June 12, 2024

Introducing the IBPSA Master Business Academy

At IBPSA, we are thrilled to announce the launch of our newest resource: the IBPSA Master Business Academy, a cutting-edge program based on an MBA curriculum and tailored for businesses in the pet care services industry. In partnership with GoalMakers, we have crafted a unique blend of networking and learning opportunities aimed at empowering pet care service providers to become better managers and improve their bottom line. What is the IBPSA Master Business Academy (IBPSA MBA)? The IBPSA Master Business […]
June 12, 2024

Job Hazard Analysis: A Valuable Tool for Workplace Safety and Accident Prevention

For businesses in the pet care services industry, taking steps to ensure workplace safety is crucial for reducing costs and liability, improving workplace morale, and cultivating a happy, healthy, and productive team. One tool that can be helpful in the effort to enhance workplace safety is a job hazard analysis, defined by OSHA as “a technique that focuses on job tasks as a way to identify hazards before they occur.” Read on to learn more about the job hazard analysis […]
May 25, 2024

Create a More Comfortable Environment for Pets with Fear Free® Certifications

For many animals, trips to the vet’s office, boarding facility, or other pet care facility can trigger significant stress and anxiety, creating an unpleasant experience for both the pets and their owners. Established with a mission to prevent and alleviate these fearful feelings, our friends at Fear Free® offer online education for veterinary professionals, pet care services professionals, animal welfare communities, and pet owners. At IBPSA, we were proud to assist with creating Fear Free’s curriculum for pet boarding and daycare […]
May 22, 2024

Show Your Commitment to Pet Health with the Heroes for Healthy Pets® Certification Program

In the ever-growing pet care industry, ensuring the health and safety of our animal companions is not only an ethical matter—it’s crucial for the reputation and continued success of your business. Recognizing the need for boarding facilities, veterinary practices, grooming facilities, and other pet care businesses to stay on top of the latest infectious disease management best practices, IBPSA—in collaboration with the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) and Pet Sitters International—is pleased to present the Heroes for […]
May 20, 2024

Enhance Your Canine Care Expertise with These Certifications

Most dog owners regard their canine companions as beloved members of the family—so when choosing pet care service providers, they tend to seek out those with a strong reputation and a demonstrated commitment to providing the highest level of care. Regardless of your specific niche in the competitive and rapidly growing pet care industry, obtaining professional certifications is a powerful way to signify your expertise and dedication to excellence while providing peace of mind for your customers. Canine Certification Opportunities […]
April 25, 2024

Why Dental Care is Crucial to Dogs’ Health and Well-Being

When it comes to dogs’ health and wellness, dental care doesn’t always receive the attention it merits. However, good oral hygiene is just as important for our canine companions as it is for humans—not only for the preservation of teeth, but for overall health, happiness, and longevity as well. As pet care industry professionals, it’s crucial to advocate for and educate pet owners on the importance of dental care for dogs. How does dental health affect a dog’s overall wellness? […]
April 25, 2024

Boston Law Firm Secures Landmark Legal Victory in Pet Custody Case

Breaking up is hard to do—particularly when a beloved pet is caught in the schism. For pet owners who share an animal with a spouse or other romantic partner, roommate, friend, or family member, a recent case decided by the Massachusetts Court of Appeals has created promising precedent in the pet custody arena, recognizing pets as unique property with a special purpose. In Lyman v. Lanser, plaintiff Brett Lyman sought to enforce an agreement with his former romantic partner, Sasha […]
April 23, 2024

IBPSA Announces Partnership with LIG Solutions

At IBPSA, we are always seeking ways to support our Members and help fuel their success. We are pleased to announce that we have partnered with LIG Solutions in order to offer a new membership health insurance benefit to keep you, your family, and your employees healthy and covered at a cost-effective price. With exclusive options tailored to your unique health and financial needs, this partnership will enable you and other IBPSA Members to find health coverage solutions from leading […]
April 22, 2024

Demonstrate Your Commitment to Pet Safety with PACCC Certifications

For pet care services professionals, taking definitive steps to ensure pet safety is crucial for building trust with pet owners and advancing business success. One of the most powerful ways to create a reliably safe environment for pets is to obtain certification through the Professional Animal Care Certification Council (PACCC). At IBPSA, we are proud to serve as a PACCC Gold Sponsor, with many of our Members now independently certified by PACCC. Read on to learn what IBPSA Members and other […]
March 15, 2024
Deciding whether a dog harness vs a collar is the better option for your dog.

What are the Benefits of Using a Dog Harness vs. a Collar?

For anyone who owns or cares for dogs, regular walks are more than just a necessary routine—they can serve as adventures that strengthen the special human-canine bond. While traditional collars and leashes have long been the standard option for securing dogs on walks, many experts and dog owners are increasingly considering the advantages of using a harness instead. Here are a few key benefits of opting for a dog harness rather than a collar: Enhanced Safety and Comfort. Unlike collars, […]