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December 2019: Issue 48

PPG Summit 2020: Early Bird Discount Available till January 31, 2020

PPG is heading to Phoenix, Arizona on Friday, September 18 – Tuesday, September 22, 2020 for its sixth annual summit. The event offers two programs:

Registration Day (Programs One & Two):

Friday September 18: Your Evening Welcome Reception & PPG President Open Address 

Program One:

Day One - Saturday September 19 through Day Four, Tuesday September 22, will be 4 full days of General Sessions, Presentations and Lecture/LABS.

Program Two:

Day One, Saturday September 19 through Day Four, Tuesday September 22 will be 4 full days of General Sessions, Presentations and Lecture/Labs. Daily 1.5 Hour Off-Site Workshops at the Arizona Humane Society.

To register, choose your program, then choose from one of these options:
a) Purchase your summit ticket only.
b) Purchase your summit ticket and choose to package your five hotel room nights for September 18-22, 2020.
c) Purchase your summit ticket and choose to package your five hotel room nights for September 18-22, 2020, breakfast and lunch on 19, 20, 21 and 22 plus the Sunday evening group dinner.

You will find a PPG Summit Room Reservation form on the event website. Feel free also to call the hotel and make your own room reservation using the PPG negotiated group room rate. The event will also have some great food options available, including vegetarian and vegan options. Check out all the menus.

Get your Early Bird discount if you register before January 31, 2020!

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November 2020 Workshops: Save the Date!

Dr. Robert Hewings (above, left, with co-presenter Karen Hewings) from the UK College of Scent Dogs will be returning to PPG headquarters in Tampa, Florida next year for three events:

1.     A Five-Day Canine Scent Instructor Program on Saturday, November 7 – Wednesday, November 11, 2020.
2.     A Five-Day Canine Scent Advanced Handling Program on Tuesday, November 17 to Saturday, November 21, 2020.
3.     A Two-Day Learn How to Train Dogs to Detect Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Nightmares Program on Tuesday, November 24 - Wednesday, November 25, 2020.

More details to follow!.

BARKS: Order the Print Edition of the January 2020 Issue


The Print Edition of the January 2020 issue of BARKS from the Guild (above left) is now available to order! The January Cover Story delves into targeting, a valuable foundation skill to teach all learners, as well as a cornerstone to a healthy relationship and a building block towards a repertoire of confident behaviors in dogs – or, indeed, any animal (also features birds, ferrets, elephants and a grizzly bear). Other articles include:

Training: Inappropriate canine behavior – “spoiled” or frustrated?
Canine: Dogs as therapy placements in educational establishments / Puppy activity during the crucial early stages of development / How and why stress applies to a successful behavior modification process.
Rescue: Ending the practice of isolation is overdue in animal sheltering and addressing a dog’s social needs.
Feline: Giving cats choices / Successful claw trims / Emesis - common but not normal.
Equine: Training a horse to voluntarily use a nebulizer / Starting friendships on the right hoof.
Avian: How blind rescue parrot Sam inspired the launch of a dedicated nonprofit.
Events: Reports from PPG’s recent workshops with Craig Ogilvie and Dr. Robert Hewings.
Business: Discounts for more than one dog in the home? / Why licensing alone is not the solution to raising the standard of dog training.
+ Book Review, Comment, News and More…

Read the November 2019 issue of BARKS from the Guild issue of BARKS online (above right).

Project Trade Names October Ambassador


Congratulations to Daniel Antolec of Happy Buddha Dog Training in Wisconsin, USA for trading two prong collars and one shock collar (above left) and who has been named Project Trade Ambassador for October 2019. Congratulations, too, to Janis Crary of All About The Dog in Indiana, USA for trading one prong collar, to Pam Francis-Tuss of Obedient Pups Professional Dog Training in California, USA for trading two shock collars, and to William Giese of By My Side Dog Training in Missouri, USA for trading one prong collar. Congratulations again to Pam Francis-Tuss for trading one shock collar and one prong collar (above right) and who has been named Project Trade Ambassador for November 2019.  

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.

Shock-Free Coalition – Have You Signed the 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.

Last Month:

November 19, 2019: Sally Williams, cat behavior consultant and owner of The Contented Cat, founding director of The Brodie Fund, and founder of The Feline Fine Project discusses pet cancer and its impact on family members.

Next Month:

Friday, January 10, 2020 - 1 p.m. EST C.A.T. with CATS – from Fearful to Friendly. Presented by Caroline Crevier-Chabot

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 1 p.m. EST Understand Impulsivity and Become More Skilled at Working with Impulsive Dogs. Presented by Alexandra Santos

Discounted Webinars - This Month ONLY!:

PPG is offering selected webinars at a discount this month (discount valid till December 31, 2019).

Getting Your Puppy Off to the Right Start in Life - Maxwell Muir

Puppy Vaccines Explained: The Biology Behind the Complicated Schedule - Dr Jessica Hekman

Learn About The Relevance of Breed in Behavior Consultation - Janis Bradley

How to Improve Your Pet's Gut Health - Dr. Holly Ganz

Effective Training Sessions - The Pathway to Excellence Dawn Gilkison

The PPG Archive holds over 3,000 articles, blogs and videos. Here's a selection of what's been added this month:

Boundary Training: No Fence, No Problem – Judy Luther

A List Of Things That Shock Collars Are Not – Kristi Benson

Simply Shocking – Pat Miller

Dogs Evaluate Threatening Facial Expressions by Their Biological Validity – Evidence from Gazing Patterns - Sanni Somppi, Heini Törnqvist, Miiamaaria V. Kujala, Laura Hänninen, Christina M. Krause, Outi Vainio

Dogs Can Discriminate Emotional Expressions of Human Faces - Corsin A. Müller, Kira Schmitt, Anjuli L.A. Barber, Ludwig Huber

See the full PPG Archive.

New this month!

The Problem with Shock - Angelica Steinker

Personal Trainer or Dog Trainer? The Case for Day Training– Veronica Boutelle

“I Will Never Use the Shock Collar Again!” - Eileen Anderson

Living and Working with Deaf Dogs – Morag Heirs

Perfect Dog? What You Put In Is What You Get Out - Anna Bradley

Opinion: Puppies Are Poor Christmas Gifts – Daniel Antolec

Fetch More Dollars: Like Peas in a Pod – John D. Visconti

PPG Summit 2020 Sessions: Do Scientists Really Know What They’re Talking About? - BARKS from the Guild

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