Pet Industry Expert Pat Miller joins Pet Professional Guild Special Counsel

Respected dog trainer, educator and author will partner with PPG to support its ongoing mission to promote force-free, positive, scientifically-sound dog training methods worldwide
TAMPA, Fla. - April 3, 2018 - PRLog -- The Pet Professional Guild (PPG) has partnered with renowned author and dog trainer, Pat Miller, who joins its Special Counsel as part of ongoing and growing efforts to promote humane, force-free training methods for all pets in a currently unregulated industry. Miller has worked professionally with animals her entire life, is author of seven books on dog training and behavior, runs a successful training academy, and, in May 2015, was named by Dog Fancy Magazine as one of 45 people who have changed the dog world.

PPG's Special Counsel comprises an elite group of leading industry specialists who not only endorse and support PPG and its Guiding Principles, but also have the expertise to contribute to the education and engagement of force-free pet care and training methods. Miller joins current Special Counsel members Dr. Karen Overall, Jean Donaldson, James O'Heare, Dr. Jean Dodds, Victoria Stilwell, Dr. Lynn Honeckman, Helen Phillips, and Dr. Robert King in this initiative.

"Pat Miller has supported PPG from the outset," said PPG founder and president, Niki Tudge. "I have turned to her several times over the last few years for advice, so it is only fitting that she is recognized for the supportive role she has played and will continue to play in PPG's success. She has also been a key draw at each of our annual educational summits, presenting an enormous variety of lectures and working labs, as well as generously participating in additional activities such as panel discussions and interactive 'meet the presenter' events. She is highly respected in our industry, and her academy graduates are well represented throughout PPG's membership. Having the endorsement of one so highly respected in our industry is priceless as we move forward together to educate and engage both pet professionals and pet owners on force-free, scientifically sound, humane training methods."

"I am proud and honored to be included in the distinguished group of behavior professionals who serve on the Pet Professional Guild's Special Counsel," added Miller. "I look forward to making a contribution to this worthy organization and the important work they do in the arena of science-based, force- free, non-aversive training and behavior modification as they strive to make the world a better place for our animal companions and the humans who care about them."

Established in 2012, PPG continues to go from strength to strength, reporting ongoing growth in membership numbers, a successful launch of the Shock-Free Coalition, an international advocacy program designed to eliminate the use of shock in animal training from the supply chain which is now moving into Phase II of its rollout, a host of well-attended and respected annual educational summits, as well as an inaugural training and behavior workshop to take place at Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah on April 22-26, 2018, and its first-ever Australian summit, in Sydney, New South Wales on July 27-29, 2018.

About Pat Miller

Pat Miller is a Certified Behavior Consultant, Canine (KA), Certified Professional Dog Trainer (KA), past president of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (US) and past board member of the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. She worked at the Marin Humane Society in Novato, California from 1976 to 1996, first as a volunteer, then in customer service, as a humane officer, customer service supervisor, field supervisor, and for the final 10 years, as director of operations. During this time, she obtained an associate degree in administration of justice and a BS in business administration. In 1996 she left the Humane Society to launch Peaceable Paws ( in Monterey, California. She now offers group good manners classes, private training and behavior modification services, dog training workshops and trainer academies at her 80-acre training facility in Fairplay, Maryland. In addition, she presents seminars and workshops around the world on a variety of training and behavior topics. She has authored seven books on dog behavior and training, is currently training editor for The Whole Dog Journal, andwrites for several other publications. In May 2015, she was named by Dog Fancy Magazine as one of 45 people who have changed the dog world.

About The Pet Professional Guild

The Pet Professional Guild is a 501(c)6 a member organization founded on the principles of force-free training and pet care. Its membership represents pet industry professionals who are committed to force-free training, pet care philosophies, practices and methods. Pet Professional Guild members understand force-free to mean that shock, pain, choke, fear, physical force, and/or compulsion-based methods are never employed to train or care for a pet.

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