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June 2022: Issue 78

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.

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.

Virtual June Workshop with Veronica Sanchez of Cooperative Paws

PPG is hosting a new online workshop this week, How to Improve the Accessibility of Your Dog Training Services for Clients with Disabilities, to be instructed by Veronica Sanchez (above) of Cooperative Paws.
When: Three sessions on Wednesday June 22, Thursday, June 23, and Friday, June 24, 2022 / 6 p.m. ET. 
Learning Objectives: 
  • How to better communicate with clients with disabilities. 
  • You will explore challenges clients with disabilities encounter in dog training and learn strategies to accommodate training so they can be successful working with their dogs. 
  • You will also review different instructional techniques to help clients with various kinds of disabilities best benefit from your training services. 

Recordings available if you cannot attend live. CEUs and payment plan options also available. 

Register for 
How to Improve the Accessibility of Your Dog Training Services for Clients with Disabilities

    You Can Still Help the Fundraiser for Ukrainian Animal Shelters

    Feeding hungry dogs at Sotnitskoe Animal Shelter in Ukraine © Olga Kravchenko-Reva

    Feeding hungry dogs at Sotnitskoe Animal Shelter in Ukraine © Olga Kravchenko-Reva

    PPG is delighted to support the efforts of Dr. Marina Bayeva and colleagues as they work to help the animals left behind in Ukraine as their owners had no option but to flee.

    Find out more about their amazing work in our article by PPG Shelter and Rescue Committee chair K. Holden Svirsky, The Pets Left Behind in Ukraine Need You – Here’s How You Can Help Today!

    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

    Join us on June 28 at 5 p.m. ET for live Updates on the Fundraiser for Ukrainian Animal Shelters 

    Survey on Burnout in Dog Trainers

    PPG member Kelly McFarlane is currently enrolled in the bachelor of veterinary nursing program at Unitec in New Zealand and is completing a final year dissertation. Her chosen project is to investigate the prevalence of burnout in professional dog trainers, with the aim of obtaining data to either support or deny what is anecdotally understood about those in the profession. The project consists of an anonymous online questionnaire, estimated to take approximately 15 minutes to complete.  

    Kelly would greatly appreciate if you would take a moment to complete the survey. The survey is open to all dog trainers globally and not restricted to just New Zealand. Access the survey here

    PPG’s Advocacy Panel held its latest virtual event last month, featuring a host of experts discussing the topic, Recognizing Microaggressions so They Can Be Managed and Avoided.

    Listen to our PPG Advocacy Panel Discussion #10 – Recognizing Microaggressions so They Can Be Managed and Avoided

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


    Upcoming discussion topics: 

    When: Friday, June 24, 2022 / 3 p.m. ET

    Topic: The Top 10 Things We Can Do to Help Veterinarians Help Us to Help Our Pets

    Join our experts as they explore topical issues important to our members, our audience and our mission.  

    May/June BARKS Now Available

    The May/June 2022 issue of BARKS from the Guild is now available! 

    In This Issue... 

    Cover Feature: How Animals Learn

    Susan Nilson and Niki Tudge present an overview of the types of learning, animal emotions vs. animal behaviors, applied behavior analysis, and choice and empowerment in animal training.

    More Great Content from our BARKS Contributors

    Training: Car Woes: A Tale of Botched Socialization by Karen Baragona

    Training: Punishment in Animal Training by Susan Nilson and Niki Tudge

    Teaching My Hound NOT To Hunt by Karen Baragona

    Canine: 10 Steps for a Happy Office Dog by Chantal Hughes

    Feline: Scents and Sense-ability by Andrea Carne

    Avian: A Masterclass in Enrichment by Sheila S. Blanchette

    Equine: A Complete Guide to Equine Enrichment by Kathie Gregory

    Consulting: New Beginnings by Gail Radtke

    Business: Ask the Experts: How to Run a Dog Training Business Online by Veronica Boutelle

    Business: Building Your Client an Effective Pet Training Program by Niki Tudge

    Profile: Because Dogs Are Cool! Featuring Chris Lopez-Santiago

    Read the
    May/June 2022 issue of BARKS.

    Free Access to BARKS

    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.

    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 Needs Your Member Profile! 

    BARKS from the Guild is looking for more member profiles to go in its popular Profile section. All you have to do to be featured is complete this short form and attach a photo. Great PR for you, your business, and your portfolio! Note: As far as is possible, member profiles will be featured in the order they are received. 

    Write for BARKS! 

    BARKS from the Guild is always looking for new writers to contribute on both a regular and an ad hoc basis. BARKS is all about pet professionals sharing their individual knowledge and experience with others as we work to grow the force-free community and spread the message.  

    BARKS’ online audience is comprised tens of thousands of pet professionals and pet guardians all over the world; being featured in BARKS is great for your business, for your fellow pet professionals, and for the clients and pets we serve!  

    Please read the BARKS Submissions page for more information or contact editor Susan Nilson for further details. 

    BARKS and PETS Available Online

    You are invited to read BARKS from the Guild, PPG’s bimonthly official trade publication, and Pets and Their People, a new PPG publication specifically at pet owners on their respective new web platforms.

    BARKS and PETS on Social

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

    Follow Pets & Their People on Facebook.

    Upcoming PPG Member Event

    June 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: Wednesday, June 22, 2022 / 9 a.m. ET 

    Where: Online – register here 

    The meeting, hosted by the PPG inclusivity Committee, will start with a 20-minute PowerPoint presentation on a variety of topics followed by a live Q&A.  

    Topics will include: 

    1. Welcome to PPG 

    2. Meet Your Inclusivity Committee 

    3. PPG Guiding Principles 

    4. PPG Code of Conduct 

    5. Fly Your Flag: Your Membership Certificate 

    6. Fly Your Flag: Your Member Badge 

    7. A brief review of your Membership Benefits 

    8. How to setup your Directory Listing 

    9. How to setup your Member Profile 

    10. Navigating your Member Area 

    11. The PPG Divisions explained 

    12. The ‘ins and outs’ of PPG webinars and events 

    13. PPG Program Overview: Project Trade 

    14. PPG Program Overview: The PPG Scholarship Program 

    15. PPG Program Overview: Pet Dog Ambassador 

    16. Meet your Membership Team 

    17. Q&A 

    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! 

    Register for the April 27 event here

    The PPG Inclusivity Committee are Aaron Jones, Angel Rowe, Lorena Patti, Debbie Sheridan, Rebekah King, and Niki Tudge. 



    Save the Dates  

    August 24, 2022 / Noon ET 

    October 26, 2022 / 5 p.m. ET 

    January 25, 2023 / 9 a.m. ET       

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

    PPG Public Facebook page

    Friday, June 24, 2022 / 3 p.m. ET

    PPG Advocacy Panel: Top 10 Things We Can Do to Help Veterinarians Help Us to Help Our Pets

    Tuesday, June 28, 2022 / 5 p.m. ET

    Join us live for Updates on the Fundraiser for Ukrainian Animal Shelters

    If you would like to donate to help the animals left behind in Ukraine, please click here  

    Pets & Their People Facebook page

    Friday, July 1, 2022 / 3 p.m. ET

    Facebook Live with Annie Phenix of Phenix Dogs

    Friday, July 8, 2022 / 6 p.m. ET

    Facebook Live with Barbara Hodel, president of PPG Australia

    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 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:

    Wednesday, June 22 – Friday, June 24 / 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. ET 

    Virtual Workshop - How to Improve the Accessibility of Your Dog Training Services for Clients with Disabilities. Instructed by Veronica Sanchez

    Wednesday, June 29 / 2 p.m. ET 

    Do You See What I See? Examining How Animals Sense the World Around Them, and How It Can Impact the Training of Various Species. Presented by Yvette Van Veen


    Thursday, June 30 / 12 p.m. ET

    Look Who's Talking! What Is Your Dog Trying to Tell You? All About Canine Body Language. Presented by Shannon Riley-Coyner

    Wednesday, July 6 / 4 p.m. ET 

    What's Your Dog Currency? Presented by Shannon Riley-Coyner

    Wednesday, July 13 / 2 p.m. ET

    The Power of Referrals and Getting Started on Alignable. Presented by Tracey Lee Davis

    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:

    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

    The Topic of Microaggressions for Identification and Educational Purposes! – Niki Tudge


    Looking for something? The PPG Archive holds over 4,100 articles, blogs and videos. 
    View the complete PPG Archive. Here's a selection of the latest additions:

    Don’t Socialize the Dog! - Laura VanArendonk Baugh

    Emotional Contagion From Humans to Dogs Is Facilitated by Duration of Ownership - Maki Katayama, Takatomi Kubo, Toshitaka Yamakawa, Koichi Fujiwara, Kensaku Nomoto, Kazushi Ikeda, Kazutaka Mogi, Miho Nagasawa and Takefumi Kikusui

    Why yawns are contagious—in all kinds of animals - Tess Joosse

    The Effect of Owner Presence and Scent on Stress Resilience in Cats - Behnke, Alexandra & Vitale, Kristyn & Udell, Monique

    Depression, anxiety, and happiness in dog owners and potential dog owners during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States - Martin F, Bachert KE, Snow L, Tu H-W, Belahbib J, & Lyn SA

    Does your cat find your scent comforting? - Dr. Mikel Maria Delgado

    The New Reality: The appeal of the pandemic puppy - Mike Drolet

    Animals also victims of war in Ukraine - American Veterinary Medical Association

    Pets and their owners during the first COVID-19 lockdown period: Perceived changes in routines and emotions – An exploratory study - Ana Martos Martinez-Caja, Veerle De Herdt, Marie-JoseEnders Sleger, Christel Palmyre Henri Moons

    Your dog’s breed doesn’t determine its personality, study suggests - David Grimm

    PTSD Service Dog Training and Symptoms of PTSD - Erin P. Neill


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