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July 2022: Issue 79

New PPG Divisional Meetups

Starting August 2022, PPG will be rolling out new Divisional Meetups for its members. The meetings will be hosted by PPG’s individual committees and are designed to support the PPG community.

The meetups will provide a chance to meet, chat and learn about specific topics pertinent to that division. Guest speakers will be in attendance and the events will be recorded so members can listen afterwards.

Events will be rotated around time zones to enable members across different time zones to attend, i.e., 9 a.m. ET, Noon ET, and 5 p.m. ET, and will be accessible via both Facebook and Zoom.

Watch this space! Event listings will be posted shortly in the member area of the PPG website

Win a FREE Ticket to PPG’s November
Canine Scent Events

How would you like to win a FREE ticket worth $500 to PPG’s November 2022 Scent Events?

We are looking for new and original articles on the topic of Canine Scent and How Scent can be used in our businesses to help modify and resolve other training and behavior concerns. Selected articles will be published on the BARKS from the Guild media platform. We may also publish snippets on our social media platforms or in our new pet owner publication Pets and Their People.

Deadline for entries: July 30, 2022

Find out more about the competition and submit your entry here.

November Scent Workshops

PPG's November scent events will be hosted by Dr. Robert Hewings and Karen Hewings of the UK College of Scent Dogs in Crystal River on the Nature Coast of Florida. Scent


Event 1: Scent and Scentability

Wednesday, November 2 - Friday, November 4, 2022

Program includes an introduction to the canine olfactory system, an introduction to scent and its many disciplines, teaching scent skills (plus equipment and environment), scent searches (patterns, duration, and handling), and how you can incorporate scent work into your training and behavior business.

Event 2: Advanced Instructor Handling Skills

Saturday, November 5 – Sunday, November 6, 2022

Program includes how to hone your active search skills, more complex techniques and search systems, strategic searching of difficult hides, searching with more distractions and increased distance from your dog, how to manage and navigate complex search patterns, becoming more competent with a variety of hide locations, heights, distance and ease of access, and advanced leash handling skills around large objects, locations and equipment.

Auditor and limited working spots are available. Early bird rates and payment plans are available.

Register for both events to receive a 25% discount. Please use this form for registering if you choose both events.

Ukrainian Animal Shelter Fundraiser Update


Zulema (left) and Effy were both adopted from the Kovcheg shelter by a Czech family

Dr. Marina Bayeva has provided a wonderful update on the great work her colleagues in Ukraine are doing as they work to help the animals left behind in Ukraine when their owners had no option but to flee.

Find out more about how donations are helping to feed and save animals in this new BARKS blog post, Help the Animals in Ukraine – Inspiring Fundraiser Update.

We also spoke to Dr. Bayeva, as well as supporting veterinarian Dr. Paula Klek and K. Holden Svirsky, about some of the inspiring stories of animals left behind who are now benefiting from the generous support of donors in our recent BARKS Podcast.

If you’d like to donate to help rescue efforts directly, you can do so here: Help Animals Survive the War in Ukraine

July Orientation Event for PPG Members

PPG members old and new, PPG is hosting a new series of member orientation events – and you’re invited! 

When: Monday, July 18, 2022 / Noon 

Where: Online – register here 

Topic: Your Membership Community Learn & Grow Together - The Best Way to Approach Veterinarians

So come and join us to say hello, get better acquainted with the benefits of your membership, meet your peers, or just enjoy a chat! 

PPG’s Advocacy Panel held its latest virtual event last month, featuring a host of experts discussing the topic, The Top 10 Things We Can Do to Help Veterinarians Help Us to Help Our Pets.

Listen here

The Advocacy Panel’s key mission to support pet guardian education and make it accessible to a wider audience.  

Upcoming discussion:

When: Friday, July 22, 2022 / 3 p.m. ET

Topic: Animal Emotions and Their Importance in Understanding Behavior

The July/August 2022 Issue of BARKS Is Now Available


The July/August 2022 issue of BARKS from the Guild (above rightis now available!

Cover Feature: Examining Training Methods

Susan Nilson and Niki Tudge look into the differences of opinion regarding the philosophical approach and structure toward pet training and highlight the need for trainers – and pet owners – to be cognizant of what an animal is communicating, their emotional state, and to understand how and why they are reacting or responding to a specific situation or context

More Great Content from our BARKS Contributors

Note from the Editor

Rescue: Help the Animals in Ukraine – Inspiring Fundraiser Updateby Dr. Marina Bayeva

Interview: A Beautiful Life with a Visually Impaired Dog by Angelica Steinker and Susan Nilson

Canine: Ensuring Quality of Life for Blind Dogsby Deb Bauer

Training: Understanding Livestock Guardian Dogsby Erin Williams

Training: The Many Benefits of Using a Therapy Dog in Speech Language Pathology by Dr. Jane Remington-Gurney

Training: Just Say No to Saying “NO!” by Karen Baragona

Training: What If My Dog Doesn't Like You? by Gail Radtke

Training: Naughty Dog Syndrome? Say What?! by Anna Bradley

Training: Front Door Freakout by Karen Baragona

Feline: Hunting the Elusive Red Dot by Andrea Carne

Equine: Exploring Uncomfortable Truths by Melanie Watson

Business: Ask the Experts: Children and Dog Training by Veronica Boutelle

Book Review: Setting Your Dog Up for Success by Katherine Porter

Profile: Why We Should Give Our Cats Choices featuring Andrea Carne of Cattitude in Cradoc, Tasmania

Note: BARKS from the Guild is now available on a new digital platform. The new website still has access to all the back issues of BARKS, as well as the BARKS Blog and BARKS Podcasts. All content can now be accessed without subscribing.

Read the May/June 2022 issue of BARKS (above left).

Print Instructions for BARKS

If you prefer to still read BARKS in PDF format, either online or via printouts, we have created a short document that sets out the simple instructions on how to do so, here.


BARKS’ sister publication Pets and Their People, a new PPG publication specifically at pet owners, is also now available online.

BARKS and PETS on Social

Follow BARKS on 
Facebook for a sneak peek at upcoming articles. 

Follow Pets & Their People on Facebook.

Upcoming Facebook Live Events (for Members and Non-Members)

Friday, July 15,2022 / 3 p.m. ET

Chat & Chuckle with Debby Lucken Founder of Kids Around Dogs

Friday, July 22,2022 / 3 p.m. ET

Advocacy Panel: Animal Emotions and Their Importance in Understanding Behavior

Friday, July 29,2022 / 3 p.m. ET

Chat & Chuckle with Dr. Lisa Radosta

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:

BARKS Podcast with Rosie Robinson of Wuf Design (July 11, 2022)

BARKS Podcast  with Annie Phenix of Phenix Dogs (July 8, 2022)

BARKS Podcast with Barbara Hodel of Goodog Positive Dog Training and president of PPG Australia (July 8, 2022)

BARKS Podcast with the PPG Advocacy Panel: The Top 10 Things We Can Do to Help Veterinarians Help Us to Help Our Pets (June 24, 2022)

BARKS Podcast with Mychelle Garrigan of Pet Pro Marketing, a PPG corporate partner (June 10, 2022)

BARKS Podcast with Dr. Kristina Spaulding of PPG corporate partner, Science Matters Academy of Animal Behavior. (June 3, 2022)

BARKS Podcast with Molly Neher and Jennifer Kolar of Atlas Assistance Dogs (May 13, 2022)

BARKS Podcast with Dr. Marina Bayeva: How You Can Help the Fundraiser for Ukrainian Animal Shelters (May 4, 2022)

The Chat & Chuckle format for PPG’s BARKS Podcasts and PPG Facebook Live sessions is purposely casual to create a free-flowing conversation between the host and the guest.

There are no staged questions! This ensures we have a fun and natural dialogue to support the concept of Chatting & Chuckling. Hosts Niki Tudge and Judy Luther simply guide the discussions around the guest, their areas of specialty, and their business interests.

Do you have something you’d like to share? Join Niki Tudge and Judy Luther as a guest on one of our BARKS Podcasts! You too can share your knowledge and experience with PPG members and supporters!

Listen to earlier BARKS podcasts.


Upcoming Live Webinars:

Thursday, July 14, 2022 / 3:30 p.m. 

How To C.A.R.E So You Can Retain Lifelong Clients. Presented by Shannon Riley-Coyner

Tuesday, July 19, 2022 / 2 p.m. 

SEO: What It Is, What It's Not, and Why You Need It! Presented by Mychelle Garrigan

Monday, July 25, 2022 / Noon 

Discover How You Can Harness the Power of Public Relations and Press/News Releases to Grow Your Business. Presented by Niki Tudge

Tuesday, July 26, 2022 / 1 p.m. 

Working With Jumpy, Mouthy Shelter Dogs: Implementing A Training Plan and Reviewing Mechanics. Presented by Kate LaSala

Thursday, July 28, 2022 / 1 p.m. 

An In-Depth Look at Counter Conditioning. Presented by Alexandra Santos

Wednesday, August 3, 2022 / 1 p.m. 

5 Steps to Build an Engaged Audience on Social Media. Presented by Tracey Lee Davis

Monday, August 8, 2022 / 5 p.m. 

Help! My Dog Won't Stop Barking. Presented by Shannon Riley-Coyner

Monday, August 15, 2022 / 2 p.m. 

Quick – Hit PAUSE! Using Controlled Set-ups for Reactive Dogs. Presented by Suzanne Clothier

Discounted Webinars:

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



To Click or Not to Click - The "How to Train" Question.

Frania Shelley-Grielen

From Frantic Fran to Wholehearted Holly: Ban Burnout with a Practice of Self-Care

Yolanda Harper LCSW

"It's Mine!" - Object Guarder Cases Studies: Two DSCC and a DRI.

Jean Donaldson

Daycare or Nightmare? The In's and Out's of Training in or for a Doggy Daycare Facility

Tabitha Davies

Lining up the How, What and Why of Training.

Alexandra Kurland

New on the BARKS blog:

Help the Animals in Ukraine – Inspiring Fundraiser Update - Dr. Marina Bayeva

A Better Dog-Human Understanding - Susan Nilson

The Value of Non-Verbal Communication - Angelica Steinker

The Challenge of Breed Discrimination - Kym Iffert

The Click Starts the Behavior - Yvette Van Veen

Thunder, Lightning and Barometric Pressure – Carolyn Kocman

Building the ‘Super Learner’ – Kate Mallatratt

Introducing Cats: Slowly Does It - Patience Fisher

Exotic Animals and Shelter Awareness – Lara Joseph

Pups and the Power of Positive Touch – Anna Bradley


Looking for something? The PPG Archive holds over 4,250 articles, blogs and videos. 
View the complete PPG Archive. Here's a selection of the latest additions:

Laser Light Pointers for Use in Companion Cat Play: Association with Guardian-Reported Abnormal Repetitive Behaviors - Emma K. Grigg, and Lori R. Kogan

Pet-directed speech improves horses’ attention toward humans - Plotine Jardat, Ludovic Calandreau, Vitor Ferreira, Chloé Gouyet, Céline Parias, Fabrice Reigner & Léa Lansade 

Why You Should Talk to Your Dog - Kathy Callahan

The dog as a "co-therapist" – Boris Levinson

Canine-assisted Speech Therapy for Children with Communication Impairments: A Randomized Controlled Trial - Kristýna Machová , Petra Kejdanová , Iva Bajtlerová , Radka Procházková , Ivona Svobodová  & Kamal Mezian

Working like a Dog: Exploring the Role of a Therapy Dog in Clinical Exercise Physiology Practice - Melainie Cameron, Emily Hewitt, Elizabeth Hollitt, Jacqueline Wood, and Samantha Brown

Animal Assisted Therapy in Pediatric Speech-Language Therapy with a Preschool Child with Severe Language Delay: A Single-Subject Design - Heather K. Anderson, Sandra L. Hayes, Julie P. Smith

Can canine-assisted interventions affect the social behaviours of children on the autistic spectrum? A systematic review- Jessica Hill, Jenny Ziviani, Carlie Driscoll & Judy Cawdell-Smith

Dogs Supporting Human Health and Well-Being: A Biopsychosocial Approach - Nancy R. Gee,  Kerri E. Rodriguez,  Aubrey H. Fine and  Janet P. Trammell


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