Guest Posting Guidelines

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Cuddle Up With Your Favorite Pet While I Go Over A Few Things

I appreciate your interest in writing for Curiosity Trained!

To make sure we’re both on the same page, I’ve written out some guest posting guidelines.


I currently only publish posts regarding the following topics:

  • Dog Enrichment/ Cat Enrichment
  • DIY Tutorials on toys, puzzle feeders, pet beds, furniture, and similar
  • Setting up your home or the outdoors to be more pet-friendly
  • Positive Reinforcement Based Training
  • Clicker Training
  • Recipes for treats
  • Health, Nutrition, and Wellness topics will only be considered if the writer is a specialist in that field

Pitching Your Idea

Please send me an email at curiositytrained (at) gmail (dot) com with the title indicating it’s a Guest Post Inquiry.

Include a few title/topic ideas and links to other guest posts or writing samples (your own blog is fine too).

Tell me a little about yourself too. What is your area of expertise and do you have any credentials?

If you’ve already written the post, you may submit those for me to review too.

**Please Note: Submitting posts does not mean they will automatically be accepted. I need to keep the style of writing and viewpoints similar to my own style. Please don’t take it personally if I do not accept your post. **

Article Guidelines

Once I’ve approved your idea, please keep the following in mind while you’re writing.

Post Format

You may send me the completed document in Apple Pages, Microsoft Word, or Google Docs (with editing enabled) to curiositytrained (at) gmail (dot) com.

Word Count

All posts must be 1000+ words in length or longer. If you’re doing a recipe or DIY tutorial post, word length may vary.

100% Exclusivity

All content must be unique and exclusive to Curiosity Trained. I run guest posts through copyright checkers to cover myself from potential plagiarism.

Additionally, I cannot allow the republication of content anywhere else, even with a canonical link.

Rights Reserved

I reserve the right to edit or change the entirety of your content for grammar, clarity, and SEO focus.

I also reserve the right to not publish your content if I feel the finished product doesn’t fit with the style or tone of my website or doesn’t fit the guideline requirements.

If I decide that your content will not be published on my site, I will let you know so that you may publish it on your own site or try to find a different blog to use it on.

Once published, the content belongs 100% to Curiosity Trained.


I will create all images, such as Pinterest pins, for the post. Unless your submission is a recipe or DIY tutorial, you do not need to provide photos for in-content.

If your post is a recipe or DIY tutorial, you must provide high-quality photographs including in-progress shots, the completed project, and use with an animal preferred.

Social Media Sharing

Once your post is published, you agree to share it on all forms of social media you participate in, including Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, and email lists.

I agree to do the same. This helps the post gain traction and is beneficial to both parties.

Additional Information

Guest posting at Curiosity Trained will open you up to a new audience and is mutually beneficial. Here are some final points to keep in mind:

  • You may include 1 dofollow link in the body of the post.
  • Author Bio where you can include self-promotion. You can include around 200 words with 2 nofollow links to your website or social media.
  • If you have a product you are linking to, the link must be my affiliate link for that product.

I hope I didn’t overwhelm you! I find that being clear and concise helps make the decision of submitting a guest post easier if you know all that is entailed.

Any questions can be set to curiositytrained (at) gmail (dot) com. I look forward to hearing from you!