Pet Professional Guild Launches New Subscription Platform for Official Trade Publication

BARKS from the Guild to offer both digital and print subscriptions
BARKS from the Guild
BARKS from the Guild
TAMPA, Fla. - Jan. 13, 2020 - PRLog -- The Pet Professional Guild (PPG) has announced a new subscription platform for its official bimonthly trade publication, BARKS from the Guild ( Effective immediately, all BARKS readers, including PPG members, will be required to subscribe in order to gain uninterrupted, free access to the digital edition of the magazine. In addition, due to popular demand, PPG is offering an option to subscribe to the print edition of the magazine on an annual basis.

BARKS is a comprehensive educational tool for pet professionals, written by PPG members, covering all things animal behavior and training, pet care, canine, feline, equine, avian, pocket pets, and exotics, as well as shelter and rescue, advocacy, business, sales, marketing consulting. It also features interviews with key industry figures and canine research scientists plus in-depth reports from all PPG's educational events worldwide. As per PPG's Guiding Principles, which state that shock, pain, choke, fear, physical force, and compulsion-based methods should never be used in training or pet care, BARKS is targeted towards the animal behavior, training and pet care professionals that comprise the core of the organization's membership, as well as other pet professionals and pet guardians who are interested in learning more about modern, science-based, force-free training techniques and tools. Each issue of the 64-page publication includes an in-depth cover feature and a further 15 or so articles covering a diverse selection of topics relevant to today's pet professional, as well as book reviews, PPG news, and member profiles. BARKS is also a valuable resource for advertisers, whose products and services are guaranteed to reach their intended target audience.

The new BARKS digital subscription plan begins immediately, starting with the March 2020 issue. Anyone wishing to gain access to this issue online (and all ensuing issues) is encouraged to subscribe on the new platform with immediate effect ( In addition, as soon as PPG reaches the required number of registrants, it will launch the print edition, delivering BARKS directly to readers' doors six times a year for just $85. The print option be rolled out in North America with further locations to be added at a later date. Once registered, all subscribers will also have exclusive access to the Members' Area of the BARKS website (

"While subscription to the digital edition of BARKS will remain completely free of charge, as it always has been, we have chosen to ask readers to register so we can increase the features and benefits we make available to them, as well as prepare to launch the annual subscription to the print edition," said PPG president Niki Tudge. "By making the latter more easily available, we can more effectively continue to promote education, resources, information, equipment, ideas, methods and techniques that both pet professionals and guardians can trust while we work to raise industry standards as a whole."

"One of the most common questions we are asked by our members is whether an annual print subscription to BARKS is available, and we are pleased that we can finally make that a possibility," added Susan Nilson, editor-in-chief, BARKS from the Guild. "As soon as they have subscribed, readers will have ongoing access to each of the bimonthly issues, PDF downloads of all articles, vendor discounts, and first notification of new BARKS Blogs and BARKS Podcasts, and we will be adding more benefits in due course. It's an exciting time for BARKS and we look forward to working with PPG members and our wider audience to continue to deliver a quality product that promotes force-free, scientifically sound education in all aspects of training, behavior consulting and pet care."

About the Pet Professional Guild

The Pet Professional Guild (PPG) is a 501(c)6 international 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, or compulsion-based methods are never employed in training or caring for a pet.

About BARKS from the Guild

BARKS from the Guild is the official bimonthly trade magazine published by the Pet Professional Guild. It covers all things animal behavior and training, pet care, canine, feline, equine, avian, pocket pets, and exotics, as well as business, sales, marketing and consulting and is a must-read for animal behavior, training and pet care professionals, as well as pet guardians interested in learning more about modern, science-based, force-free training techniques and tools.

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