Position Statement

PPG’s Pet Industry Education Mandate

THE PET PROFESSIONAL GUILD POSITIONS, STATEMENTS AND OPEN LETTERS ARE

“INFORMED BY SCIENCE, GUIDED BY EMPATHY AND GOVERNED BY ETHICS” TM

The Pet Professional Guild (PPG) and its membership hold themselves accountable to a high standard of ethics, protocols and transparency. Since its inception in 2012, PPG has been unwavering and unequivocal about where it stands on equipment philosophy and training methods for pets. As such, its members are committed to the use, promotion and education of humane, scientific and effective training, care and management protocols, as espoused in PPG’s Guiding Principles (2012). While PPG has taken an exclusively force-free approach and a promise to “do no harm,” it also recognizes that no definition can be so expansive and explicit that every possible situation is addressed. This applies universally, perhaps most obviously in the US legal system, where very often courts cannot agree on a single interpretation of what terms and definitions mean, including physical force. PPG considers, then, both in the context of its Guiding Principles and as a general framework, physical force to mean any intentional physical act against a pet that causes psychological or physical pain, harm or damage. (Pet Professional Guild, 2019).

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