Important Position Statements Related to Animal Welfare & Care in the USA by Leading Organizations

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How we care for and train animals are very important to me. The following organizations; the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB), and the Pet Professional Guild (PPG), have all been leaders in taking the position, based on scientific evidence, in declaring the use of pain, force, and fear have no place, at any time, for any reason in the care and training of animals. On this page, you can find links to their position statements on this subject.

American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA)

2015 AAHA Canine and Feline Behavior Management Guidelines

American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB)

Position Statement on Humane Dog Training

Position Statement on Positive Veterinary Care

Position Statement on the Use of Dominance Theory in Behavior Modifications of Animals

Position Statement on Puppy Socialization

Position Statement on How to Choose a Trainer

Position Statement on Breed-Specific Legislation

The Pet Professional Guild (PPG)

The Use of Shock in Animal Training

The Importance of Puppy Socialization

Dominance Theory in Animal Training

The Use of Choke and Prong Collars

The Reality of TV Dog Training

The Use of Pet Correction Devices

Pet Industry Education Mandate

Statement on Cat Declawing

Breed Specific Legislation


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Shared Blog Post – Why Are Cats So Picky? And What Can You Do About It?

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Chris from Weruva, one of our favorite cat food companies, explains why your cat can be so fussy about what they eat. It’s not about taste. It’s a little bit about the smell. What really matters most to a cat is how the food feels in its mouth and on its tongue. Chris explains in detail on this blog and YouTube video at –