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March 2019: Issue 39

Shock-Free Coalition Launches Survey on Use of Shock Collars in Dog Training


The study will help the researchers understand perceptions about various aspects of the use of electronic collars on canines and is being conducted primarily by the Shock-Free Coalition and Dr. Nathaniel J. Hall from the Department of Animal and Food Sciences at Texas Tech University. The survey takes a few minutes to complete and will provide important data for the Shock-Free Coalition. It is available until April 2, 2019. Please forward to all your friends, family, colleagues, and contacts who share their lives with pet dogs.

Portland Summit Sessions to Be Recorded


All sessions at PPG’s 2019 Aggression and Bite Prevention Seminar, being held in Portland, Oregon on April 26-28 will be recorded. They will be available for pre- and post-event sales from April 20, 2019 and PPG members will receive a discount. Those attending the event can purchase a copy of the recordings on site for a discounted rate.  

New Pet Dog Ambassador Videos

Pet Dog Ambassador (PDA) has made some important updates to its website and member area to make it easier to navigate and understand the program. On the home page there are now three videos, each demonstrating the skills required for each of the first three levels. The PDA committee is currently working on the videos for Levels 4 and 5. Meanwhile, instructors and assessors have access to the videos in a Dropbox folder (note: you need to be logged in) and there is also an embedded video of each skill at each of the three levels on the public page that you can use in your business, on your website, email to clients, or in your marketing activities.

Survey: Has Your Pet Stayed in an Overnight Critical Care Facility?


In honor of her late 6-year-old Aussie, Willow (above), PPG member Lisa Lyle Waggoner CPDT-KA CSAT PMCT2 has launched a new non-profit corporation, Willow’s NamaStay, to help guardians find complementary lodging so they can overnight nearby when their pet is in a critical care facility not in their home town. Can you spend a few minutes filling out a short survey to help Lisa project how people may use the new service? Says Lisa: “We lost Willow last year to liver disease. When she was in a critical care facility for six days, we were driving 200 miles a day to be with her during daytime hours.” The new corporation aims to help other pet guardians in a similar situation. Please spare a moment to complete the short Emergency Veterinary Care survey to let Lisa know how many nights (if any) your pet has stayed overnight in a critical care facility. Thank you!

PPGBI Announces WOOF! 2019 Selfie Competition Winner


Congratulations to Claire Lee (above, left) who has won the PPGBI WOOF! 2019 selfie competition. She has won a ticket to PPG Summit 2020, which will be a very special, unique event. Details will be announced next month. Lee is a veterinary nurse at Emerson's Green Veterinary Surgery in Bristol, England and is currently studying for a degree in applied behavior and training.

Pet Personality Survey

If you have pets, or are involved in petsitting or dog walking, can you spare a few minutes to complete this survey to tell Dr. Patrizia Piotti, Tom Lockhart, Dr. Liam Satchell, and Oliver Waddup about the personality of your pets and/or the animals you work with?

March BARKS Now Available Online


Click here to read the digital edition of the March 2019 edition of BARKS. The March issue’s Cover Story debates whether pets should still be considered property in the eyes of the law, given that increasing numbers of pet guardians now consider their pets to be part of the family. It also features a special 18-page supplement on aggressive behavior showcasing the winning and runner-up entries in our Portland 2019 Writers’ Competition. For a full breakdown of all articles, view the Contents page.

Project Trade Announces January Ambassador

Congratulations once again to Brooke Eskridge of Petagogy in Boise, Idaho, USA for collecting two prong collars, one shock collar and one choke collar. She has been named Project Trade Ambassador for January 2019.


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.


Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 1 p.m. EST (postponed from January 8, 2019)

Guest: Alexandra Kurland.

Topic: Understanding how different training belief systems emerge: Kurland introduces us to the work of the cognitive linguist, George Lakoff + an in-depth exploration of where the simple training mantra “For every behavior you teach there is an opposite behavior you must teach to keep things in balance” takes us.

Register to listen live:

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


March 5, 2019: dogbiz founders Veronica Boutelle and Gina Phairas discuss how to start a dog training business—the startup process, what it takes to be your own boss and make it as a dog trainer, avoiding common mistakes and sidestepping common misconceptions, and ethical entrepreneurship in an unregulated industry.

Monday, March 18 - Noon EDT

A Process & System for Training People - Transferring Knowledge & Skills in a Group or Private Lesson. Presented by Niki Tudge 

Thursday, March 21 - 1 p.m. EDT

“You’ve Got It!” - Clicker Training for Success! Presented by Louise Stapleton-Frappell 

Friday, March 29 - 1:30 p.m. EDT

Loopy Training and the Poisoned Cue. Presented by Alexandra Kurland 

Friday, April 12 - 1 p.m. EDT

Current Facts on Pet Vaccines. Presented by Dr. Jean Dodds

Discounted Webinars - This Month ONLY!

PPG is offering selected webinars at a discount this month (discount valid till March 31, 2019).



A More Thoughtful Approach To Shaping Creates More Precise Behaviors. Learn How To Improve your Shaping Mechanics.

Yvette Van Veen

Disaster Preparedness Drills & Safety For Your Dog

Pamela Johnson

Teaching Animals to Communicate Through Pictures

Victoria Fogel

What are Bridging Stimuli and How Many Types Are There?

Angelica Steinker

Differentiating the "Pawsibilities"

Dr. Lynn Honeckman

Fearful Fido: Investigating dog experience in the veterinary context in an effort to reduce distress - Petra T. Edwards, Bradley P. Smith, Michelle L. McArthur, Susan J. Hazel

In an Australian first, the ACT may legally recognise animals' feelings - Bronwyn Orr

Here's what the science says about animal sentience – Jan Hoole

Current understanding of animal welfare currently excludes fish, even though fish feel pain - Macquarie University

About time: science and a declaration of animal consciousness - Neil Levy

Can you handle it? Validating negative responses to restraint in cats - Carly M.Moody, Victoria A. Picketts, Georgia J.Mason, Cate E.Dewey, Lee Niela

Can you spare 15 min? The measurable positive impact of a 15-min petting session on shelter dog well-being

Food-related aggression in shelter dogs: A comparison of behavior identified by a behavior evaluation in the shelter and owner reports after adoption -

The truth about animal grief – Zoe Cormier

Is your dog happy? Ten common misconceptions about dog behaviour - Paul McGreevy, Melissa Starling

Preliminary Investigation of Food Guarding Behavior in Shelter Dogs in the United States - Heather Mohan-Gibbons, Emily Weiss, and Margaret Slater

Benefits of zebra stripes: Behaviour of tabanid flies around zebras and horses - Tim Caro  Yvette Argueta, Emmanuelle Sophie Briolat, Joren Bruggink, Maurice Kasprowsky, Jai Lake, Matthew J. Mitchell, Sarah Richardson, Martin How

Philosophy Matters in Dog Training – Kristi Benson

Effects of inescapable shock upon subsequent escape and avoidance responding - J. B. Overmier & M. E. Seligman

The Pet Dog Ambassador Program Level One Skills – PPG

The Pet Dog Ambassador Program Level Two Skills – PPG

The Pet Dog Ambassador Program Level Three Skills – PPG

Do Dogs Bite Out of the Blue? – Madeline Gabriel

Radiographic evidence of degenerative joint disease in geriatric cats: 100 cases (1994-1997) - Hardie, E.M. Roe, S.C., & Martin, F.R.​‌

Trigger Stacking & Stress Hormones – Donna Hill

Behavioural Signs of Pain in Cats: An Expert Consensus - Merola, I. & Mills, D.S.

New bill would ban cat declawing in California - Joan Morris

When good muzzle training goes bad - Maureen Backman

When good muzzle training goes bad, part 2 – Maureen Backman

Stripping Animals of Emotions is "Anti-Scientific & Dumb" – Marc Bekoff

Alberta veterinarians vote to ban declawing, ear cropping, tail docking surgeries: ‘It’s inhumane’ - Karen Bartko

A Special Segment Interview with Pam Francis Tuss of the Shock-Free Coalition – PPG

Do Dogs Mean To Be Mean? Behavior Understanding & Helping Aggressive Dogs - Debra Horwitz

BC SPCA pleads for dog owners to stop using shock collars - Estefania Duran and Hana Mae Nassar

Red Flags—Watch Out For These Claims In Dog-Training Ads – Val Hughes

Management factors associated with stereotypic and redirected behaviour in the Thoroughbred horse – Paul Damien McGreevy, Peter Cripps, Nigel P. French, Laura Elizabeth Green

Prevention of cribbiting: a review - Paul McGreevy, Christine Nicol

A Review of the Development and Functions of Cat Play, and Future Research Considerations – Mikel Delgado, Julie Hecht

Training Deaf Dogs - Terrie Hayward

Owner Attachment and Problem Behaviors Related to Relinquishment and Training Techniques of Dogs – Jennifer Y. Kwan & Melissa J. Bain

Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters – The Association of Shelter Veterinarians

Why do people surrender dogs to animal shelters? – Zazie Todd

Follow-up surveys of people who have adopted dogs and cats from an Australian shelter - Sophie Scott, Evelien Jong, Michelle McArthur, Susan J. Hazel

Large Dog Relinquishment to Two Municipal Facilities in New York City and Washington, D.C.: Identifying Targets for Intervention - Emily Weiss, Margaret Slater, Laurie Garrison, Natasha Drain, Emily Dolan, Janet M. Scarlett and Stephen L. Zawistowski

Is Training Your Dog Unnatural? - Kristi Benson

Physiological and behavioral consequences associated with short-term prevention of crib-biting in horses - Paul McGreevy, Christine Nicol

See the full PPG Archive.

Herrnstein’s Matching Law and Reinforcement Schedules - Eileen Anderson

Portland Blog Competition: Changing a Dog’s View of the World – Kathleen Godfrey

Portland Blog Competition: Conflict vs. Cooperation - Marie Selarque 

What Makes a Pet Fence Humane? - Jennifer Smith

Skipping Reinforcements? Rethink That - Yvette Van Veen         

Create Sensory Spaces for Dogs - Pamela Hogle

‘Spring Clean’ Your Relationship! - Anna Bradley

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