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Stay Up-to-Date with the Latest Developments at PPG! Issue 27: March 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.

Proposed England Shock Collar Ban: Have Your Say

In the wake of the Scottish Government’s recent announcement of plans to issue statutory guidance to make the use of electric shock collars in dog training an offense under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006, the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) in England is proposing a nationwide ban on two types of e-collars (i.e. hand-held remote-controlled devices and containment systems) for cats and dogs. PPG is seeking your support to ensure DEFRA hears from as many educated force-free trainers as possible who understand the science of behavior and learning theory, and to make this ban go ahead. If you are in the United Kingdom and would like to have your say in the matter, please complete this brief online survey which calls for public feedback on the proposal. Outside the United Kingdom, you can provide your feedback via email. The deadline for all feedback is April 27, 2018.

Recruiting Shock-Free Coalition Regional Coordinators

PPG is recruiting Shock-Free Coalition regional coordinators to help build out localized chapters of the Shock-Free Coalition, both in the United States and worldwide. This is an exciting role for individuals who are passionate about the coalition, the pledge and its goals, and who want to work closely with PPG leadership to move our advocacy platform forward. With the added support of a legal team, this will be a dynamic and fast-paced initiative. Click here for more about the requirements for Shock-Free regional coordinator roles and responsibilities, and here to submit your application. Meanwhile, if you have not yet, then please like the Shock-Free Coalition Facebook page to stay up-to-date with all the latest developments. 

PPG Signs New Corporate Partner: Cooperative Paws Service Dog Coach™


Cooperative Paws Service Dog Coach™ has signed up as PPG’s latest corporate partner. Cooperative Paws Service Dog Coach™ is an online CEU approved certificate program for professional pet dog trainers interested in learning to train service dogs. PPG members are eligible to waive the application fee when applying. You can find the discount code in the member area of the PPG website and then place your order here.

PPG Debuts Member App

A member app for the PPG website is now available. On the app, you can view the member directory,
view a member's profile, email fellow members, view the event calendar and event details, register for an event,
view your existing event registrations, pay an outstanding event registration fee and view your member profile.
Download the PPG app.

Presentations Only Option at Kanab

Did you know there is a special discounted registration for the PPG’s Training and Behavior Workshop at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah on April 22-26, 2018? If you want to attend the lectures but don’t want to participate in the hands-on workshops, there are still 36 hours of presentations to enjoy over the four days. Sign up here.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available. PPG has developed several opportunities whereby 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.

Patel Joins Sydney Line-Up

Popular behavior and training consultant, Chirag Patel is the latest presenter to sign on to present at PPG’s inaugural Australian summit, to be held at the Bankstown Sports Club in Sydney on July 27-29, 2018. Grab your spot in our Early Bird Special – sign up now and enjoy a monthly payment plan with no interest, or get 20 percent discount by "Bringing a Mate!"

PPG Introduces Automatic Membership Renewal Process

PPG has introduced a more streamlined membership renewal process. This includes the following options:

PayPal Subscription: If you currently pay your monthly membership through a PayPal subscription, you will receive a subscription cancellation notice from PayPal. When you renew your membership on April 1, you will be able to activate your ALL NEW monthly automatic renewal from your membership profile on the PPG website. You can choose to make this monthly payment using a credit card or a PayPal account. Once you set this up you will then not have to do anything else each month, the system will automatically do it for you.

Monthly Payments through the PPG Website: If you are currently using the monthly membership option through the PPG website, you will also be able to set up an automatic monthly renewal payment using either a credit card or PayPal. Once you set this up, it will make each monthly membership renewal effortless and you will no longer receive the monthly renewal reminder emails.

 PPG Announces New Workshops

PPG is to host three workshops at its Tampa, Florida headquarters later this year. The first is Successfully Train and Compete in the Show Ring – Learn the Knowledge and Skills You Need to Compete or Teach a Professional Curriculum, presented by Vicki Ronchette and supported by Niki Tudge. The two-day workshop takes place on September 22-23, 2018. The second is Let's Coach Scent Work!, a two-day event taking place on October 20 – 21, 2018 and hosted by Robert Hewings, head of learning and development for the United Kingdom College of Scent Detection. It will be Hewings’ first-ever appearance in the United States. Both working and auditor spots are available. The third event is the Walk this Way two-day instructor certification workshop with Louise Stapleton-Frappell and Niki Tudge on October 22-23, 2018. Again, both working and auditor spots are available.

New Feline Guiding Principles

PPG is working on expanding its feline resources and has now released its Guiding Principles for feline behavior consultants, which fall in line with the organization’s existing Guiding Principles and Key Charter. (Photo: Susan Nilson)

PPG to Host Fun Day of Education in Florida

PPG is to hold a day of free education and fun for Florida-based PPG members and DogSmiths on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at its headquarters in Tampa. The schedule includes presentations by PPG president, Niki Tudge, local veterinarian, Dr. Lynn Honeckman, and Tampa-based dog trainer and behavior consultant, Angelica Steinker. If you bring your dog, you can take part in a group training session to prepare you for an afternoon of fun competitions, including a “just-4-fun” agility competition. If you don’t have your dog, then you are welcome to help coordinate and judge the event. There will even be an award ceremony for the winners. Limited spots available! Find out more and register.

Order the Print Copy of May 2018 BARKS

You can now order the print edition of the May issue of BARKS from the Guild. This issue’s Cover Story is one for the trainers, focusing on the hierarchy of rewards, primary and secondary, reinforcers, individual preference, motivating operations, and the importance of delivery. Other topics include:

Training: A 10-step protocol to aid in dog bite cases.

Training: competitive Obedience and Rally from the perspective of the deaf dog.

Training: Force-free snake aversion training.

Canine: Moving house with minimal stress for the SA dog.

Canine: Dealing with post-traumatic stress and how boxer puppy Lulu helped her ex-military guardian transition back into society.

Canine: Working as a missing animal response technician.

Pet Care: The all-important drop-off at a boarding or day care facility

Avian: The tale of Murray, the green-winged macaw rescued from a home supply store, and overcoming his aversion to human contact – twice.

Feline: Common cat behavior issues - Litter box behavior and petting/biting.

Equine: Self-restraint and the use of food in training.

Consulting: The importance of reading both human and canine body language.

Consulting: The impact living with a dog with behavior issues can have on the resident humans.

Business: Our regular Ask The Experts column with dog*tec.

Comment: Getting past dominance theory.

- plus all the latest PPG news, members' community initiatives, advocacy, education, programs, webinars, podcasts and events, and much more...

Note: Orders close Monday, April 9.

Read the March 2018 digital edition of BARKS.

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.

Project Trade Update

Congratulations to Nee Kang of Cheerful Dogs in Singapore who traded two choke chains, and one throw chain (photo, left) and is Project Trade Ambassador for January 2018. Congratulations too to Katie Costello of The Canine Campus in Ohio, United States, who traded one prong collar (photo, right).

   Project Trade is PPG's advocacy program whereby members offer service discounts in exchange for aversive training gear. Find out how Project Trade can help your business in 
Have You Signed the Shock-Free Pledge?

The key purpose of the Shock-Free Coalition is to build a strong and broad movement committed to eliminating shock devices from the supply and demand chain. This goal will be reached when shock tools and equipment are universally unavailable and not permitted for the training, management and care of pets. The Shock-Free Coalition believes that pets have an intrinsic right to be treated humanely, to have each of their individual needs met, and to live in a safe, enriched environment free from force, pain and fear. Members of the Shock-Free Coalition consider it to be their responsibility and utmost obligation to be vigilant, to educate, to remain engaged and work toward eliminating shock as a permissible tool so it is never considered a viable option in the training, management and care of pets. Sign the Shock-Free Pledge.

New this Month
on the PPG Archive

Fear of Loud Noises: A Common Problem in Domestic Dogs? - Zazie Todd

Why Not Alpha? The great misconception regarding dog-human relationships - Meghan E. Herron

Cats Don’t Shake Hands - Patricia McConnell

Brutal shock collars should not be inflicted on dogs – Ross Thomson

A ball is not a Kong: Odor representation and search behavior in domestic dogs (Canis familiaris) of different education - Juliane Bräuer, Julia Belger

Ball or stuffed toy -- Do dogs 'know' what they're smelling? - Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History

What do we actually know about growling, snarling, snapping and biting behavior in dogs? - National Canine Research Council

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs - Saul McLeod

Hierarchy of Dog Needs – Linda Michaels

The psychobiology of social pain: Evidence for a neurocognitive overlap with physical pain and welfare implications for social animals with special attention to the domestic dog (Canis familiaris) - Franklin D. McMillan

Treatment of separation anxiety in dogs with clomipramine: results from a prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group, multicenter clinical trial - J.N.King, B.S.Simpson, K.L.Overall, D.Appleby, P.Pageat, C.Ross, J.P.Chaurand, S.Heath, C.Beata, A.B.Weiss, G.Muller, T.Paris, B.G.Bataille, J.Parker, S.Petit, J.Wren, The CLOCSA (Clomipramine in Canine Separation Anxiety) Study Group

The effect of time left alone at home on dog welfare - Therese Rehn, Linda J. Keeling

How Long Should A Dog Be Left Alone? – Jessica Pierce

Why Are Animals Altruistic? - Centre National De La Recherche Scientifique

Utilising dog-computer interactions to provide mental stimulation in dogs especially during ageing - Lisa Wallis, Friederike Range, Eniko Kubinyi, Ludwig Huber

Understanding and accomplishing animal welfare - Frania Shelley-Grielen

Dogs Are People, Too - Gregory Berns

How to Make the World Better for Dogs – Zazie Todd

In Birds’ Songs, Brains and Genes, He Finds Clues to Speech - Jordana Cepelewicz

Rationing ravens and merciful monkeys: can animals be altruistic? – David Cox

Why more places are banning shock collars - Mary Jo Dilonardo

Does previous use affect litter box appeal in multi-cat households? - J.J.Ellis , R.T.S.McGowan , F.Martin

Dogs and fireworks (30+ proven techniques to eliminate fear) – Dr. Karolina Westlund

Puppy Socialization Practices - And How They Are Lacking - Zazie Todd

Sleep macrostructure is modulated by positive and negative social experience in adult pet dogs - Anna Kis, Anna Gergely, Ágoston Galambos, Judit Abdai, Ferenc Gombos, Róbert Bódizs, József Topál

Associations between owner personality and psychological status and the prevalence of canine behavior problems - Nicholas H. Dodman, Dorothy C. Brown, James A. Serpell 

The existence of parenting styles in the owner-dog relationship - I.R.V. Herwijnen, J.A.M. van der Borg, M. Naguib, B. Beerda

How Many Pets are Lost? How Many Find Their Way Home? ASPCA Survey Has Answers - ASPCA

Check the full PPG Archive.

PPG Message Board

PPG has an online Discussion Forum for members to ask questions, solicit advice, discuss pertinent issues and soon. You can join the discussion in the members’ area of the website.

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

Upcoming Broadcasts:

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 3 p.m. EDT with guest, Chirag Patel

Topic: Pigs, hen and dogs, plus Chirag's sessions at the PPG Training and Behavior Workshop in Kanab, Utah next month. Register to listen live.

Fill out this form if you’d like to submit a question to any of the guests or hosts.

Recordings of Recent Podcasts:

Veronica Boutelle: - Let's Opinionate! Education in the pet industry, from March 14, 2018.

PPG Webinars

Wednesday, March 21 - 2 p.m. EDT

So You Want to Help Shelter Dogs? Presented by Amy Sutherland 

Thursday, March 22 - 1:30 p.m. EDT

Scent-Work Planning and Problem Solving Presented by Robert Hewings

Wednesday, March 28 - 1 p.m. EDT

Fear Threshold: What it is, what it looks like, how to use it to help dogs overcome fears, and why do we so often push dogs past it? Presented by Tracy Krulik

Thursday, April 5 - 2 p.m. EDT

Equine Clicker Training - Targeting Part 2/3 Presented by Alizé Veillard—Muckensturm

Wednesday, April 11 - 2 p.m. EDT

Total Recall Presented by Gosia Wozniak

Discounted Webinars - This Month ONLY!

PPG is offering selected webinars at a discount this month (discount valid till March 31, 2018).



Are You Biting Off More Than You Can Chew? Are You Really Ready to Work With Aggression Cases?

Pamela Dennison

A Case Study On Canine Fear - Learn About Fear In Family Dogs

Lori Stevens

A More Thoughtful Approach To Shaping Creates More Precise Behaviors. Learn How To Improve your Shaping Mechanics

Yvette Van Veen

Learn About The Genetics of Canine Aggression

Dr. Jessica Hekman

Psychological Trauma and PTSD in Dogs

Dr. Franklin McMillan

Member Brags

Congratulations Carole Husein of PPG British Isles, who is the first PPAB credential transfer and now a Professional Canine Trainer - Accredited! Find out how to transfer your credentials to PPAB here.

Standing Invitation to Join Facebook Groups - All about Cats, Horses

Join PPG All about Cats on Facebook to learn all about cat behavior and ask questions on anything feline related. If you are working in equine behavior or wish to learn more about it, you are welcome at PPG All about Horses.


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Dog*tec business coaches will be on hand for one-on-one in-person sit downs at this year’s annual summit in Orlando. If you’ve ever thought about taking advantage of their friendly, individualized consulting, this is a great chance to give it a try. Get some advice about how to start your dream business, or a little help with the business you already have. Wish you had more clients or students? Wondering how to raise your rates without risk? Need some support solving a pesky problem? A chat with dog*tec is just the thing. Consults will be pre-scheduled on a first come, first served basis later this year, so watch for the sign-up announcement!



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