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June 2020: Issue 54

PPG Postpones Summit 2020 and Announces Virtual “Geek Week”

Given the current situation with COVID-19 and our industry, PPG has decided to move its 2020 Summit in Phoenix, Arizona to next year. The same program will now take place on September 17-21, 2021. Further details will be released in due course.

To replace the in-person Summit this year, PPG will host a special event on November 11-15, 2020, titled Geek Week: For the Love of Science. Geek Week will be a unique, fun and educational virtual experience to include fun-filled activities, competitions and prize-winning opportunities plus three days of virtual ‘Science & Skill’ sessions presented by industry leaders. Complete this short form to confirm your interest in the event - we will email you when it's time to register and grab your 50% member discount!

PPG Signs UK Dog Behaviour and Training Charter

PPG has signed up to be one of seven founding organizations to support the UK Dog Behaviour and Training Charter which was launched on June 8, 2020. The initiative aims to provide clarity regarding the future direction of dog behavior and training throughout the United Kingdom in relation to professional standards, tools and methodologies, with canine welfare at the heart of its mandate. The logo for the U.K. Chapter is available on the PPGBI website. PPGBI members who are accredited through the Pet Professional Accreditation Board may fly the badge with the accompanying text. Read news release.

PPG Appoints New Advisory Group Heads


On June 4, 2020, PPG released a statement affirming its commitment to Stand in Solidarity against Racism in support of #BlackLivesMatter. As such, PPG has appointed Connecticut-based dog trainer Christina Horne (above, left) and Virginia-based dog trainer Laurie C. Williams (above, right) to help it formulate, establish and oversee a new advisory group that can identify and develop tangible, actionable programs to help move the pet services industry forward so that both PPG and the pet services industry at large better represent the diversity of our population. Horne and Williams will report directly to PPG president Niki Tudge. Read full statement.
Volunteer to be on the advisory team

PPG Publishes Code of Ethical Conduct


To meet current challenges faced by the pet services industry, PPG has reviewed and revised its position on professional ethical conduct and released a Code of Ethical Conduct. The Code is intended as a supplement to its robust and forward thinking Guiding Principles which are specific and measurable, and provide a clear way forward for the industry and its membership while supporting professional autonomy and without sacrificing unambiguous ethical guidelines regarding tools, equipment, philosophy and approach. Read full Code of Ethical Conduct and download PDF.

Don't Miss Our COVID-19 Panel Discussion Webinar!

Thursday, June 25 - 2 p.m. EDT: Adapting To a ‘New Normal’ in the COVID-19 Pandemic with five panelists from the Yale School of Medicine

PPG has put together a panel of experts from the Yale School of Medicine, including Dr. Anna York, Dr. Chantal Vogels, Dr. Anne Wyllie, Dr. Stephanie Perniciaro and Dr. Maikel Boot to discuss how you can keep your clients, staff and business safe. Submit questions in advance!

PPG Reschedules 2020 Workshops

Due to the current health and financial crisis, PPG has postponed the following workshops:

Reactive to Relaxed: Next Steps in Control Unleashed with Leslie McDevitt. New dates: Saturday, February 13 – Sunday, February 14, 2021.

Your PORTL to Shaping with Mary Hunter. New dates: Saturday, March 20, 2021 - Sunday, March 21, 2021.

Play is a Powerful Reinforcer with Craig Ogilvie. New dates: Saturday, October 9 – Sunday, October 10, 2021.

Advanced Agility Workshop with Marita Davies. New dates: Saturday, October 16  – Sunday, October 17, 2021.

Introduction to the Neuroscience of Dog Training and Behavior with Dr. Kathy Murphy. New dates: TBC.

Survey: How the COVID-19 Lockdown Affects Dogs

PPG member Tracy Krulik and her colleagues at the Humane Rescue Alliance in Washington, D.C., are collaborating with Prof. Daniel Mills and his team of researchers at the University of Lincoln in the U.K. to study what effects the pandemic stay-at-home orders may have had on pet dogs, how they are coping and how they will continue to cope after the pandemic. Please take a moment to help them gather as much data as possible to examine the effects of major changes in routine on our canine companions. Link to survey.


Survey: Interactions between Feline Littermates

If you have cats from the same litter, please consider taking this survey studying interactions between littermates from an MSc student in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare at the University of Edinburgh. Link to survey.

Cat Committee Call-In Lounge

The PPG Cat Committee has launched its PPG Cat Group Call-In Lounges, with great success. The Lounges are taking place on a bimonthly basis and discussion topics so far have included working with veterinarians, and DS/CC from the cat's perspective and the client's. The Lounges are open to all PPG members. Please check the PPG All About Cats Facebook group for further details.

Business Contingency Planning for PPG Members

PPG is still offering a range of services to support members and their businesses during the current pandemic. These include free member webinars, Facebook Live sessions offering business and marketing advice in the PPG members’ Facebook group, virtual PPG Social events, educational blogs, deferral of membership renewal fees, waiving of Pet Professional Accreditation Board application and transfer fees and more. Watch out for the regular Business Contingency Planning member email updates and keep an eye on the new Business Contingency Planning section in the members’ area of the PPG website for more details and ongoing updates.

BARKS: Sneak Preview of July 2020 Issue

If you have not already registered for your free lifetime digital subscription to BARKS from the Guild, you can do so here. Sign up today for your exclusive member’s sneak preview of the July 2020 edition of BARKS, as well as read all back issues from 2014-2020 inclusive, or order a print on demand copy. Already subscribed? Enter your BARKS Membership Zone here.

Project Trade Announces May 2020 Ambassador

Congratulations to Holly Tedor of Howling Peaks Dog Training, LLC in Alaska, USA for trading three prong collars and who has been named Project Trade Ambassador for May 2020.


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 Helping Dogs, Helping Families.

BARKS Podcasts are now available on the Anchor platform, 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. Join PPG president Niki Tudge as she chats to:

  • June 12, 2020: Facebook Live with Dr. Karolina Westlund of Illis Animal Behavior Consulting talk punishment, the ethics construct as a side model to science, and the humane hierarchy.
  • June 5, 2020: Facebook Live Dr. Kristina Spaulding of Smart Dog Training and Behavior exploring and discussing how stress impacts our four-legged family members.
  • May 21, 2020: Gina Phairas and Veronica Boutelle of PPG corporate partner dog*biz talk about the FREE six-week group coaching program, Survive & Thrive, they launched in April 2020 to help R+ dog trainers and small pet-related business owners navigate through the COVID-19 crisis.
  • May 8, 2020: Coleen Ellis of Coleen Rocks discussing how to get your business “Future Ready.”
  • April 28, 2020: Dr. Zazie Todd of Companion Animal Psychology discussing her new book, Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy.
  • April 27, 2020: Dr. Hannah Capon of Canine Arthritis Management discussing canine arthritis, a disease that can affect four out of five older dogs. 
  • April 22, 2020: Dr. Kristina Spaulding of Smart Dog Training and Behavior discussing science and its role in informing practitioners.
  • April 6, 2020: Joan Hunter Mayer of Transpaw Gear discussing training methods and gear.
  • March 25, 2020: Veronica Sanchez of Cooperative Paws Service Dog Coach™ discussing the role of service dogs, service dog training and instructor certification programs.

Live Webinars:

Wednesday, June 17 - 1 p.m. EDT

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

Wednesday, June 24 - 2 p.m. EDT

Puppy Socialization in COVID Times. Presented by Dr. Christine Calder

Tuesday, June 30 - 10 a.m. EDT

The Biology of Breed: Examining genetic, neuroanatomical, and behavioral differences in dog breeds. Presented by Dr. Kristina Spaulding

Wednesday, July 1 - 1 p.m. EDT

Schedules of Reinforcement and Animal Behavior. Presented by Eduardo Fernandez PhD

Monday, July 6 - 2 p.m. EDT

Home Alone and Freaked Out. Presented by Dr. Jeff Nichol DVM

Thursday, July 9 - 5 p.m. EDT

Let’s Talk Business Revenue – Where It Comes From & How to Maximize It. Presented by Niki Tudge

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 the following
selected webinars at a discount this month:

Building Empathy - How to Teach Children to Interact Safely with Dogs - Janis Bradley

Learn about Platform Training for Dogs - Michele Pouliot

Effective Training Sessions: The Pathway to Excellence - Dawn Gilkison

Maintaining Quality Control As Your Business Grows - Brittany Alwerud

Differentiating the "Pawsibilities" - Dr. Lynn Honeckman

The PPG Archive holds over 3,350 articles, blogs and videos. Here's a selection of what's been added this month:

Movement and vocal intonation together evoke social referencing in companion dogs when confronted with a suspicious stranger - A. Salamon, J. Száraz, Á. Miklósi & M. Gácsi

City foxes are becoming more similar to domesticated dogs as they adapt to their environment- University of Glasgow

Breed differences of heritable behaviour traits in cats - Milla Salonen, Katariina Vapalahti, Katriina Tiira, Asko Mäki-Tanila & Hannes Lohi

Curious kids: How far away can dogs smell and hear? - Susan Hazel & Eduardo J. Fernandez

Does the Presence of a Companion Animal Help Young Mothers? - Marc Bekoff

Effect of l-theanine tablets in reducing stress-related emotional signs in cats: an open-label field study - V Dramard, L Kern, J Hofmans, C A Rème, C S Nicolas, V Chala & C Navarro

We Stand in Solidarity against Racism - Pet Professional Guild

As an Industry We Must Do Better – and We Will - Pet Professional Guild

Code of Ethical Conduct - Pet Professional Guild

See the full PPG Archive.

New this month!

Setting the Right Criteria - K. Holden Svirsky

Lockdown to Normality…What Does It Mean for Dogs? – Anna Bradley

Feeding Time Frenzy! - Robyn Lowe

‘Laundry List’ Dogs - Kristi Benson

It’s a Dog’s Life – Cecelia Sumner

Reinforce the Behavior You Prefer - Daniel Antolec

Feline Behavior Unmasked: Superfecundation - Beth Adelman

PPG Joins Six Leading Organizations to Support UK Dog Behaviour and Training Charter - BARKS from the Guild

In case you missed them:

Phoenix Blog Competition: Mookie’s Tale – Kim Geisert

Phoenix Blog Competition: Where Hope Lives - Heddie Leger

Phoenix Blog Competition: Starting Straw for Dogs – Metis Riley


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