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Pet services articles, and links of interest are categorized by type including pet boarding kennels, dog day care, pet sitters, pet groomers, pet health and veterinary care, pet loss and grief counseling, and pet trainers and animal behavior. Click on the text links below to view some of our favorite websites! If you would like to suggest a link to add to this page on the MarylandPet.com website please e-mail us.

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Pet Boarding, Day Care & Sitters

American Boarding Kennels Association - ABKA is the non-profit trade association for pet care service businesses in the United States and around the world. In addition to pet boarding and dog daycare, ABKA members offer a variety of services for your pet including grooming, training, pet transportation, shipping, pet supplies, food sales, etc. ABKA facilities treat your dog, cat or exotic pet with professional care and knowledge. ABKA offers information, publications, advertising opportunities, education, facility accreditation and business networking opportunities...

ABKA "How to select a facility" - PDF document available for printing.

Pet Sitters International - Pet Sitters International leads the industry as the largest and most progressive organization for professional pet sitters in the world. Pet Sitters International functions to support professional pet sitters through superior customer service, excellent benefits and educational tools to help them succeed in achieving their career goals of excellence in pet sitting...

National Association of Professional Pet Sitters - A national professional trade association which provides valuable credibility, networking and education that helps foster success. The National Association of Professional Pet Sitters became a non-profit membership organization in 1993, after being founded in 1989, to promote excellence among pet sitters and to serve as a voice for the expanding industry. NAPPS maintains a Pledge of Professional Conduct it expects all its members to follow in their businesses. Members must sign the Pledge when they join...

NAPPS "Why use a petsitter?" - A guide to using professional pet sitting services.

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Pet Grooming

National Dog Groomers Association of America - For over 34 years this association has worked with groomers throughout the world promoting and encouraging professionalism and education in order to upgrade the image of the pet grooming profession. Our goal is to unite groomers through membership, to promote communication with colleagues, to set recognized grooming standards and to offer those seeking a higher level of professional recognition the opportunity to have their grooming skills certified...

Groom Team USA - Groom Team USA, Inc. is strictly a non-profit organization which encourages professional pet stylists in this country to maximize their grooming education and skills, and offers them the opportunity to represent the United States of America at World Team Competitions. Team selection is based on points accumulated at various GroomTeam sanctioned contests held throughout the country over a two-year period. GroomTeam USA, Inc., sends the top point earners as a team, all expenses paid, to compete abroad (think of it as the "Olympics of Professional Pet Styling")...

Intergroom.com - The first Intergroom conference was held in 1981; since that time, the event has become the largest international conference of its kind in the world. Over 2,000 dog and cat groomers from over20 different countries attend Intergroom yearly...

International Professional Groomers - IPG, Inc. is an international nonprofit organization which is the culmination of the cooperative efforts of professional pet groomers to upgrade and benefit their industry. One of it's major purposes is to provide respectable, voluntary testing of applicants in order to certify their pet grooming skills. It is for this reason that the certification program outlined here and in the IPG brochure has been developed. In addition, it provides advanced continuing education programs designed to enhance the expertise and business acumen of professional pet groomers and promotes consumer awareness programs to inform and educate the general public about the proper care and humane treatment of their pets...

International Society of Canine Cosmetologists - PetStylist.com was created to reach out to the pet styling community around the world and introduce them to the exciting programs and educational tools offered by ISCC and Pam Lauritzen & Company. It serves as a support, promotion and customer interface tool to help pet stylists worldwide network within their community. PetStylist.com offers its users the ability to register on-line for seminars, symposiums and other events conducted by Pam Lauritzen & Company, buy back issues or individual articles of PetStylist Magazine, join ISCC or renew an ISCC membership or access other stylists through the chat room...

PetGroomer.com "4 steps to finding the right groomer for you & your pet" - Article

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Pet Health & Veterinary Care

American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) - "Healthy Practices. Healthier Pets." is the ultimate goal of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). Through our diverse mix of high-quality programs and services, we assist veterinary practices in providing the very best in companion animal care.

American Lyme Disease Foundation, Inc. (ALDF) - supports research and plays a key role in providing reliable and scientifically accurate information to the public and health care provider...

The American Veterinary Medical Association - Official site of the AVMA, with sections including Care for Pets, News and Resources. Browse publications, membership information, employment opportunities and educational resources...

Pet Loss & Grief Counseling

Rainbows Bridge Pet Loss Grief Center & Chat Room - "We at Rainbows Bridge take the loss of a pet very seriously. You are not alone with your grief. You will share a bond with those who have also lost a loved pet. Though we can not bring back our loved ones, we do have comfort in knowing they are waiting for us to join them once again at Rainbows Bridge"...Site offers message boards, one on one counseling, hotline numbers, memorials and lots more...highly recommended!.

The Association for Pet Loss & Bereavement - The APLB is a compassionate non-profit organization dedicated to helping people during this very special kind of bereavement. We are constantly improving and publicizing all the services available, concerning the loss of a pet. The APLB is the only organization in the world doing this...

C.A.R.E. Pet Loss Helpline - The Companion Animal Related Emotions Pet Loss Helpline is a confidential telephone service offered through the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine...(217) 244-CARE or toll-free at (877) 394- CARE...

Cornell University Pet Loss Support HotLine - Homepage for the Cornell Pet Loss Support Hotline. The hotline is staffed by volunteer veterinary students. We hope you will find this page useful, informative and comforting...(607) 253-3932...

Pet Loss & Bereavement Support Hotlines/Telephone Support - The ASPCA Counseling Department offers a full range of pet loss and bereavement services. The National Pet Loss Hotline, offers free nationwide consultation to bereaved owners on a 24-hour basis. Call 1-800- 946-4646, use keypad to punch in pin number 140-7211 and then your own phone number. The call will be returned immediately. New York City residents may be seen in person at the ASPCA headquarters.

Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine Pet Loss Support Hotline -
...medical knowledge. There may be other options, discuss these with your veterinarian or Pet Loss Support counselors...(540) 231-8038...

Iowa State University Pet Loss Support Hotline - The ISU Pet Loss Support Hotline maintains printed literature to help you deal with the death or potential loss of your pet. The support packages are free of charge to the public and animal shelters...(888) 478-7574...

Tufts University - Modeled after the pet loss hotline at the University of California-Davis, the Tufts University pet loss support hotline began as the initiative of former veterinary student Tammy Pierce V'97...(508) 839-7966...

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Pet Nutrition

Purina - Excellent source of all inclusive information about puppies, dogs, cats and kittens - food and nutition, health, safety and behavior.

The Pedigree Center - Good source of information about dogs and puppies. Includes information about behavior, health care, nutrition, relationships and more. Sign up for their e-mail newsletter "Puppy Scoops"!

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Pet Training & Animal Behavior

Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) - The Association of Pet Dog Trainers is a professional organization of individual trainers who are committed to becoming better trainers through education. The APDT offers individual pet dog trainers a respected and concerted voice in the dog world. We continue to promote professional trainers to the veterinary profession and to increase public awareness of dog friendly training techniques..

Animal Behavior Society (ABS) - The Animal Behavior Society is a non-profit scientific society, founded to encourage and promote the study of animal behavior. ABS members are from all over the world, but primarily from North, Central, and South America. Membership is open to those interested in the study of animal behavior...

APDT "How to choose a trainer" - Article

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