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Stay Up-to-Date with the Latest Developments at PPG! Issue 30: June 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.

Early Bird Specials Available for Portland 2019

PPG and co-host Doggone Safe are still offering Early Bird discounts for their respective memberships at the Canine Aggression and Safety 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.

Shock-Free Coalition Coordinator Update

The first meeting will take place this month for those interested in the role of Shock-Free Coalition coordinator. It's not too late to get involved and work with PPG president Niki Tudge and PPG’s team of lawyers to enact legislation to remove shock collars from the supply and demand chain. Please do join us in this very important advocacy initiative! Find out more about the Shock-Free Coalition.

New Shelter and Rescue Facebook Group

PPG members are invited to join a new PPG group dedicated to rescue and shelter work, a place for everyone to discuss and find support for implementing PPG's philosophy in shelter and rescue settings. Simply go to Facebook, search for PPG Shelter and Rescue Division, and ask to join the group.

New Equine Resources on PPG Website

PPG’s Equine Committee is busy building up the Equine Resources area of the PPG website with an array of educational information on equine behavior and welfare. So far there are new articles on grazing and play. Do keep checking back for new information as the section is expanded.

Last Call for Print Edition of July BARKS

It’s not too late to place your order for the print 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 July 2018 issue, you can subscribe here.

The digital edition of the May issue of BARKS from the Guild (above) is now available to read online. BARKS is also on Facebook and was recently featured on printer, Dazzle Printing’s, blog.

Calling Budding Writers!

BARKS from the Guild 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.

Dog*biz Special for PPG Members

Congratulations to PPG corporate sponsor dog*tec who have changed their name to dog*biz as part of their 15th anniversary celebrations! As part of the new branding, dog*biz has announced a very special offer for PPG members. Simply go to the members’ area of the PPG website to find your code for a one-time $100 discount on a business toolkit or curriculum package.

Chirag Patel and Robert Hewings join PPG British Isles Special Counsel


The Pet Professional Guild British Isles (PPGBI) has announced the appointment of leading animal training and behavior specialists Robert Hewings (above, left) and Chirag Patel (right) to its Special Counsel with immediate effect. Hewings and Patel join existing PPGBI Special Counsel members Victoria Stilwell, Helen Phillips, Karen Wild and Kamal Fernandez. Read the full press release.

PPG Appoints New Board Member

PPG has appointed PPGBI membership manager Louise Stapleton-Frappell (above) as a board member with a view to greater expansion and to support ongoing international growth. Based in Estepona, Spain, Stapleton-Frappell is also a PPG and PPGBI steering committee member. Read the full press release.

Project Trade Update

Congratulations to Brandi Schoenthaler of Cornerstone Dog Training in Colorado, USA, who traded one prong collar and is Project Trade Ambassador for April 2018. Congratulations, too, to Daniel Antolec of Happy Buddha Dog Training in Wisconsin, USA who traded one shock collar.

   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 

New this Month on the PPG Archive

Resource Guarding - Shay Kelly

These Tiny Pets May Steal Your Heart, but Please Don't Ignore These Special Needs - Karen Shaw Becker

The behavioural effects of olfactory stimulation on dogs at a rescue shelter – Johnathan Binks, Sienna Taylor, Alison Wills, V. Tamara Montrose

Companion and free-ranging Bali dogs: Environmental links with personality traits in an endemic dog population of South East Asia - Luca Corrieri, Marco Adda, Ádám Miklósi, Enikő Kubinyi

Common Risk Factors for Urinary House Soiling (Periuria) in Cats and Its Differentiation: The Sensitivity and Specificity of Common Diagnostic Signs - Ana Maria Barcelos, Kevin McPeake, Nadja Affenzeller, Daniel Simon Mills

Quebec abandons pit bull ban; says breed-specific law can't be applied - Philip Authier

Whale and dolphin behavioural responses to dead conspecifics Giovanni Bearzi, Dan Kerem, Nathan B.Furey, Robert L. Pitman, Luke Rendell, Randall R.Reeves

Treating Dog-Dog Aggression in the 21st Century: More Carrot, Less Stick Kristi Benson 

Why Ravens and Crows Are Earth’s Smartest Birds - Amelia Stymacks

Tail Docking of Canine Puppies: Reassessment of the Tail’s Role in Communication, the Acute Pain Caused by Docking and Interpretation of Behavioural Responses David J. Mellor

Why We Need to Take Pet Loss Seriously - Guy Winch 

Personality Traits of Companion and Free-Ranging Bali Dogs - Marc Bekoff

Dogs Use Various Gestures To Get What They Want From Us - Marc Bekoff

Get Help! Pony is in Trouble! – Linda Case

Cross-species referential signalling events in domestic dogs (Canis familiaris) – Hannah K. Worsley, Sean J. O’Hara

Is Your Dog Perfect? No? Neither is mine; so why do we have that expectation? - Dr. Leslie Sinn

Caregiver burden in owners of a sick companion animal: a cross-sectional observational study - Mary Beth Spitznagel, Dana M Jacobson, Melanie D Cox, and Mark D Carlson

What is Negative Reinforcement in Dog Training? – Zazie Todd

Jealousy in dogs? Evidence from brain imaging – Peter Cook, Ashley Prichard, Mark Spivak, & Gregory S. Berns

Check the full PPG Archive.

New this Month on the PPG Blog

Leaving Dogs in Cars Can Kill Them - Daniel Antolec

How Big Should a Cat’s Litter Box Be? - Jennifer Mauger

“Did You Know Your Dog Barks All Day?” - Julie Naismith

Scents Can Help Dogs Relax – Pamela Hogle

YOUR Dog, No Comparison – Anna Bradley

My Dogs Do Know Sit! A Hint for Training the Sit Stay - Eileen Anderson

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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


Wednesday, June 20 - 1 p.m. EDT with guests, Sam Redmond and Pam and Miranda Mahar


- The rise of the wolfdog: what we are likely to see in our professional practices and what we can expect from these dogs (Sam Redmond)

- PPG Corporate Partners 4Legs4Pets has been producing USA-made indoor and outdoor cots for pets since 1988 (Pam and Miranda Mahar)

Register to listen live.

Tuesday, July 10 - 3 p.m. EST with guest, Dr. Lynn Bahr


- Why cats need a place to hide, the impact chronic pain can have on behavior, and the long-term physical and behavioral effects of declawing cats.

Register to listen live.

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


PPG Webinars

Wednesday, June 27 - 1 p.m. EST

Canine Health Seminar: Vaccine-Related Issues Presented by Dr. Jean Dodds

Monday, July 9 - 1 p.m. EST

Separation Distress Presented by Alexandra Santos

Wednesday, July 18 - 12 p.m. EST

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


Bridging the Gap - What Makes Training "Click" Presented by Ken McCort

Listen as soon as you register!

Discounted Webinars - This Month ONLY!

PPG is offering selected webinars at a discount this month (discount valid till June 30, 2018).



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

Yvette Van Veen

Differentiating the "Pawsibilities"

Dr. Lynn Honeckman

Positive Veterinary Visits

Dr. Amy Pike

The Good Enough Dog - A different approach to helping your clients, their dogs... and your business!

Nancy Tucker

Learn How to Work With the Fearful Dog

Susan Claire

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.

Discount for PPG Members at Best Friends National Conference

The 2018 Best Friends National Conference is offering a $25 discount for PPG members. The event is taking place on July 19-21, 2018 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites in Los Angeles, California. Find your discount code in the member area of the PPG website.

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!

Member Brags

Message from Don Hanson, regional coordinator of the Shock-Free Coalition Maine: “PPG members, if you have not already done so, please sign the Shock-Free Coalition pledge and then show us a photo of how you are communicating your support for a shock-free world to others.” Photo shows Hanson's most recent advocacy efforts in Maine.


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* PPG All about Cats Facebook Group

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

* PPG Australia

* PPG British Isles

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

* PPG Education Scholarship Program

* PPG Educational Resources: webinars and workshops

* PPG Member Discussion Board (note: you must be logged in)

* PPG Newsroom

* PPG Position Statements

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* PPG Summit 2018, Sydney, Australia

* Project Trade

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* Shock-Free Coalition

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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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