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April 2020: Issue 52

PPG Launches Sponsored Membership Program

PPG has announced a new initiative designed to support and reward 10 of its long-standing, loyal members with a 12-month sponsored PPG membership. In addition, PPG will invite 10 representative organizations from the worldwide shelter and rescue community to apply for a sponsored PPG membership, again for a 12-month period.

Known as the PPG Sponsored Membership Program, the initiative was born of the generosity and kindness of long-time professional member, Frances Dauster of Sunpaws Pet Services in Mobile, Alabama, who recently reached out to PPG and presented the idea of sponsoring a number of memberships for the next 12-month period. PPG then matched her offer with 10 free memberships for the shelter and rescue community. Read the press release.

Business Contingency Planning for PPG Members

PPG is offering a range of services to support members and their businesses during the current pandemic. These include free member webinars, Facebook Live sessions offering business and marketing advice in the PPG members’ Facebook group, virtual PPG Social events, educational blogs, deferral of membership renewal fees, waiving of Pet Professional Accreditation Board application and transfer fees and more. Watch out for the regular Business Contingency Planning member email updates and keep an eye on the new Business Contingency Planning section in the members’ area of the PPG website for more details and ongoing updates.

PPG Launches Pet Rescue Resource

PPG has launched its Pet Rescue Resource, developed by PPG's Shelter and Rescue Committee. The Pet Rescue Resource is an online toolkit for shelters and rescues, and includes articles, training plans and videos designed to support staff and volunteers working with animals in shelters and foster homes. Its goal is to improve the prospects of pets in shelter or rescue by improving adoption and retention rates and is designed for implementation by handlers with or without behavior modification experience, and with the greatest possible efficiency to minimize additional work for busy staff and volunteers in under-resourced organizations. The first resource to be launched is Jumpy/Mouthy Dogs with more to be added soon. Please spread the word!

PPG Virtual Summit Recordings Available

The recordings for the PPG Virtual Summit on April 2-3, 2020, celebrating the launch of the Pet Rescue Resource, are now available. Get access here to eight exceptional educational experiences offering 12 hours of recordings plus Q&A sessions. A big thank you to all the presenters and attendees who helped make the PPG Virtual Summit such a huge success!

New Ads for Virtual Services

PPG has developed a range of generic ads for members to use in their businesses to promote virtual services. You are welcome to add your website link and contact details when forwarding them to clients. You can access the graphics in the PPG Members’ Facebook group and save them from there.

PPG Welcomes Two New Corporate Partners


PPG is delighted to welcome Canine Arthritis Management and FetchFind as new corporate partners. Canine Arthritis Management (CAM) was developed by Hannah Capon, a veterinary surgeon with wide-ranging experience of working with arthritic dogs, their owners and fellow professionals to create effective long-term management plans. CAM is committed to promoting better care of our aging canine friends and believes that, through education, the disease can be better tackled to give our dogs longer, healthier lives free from pain. CAM aims to challenge arthritis as the major cause of elective euthanasia in the UK. FetchFind, meanwhile, is committed to making pet care better, safer, and smarter. Its staff training and business solutions enable companies of all sizes to focus their resources on service, client care, and sustainable growth.

Transpaw Gear®
Offers Special Member Discount

PPG corporate partner TransPaw Gear® is offering a special PPG member discount of 20% on its TransPaw Gear® Happy Harnesses. The usual PPG discount is 15% off, but from now through May 31, you can receive 20% off your order. Find the discount code in your PPG member area under vendor discount programs. Wholesale and industry pricing is also available.

PPG Summit Competition Winner Announced

Congratulations to Kimm Hunt of Kimm Hunt Dog Training in Alpharetta, Georgia, who is the winner of our #PPGSummitSchedule Competition, and has been awarded a free entry ticket to PPG Summit 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona on September 18-22, 2020.

PPAB Waives Fees; Amends Video Guidelines

Effective April 1- June 1, 2020, the Pet Professional Accreditation Board (PPAB) is waiving many of its application and submission fees for PPG members.

Apply Today and Save:

·        Canine Training Technician – All fees waived. Save $90

·        Professional Canine Trainer – All fees waived. Save $90

·        Professional Canine Behavior Consultant – All fees waived except the proctored online examination. Save $115

Hold an Existing Credential and Thinking Twice About Renewing? Now Is the Time to Transfer It!

Save the application fee of $50 and all other submission fees until June 1, 2020. Click here to learn more about transferring your current credential.

All discount codes are available in your PPG member area under vendor discount programs.

PPAB has also changed its video guidelines to allow for online coaching as in-person coaching is not possible at this time. The PPAB website has been updated and a document explaining the changes has been added. Read it here. Changes apply until further notice.

PPG Scholarships Postponed

Due to the current health and financial crisis, PPG has postponed its 2020 Scholarship Program. An email notification will be sent to members as soon as new application dates are available.

PPG Workshops Postponed

The Leslie McDevitt workshop, Reactive to Relaxed: Next Steps in Control Unleashed, has been postponed from Saturday, April 18, 2020 - Sunday, April 19, 2020 to Saturday, February 13 – Sunday, February 14, 2021. If you have already registered, your registration is guaranteed. If you are not able to attend on the new dates, please contact Rebekah King so we can make the appropriate refund arrangements. The Introduction to the Neuroscience of Dog Training and Behavior workshop presented by Dr. Kathy Murphy, due to take place on Saturday, June 13 - Sunday, June 14, 2020 has also been postponed. New dates will be advised as soon as they are available.


BARKS: Sign Up for a Free Lifetime Digital Subscription

PPG will be unable to offer a print edition of BARKS from the Guild for the foreseeable future but you can access digital copies here (free lifetime subscription) and back issues here. In the upcoming May 2020 issue
(above) Cover Feature, PPG president Niki Tudge examines harassment in the workplace and encourages pet industry professionals to speak up about harassment of any kind, providing a range of suggestions and guidelines to help enable them to do so. Other articles include:

  • Competition: #PPGValentine photo favorites
  • Events: Report from PPG’s February certification workshop on pet loss and grief companioning
  • Training:Identifying what clients' mean when they label behavior / Troubleshooting the hand-delivered retrieve / Triage for ‘laundry list’ dogs / Teaching recall: A new standard / Creating positive workspaces for dogs
  • Canine:Activity and enrichment for aging dogs / Strategies for managing canine stress
  • Rescue: Setting criteria and the importance of a written training plan
  • Feline: Educating clients on the need for environmental enrichment
  • Business: Dressing appropriately for the job
  • Education: Courses for animal training and behavior professionals

Read the digital edition of the March 2020 issue of BARKS from the Guild.

Note: the digital edition of BARKS remains FREE but you must subscribe as of the March 2020 issue to gain access.

BARKS Podcasts Move to New Platform

BARKS Podcasts have resumed and are now available on Anchor and Spotify, so you can select your preferred app to listen any time or download. Make sure you follow BARKS Podcasts on whichever app you choose so you can stay updated with new releases.

Recent Podcasts:

April 6, 2020: Joan Hunter Mayer of TransPaw Gear® discusses training methods and gear, and how the design for the TransPaw Gear® Happy Harness came about. Listen here.

March 25, 2020: Guest Veronica Sanchez, founder, Cooperative Paws Service Dog Coach™ and author of Service Dog Coaching: A Guide for Pet Dog Trainers discusses the role of service dogs, service dog training and instructor certification programs. See also Sanchez’s blog, The Hand-Delivered Retrieve. Listen here.

Live Webinars:

Wednesday, April 15 - 12 p.m. EDT: Puppy Socialization During a Pandemic with Jessica Ring*

Monday, April 20 - 1 p.m. EDT: The COVID-19 Lock Down and Your Dog: Tips to help you get ahead of separation anxiety issues before they start with Tracy Krulik*

Friday, April 24 - 1 p.m. EDT: Just Get ’Em Out? Investigating the Effects of Sleepover & Field Trip Programs on the Welfare of Shelter Dogs. Presented by Dr. Lisa Gunter

Monday, April 27 - 1 p.m. EDT: Take Your Local Dog Training Classes and Clients Online. Presented by Mychelle Blake*

Wednesday, April 29 - Noon EDT: Getting Future Ready - Marketing Strategy that Works. Presented by Coleen Ellis and Niki Tudge*

Friday, May 1 - 1 p.m. EDT: The ABC’s of Animal Training and Behavior. Presented by Eduardo Fernandez PhD

Wednesday, May 6 - 5:30 p.m. EDT: Best Practices for Grabbing Your Client’s Attention. Presented by Niki Tudge*

Wednesday, May 13 - 2 p.m. EDT: Defensive Aggressive Behavior. Presented by Claudia Estanislau

*Free for PPG members

Did you know that PPG has hundreds of recorded webinars? Each month more are added as live events are completed. You can search on them via topic, or presenter. Click here to have a browse through them or to check out the new scheduled live webinars.

PPG is offering the following
selected webinars at a discount this month:

Fish Welfare: Why it Matters and What to Consider - Ása Johannesen

When Theory Collides with Reality in Pet Dog Training - Jean Donaldson

Say "No" More Often: Capitalizing on Your Unique Value - Adina Silberstein

Brains, Bowls & Bull - Dr. Nick Thompson

The Origins of Excellence - Alexandra Kurland

The PPG Archive holds over 3,250 articles, blogs and videos. Here's a selection of what's been added this month:

Time is of the Essence: Puppy Socialization During a Pandemic – Jessica Ring

The New Coronavirus and Companion Animals - Advice for WSAVA Members - World Small Animal Veterinary Association

COVID-19 and Animals - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Pandemic Puppy Fun With Masks – Breanna Norris

Masks - Breanna Norris

Dogs (Canis familiaris) recognise our faces in photographs: implications for existing and future research - Carla Eatherington, Paolo Mongillo, Miina Lõoke, Lieta Marinelli

See the full PPG Archive.

New this month!

The Hand-Delivered Retrieve – Veronica Sanchez

Tips to Help Your Reactive Dog - Daniel Antolec

PPG Virtual Summit Recordings Now Available! – PPG

Financial Management During Challenging Times – Niki Tudge

A Summary of the Keeping American Workers Paid and Employed Act - Niki Tudge

Pigs at Work - Lara Joseph

Self-Isolation? Don’t Forget the Furries! - Anna Bradley

Quick Cat Behavior Tip: Destructive Scratching– PPG Cat Committee

Feline Behavior Unmasked: Acting on Instinct - Amy Martin

Pet Professional Guild Launches Sponsored Membership Program- PPG

PPG Summit 2020 Sessions: How Can We Ask Questions from Non-Verbal Animals? Methods to Behaviorally Assess Preference in Applied Settings – BARKS from the Guild

                                                                                                                    Member Brags

Listen to PPG member Dr. Zazie Todd discussing dog behavior and her new book, Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy, on Canada’s
The Morning Show. Dr. Todd, of Companion Animal Psychology, will also be presenting at the 2020 PPG Summit in Phoenix, Arizona on September 18-22.


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