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January 2020: Issue 49

Win a Ticket to PPG Summit 2020

For your chance to win a ticket to PPG’s 2020 Summit, taking place in Phoenix, Arizona on Friday, September 18 – Tuesday, September 22, simply share this Summit Schedule graphic on Facebook or Twitter and follow these THREE simple steps in your post or tweet:

1. Include this link: https://www.PetProfessionalGuild.com/2020-Schedule-of-Events.
2. Tell your friends which one of the Summit Sessions you are most interested in.
3. Use the hashtag #PPGSummitSchedule so we can find it!
You can’t win if you don’t share!
Draw will be held on March 25, 2020. Winners will be announced on March 30, 2020!

PPG Summit 2020 Update

This year, to compensate for all the “ups and downs” as we prepared for our 2020 event, PPG will be subsidizing some great added value offerings, including:

1. Drinks and dinner on Friday, September 18 as part of our kick-off celebrations.
2. Upgraded menus for breakfast and lunch, covering all food preferences.
3. A Sonoran Gala Dinner and Entertainment Poolside with upgraded menus and entertainment.
4. A build-your-own Sundae Bar during the afternoon refreshment break on Saturday, September 19.
Find out more when you register for the event.

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

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PPG Launches New Subscription Platform for BARKS

From March 1, 2020, BARKS from the Guild, the official bimonthly trade publication of the Pet Professional Guild, will be moving to a new subscription only platform. Once you have subscribed (it's still free!), you will have ongoing access to each of the bimonthly issues, PDF downloads, vendor discounts, first notification of BARKS Blogs and BARKS Podcasts and more. PPG has chosen to do this so it can increase the features and benefits for BARKS readers and also prepare for an annual subscription to the Print Edition.

How It Works: Digital BARKS
Subscription to the Digital Edition will still be completely free of charge. To keep reading, simply register here. As this is a completely separate platform from PPG, you will need to create a new account. Automatic login with your PPG member account username and password will not apply.

How It Works: Printed BARKS
Due to popular demand, we are preparing to offer an annual subscription to the Print Edition* in addition to the free digital edition. If you would be interested in a print copy of BARKS delivered to your door for 12 months at just US$85, simply type yes or no in the box when you register.

Read press release.

*Print subscription will be rolled out in North America with more locations to be added later.

More BARKS: January 2020 Issue Now Available Online


The Digital Edition of the January 2020 issue of BARKS from the Guild is now available to read online! The Cover Story by Terrie Hayward 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).

More Great Content:

Inappropriate canine behavior – “spoiled” or frustrated?

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.

Ending the practice of isolation is overdue in animal sheltering and addressing a dog’s social needs.

Giving cats choices
/ Successful claw trims /
Emesis - common but not normal.
Training a horse to voluntarily use a nebulizer
/ Starting friendships on the right hoof.

How blind rescue parrot Sam inspired the launch of a dedicated nonprofit

Reports from PPG’s recent workshops with Craig Ogilvie and Dr. Robert Hewings.

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:
Confessions of a Veterinary Nurse - Paws, Claws, and Puppy Dog Tails
by Tracey Iso

Rose Lesniak in Miami, Florida
Comment: Dogs today – expectations vs. reality.

Don’t forget to subscribe to BARKS to ensure you maintain access to all the great, free educational content! BARKS will be available by subscription only from the March 2020 issue so sign up today!

PPG February Workshop: Pet Loss and Grief Companioning Certification Course

PPG is offering a two-day Pet Loss and Grief Companioning Certification Course at its Tampa, Florida headquarters on Saturday, February 22 - Sunday, February 23, 2020. Presented by Coleen Ellis, founder of the Two Hearts Pet Loss Center, the event will delve into the emotional journey of the end-of-life walk with a beloved pet. Attendees will learn more about how to support those needing a companion, understanding what pet parents need during this time, the benefits of rituals, compassion fatigue, and more. CEUs are available. Note: part of this certification program will be delivered via two webinars, which are covered by the program fee.

PPG November Workshops

Back by popular demand! Dr. Robert 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.

PPG Feline Committee Releases New Behavior Handout

PPG’s Feline Committee have released the latest in their series of cat behavior handouts, this time with a focus on human-directed play aggression. Read it/download the pdf. Photo © Can Stock Photo/dmitrimaruta

Live Webinars:

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

Monday, January 20 - 2 p.m. EST When Theory Collides with Reality in Pet Dog Training. Presented by Jean Donaldson

Wednesday, January 22 - 1 p.m. EST Nuisance Barkers & Excitable Dogs - How Labels Influence Our Training Practices. Presented by Linda Case

Wednesday, January 29 - 12 p.m. EST Emotional Dog. Presented by Dr. Robert Falconer-Taylor

Thursday, February 6 - 2 p.m. EST Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy. Presented by Dr. Zazie Todd

Sunday, February 9 - 1 p.m. EST Defensive Aggressive Behavior. Presented by Claudia Estanislau

Thursday, February 13 - 1 p.m. EST Fish Welfare: Why it Matters and What to Consider. Presented by Ása Johannesen

Discounted Webinars - This Month ONLY!:

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 selected webinars at a discount this month (discount valid till January 31, 2020).

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

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

Lining up the How, What and Why of Training. Presented by Alexandra Kurland

Brains, Bowls & Bull. Presented by Dr. Nick Thompson

Predatory Behavior - What is it and can it be stopped? Presented by Dr. Tiffani Howell

The PPG Archive holds over 3,150 articles, blogs and videos. Here's a selection of what's been added this month:

Dogs process numerical quantities in similar brain region as humans – Neuroscience News

Differences in facial expressions during positive anticipation and frustration in dogs awaiting a reward - Annika Bremhorst, Nicole A. Sutter, Hanno Würbel, Daniel S. Mills & Stefanie Riemer

Exploring aggression regulation in managed groups of horses Equus caballus- Carole Fureix, Marie Bourjade, Séverine Henry, Carol Sankey, Martine Hausberger

Confirmation Bias: A Ubiquitous Phenomenon in Many Guises - Raymond S. Nickerson

The power of one reinforcer: The effect of a single reinforcer in the context of shaping - Mary Hunter and Jesús Rosales-Ruiz

Assessing Pain and Distress: A Veterinary Behaviorist’s Perspective- Kathryn Bayne

Humans can identify cats’ affective states from subtle facial expressions- LC Dawson, J Cheal, L Niel and G Mason

Sleep in the dog: comparative, behavioral and translational relevance- Róbert Bódizs, Anna Kis, Márta Gácsi, József Topál

Opposing Declaw, Banfield Hospitals & AVMA Make History– Steve Dale

Why You Should Never Train a Dog to Come When Called Using a Shock Collar- Nickala Squire

Escape rates and biting histories of dogs confined to their owner's property through the use of various containment methods - Nicole S. Starinsky; Linda K. Lord; Meghan E. Herron

Deaf Dogs Barking: What to do? - Terrie Hayward

Is Leadership a Reliable Concept in Animals? An Empirical Study in the Horse– Marie Bourjade, Bernard Thierry, Martine Hausberger, Odile Petit

Age-related positivity effect on behavioural responses of dogs to human vocalisations- Iris Smit, Dora Szabo & Enikő Kubinyi

Compassion fatigue and the veterinary health team - S.P. Cohen

Fearfulness and failure in training working dogs - Steve Grunow

Facial expressions of pain in cats: the development and validation of a Feline Grimace Scale – Marina C. Evangelista, Ryota Watanabe, Vivian S. Y. Leung, Beatriz P. Monteiro, Elizabeth O’Toole, Daniel S. J. Pang & Paulo V. Steagall

Systematic Review of Burnout Risk Factors among European Healthcare Professionals- Mara Bria, Adriana Baban, Dan L Dumitrascu

Importing rescue dogs into the UK: reasons, methods and welfare considerations- Charlotte Norman, Jenny Stavisky and Carri Westgarth

Socializing feral cats – Frania Shelley-Grielen

Personality and Affinities Play a Key Role in the Organisation of Collective Movements in a Group of Domestic Horses - Léa Briard, Camille Dorn, Odile Petit

Goodbye to a Good Friend: An Exploration of the Re-Homing of Cats and Dogs in the U.S.- Emily Weiss, Shannon Gramann, C. Victor Spain, Margaret Slater

Maslach Burnout Inventory™
- Christina Maslach, Susan E. Jackson, Michael P. Leiter, Wilmar B. Schaufeli, & Richard L. Schwab

See the full PPG Archive.

New this month!

PPG Summit 2020 Sessions: Enrichment in the Shelter – Using Science to Guide Us to the Most Efficacious Practices – BARKS from the Guild

A Cry for Attention – Lara Joseph

3 Reasons a Little Dog Might Not Lie Down on CueEileen Anderson

Icy Conditions Put People and Pets at Risk - Daniel Antolec

Feline Behavior Unmasked: Nighttime Wakefulness - Paula Garber

Teaching Your Dog to Self-Interrupt - Eileen Anderson

The Top Ten New Simple Solutions to Help You and Your Dog in the New Year - Louise Stapleton-Frappell

A Little Doggy “Me Time” this Holiday Season! - Anna Bradley

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