June 2021: Issue 66
Geek Week Now Open for Registration!
PPG’s virtual event Geek Week, taking place on November 13-17, 2021, is now open for registration.
Sign up now for your special Early Bird Rate of $200 for hosting organization members and $250 for public admission.
Early Bird signups are available till July 31, 2021 only!
Special features at Geek Week 2021:
The A Track will feature national and international academics introducing and discussing their research or reviewing the current literature in their field of endeavor. Each session will be scholarly in nature, breaking down a research subject, its data, findings, and recommendations.
The B Track is a behavior ‘how-to’ track featuring highly proficient, hands-on, mechanically skilled dog trainers who will, throughout their presentations give attendees a takeaway ‘how-to’ of their subject. The scope of the how-to sessions will be narrow, and the knowledge available will be rich. Attendees will leave a ‘how-to’ session with a comprehensive understanding of how the presented skill is trained and performed. Each presentation will include the title, a breakdown of the task skills, the required criteria, the goals of the task, the training steps to teach/train the skill and will also include explanatory videos.
The C Track will cover consulting, marketing, and personal growth topics. This track is designed to support personal development and business growth skills. Topics may be academic in nature or may be operationally focused. They may also include human resource subjects. Subjects will be relative to both personal and business growth for everyone from private consultants to volunteer organizations and rescues/shelters.
The presenter lineup for Geek Week 2021 has now been announced. See Your Geek Week Presenters for the full list.
PPG is offering a wide array of sponsorship opportunities for Geek Week 2021.
Pricing options are available to provide the best value to suit each individual sponsor’s needs. Early Bird pricing extends till August 31, 2021.
PPG Announces Geek Week Scholarships for the BIPOC Community!
Each month from June to October, the PPG Inclusivity Committee will award FOUR Scholarships to Geek Week, PPG’s virtual summit taking place on November 13-17, 2021.
Application Submission Dates (submit your application between these date ranges)
June 12-25, 2021 / July 12-25, 2021 / August 12-25, 2021 / September 12-25, 2021 / October 12-25, 2021
Scholarship Notification Dates (successful applicants will be notified by these dates)
June 30, 2021 / July 30, 2021 / August 30, 2021 / September 30, 2021 / October 30, 2021
PPG Welcomes PocketSuite and Pet Pro Marketing as Corporate Partners
PocketSuite is an all-in-one business app for Dog Trainers to get booked, paid, and message clients. We make it simpler to run your own business. Stay organized, look professional, and manage it all in one app.
Special Offer for PPG Members
As a PPG member, you are invited to download the Dog Trainer Edition of PocketSuite and try if for FREE for the first 2 months. The Dog Trainer Edition
provides simple automations that go a long way – fill up your classes
with a few taps and let PocketSuite handle your Open Enrollment needs
while you focus on what you love. You can find the discount code in the members' area of the PPG website.
Pet Pro Marketing, a division of Firelink Digital Marketing, is a boutique digital marketing service tailored specifically to the needs of pet care professionals. Led by an experienced digital marketing consultant with extensive experience in the companion animal care industry, Pet Pro Marketing can help you create an effective online presence through website design, search engine optimization, content marketing and social media strategy with a friendly, supportive approach.
We received so many great entries for the Shock-Free Coalition tagline competition that we are going to need to take a little longer to go through them. Results will be announced as soon as possible. Watch this space!
Project Trade Names April Ambassador
Congratulations to Trista Miller of Polite Paws in Indiana, USA for exchanging one shock collar and who has been named Project Trade Ambassador for April 2021.
Project Trade is PPG's advocacy program whereby members exchange aversive training gear.
Find out how Project Trade can help your business in Helping Dogs, Helping Families.
Upcoming Facebook Live Sessions
Chat Chuckle and Learn Sessions with PPG president Niki Tudge - save the dates!
Friday, June 18, 2021 / Noon (ET):
Check the PPG Facebook group for all live events and to join live sessions.
Sneak Peek of July BARKS Now Available
If you’re a BARKS subscriber, you can now check out the full contents list of the July issue (above left) in your member area of the BARKS website.
If you’re not yet subscribed, sign up today for your free lifetime digital subscription and get instant access to the current issue, as well as all the back issues to 2014.
Read the May 2021 issue (above right) of BARKS.
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.
BARKS Podcast with Ken MacLeod of My Positive Pup chatting about the incredible results he got with his reactive puppy Scooter via positive reinforcement training and how they inspired him teach others. (June 4, 2021)
BARKS Podcast with Rain Jordan from The Fearful Dogs Project chatting about how she helps dogs and the humans who care for them move beyond fear and enjoy their lives together, with as little distress –and as much joy – as possible (May 29, 2021)
BARKS News – May 2021 edition.
Do you have something you’d like to share? Join Niki Tudge as a guest on one of our BARKS Podcasts! You too can share your knowledge and experience with PPG members and supporters!
Upcoming Live Webinars:
Understanding & Helping Your Reactive Dog. Presented by Shannon Riley-Coyner
Tuesday, June 15 / 7 p.m. ET
Fear Learning and How to Work with Fearful Dogs. Presented by Alexandra Santos
Monday, June 21 / 2 p.m. ET
Self-Care: The PRIME Framework. Presented by Angie Arora
Tuesday, June 22 / 10 a.m. ET
Positive Puppy Socialization - in Times of Restricted Real-World Interactions. Presented by Louise Stapleton-Frappell
Wednesday, June 23 / 11 a.m. ET
Mindful Animal Care and Training. Presented by Dr. Vanessa Rohlf
Tuesday, June 29 / 10 a.m. ET
Behavior Differences in Deaf and/or Visually Impaired Dogs. Presented by Dr. Morag Heirs
Thursday, July 1 / 10 a.m. ET
Evidence-Based Practice for Animal Professions (Where is the Evidence?): Part One. Presented by Dr. Morag Heirs
Tuesday, July 6 / 11 a.m. ET
Can Being a Little More Human Make a Difference? Presented by Dr. Robert Hewings.
Monday, July 12 / 2 p.m. ET
PPG is offering the following selected webinars at a discount this month - each webinar is just $15:
The PPG Archive holds over 3,800 articles, blogs and videos. Here are some of the most recent additions:
Are dogs separated from mom too early? - Dr. Karolina Westlund
Lick Your Rats - Teach.Genetics University of Utah