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Stay Up-to-Date with the Latest Developments at PPG! Issue 20: August 2017

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.

PPG Opens Registrations for Inaugural Australia Summit

The event is due to take place at the Bankstown Sports Club in Sydney, New South Wales, on July 27-29, 2018. Janis Bradley, communications and publications director of the National Canine Research Council, professional guide dog trainer Michele Pouliot, applied animal behaviorist Kathy Sdao, and PPG founder and president Niki Tudge will all present at the summit alongside Australia-based behavior and training specialists, Dr. Kat Gregory, Louise Ginman, Louise Newman, Alexis Davison, Laura Ryder and PPG Australia president Barbara Hodel, in what will be a mix of lectures and applied behavior analysis workshops. More information and registration.

Read the official press release.

Limited Places Available at PPG's 2018 Utah Training and Behavior Workshop

Taking place at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah on April 22-26, 2018, the workshop will feature four days of lectures and hands-on clinics across multiple species with industry experts Janis Bradley, Chirag Patel, Emily Larlham, Jacqueline Munera, Emily Cassell and Lara Joseph, supported by Best Friends experts Dr. Franklin McMillan, Sherry Woodard, Glenn Pierce, plus a special presentation by Best Friends co-founder, Faith Maloney. More information and registration.

  On-Site Business Consults Available with dog*tec at PPG Orlando Summit

We’ve got a special treat at the summit this year! dog*tec business coaches will be on hand for one-on-one in-person sit downs. 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. There are a limited number of consults and they’ll be pre-scheduled on a first come, first served basis, so find out more and sign up for your spot now!

You can still register for PPG's 2017 summit in Orlando, Florida at the Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort on November 16 - November 20, 2017. Three value package options are available: the Great Dane, the Golden Retriever and the Border Terrier. Payment packages are available and PPG has negotiated competitive rates at the resort during the event, plus three days before and after. Download the official summit app as soon as you register. Individual session descriptions are now available! Meanwhile, Doggone Safe, Pinups for Pitbulls and Fit for a Pit have all signed on as event sponsors and have special offers available for their members and supporters.

BARKS from the Guild - Order a Print Copy of the September 2017 Edition

You can now order a printed copy of the September 2017 issue of BARKS, delivered straight to your door. Highlights: Cover Story 'The Human Factor,' which discusses some of the common misconceptions about counterconditioning leash reactive dogs and urges owners and trainers to focus more on their awareness, mechanics and timing; A full report on PPGBI's recent attendance at the Victoria Stilwell Dog Bite and Behaviour Conference in London, England, and the June members' meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland; Scentwork for hearing and/or visually-impaired dogs; How to use games to train your dog faster; Prof. Paul McGreevy on Citizen Scientists; The impact of injury and pain on behavior; Curiosity as a reinforcer; The importance of play for cats; Maintaining homeostasis as a foundation for equine enrichment; Talking aversives with clients; The difference between teaching and training AND MORE.

Read the July issue.

BARKS is also on Facebook. If you would like to write for BARKS, either as a regular contributor, or have a one-off article you'd like to submit, please email the editor, Susan Nilson.

New This Month in the PPG Archive

New This Month on the PPG Blog

Dog Car Safety: Help – An Escapee! by Louise Stapleton-Frappell

A Good Start in Life by Pet Professional Guild Cat Committee

Does Breed Specific Legislation Work? by Daniel Antolec

Labels and Limitations… by Kamal Fernandez

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Kathy Cascade to Present Florida Workshop

The two-day workshop, S.A.N.E. Solutions for Shy and Fearful Dogs®, will take place at PPG's HQ in Tampa, Florida on Saturday, January 27 - Sunday January 28, 2018. Cascade will present an effective and positive approach to working with dogs who exhibit difficult behavior issues such as extreme fearfulness, anxiety, reactivity to new environments, noise phobias, and hyper-arousal. The event is aimed at owners of dogs who exhibit shy, fearful, or anxious behaviors, and dog trainers, rescue and animal welfare professionals, or other pet care professionals who work with dogs with these behavior issues. More information and registration.


Project Trade Announces June Ambassadors

In June, two Project Trade members took the ambassadorial honors: Breanna Norris of Canine Insights in Maine, USA, who collected three shock collars, two prong collars, and three choke collars, (pictured right) and Anastasia Tsoulia of Hug4Pets in Thessaloniki, Greece, who collected three prong collars and one choke collar (pictured below). There were many other successful participants in June and we congratulate them all: Stephanie Peters of Plucky Paws, LLC in Iowa, USA (one choke collar and one prong collar); Daniel Antolec of Happy Buddha Dog Training in Wisconsin, USA (one prong collar); Nee Kang of Cheerful Dogs in Singapore (one choke chain); Dan Raymer of North Carolina Dogs in North Carolina, USA (one prong collar); Erika Gonzalez of From Dusk Till Dog, LLC in Mantua, New Jersey (one prong collar and two shock collars); and Aileen Hodgson of K9-Kapers Limited in Scotland, United Kingdom (one shock collar).

 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 Helping Dogs, Helping Families.

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.

PPG World Service Radio Show, Podcasts

Upcoming Broadcasts:

Wednesday, August 16 - 4 PM EDT with guest Dr. Ilana Reisner.

Topic: Dog Bites and Children. A Behavioral Perspective.

Register to listen live.

Sunday, September 3, 2017 - Noon (EDT) with guest Emily Larlham.
Topic: Trick dogging and how, through trick training, you can learn more about how your dog learns, as well as sharpening your communication and teaching skills.

Register to listen live.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 4 p.m. (EDT) with guest: Dr. Sally Foote.
Topic: The Top Five Low Stress Handling™ techniques for dogs; threshold learning - why recognizing the threshold for anxiety for an individual animal is essential for learning; and alternative therapies - do they really work?

Register to listen live.

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

New Podcast:
Janis Bradley, communications and publications director at the National Canine Research Council, discusses anthropomorphism, hypervigilance and helicopter pet parents in this July 19, 2017 podcast.

Live PPG Webinars

Beware of the Dog! presented by Pat Miller: Friday, August 18 - 1 p.m. EST

Managing Large Off Leash Play Groups presented by Tristan Flynn: Thursday, August 24 -

1 p.m. EST

SD, SDiT, ESA, alphabet soup?! What you need to know about US Service Dog Laws & Terms presented by Sharon Wachsler: Monday, August 28 - 2 p.m. EST

The Power of Choice presented by Irith Bloom: Friday, September 8 - 1 p.m. EST

Is Service Dog Training the Right Fit for Your Pet Dog Training Business? presented by Veronica Sanchez: Monday, September 11, noon EST

The R.E.W.A.R.D. Zone for Aggressive & Reactive Dogs presented by Pamela Dennison: Wednesday, September 13, 2 p.m. EST

Discounted Webinars - This Month ONLY!

PPG is offering selected webinars at a discount this month (discount valid till August 31, 2017).



The Approach and Flow of Behavior Case Management

Niki Tudge

Inbound Marketing for Non-Marketers

Sam Mallikarjunan

Do Animals have Empathy? A presentation on the Empathetic Abilities of Animals

Loren Martin

Canine Cognitive Dysfunction: What Dog Trainers and Owners Need To Know

Eileen Anderson

Relaxation is Incompatible With Many Problematic Behaviors. Learn to teach dogs how to relax

Cissy Sumner

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.

Member Brags

Green Acres Kennel Shop has been voted the Bangor, Maine region's best kennel for the sixteenth consecutive year. Congratulations!


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Schedule an On-Site Business Consult with Dog*Tec

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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