Stay Up-to-Date with the Latest Developments at PPG! Issue 25: January 2018
Welcome to the latest edition of NEWS from the Guild, published in association with BARKS from the Guild, PPG’s bi-monthly trade publication for pet professionals.
PPAB to Allow Credential Transfer
With immediate effect, the Pet Professional Accreditation Board (PPAB) is to allow approved industry credentials from external parties to be transferred to its own credentialing program, provided they meet eligibility and ethical criteria. The move ensures canine training and behavior professionals who have already undergone the exacting process of obtaining a professional qualification will be able to transfer their skills and knowledge to one of PPAB's own credentials without starting the process from scratch, while ensuring they hold a credential that echoes their ethical standpoint. Read the full press release.
Organizational Changes for 2018
PPG is to divide its current steering committee by establishing a separate steering committee for the Pet Professional Guild British Isles (PPGBI). In addition, PPG has appointed two new steering committee members to its North America-based team. In the British Isles, Sam Redmond, Dayle Pierce, Kathie Gregory, Nathan Watson, Michelle Masters, Dayle Pierce, Nathan Watson and Ewa Highland will join existing North America PPG steering committee members Claire Staines and Carole Husein, who will now officially move to the PPGBI division. PPGBI membership manager, Louise Stapleton-Frappell will take a seat on both committees. In North America, Michelle Martiya, chairwoman of PPG's recently-formed equine committee, and Kelly Lee, chairwoman of its newly-formed shelter and rescue committee, officially join the steering committee. Existing steering committee members Kelly Fahey, Paula Garber, Debra Millikan, Susan Nilson, Angelica Steinker remain in place for another term, alongside Stapleton-Frappell, while Sam Wike steps down. Read the full press release.
PPG Training and Behavior Workshop 2018
Are you considering attending the PPG Workshop at Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah on April 22-26, 2018 but are not sure about transportation to and from Kanab? We can help you find a solution so don't delay, sign up today! Places are very limited! Remember, too, there is a Facebook group for Kanab attendees to network with each other and help organize transportation and accommodation.
Sponsorship Opportunities for Kanab Behavior Workshop
At its Training and Behavior Workshop, to be held at Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah on April 22-26, 2018, PPG is offering a host of opportunities to make it as easy as possible for vendors to participate and benefit from supporting PPG's educational initiatives. As such, PPG has developed several opportunities vendors can invest in from afar, leaving PPG to do all the legwork. The sponsorship document sets out the various options available, and vendors may also contact PPG to discuss their goals, or complete a short form to indicate their preferences.
New Year Promotion - Save $50 on Summit Audio Files
Audio recordings of the sessions from PPG’s 2017 Orlando summit are now available. For a limited time only, pay only $110 for over 66 hours of education. Register before January 25!
PPG Summit 2017 Opening Address
If you missed PPG’s Orlando Summit last November, and want to hear the opening session with PPG president Niki Tudge (pictured, left, with keynote speaker Dr. Karen Overall) discussing goals and accomplishments, the podcast is now available.
New PPG Vendor Partner Discount
PPG has announced a new vendor partner discount, Nailed It! Nailed It! is a course in canine nail care that has been created to help owners be able to maintain their dogs’ nails at home, avoiding the stress of going to the vet or groomer, and is particularly helpful for fearful dogs or dogs who have had negative experiences with nail care. Nailed It! is available to PPG professional members at a 20 percent discount. See the member area of the PPG website for the discount code.
January 2018 BARKS Now Available Online
The digital edition of the January 2018 issue of BARKS from the Guild is now available! In this issue: stopping behavior problems before they start, #PPGSummit 2017 - a full report, harnesses - why to use them and how to choose one, a dog's perceptual abilities and the impact these might have on behavior, from "difficult" shelter dog two days from euthanasia to Rally and trick dog champion, canine anxiety, the world of wolfdogs, overcoming fear of humans (a feline case study), a Thoroughbred’s life after racing, a lesson in compassion for professional behavior consultants, and getting shock off the table – quotes from the experts.
BARKS is also on Facebook. If you would like to write for BARKS, either as a regular contributor, have a one-off article you'd like to submit, or would like to contribute to the PPG Blog, please email the editor, Susan Nilson.
New Pages on PPG’s Shock-Free Coalition Website
Based on interviews conducted by steering committee members Susan Nilson and Louise Stapleton-Frappell, PPG has added two new pages to its Shock-Free Coalition website featuring quotes from canine training, behavior and business specialists on why pet professionals should not ever use electric shock in the training, behavior modification, care or management of pets, and the same for pet owners. Feel free to share far and wide.
Project Trade Announces November Ambassador
Congratulations to Daniel Antolec of Happy Buddha Dog Training in Wisconsin, USA who traded one prong collar (pictured, left), and is the Project Trade Ambassador for November, 2017. Congratulations, too, to Breanna Norris of Canine Insights in Maine, USA, who traded one Bark Off (pictured, right).
New This Month on the PPG Archive
Paedomorphosis affects agonistic visual signals of domestic dogs by Deborah Goodwin,John W.S. Bradshaw,Stephen M.Wickens
Do horses with poor welfare show 'pessimistic' cognitive biases? by S Henry, C Fureix, R Rowberry, M Bateson, M Hausberger
Some practical solutions to welfare problems in dog breeding by P.D. McGreevy & F.W Nicholas
Dog and cat behavior myths debunked by Amy L. Pike and Jessey Scheip
On the significance of adult play: what does social play tell us about adult horse welfare? by Martine Hausberger, Carole Fureix, Marie Bourjade, Sabine Wessel-Robert, Marie-Annick Richard-Yris
Acculturation: perceptions of breed differences in the behavior of the dog (Canis familiaris) by Tracey Clark, Jonathan Cooper, and Daniel Mills
The Matching Law, Key To Dog Behavior by Jennifer Cattet
Descriptive study of dog bites in France Severity factors. Factors of onset of sequelae. Circumstances. Results of a survey conducted by InVS and Zoopsy in 2009–2010 by Claude Beata, Guillaume Sarcey, Cecile Ricard, Bertrand Thélot
Fear, Fireworks & Neuroplasticity: What you should never do when your dog is afraid by Jennifer Cattet
The ‘Feline Five’: An exploration of personality in pet cats (Felis catus) by Carla A. Litchfield , Gillian Quinton, Hayley Tindle, Belinda Chiera, K. Heidy Kikillus, Philip Roetman
Shock Collars: What Manufacturers Don’t Want You to Know by Robert Falconer-Taylor
Environmental enrichment choices of shelter cats by J.J.Ellis, H.Stryhn, J.Spears, M.S.Cockram
Horses don't give each other treats! by Alizé Veillard-Muckensturm
7 ways to get behaviour by Karolina Westlund
Check the full PPG Archive.
New This Month on the PPG Blog
Teaching Deaf (and Blind) Dogs to Use Their Mouths Gently by Debbie Bauer
Preventing Dog Reactivity with a Barrier by Eileen AndersonAn Open Letter To Pet Retailers Concerning The Availability of Pet Training and Management Devices That Deliver Electric Shock by Pet Professional Guild
Clicker Training for Cats (2/6) by Paula Garber and Francine Miller
Separation anxiety: 7 reasons why you need to have strong support by Julie Naismith
Burnout: When Trying to Do Good Makes You Feel Bad by Karen Baragona
Cold Weather House Training by Kelly Fahey
So Easy to Miscue… by Pamela Hogle
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PPG on Twitter
PPG has an active Twitter account and often tweets about new scientific research studies, plus blog posts and videos that are of interest to pet professionals, in addition to its own news, blog posts, educational handouts and articles. Join us @PetGuild, www.twitter.com/PetGuild.PPG World Service Radio Show, Podcasts
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 3:30 p.m. EST with guest Emily Cassell
Recordings of Recent Podcasts:
Lara Joseph: Building a trusting foundation and target training parrots, and fine tuning our training skills with parrots from December 18, 2017.
Jacqueline Munera - Nitty gritty of cat training and working with fearful or feral cats from January 10, 2018.
Thursday, January 25 - 7 p.m. EST
Topic: Learn How to Reduce Stress in Companion Birds When Giving Medication Presented by Sheila BlanchetteMonday, January 29 - 5 p.m. EST
Topic: Daycare or Nightmare? The Ins and Outs of Training in or for a Doggy Daycare Facility Presented by Tabitha Davies
Wednesday, January 31 - 6 p.m. EST
Topic: Grief, Loss, and Coping: How to Care for Yourself and Others When A Pet Dies Presented by Dr. Vanessa Rohlf
Discounted Webinars - This Month ONLY!
PPG is offering selected webinars at a discount this month (discount valid till January 31, 2018).
Standing Invitation to Join Facebook Groups - All about Cats, Horses
Member Brags: Central Florida Force-Free Trainers Promote Shock-Free Coalition
PPG members at the Central Florida Force-Free Trainers have placed a public service announcement in their local, free-to-public, newspaper, Orlando Weekly to inform people that members of the Central Florida Force-Free Trainers and Veterinary Behavior Network are standing together to stop the use of electric shock in dog training. “We are proud to announce that we are doing all we can to openly stop all use of shock collars in the management, training, and behavior modification of the dogs who share our lives,” said PPG special counsel and Orlando, Florida-based veterinarian, Dr. Lynn Honeckman. “We, the members of the Central Florida Force Free Trainers and Veterinary Behavior Network have signed the No Shock Pledge and encourage everyone to do the same.”
Member Brags: Green Acres Kennel Shop Raises Money to Help Pets and Seniors Stay Together
Bangor, Maine-based PPG members Green Acres Kennel Shop has raised a total of $8172.52 for the Eastern Area Agency on Aging Furry Friends Food Bank in a fundraiser. Members of the community donated a total of $6,172 and Green Acres Kennel Shop added $2,000, bringing the total to $8172.52. All of the funds raised will be used to purchase pet food and supplies, at wholesale prices, for distribution by the Eastern Area Agency on Aging. Over the past 10 years, Green Acres Kennel Shop has raised over $40,000 for this important cause which helps keep seniors and their pets together. (Photo shows Rob Crone (left) and Laurie Qualey (center) of EAAA with Don Hanson of Green Acres. Photo by Debra Bell.)
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