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January 2021: Issue 61

PPAB Application Fee Waiver Extended!

The Pet Professional Accreditation Board (PPAB) has extended its application and submissions fee waiver until July 31, 2021.

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

If you hold an existing credential and are thinking twice about renewing, now is the time to transfer it! Save the application fee of $50 and all other submission fees until July 31, 2021.

Discount codes are available in your member area.

CAM Launches New Program for Canine Professionals

To celebrate the launch of its new CAMadvocate Program, PPG corporate partner Canine Arthritis Management (CAM) is offering PPG members huge discounts till the end of January ONLY!

CAMadvocate is taught by veterinary professionals with years of experience and every module is packed with videos, downloads, links and access to further learning. Other features include carefully composed self test quizzes after every module to cement your learning. From the moment you step into this course you will start improving the lives of dogs!

The new program is available to PPG members for just $120 – a massive $60 saving! However…until January 31, 2021 ONLY an extra special discount is available for PPG members to get the program for just $99.

All the details and discount codes are in your member area.

Want to find out more? Join PPG president Niki Tudge and Canine Arthritis Management (CAM) founder Dr. Hannah Capon as they discuss the CAMadvocate Program in this BARKS Podcast.


PPG COVID Support Webinars

COVID is still impacting many of us, our daily lives, and our ability to conduct business. To help support its members, PPG has delivered a number of COVID support webinars… with more in the works.

Calling UK Guardians of Dogs with Behavior Problems!

Have you sought advice, in the UK, for a behavior problem with your dog in the last 2 years? If yes, MSc student Julie Daniels PhD DipCABT (RQF5) at the University of Edinburgh needs your help with some important research. She would like to invite you to participate in a short online survey of your experience of the behavior consultation process, and the factors that led you to follow (or not) the treatment plan afterwards.

Your involvement in this study will help Daniels and her team to understand, from the dog guardian’s perspective, how to guide best practice. The study has ethical approval, and your participation would be voluntary, confidential and anonymous.

“The more participants we can enroll, the more reliable the results will be, so please do share this post if you feel able to support us in this way,” said Daniels.

The survey will close on March 26, 2021.


PPG 2021 Workshops Update

1. Reactive to Relaxed: Next Steps in Control Unleashed with Leslie McDevitt

The event will now take place virtually on March 8, 10 and 12, 2021 – three events with 6 hours of education!

All attendees will attend the three webinars listed below at the indicated date and times.

1. Pattern Games - March 8, 2021 / 5 p.m. ET.

2. Look at That - March 10, 2021 / 5 p.m. ET.

3. Cooperative Counter Conditioning - March 12, 2021 / 5 p.m. ET.

All webinars will have a live Q&A at 6 p.m. on the date they are presented.

Working and Auditor Spots are available. Yes, if you choose a working spot, you will have the opportunity to work with your dog and receive personalized instruction and feedback directly from Leslie McDevitt (strictly limited to 15 spots ONLY!).

Remote support is also available via a Facebook Group. Recorded webinars and Q&A sessions will also be posted in this group.

All current registrants may get a refund for the original event, or apply for a transfer or a transfer and upgrade.

2. Your PORTL to Shaping with Mary Hunter

New dates are April 9-10, 2022. Attendees have the option to transfer or get a refund.

3. An Introduction to the Neuroscience of Dog Training and Behavior with Dr. Kathy Murphy

PPG is issuing refunds as there are currently no alternative dates available.

Please contact Sharon Nettles for further information about refunds and transfers.

Shock-Free Pledge Drive Postponed

The PPG Advocacy Committee has postponed the Shock-Free Coalition Pledge Drive until the first quarter of 2022. Further details to follow in due course.

In the meantime, have you signed the Shock-Free Pledge? The Shock-Free Coalition aims 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.

Support the cause by signing the Shock-Free Pledge today!

January Cat Behavior Call-In Lounge

RSVPs are now open for the next All About Cats Call-In Lounge on Thursday, January 21 at 7:30 p.m. (ET). The topic will be best cat toys/furniture/equipment/products and will also discuss the idea of offering product recommendations, whether behavior consultants want to stock/sell products themselves, and related topics.

The event will take place on Zoom and is open to all PPG members. Please check the PPG All About Cats Facebook group for further details. (Photo: Laurel Horton)

Upcoming Facebook Live Sessions

Chat Chuckle and Learn Sessions with PPG president Niki Tudge - save the dates!

January 22, 2021 / Noon (ET):

Guest Claire Staines will be discussing all things UK dog training and behavior.

February 5, 2021 / 7  p.m. (ET):

Guests Debra Millikan and Lucie Malouin will be talking about the Pet Professional Accreditation Board – navigating your new credential and what do you need to know?

February 19, 2021 / 3 p.m. (ET):

Guest Sara Berry McLoudrey will be chatting about dog training and behavior consulting.

Do you have something you’d like to share? Join Niki Tudge in one of our Facebook Live sessions! Just fill out this short form to get it scheduled and share your knowledge and experience with PPG members and supporters. The link is also available in the member area of the PPG website.

Check PPG Members' Facebook group for further details and to join live sessions.

BARKS Needs Your Member Profile!

BARKS from the Guild is looking for more member profiles to go in its popular Profile section (above). All you have to do to be featured is complete this short form and attach a photo. Great PR for you, your business, and your portfolio!

Note: As far as is possible, member profiles will be featured in the order they are received.


January BARKS Now Available Online


The January issue of BARKS is now available! Click here for immediate access if you are already a subscriber. If you are not, sign up today for your free lifetime digital subscription and get instant access to the current issue (above), as well as all back issues.

In the January issue...

Cover Feature: Reducing Fear – and the Importance of Choice: Associate Prof. Karolina Westlund discusses the roles of systematic desensitization, counterconditioning and habituation in the process of fear reduction, applied specifically to examples such as visiting the veterinarian and noise phobias, as well as why giving animals choices in training can aid in reducing fear levels and improving overall well-being.

        Canine: Itchy Dog or Stressed Dog? by Dr. Naomi D. Harvey

        Canine: Using Video Wisely by Suzanne Clothier

        Canine: Getting Willow by Sonya Bevan

        Training: A Creative Solution by Kitty Lee

        Training: Good Kharma by Devene Godau

        Training: An Instant Transformation by Gloria Schmidt

        Training: Pit Bull Pete: One Dog’s Journey with Fear by Daniel Antolec

        Interview: Fear at the Vet: Examining Risk Factors by Susan Nilson & Angelica Steinker

        Feline: Eat, PURR, Love by Andrea Carne

        Leporine: Trick Bunnies by Emily Cassell

        Equine: A Resilience Friendly Lifestyle by Kathie Gregory

        Business: Ask the Experts: Innovation, Creation by Veronica Boutelle

        Member Profile: Promoting Companion Bird Education with Sheila S. Blanchette of Heart of Feathers Education & Training, LLC

        Comment: Changing Career Paths by Dr. Sheryl L. Walker

 + PPG News, Special Corporate Partner Offers, Featured PPG Member Profile and More...

Click here for immediate access if you are already a subscriber. If you are not, sign up today for your free lifetime digital subscription and get instant access to the current issue as well as all the back issues.


PPG Names November Project Trade Ambassador


Congratulations to Jeff Dentler of Dentler's Dog Training in Pennsylvania, USA for trading two shock collars, one choke collar, and one prong collar (above, left) and who has been named Project Trade Ambassador for November 2020. Congratulations too to Dawn Goehring of Animal Biz Behavior and Training in Hawaii, USA for trading one shock collar and one choke collar (above, right).

BARKS Podcasts are now available on Anchor, from where 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.

Latest Podcasts:

Join Niki Tudge as she chats to:

BARKS Podcast with Veronica Sanchez of Cooperative Paws Service Dog Education, January 9, 2021:

Join PPG president Niki Tudge and Veronica Sanchez of Cooperative Paws Service Dog Coach™ as they discuss service dog certification.

BARKS Podcast with Julie Brewer of Little Tykes Dog Hub: January 8, 2021:

PPG president Niki Tudge Chats and Chuckles with Julie Brewer of Little Tykes Dog Hub in Grimsby, UK about positive reinforcement training and the way to best engage and educate clients.

BARKS Podcast with Dr. Hannah Capon of Canine Arthritis Management, December 21, 2020:

Join PPG president Niki Tudge and Canine Arthritis Management (CAM) founder Dr. Hannah Capon as they discuss the newly launched CAMadvocate Program.

Listen to earlier BARKS podcasts.

Upcoming Live Webinars:

Monday, January 25 / 7 p.m. EST

Business Planning Basics I. Presented by Joan Hunter Mayer

Thursday, January 28 / 4 p.m. EST

Genetics of Dog Aggression. Presented by Dr. Jessica Hekman

Monday, February 1 / 7 p.m. EST

Business Planning Basics II: Diving Deeper and Developing Your Plan. Presented by Joan Hunter Mayer

Monday, February 8 / 7 p.m. EST

Business Planning Basics III: Creating a Final Plan and Pitch. Presented by Joan Hunter Mayer

Discounted Webinars:

PPG is offering the following selected webinars at a discount this month - each webinar is just $15:

Anxiety: The Whole Story - Dr. Jessica Hekman

Can dogs have ADHD? A look at recent research on impulsivity, hyperactivity, and inattention in dogs - Dr. Kristina Spaulding

Schedules of Reinforcement and Animal Behavior - Dr. Eduardo Fernandez

Training vs. Management - Suzanne Clothier

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - How It Manifests in Dogs, and How We Can Help Them - Alexandra Santos

The PPG Archive holds over 3,600 articles, blogs and videos. Here are some of the most recent additions:

Cat facial expressions are affected by breed: Why there are implications for cat welfare - Dr. Mikel Maria Delgado

Aggressive Behaviours in Dogs: A New Descriptive-Contextual Classification - Joel Dehasse, Maya Braem, Sabine Schroll

Scratcher preferences of adult in-home cats and effects of olfactory supplements on cat scratching - Lingna Zhang, John J.McGlone

How to teach 'leave it'- without intimidation - Dog Training by Kikopup

Teaching Your Dog to "Drop" - Domesticated Manners

Defining and Clarifying the Terms Canine Possessive Aggression and Resource Guarding: A Study of Expert Opinion - Jacquelyn A. Jacobs, Jason B. Coe, Tina M. Widowski, David L. Pearl and Lee Niel

Degility - Siggy's Paradise

Alexandra Horowitz, The Canine Mindseeker - Claudia Kawczynska

What Do Our Dogs Need? – Purina

Factors associated with canine resource guarding behaviour in the presence of dogs: A cross-sectional survey of dog owners - Jacquelyn A. Jacobs, Jason B. Coe, David L. Pearl, Tina M.Widowski, Lee Niel

Factors associated with canine resource guarding behaviour in the presence of people: A cross-sectional survey of dog owners - Jacquelyn A. Jacobs, Jason B. Coe, David L. Pearl, Tina M.Widowski, Lee Niel

View the complete PPG Archive.

New this month!

My Service Dog Changed My Life – And I Didn’t Even Want Her - Aida Garcia

Maintaining a Rewarding Relationship with Your Dog - Tiff Shao

How to Become a Better Animal Trainer – Dr. Karolina Westlund

The Power of Play - Margo Patrick

Eat, PURR, Love - Andrea Carne

Once More, with Feeling - Andrea Carne

The One Thing No Amount of Studying Can Teach You about Dogs - Michelle Underwood

Managing an Aggressive, Fearful, or Reactive Dog - Don Hanson


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