TransPaw Gear pet product company has a vision. It is to live in a world where dogs are encouraged to romp, bark, play, and enjoy life with their people. That is why we are proudly participating in Project tRade, which asks pet guardians to “swap gear to make a kinder world for pets.” Pet parents looking to embrace force-free training tools and techniques are invited to join in this trailblazing trade-in program and enjoy discounts on the Happy Harness 2.0 and/or a “Leash Walking and More” training package from the Inquisitive Canine.
Teaming up with The Inquisitive Canine and the Pet Professional Guild
TransPaw Gear owner and founder, Joan Hunter Mayer, is also a Santa Barbara-based certified professional dog trainer and behavior consultant. Mayer’s dog training business, The Inquisitive Canine, is dedicated to teaching skills that enhance the dog-human bond. That is how she became involved with the Pet Professional Guild (PPG), an organization of pet industry professionals committed to results based, science based, ethical training and pet care. Project tRade is PPG’s international advocacy program that promotes the use of force-free pet equipment by offering trade-in incentives for aversive pet gear. “I partnered with PPG and their Project tRade program because it focuses on helping dogs and their guardians, providing a solution that is incompatible with training with force, fear or pain,” said Mayer.
The program accepts as trade-ins: choke collars, prong collars, shock collars, electronic boundary collars and anti-bark collars. This is an opportunity for pet parents who want to swap out training gear that is designed to change or affect behavior through correction or punishment. According to Mayer, “Some people had chosen those types of collars because they were having issues with walking their dogs. However, now we know that techniques and tools that simply suppress unwanted behaviors (focusing on ‘correcting’ what you don’t want) have physical, emotional and behavioral side-effects that are just too risky. So, we offer equipment and guidance to help dog guardians reach their training goals effectively – without risking harm to their pets. Some participants will need new, functional and humane walking equipment, which is why I am offering specials on both the harness and my services. I want to set everyone up for success!”
Part of the Pawsitive Cultural Shift
“As a profession, when it comes to training with aversive gear, we know better so we should do better,” explains Mayer. The TransPaw Gear® Happy Harness is a force-free pet harness she designed and built on the foundation of a humane training and dog parenting philosophy. The company is continually working to raise awareness and be part of the cultural shift towards a mutually respectful space between dogs and humans.
Details of the Project tRade discount structure can be found here. Any pet parents who want to swap out their unnecessary, outdated, correction-based training gear and explore the world of positive reinforcement (+R) training are invited to participate.
Thank you for making a kinder world for pets, unleashing adventures and harnessing fun!