane Walking Equipment

The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants all endorse positive reinforcement training protocols that require trainers to utilize the most humane equipment and techniques available.  Aversive equipment that suppresses unwanted behavior by causing pain, intimidation, and fear doesn't teach our dogs any alternative behaviors or healthy life skills.  Humane equipment paired with relationship-based training techniques provide the most compassionate and effective solution for resolving unwanted behaviors and teaching our dogs what we want them to do instead.  To achieve comfortable, enjoyable leash walks for all involved, Plucky Paws recommends the Balance Harness paired with loose leash walking training.

LIMA (Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive)

The Humane Hierarchy