Today is the “opening day” of a brand new, fun competition and you are invited!
Who: You! Your friends! Your family! Your colleagues! Your coworkers! And of course, your animal companions (pets)!
What: The International Day of Celebration for Force Free Training & Pet Care
When: Friday, January 17, 2014 – Saturday, March 15, 2014
Where: In your own home, in the backyard, at the beach, in the mountains, in the forest, in the wetlands, in your neighborhood, at the pool, or at the park! Anywhere you can think of! This is an International Virtual Educational Event, so they possibilities are endless!
Why: The community of force-free pet professionals and animal guardians recognize, value, and celebrate the positive effects and power of force-free animal training and pet care! We want to share that knowledge with the world and teach others that Force-Free is the way to be!
Host: The Pet Professional Guild
All profits from this event go to the Pet Professional Guild Advocacy Fund for PPG’s advocacy goals in 2014:
The Pet Professional Guild, the Association for Force-Free Pet Professionals (The PPG or The Guild), is a nonprofit member organization headquartered in Bonifay FL, USA. The PPG represents over 1600 members around the world. The mission of PPG World Services is “Global News & Views on Force-Free Pet Care” and will serve as an advocacy forum for force-free dog training and pet care issues. The key advocacy goal of the PPG is to facilitate an ongoing conversation with pet owners, pet care professionals and industry stakeholders aimed at moving the pet industry forward toward better informed practices, training methods, equipment use and pet care philosophies. The Guild’s message will strive to build widespread collaboration and acceptance of force-free methods and philosophies consistent with its guiding principles.
If you are wondering what all of this means, here it is very simply; Force-Free is defined as:
No shock, No pain, No choke, No fear, No physical force, No physical molding, No compulsion based methods are employed to train or care for a pet.
Animals can be trained without fear, force, or intimidation. That includes ALL pets, ALL animals, ALL species, ALL the time! Training can and should be FUN for everyone!
Participation in this global event is simple. All you have to do is participate in any 30 minute Force-Free Fun Activity with your pet! Take a walk or a jog, swim or hike, bike or skate, train and teach, but the idea is to spend 30 minutes of Force-Free Fun with your animal companion! This can be anything and anywhere that you decide. Where do they love to go? What do they enjoy doing? What’s your favorite place to be with them? Do it when and where it’s convenient for you!
Note: If you don’t have time to complete your chosen event all at once, you can split it up over several days.
Participants are encouraged to submit photos showing what they did for their fun, chosen event. The photos will be judged on these three criteria:
- How much force-free fun the human and pet are having together (this one is strongly encouraged!) Fun is the key!
What’s In It For You!
Each participant will receive:
- A special competitor medal for your companion animal!
- A certificate to show off that you rocked the contest!
- Entry to the fun photograph competition!
Get a sneak peak of the awesome prize list here! And remember to check back as more goodies are added to the list!
Register today to help celebrate and educate others about this important event. Through education and celebration, we can help others learn the value and importance of force-free training and animal companion care methods. Education and inspiration starts with you! Won’t you join the fun, Force-Free revolution with us?
Note: The registration deadline is March 3rd. So be sure to add your name to the fun, force-free list today!
- We welcome and encourage you to check out the pet owner resource section of The Pet Professional Guild website! You will find tons of helpful resources! You can also listen to a few of the PPG’s free podcasts on iTunes here.
- If you are still wondering why our Pet Professional Guild has proclaimed An International Day of Celebration for Force Free Training and Pet Care, check out this video and our news release here!
Please spread the word to everyone you know! Download the event poster here
and feel free to share it with your networks and community!
If you are interested in sponsoring the event or becoming involved on any level then please contact Niki Tudge at IFCC@PetProfessionalGuild.com