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February 2019: Issue 38

PPG Launches Revamped Corporate Partner Program



PPG has launched a new look Corporate Partner Program for 2019, to include enhanced benefits and three new options to suit individual business goals: Ambassador, Diplomat and Delegate. Partners all offer generous discounts for PPG members – you can find the discount codes in Vendor Discount Programs  in the members’ area of the PPG website. Corporate Partners all align with PPG’s Guiding Principles and, with PPG, will help shape the future of the pet industry as well as grow their customer base through access to a core targeted market of pet industry business professionals. Please do support our Corporate Partners (see below) – we thank them all for their support.

PPG Signs Easy Pet Fence as New Corporate Partner; Discount Available for Members


Easy Pet Fence has signed up as a new PPG Corporate Partner – Delegate Level. The company, based in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, offers humane, easy-to-install outdoor pet enclosures for dogs, cats and backyard chickens that match the needs of individual landscapes, pets and budgets. All products are 100 percent harm-free to pets, owners and the environment. The company is against invisible fencing, citing it to be “psychologically and physically damaging to pets.” 

Easy Pet Fence is offering PPG members a special 10 percent discount off its Dog Fence Kits and Cat Fence Kits – find the discount code in the members’ area of the PPG website. Offer expires on December 31, 2019. Easy Pet Fence is also on Facebook.

Shock-Free Coalition Now in NY, KY

The Shock-Free Coalition, PPG’s international advocacy initiative and to support their efforts to build a strong and broad movement committed to eliminating shock devices from the supply and demand chain, has opened new chapters in Kentucky and New York as the movement goes from strength to strength. The Kentucky chapter will be headed up by Tracey Hagan and the New York chapter will be led by Pam Shultz.

PPG Workshops 2019: Robert Hewings


Dr. Robert Hewings from the UK College of Scent Dogs is coming to PPG Headquarters in Tampa, Florida in November 2019 to present two programs:

#1 Become an Accredited Scent Instructor: Saturday, November 9 - Wednesday, November 13, 2019.

#2 Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – Assistance Dog Training: Monday, November 18 - Tuesday, November 19, 2019.

Monthly payments and CEUs available for both events. Working and auditor spots are available for both. More details and how to register here.

PPG Workshops 2019: Vicki Ronchette; Craig Ogilvie


The Successfully Train and Compete in the Showring – Learn the Knowledge and Skills You Need to Compete or Teach a Professional Curriculum workshop, presented by Vicki Ronchette and supported by Niki Tudge, will take place on Saturday, September 21 – Sunday, September 22, 2019 at PPG’s Tampa, Florida HQ. The event is suitable for pet owners interested in learning about show dogs, current competitors who want to up their game, and dog trainers who want to develop the skills and knowledge to launch their own show dog classes and support their clients in achieving their goals. Meanwhile, highly experienced certified canine behaviorist and trainer, police dog training instructor and mondioring decoy, Craig Ogilvie will be in the US for the first time to present a two-day workshop, Communication, Interaction, Arousal & Problematic Behaviors - A Practical Guide to Understanding, Implementing and Overcoming, on October 12-13, 2019 at PPG’s Tampa, Florida HQ.

PPG Hosts Florida Training Workshop


PPG recently held the 'Get Out of Your Comfort Zone and Get Agile While You Tune-Up Your Training Skills and Mechanics!' Workshop in Tampa, Florida. The trainers are working while the auditors track data. More photos will be available in the May 2019 issue of BARKS.

PPG Hosts Second Educational “Day of Fun” in January


PPG held its second day of free education and fun for PPG members and DogSmiths at its headquarters in Tampa, Florida at the end of January. The schedule included sessions by PPG president, local animal trainer and exotics specialist, Emily Cassell, and Tampa-based dog trainer and behavior consultant, Dawn Hanna. After the morning’s presentation, attendees took part in a group training session outdoors. More photos will be available in the March 2019 issue of BARKS. If you would like to host a member fun day in your state/province/county/town, please review the blueprint for PPG Networking Groups and reach out to PPG. More photos will be available in the March 2019 issue of BARKS.

PPGBI Attends WOOF 2019 in UK


The PPGBI team (above right, left to right, PPGBI membership manager Louise Stapleton-Frappell with Carole Hussein, and PPGBI steering committee member, Dayle Pierce) traveled to PPGBI special counsel Chirag Patel's (above left, on right) event, WOOF 2019, held in Nottingham, England last weekend. They signed up some new members, had some fun with the selfie frame, and gave out a bunch of prizes to lucky winners. More photos will be available in the May 2019 issue of BARKS.

Portland 2019: Special Offer for Shelter & Rescue Staff/Volunteers

Attention shelter and rescue peeps! Are you coming to PPG's Canine Aggression and Bite Prevention Seminar with feline specialty track in Portland, Oregon on April 26-28, 2019? Register now and bring a coworker with you for just $50! Email Rebekah King quoting “Shelter and Rescue” in the subject line.

Order March BARKS in PrintJanuary BARKS Available Online


Click here to order your copy of the print edition of the March 2019 edition of BARKS (above left). The March issue’s Cover Story debates whether pets should still be considered property in the eyes of the law, given that increasing numbers of pet guardians now consider their pets to be part of the family. We also have a special 18-page supplement on aggressive behavior featuring winning and runner-up entries in our Portland 2019 Writers’ Competition. For a full breakdown of all articles, view the Contents page. Meanwhile, the digital edition of the January 2019 issue of BARKS (above right) is available to read online.

Project Trade Announces December Ambassador

Congratulations to Brooke Eskridge of Petagogy in Boise, Idaho, USA for collecting two prong collars and being named Project Trade Ambassador for December 2018. She wins a $100 credit to go towards PPG webinars.


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.


Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 1 p.m. EST

Guests: dogbiz founders Veronica Boutelle and Gina Phairas.

Topic: How to start a dog training business— the start up process, what it takes to be your own boss and make it as a dog trainer, avoiding common mistakes and sidestepping common misconceptions, and ethical entrepreneurship in an unregulated industry.

Register to listen live.

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


February 7, 2019: Dr. Nathan Hall discusses Understanding Gene-Behavior Relationships in Domestic Dogs, based on his upcoming PPG Portland 2019 Annual Summit presentation in April.

View the full schedule of upcoming BARKS Podcasts here.

Wednesday, February 27 - 1:30 p.m. EST

Community Safety through Breed Bans? The Facts Versus the Myths Presented by Deirdre Franklin

Thursday, March 7 - 1:30 p.m. EST

Dog Separation Anxiety - Mission Possible! Presented by Malena DeMartini

Sunday, March 10 – 3 p.m. EDT

The Sekara Diaries: Working Through the Challenges Presented by Louise Ginman

Discounted Webinars - This Month ONLY!

PPG is offering selected webinars at a discount this month (discount valid till February 28, 2019).



How Do You Know If A Dog Has Developed A Positive Association? TEST!

Yvette Van Veen

The Power of Choice

Irith Bloom

You Deserve Some Help

Veronica Boutelle

Learn How to Work With the Fearful Dog

Susan Claire

Learn About The Genetics of Canine Aggression

Dr. Jessica Hekman

An Examination of Adult Women’s Sleep Quality and Sleep Routines in Relation to Pet Ownership and Bedsharing – Stanley Coren

Review of Dog Training Methods: welfare, learning ability, and current standards - I.J. Makowska

Science Shows Positive Reward-Based Dog Training is Best – Marc Bekoff

Choose a Dog Trainer as Carefully as You Would a Surgeon – Marc Bekoff

See the full PPG Archive.

Tips for Working with Clients with Mobility Impairments - Veronica Sanchez

A Quadrant by Any Other Name is Still a Cornerstone of Operant Learning – Eileen Anderson

Portland Blog Competition: May I Speak to the Manager? – Tina Ferner

An Allegory: What Happens if a Dog is Punished for Having a Phobia? – Sandra Machado

Getting Started with Touch Cues - Debbie Bauer

Treat Value: What Should You Use? - Yvette Van Veen

Dog Owner Confidence Crash! - Anna Bradley

Give New Pets Time to Adjust – Daniel Antolec

Want Your Dog to Listen? Stop Doing This! - Yvette Van Veen

Getting Scientific about Dominance – Don Hanson

Dogs and Marshmallows – Pam Hogle

The What, Where and When of Rewards - Lily Mickleburgh 

Winter Hiking Tips for You and Your Dog – Tonya Wilhelm

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