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Stay Up-to-Date with the Latest Developments at PPG! Issue 31: July 2018

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 Names 2018 Scholarship Recipients

PPG has announced the names of this year's candidates to be awarded under its Education Scholarship Program. Launched in January 2017, the program provides a limited number of scholarships for PPG members to further their education in force-free training, behavior consulting and/or pet care offered by organizations that support PPG's Guiding Principles and goals, and are approved educational providers to PPG. This year's recipients, Mary Thompson and Emily Tronetti, have been notified of their success and are set to embark on their education in the next six months. The successful candidates have been awarded as follows: Thompson, based in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, will study at the Peaceable Paws Academy in Fairplay, Maryland while Tronetti, of Bellevue, Washington, will study at The Academy for Dog Trainers in Emeryville, California. Read the full press release.

PPG Australia Summit – Less than Two Weeks to Go and Just 15 Spots Left!

PPG will hold its inaugural Australia summit on July 26 – 29, 2018 at the Bankstown Sports Club in Bankstown, New South Wales. PPG Australia president Barbara Hodel will host the event and deliver the opening address, welcoming a number of key international speakers, including Chirag Patel, a globally recognized canine behavior expert and PPG British Isles special counsel member, renowned guide dog trainer Michele Pouliot, and applied animal behaviorist Katy Sdao. They will be joined by a select group of Australian pet behavior, pet care and training specialists, including Dr. Kat Gregory, Louise Ginman, Louise Newman, Alexis Davison, Laura Ryder, in what will be a mix of lectures and applied behavior analysis workshops. Read the full press release.

Portland 2019: Just Two Days Left to Get Your Early Bird Special!

PPG and co-host Doggone Safe are still offering Early Bird discounts for their respective memberships at the Canine Aggression and Bite Prevention Education seminar taking place at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Portland, Oregon on April 26-28, 2019. The event will feature all-day general sessions supported by an afternoon feline specialty track. Session topics include the neuroscience of aggression, functionally assessing aggression, resource guarding, aggression modification protocols, techniques, and managing clients with aggressive pets, while presenters include Dr. Lisa Radosta, Dr. Nathan Hall, Dr. Ilana Reisner, Pat Miller, Chirag Patel, Niki Tudge, Judy Luther, Janis Bradley and David Pearsall, with Paula Garber, Francine Miller, Beth Adelman and Tabitha Kucera of the PPG cat committee heading up the feline specialty track. The Early Bird special applies if registration is completed prior to July 18, 2018. The popular Great Dane package is once again available and includes the seminar entrance ticket, seminar T-shirt, hotel accommodation, breakfast and lunch each day, and both evening events. This package may be paid for in installments over the next 10 months.

Digital Edition of July BARKS Now Available!

You can now read the digital edition of the July 2018 issue of BARKS. This issue’s Cover Story discusses ways of building confidence in fearful dogs and presents a suggested course curriculum sample for trainers and instructors. Other topics include:

Events: A full pictorial report from PPG’s inaugural Training and Behavior Workshop held at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah in April.

Training: The world of positive reinforcement and how it affects our dogs’ brains.

Canine: The roles of empowerment, confidence and protection in raising a blind or deaf puppy.

Canine: The importance of breeders and behavior consultants working together to avoid future behavior problems.

Canine: The benefits of hydrotherapy for pets and how to become an animal hydrotherapist.

Pet Care: Vaccination and health requirements for boarding and day care facilities.

Feline: Cattery or cat sitter when you are away from home?

Avian: Fine tuning our training skills with parrots, based on the workshops at PPG’s Training and Behavior Workshop in April.

Equine: Nutritional considerations in the domestic horse and the need for horses to express natural behavior.

Consulting: Pet behavior consulting is rather a lot like dating…

Consulting: Overcoming autism and dyslexia to become a professional dog and parrot behavior consultant and trainer.

Advocacy: The dark world of bestiality and its possible links to violent crime and antisocial personality disorder in adults.

Business: Our regular Ask the Experts column with dog*biz.

Profile: Cindy VanFrankfoort of Team Fido Dog Training in Lakefield, Ontario.

Comment: Why continuing education is important for pet professionals.

- plus all the latest PPG news, members' community initiatives, advocacy, education, programs, webinars, podcasts and events, and much more...

If you would like to receive a printed copy of the September 2018 issue, you can subscribe here.

BARKS is also on Facebook and both BARKS and PPG’s BARKS Blog are looking for new contributors. If you would like to share your experience and knowledge with other PPG members by becoming a regular contributor, please contact editor Susan Nilson for more details. Ad hoc and one-off contributions are also welcome.

Your Insurance Questions Needed!

Whether you are a trainer, groomer, behavior consultant, day care attendant, or work anywhere else in the pet industry, professional insurance is an essential component of your business plan. BARKS from the Guild will be featuring an interview with David Pearsall of PPG corporate partner Business Insurers of the Carolinas and is looking for your questions on all things insurance. All questions welcomed! Please email your questions to BARKS editor Susan Nilson with “Insurance” in the subject line.

New this Month on the PPG Archive

Changes in brain architecture are consistent with altered fear processing in domestic rabbits - Irene Brusini, Miguel Carneiro, Chunliang Wang, Carl-Johan Rubin, Henrik Ring, Sandra Afonso, José A.Blanco-Aguiar, Nuno Ferrand, Nima Rafati, Rafael Villafuerte, Örjan Smedby, Peter Damberg, Finn Hallböök, Mats Fredrikson, and Leif Andersson

Dogs are sensitive to small variations of the Earth’s magnetic field - Vlastimil Hart, Petra Nováková, Erich Pascal Malkemper, Sabine Begall, Vladimír Hanzal, Miloš Ježek, Tomáš Kušta, Veronika Němcová, Jana Adámková, Kateřina Benediktová, Jaroslav Červený and Hynek Burda

Carrier training cats reduces stress on transport to a veterinary practice – Lydia Pratsch, Natalia Mohra, Rupert Palme, Jennifer Rosta, Josef Troxler, Christine Arhanta

What is Desensitization and Counter-Conditioning in Dog Training? – Zazie Todd

Why You Should Learn about Positive Reinforcement Even If You’re Not Going to Use It – Michelle Martiya

Dogs and fireworks (30+ proven techniques to eliminate noise phobia) - Karolina Westlund

Orienting asymmetries and physiological reactivity in dogs’ response to human emotional faces - Marcello Siniscalchi, Serenella d’Ingeo, Angelo Quaranta

How Dogs View the World: Brain Scans Tell Us What They See – Marc Bekoff

The Big Search to Find Out Where Dogs Come From - James Gorman

Push Drop Stick Rules – a way make your training more efficient - Sarah Pennington

Study outlines reasons to ban electronic collars for dogs – Zazie Todd

Oxytocin-gaze positive loop and the coevolution of human-dog bonds - Nagasawa, M., Mitsui, S., En, S., Ohtani, N., Ohta, M., Sakuma, Y., Onaka, T., Mogi, K., & Kikusui,T.

Current perspectives on attachment and bonding in the dog–human dyad- Elyssa Payne, Pauleen C Bennett, & Paul D McGreevy

Car Phobia – Your Pit Bull and You

Cats and squirrels and other important things… - Mikel Maria Delgado

The Myth Of Dominance- Lesley Skipper

Pedigree dog breeding in the UK: a major welfare concern? - Nicola Rooney & David Sargan

Stress and Adaptation of Cats (Felis Silvestris Catus) Housed Singly, in Pairs and in Groups in Boarding Catteries - M.R. Kessler, Dennis C. Turner

Are ‘Free-Shaped’ Dogs Better Problem Solvers? - Carmen LeBlanc

Language Matters—Why Wolf-Pack Terminology is Bad for Dogs - Kristi Benson 

Feline development, from kitten kindergarten onward - Katie Burns

Feline Behavior Guidelines from the American Association of Feline Practitioners – Karen L. Overall, Ilona Rodan, Bonnie V. Beaver, Hazel Carney, Sharon Crowell-Davis, Nicole Hird, Sandra Kudrak, Elaine Wexler-Mitchell

Toxic and Non-Toxic  Plants List - American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

The evolutionary history of dogs in the Americas – Máire Ní Leathlobhair, Angela R. Perri, Evan K. Irving-Pease, Kelsey E. Witt, Anna Linderholm, James Haile

Severe brain damage after punitive training technique with a choke chain collar in a German shepherd dog- Kristina Grohman, Mark J. Dickomeit, Martin J. Schmidt, Martin Kramer

What Is the Meaning of Lip Licking or Air Licking in Dogs? – Stanley Coren

Behavior Patterns And Communication In Feral Horses - Feist, J. & McCullough, D.

You Can’t Reinforce Fear– Eileen Anderson

Decoding Human Emotional Faces in the Dog’s Brain - Raúl Hernández-Pérez, Luis Concha , Laura V. Cuaya

If Your Surgeon was Clicker Trained, Why Not Your Horse? - Robin Foster

Does affective information influence domestic dogs’ (Canis lupus familiaris) point-following behavior?- Ross Flom, Peggy Gartman

An unexpected acoustic indicator of positive emotions in horses  - Mathilde Stomp , Maël Leroux, Marjorie Cellier, Séverine Henry, Alban Lemasson, Martine Hausberger

Movement initiation in groups of feral horses - Krueger, K., Flauger, B., Farmer, K., & Hemelrijkc, C.

Feline Friendly Handling During Veterinary Visits – Ilona Rodan

Dogs and Humans Have Similar Social and Emotional BrainsThe American College of Veterinary Behaviorists

See the full PPG Archive.

New this Month on the PPG Blog

Pet Guardians Need Help Finding Professionals – Dan Antolec

Pet Professional Guild to hold inaugural Australia summit in Sydney – Two weeks to go and 15 spots left!– Pet Professional Guild

Fear Free™ Vet Visits: A Feline Behavior and Training Specialist’s Journey – Victoria Blais

Busy Toys Gone Bad– Yvette Van Veen

Learning a New Way to Communicate - Debbie Bauer

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New Links for BARKS Podcasts, BARKS Blog and Blog Subscriptions


BARKS is slowly rolling out its new, all-encompassing media platform and the BARKS Blog and BARKS Podcasts (both upcoming and past podcasts) are already available on the new site. Please take a moment to renew your subscription for the Blog to make sure you don’t miss any new posts!

BARKS Podcasts


Thursday, July 19 - Noon EDT with guests, Veronica Boutelle & Gina Phairas of PPG corporate partner dog*biz.

Topics: Let's Opinionate! Would you like some tips on how to successfully grow your business? Get some tips from the experts!

Register to listen live.

Wednesday, August 1 - 3 p.m. EDT with guest, David Shade, United States military veteran.

Topics: Shade will discuss his article The Best I Can Be (BARKS from the Guild, November 2017), which details how he started out using aversive methods, how his boxer puppy, Lulu, saved his life twice, and how he became the force-free trainer he is today.

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


PPG Webinars

Wednesday, July 18 - Noon EST

Managing the Canine Arthritic - Those Free of Charge Additions That Really Count! Presented by Hannah Capon

Wednesday, August 8 - 2 p.m. EDT

Become the Center of Your Dogs World Using Canine Interactive Play Presented by Craig Ogilvie


Social Pain in Dogs Presented by Dr. Frank McMillan


Finding, Assessing, and Recruiting Canines for Careers Presented by Sherry Woodard


Supplements, Pheromones and Non Pharmaceutical Therapies – Do they work? Presented by Dr. Sally Foote

Listen as soon as you register!

Discounted Webinars - This Month ONLY!

PPG is offering selected webinars at a discount this month (discount valid till July 31, 2018).



Managing Compassion Fatigue: How to Care for Yourself While Caring for Animals and People

Dr. Vanessa Rohlf

The R.E.W.A.R.D. Zone for Aggressive & Reactive Dogs

Pamela Dennison

The Power of Choice

Irith Bloom

It's Not That Crazy - Voluntary Injection Training

Emily Cassell

Changing Perspectives about Canine Spay and Neuter

Dr. Nancy Kay

PPG to Host Fun Day of Education in Florida

PPG is to hold a day of free education and fun for Florida-based PPG members and DogSmiths on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at its headquarters in Tampa. The schedule includes presentations by PPG president, Niki Tudge, local veterinarian, Dr. Lynn Honeckman, and Tampa-based dog trainer and behavior consultant, Angelica Steinker. If you bring your dog, you can take part in a group training session to prepare you for an afternoon of fun competitions, including a “just-4-fun” agility competition. If you don’t have your dog, then you are welcome to help coordinate and judge the event. There will even be an award ceremony for the winners. Limited spots available!

Two Events - One Location

PPG is hosting back-to-back workshops at its HQ in Tampa, Florida later this year. Let's Coach Scent Work! is a two-day event taking place on October 20 – 21, 2018, hosted by Robert Hewings, head of learning and development for the United Kingdom College of Scent Detection. It will be Hewings’ first-ever appearance in the United States. Both working and auditor spots are available. The second event is the Walk this Way two-day instructor certification workshop with Louise Stapleton-Frappell and Niki Tudge on October 22-23, 2018. Again, both working auditor spots are available. If you register for both workshops, you will receive a 10 percent discount on an auditor spot or a 20 percent discount on a working spot. Contact Rebekah King for your registration code.

PPG Message Board

PPG has an online Discussion Forum for members to ask questions, solicit advice, discuss pertinent issues and soon. You can join the discussion in the members’ area of the website.

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, www.twitter.com/PetGuild.

Standing Invitation to Join Facebook Groups -
All about Cats, Horses, Shelter and Rescue

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. Shelter and Rescue Division is the most recent group to be added. Everyone welcome!


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* PPG Archive (links to over 1,900 articles, blogs and studies and growing daily)   

* PPG Australia

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* PPG Canine Aggression and Education Seminar, Portland, Oregon 2019

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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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