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Stay Up-to-Date with the Latest Developments at PPG! Issue 29: May 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.

Shock-Free Coalition Update

In consultation with a public relations firm, PPG has launched a new platform for its Shock-Free initiatives, spearheaded by the Shock-Free Coalition advocacy campaign. The platform provides membership options for pet owners and businesses to help support the goals and is a regionally-driven site, so each location can more effectively develop and manage local advocacy efforts in terms of legal and statutory strategies. To grow the network, PPG will appointing Shock-Free Coalition coordinators in each region to help develop and grow local coalition chapters. Coordinators will be trained in Shock-Free Coalition brand standards, social media protocols, meeting criteria and local responsibilities, objectives and branding. Full support will be given from PPG leadership. If you are interested in helping us by becoming a coordinator, then please complete the application form. These positions will work directly with PPG president, Niki Tudge in coordination with PPG’s legal and public relations partners to begin working on legislation across the globe. You will help build these roles from the grassroots level. This is a watershed moment for PPG and the lives of our pets!

PPG Opens Registration for Portland 2019

PPG and co-host Doggone Safe has announced the speaker line-up and opened registration for its Canine Aggression and Safety Education seminar taking place at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Portland, Oregon on April 26-28, 2019. Attendees will have access to all-day general sessions supported by an afternoon feline specialty track. Session topics are to include the neuroscience of aggression, functionally assessing aggression, resource guarding, aggression modification protocols, techniques, and managing clients with aggressive pets. 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 track. The event will also include one of PPG’s trademark Chat Chuckle and Learn private dinners hosted by Niki Tudge with guest speaker Dr. Lisa Radosta, and a gala dinner event featuring a presentation by Dr. Ilana Reisner.

PPG and Doggone Safe are both offering their respective memberships special rates for the event. Public rates are also available and include the Early Bird special 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.

Kanab 2018: Best Dog on the Block Raffle Winner Announced

PPG Training and Behavior Workshop virtual vendor Best Dog on the Block donated one of their snuffle mats as a prize for a raffle drawn on the final day of the event. The lucky winner was Shelley Breadner of Sidney, British Columbia, who sent us this picture of her pup Gincee enjoying her prize. Gincee "learned how to use it instantly,” said Breadner. PPG would like to thank all its virtual vendors for the event. A full report of the workshop will be available in the July issue of BARKS from the Guild.

Kanab 2018: Session Recordings Available

The audio recordings from the Kanab Workshop are now available to order. Catch up on four fabulous days of lectures held in the Kanab Library and Crescent Moon Theater. Picture shows Janis Bradley of the National Canine Research Council talking confirmation bias on April 23, 2018.

Bring a Mate to the PPG Sydney Summit

The “Bring-A-Mate” rate for the PPG Australia Sydney Summit on July 26-29, 2018 ends May 30, so if you would like to make use of the special discount, register nowAny questions, please email Sharon Nettles.

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 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!

PPG to Host Showring Workshop

PPG is to host the Successfully Train and Compete in the Show Ring – Learn the Knowledge and Skills You Need to Compete or Teach a Professional Curriculum workshop at its Tampa, Florida HQ on September 22-23, 2018, presented by Vicki Ronchette and supported by Niki Tudge. The event is suitable for pet owners interested in learning about show dogs, current competitors who want to up their game, and dog trainers who want to develop the skills and knowledge to launch their own show dog classes and support their clients in achieving their goals.

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.

Digital Copy of May 2018 BARKS Now Available

The digital edition of the May issue of BARKS from the Guild is now available to read online. This issue’s Cover Story is one for the trainers, focusing on the hierarchy of rewards, primary and secondary, reinforcers, individual preference, motivating operations, and the importance of delivery.

Training: A 10-step protocol to aid in dog bite cases.

Training: competitive Obedience and Rally from the perspective of the deaf dog.

Training: Force-free snake aversion training.

Canine: Moving house with minimal stress for the SA dog.

Canine: Dealing with post-traumatic stress and how boxer puppy Lulu helped her ex-military guardian transition back into society.

Canine: Working as a missing animal response technician.

Pet Care: The all-important drop-off at a boarding or day care facility

Avian: The tale of Murray, the green-winged macaw rescued from a home supply store, and overcoming his aversion to human contact – twice.

Feline: Common cat behavior issues - Litter box behavior and petting/biting.

Equine: Self-restraint and the use of food in training.

Consulting: The importance of reading both human and canine body language.

Consulting: The impact living with a dog with behavior issues can have on the resident humans.

Business: Our regular Ask The Experts column with dog*tec.

Comment: Getting past dominance theory.

- plus all the latest PPG news, members' community initiatives, advocacy, education, programs, webinars, podcasts and events, and much more...

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BARKS is also on Facebook. If you would like to write for BARKS, either as a regular contributor, have a one-off article you'd like to submit, or would like to contribute to the PPG Blog, please email the editor, Susan Nilson.

Project Trade Update

Congratulations to Daniel Antolec of Happy Buddha Dog Training in Wisconsin, USA who traded four shock collars in March and is PPG’s Project Trade Ambassador for that month.

   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

B.C. vet association bans cat declawing across province - Ashley Wadhwani

Dangerous Dogs: Breed Specific Legislation inquiry launched – Commons Select Committee

Clicker-plus-food and food-only are equally good dog training methods – Zazie Todd

Attitude toward nonhuman animals and their welfare: Do behaviorists differ from other veterinarians? - Angelo Gazzano, Sabrina Giussani, Jara GutiƩrrez, Asahi Ogi, Chiara Mariti

Routine activities and emotion in the life of dairy cows: Integrating body language into an affective state framework - Daiana de Oliveira, Linda J. Keeling

Barriers to the adoption of humane dog training methods - Zazie Todd

What a Dog Geneticist Wants You to Know about Dog Genetics - Julie Hecht

Why Don't More People Use Positive Reinforcement to Train Dogs? – Zazie Todd

Factors influencing the development of stereotypic and redirected behaviours in young horses: Finding of a four year prospective epidemiological study - A.J. Waters, Christine Janet Nicol, Nigel P French

Understanding Dog-Dog Sociability - Sara Reusche

What is a “Hard Eye” in a Dog? (And What Should You Do When You See One?) – Patricia McConnell

Food approach conditioning and discrimination learning using sound cues in benthic sharks - Catarina Vila Pouca, Culum Brown

A Survey of Rabbit Handling Methods Within the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland - James Andrew Oxley, Clare Frances Ellis, E. Anne McBride & Wanda Denise McCormick

Horses in study showed dramatic fall in pain-related behaviors after going bitless - Horsetalk.co.nz

Cruelty to animals in normative, sexually abused, and outpatient psychiatric samples of 6- to 12-year-old children: Relations to maltreatment and exposure to domestic violence. - Ascione, F.R., Friedrich, W.N., Heath, J., & Hayashi, K.

The Behaviour Guide – Cats Protection

Behavioural adaptation in the domestic horse: potential role of apparently abnormal responses including stereotypic behaviour - Jonathan J. Cooper, Melissa J. Albentosa

People Mistakenly Think Anxious Dogs Are Relaxed Around Baby – Zazie Todd

Are you Trigger Stacking your Dog? - Diana Kastner

Check the full PPG Archive.

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.

PPG World Service Radio Show, Podcasts

Upcoming Broadcasts:

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.

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

Recordings of Recent Podcasts:
Angelica Steinker and Daniel Antolec discuss the dark side of the pet training and behavior industry, and zoophilia, a hidden horror for animals, from May 1, 2018.

PPG Webinars

Thursday, May 17 - 2 p.m. EDT

A Taste of the Foundations for Clicker Gundog Training Presented by Helen Phillips

Discounted Webinars - This Month ONLY!

PPG is offering selected webinars at a discount this month (discount valid till May 31, 2018).

Relaxation is Incompatible With Many Problematic Behaviors. Learn to teach dogs how to relax

Cissy Sumner

Nutrigenomics for Dogs: Creating Health & Vitality through Food

Dr. Jean Dodds

A Case Study On Canine Fear - Learn About Fear In Family Dogs

Lori Stevens

What is Shaping, Why Use Shaping?

Joan Orr

Learn How to Reduce Stress in Dogs During Grooming

Michelle Martiya

Standing Invitation to Join Facebook Groups - All about Cats, Horses

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.


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