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April 2019: Issue 40

PPG Updates Position Statement on Reality TV Dog Training


Via the statement, PPG respectfully requests television channels to “replace programming that promotes aversive tools and methods immediately with competent, progressive, force-free, formally-educated, scientifically-sound trainers and/or behavior consultants.” Read the full statement. (Photo: © Can Stock Photo/damedeeso)

Countdown to Portland 2019

Session recordings from PPG’s 2019 Summit on Aggression & Bite Prevention taking place next week in Portland, Oregon will be available by May 6, 2019. Register now so you can access them as soon as they are released! 25 hours of session audio with PowerPoint presentation PDFs = education starting at $6.50 per hour. Discounts are available for PPG members. Note: Attendees - Purchase at the event to save money! View the event schedule.

PPG Opens Window for 2019 Scholarship Applications

Full, associate, and provisional PPG, PPGA and PPGBI members across all training and pet care specialties are deemed to be eligible applicants for the PPG Education Scholarship Program (provided they are a current member and in good standing for a minimum of 12 months) and they are invited to submit their applications between April 5 and May 5, 2019 via the form located on the PPG website. All applications will be reviewed by the scholarship selection committee and final recommendations will be forwarded to the PPG board of directors, who will notify successful candidates no later than June 15, 2019. Scholarship funds will be remitted directly to the educational provider and not the candidate. Read news release.

Data Request for Shock Collar Use


The PPG Advocacy Committee is collecting data from pet owners who have had shock collars used on their pets without their permission. The data collection form is available on the Shock-Free Coalition website. Please share with your colleagues and clients to help the Advocacy Committee build a strong case for consumer transparency. 

Shock-Free Coalition Now in Vermont

PPG welcomes Maureen Brown, who has been appointed Shock-Free Coalition coordinator for the new Vermont chapter. Do take a moment to “like” them on Facebook. Become a Regional Coordinator.

Order Your Print Copy of May BARKS


The May issue’s (above left) Cover Story reports on how member views are shaping PPG’s contribution to shelter and rescue organizations, based on the intriguing results of the 2018 survey distributed by the PPG Shelter and Rescue Division. For a full breakdown of all articles, view the Contents page. Order your print copy.

Click here to read the digital edition of the March 2019 edition of BARKS (above right) 

Voluntary Research Participants Needed!

What would your dog do if he understood the concept that he can be creative in his response to a verbal cue? How would he vary his behavior? PPG member Elaina Franklin of Positive Solutions Animal Training in Largo, Florida is collaborating with Dr. Lauren Highfill, a comparative psychologist from Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida, in the research project: The Creative Canine: What Do Dogs Do When They Are Asked To Vary Their Behavior? Are you looking for a new training challenge? Does your dog have five or more behaviors in his repertoire? If so, this research project is perfect for you! The aim is to take a closer look at dogs’ personalities to understand individual differences with creative behaviors. The researchers are looking for individuals who can train the “create” behavior, which was originally trained with dolphins by Karen Pryor. In return for your commitment, the researchers will provide the training steps, help with troubleshooting, give you all the time you need as the project will be ongoing, and a chance to win a $100 gift certificate from a drawing when it is complete. If interested, please contact Kaitlyn Willgohs. Join The Creative Canine on Facebook.


Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 1 p.m. EST (postponed from April 4, 2019)

Guest: Alexandra Kurland.

Topic: Understanding how different training belief systems emerge: Kurland introduces us to the work of the cognitive linguist, George Lakoff + an in-depth exploration of where the simple training mantra “For every behavior you teach there is an opposite behavior you must teach to keep things in balance” takes us.

Register to listen live.

Friday, May 10, 2019 - 11 a.m. EST 

Guest: Marco Adda. 

Topic: Free-ranging dogs are one of the most widely distributed carnivores in the world, yet scientists are only just beginning to study their behavior. They represent a critical field of observation where human-dog interaction can reveal essential understanding about society, human and dog behavior. Read the interview with Marco Adda in BARKS from the Guild. 

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

View the full schedule of upcoming BARKS Podcasts here.

Thursday, April 18 - 1:30 p.m. EDT 

The Origins of Excellence. Presented by Alexandra Kurland 

Friday, May 10 - 1 p.m. EDT 

Free-ranging Bali dogs: Behavior, Lifestyle, Personality and Preservation. Presented by Marco Adda 

Monday, May 13 - 2 p.m. EDT 

Leash Reactive Dogs - The Quick and Easy Secrets to Making this a Simple Problem. Presented by Yvette Van Veen

Discounted Webinars - This Month ONLY!

PPG is offering selected webinars at a discount this month (discount valid till April 30, 2019).



Learn How to Reduce Stress in Dogs During Grooming 

Michelle Martiya 

How To Teach Your Dog a Solid Recall 

Alexandra Santos 

Rocket Recall: If you BUILD it they will COME!! 

Lisa & Brad Waggoner 

Maintaining Quality Control As Your Business Grows 

Brittany Alwerud 

Understand How To Use Respondent Conditioning As A Practical View to Behavior Modification 

Claudia Estanislau 

How We Make Our Dream Dog Unattainable – Infinite K9 

Dog Training's Dirty Little Secret: Anyone Can Legally Do It – Marc Bekoff 

Cat Training Research Resources - Zazie Todd 

The effects of fear and anxiety on health and lifespan in pet dogs  - Nancy A.Dreschel  

Domestic cats (Felis catus) discriminate their names from other words - Atsuko Saito, Kazutaka Shinozuka, Yuki Ito & Toshikazu Hasegawa  

Minister prohibits the use of current collars in dogs from next year - International News 

Dog Training Science Resources - Zazie Todd 

Pathologies of the Dog Associated With the Use of Choke Chains - Miles Anita 

Emotional Mirror Neurons in the Rat’s Anterior Cingulate Cortex -  Maria Carrillo, Yinging Han, Filippo Migliorati, Ming Liu, Valeria Gazzola, Christian Keysers 

I feel you: Emotional mirror neurons found in the rat – Neuroscience News 

Reasons to Be Positive About Being Positive in Dog Training - Zazie Todd

See the full PPG Archive.

Portland Blog Competition: The Journey of a Crossover Trainer - Nichola Marshall 

Does Your Animal Have Control? - Karolina Westlund 

The Reality of TV Dog Training – Niki Tudge and Susan Nilson 

Things I Wish I Had Known Before I Started Training Dogs – Gus, the Dominance Myth, An Alpha Roll, and a Damaged Relationship – Don Hanson 

Dispelling the Myths: Tuggy, Retrieve and Safe Play - Sue McCabe 

Treats that Beat Squirrels! - Yvette Van Veen 

Teach Your Dog to Cooperate with Grooming and Vet Visits – Debbie Bauer 

The ‘Quick Fix’ – Not So Quick After All - Anna Bradley 

Dog Training: Why I Do It – Joanne Ometz 

The Last Trip To the Vet: What If Your Pet’s Last Breath Is on the Operating Table? - Eileen Anderson 

For a Healthier Life, Don’t Let Your Pet Get Overweight – Daniel Antolec 

Beating the Winter Blues - Daniel Antolec

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