NFI about the relationship between K9 (whom I quite like as a business) and DOL.
I haven't seen K9 staff start a thread to advertise or promote their product. I have seen them answer various questions posed by other members, dog training or specifically about K9 services. I haven't seen them go round the forums saying in response to every question - your problems will be solved by coming to us.
I have seen as accepted practice on many forums, that a business put their contact details in their siggy and then use their business related expertise to help the forum members.
This happens a lot at whirlpool.net - which is a techy forum related to all things internet use. There are whole sections devoted to various ISPs, and several of the ISPs encourage their staff to post helpful responses in the forums.
It's not the same as starting threads to say I have this product - please buy it. Which may or may not be ok depending on what the forum rules say. It would probably be polite to place such a thing in the buy/sell section - which is usually for personal items not business product placement - but if it is for a business - best to ask the forum provider / host first. Is similar to software that is free for personal use but they want a fee if you use it for business. Tricky if you're in transition between personal and business sales.
PS some of you say "bitch" like it's a bad thing.