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May 2019: Issue 41

PPG Announces 2020 Summit; Calls for Presenters


PPG has announced the location and dates for PPG Summit 2020! Join us once again in Kanab, Utah and choose between two unique programs. Next year’s theme is Collaborative Care and Enrichment – Creating Partnerships for Positive Results. Save the date: Sept 20-25, 2020! 15% Early Bird Discount and payment plans now available! Would you like to present? If so, we want to hear from you. Apply here!

Portland 2019: Watch the Opening Address


Why is honking important?! Watch PPG president Niki Tudge's inspirational opening address from PPG's Aggression and Bite Prevention Educational Summit in Portland, Oregon last month to find out! Hint: Lessons from Geese (Line of One).

Portland 2019: Session Recordings

Session recordings from PPG’s 2019 Portland Summit are now available. Discounts available for PPG members! 25 hours of session audio with PowerPoint presentation PDFs = education starting at $6.50 per hour. You can also order audio recordings of the very popular cat sessions only for just $60.

Portland 2019: Selfie and Swag Photo Competition Winners


PPG is delighted to announce the winners of its #PPGSelfie and #PPGSwag photo competitions held at the Portland Summit. Congratulations to Dawn Elberson Goehring of Pahoa, Hawaii, winner of the #PPGSelfie Competition (above left)! Dawn wins a ticket to PPG's sixth annual summit in Kanab, Utah in September 2020. Congratulations too to Sarah Forge of Sydney, Australia, winner of the #PPGSwag Competition (above right)! Sarah wins a $100 PPG gift voucher. Thank you to everyone who took part. More entries plus a full report from the event will be featured in the July edition of BARKS from the Guild.

Portland 2019: Sponsor and Vendor Special Offers Extended


The sponsors and vendors from Portland 2019 have kindly extended their special discounts throughout this month exclusively for event attendees and PPG members. Find out what’s on offer here! Note: you must be logged into the members’ area of the PPG website. PPG is so grateful for the support we have from our Corporate Partners, and PPG Summit Sponsors and Vendors. Help us to thank them by showing your support while you enjoy these great offers.

You’ve Been +R’d!

PPG Likes to practice what it preaches and reinforce members for their outstanding contribution to our +R community. First off the bat is Emma Judson of Canine Consultant in the U.K. Congratulations! Every month PPG and PPGBI will be randomly reinforcing members who have a positive impact.

May BARKS Available Online


The digital edition of the May 2019 issue of BARKS from the Guild is now available. The issue’s Cover Story reports on how member views are shaping PPG’s contribution to shelter and rescue organizations, based on the results of the 2018 survey distributed by the PPG Shelter and Rescue Division and there are lots of other great articles covering all things canine, training, feline, behavior, equine, pet care, business, and consulting.

Click here to order your very own print copy of the July 2019 edition of BARKS from the Guild .

Project Trade Names March Ambassador

Congratulations to Jennifer Nowak of Happy Tails Pet Training in Wisconsin, USA, who exchanged four prong collars and is Project tRade Ambassador for March 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, June 6, 2019, 1 p.m EST

Guest: Dr. Lynn Bahr:

Topic: The benefits of allowing cats to scratch and how to encourage them to scratch appropriately.

Register to listen live or get the recording.

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


April 17, 2019: Alexandra Kurland on the how, what and why of training, and an 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.

May 10, 2019: Marco Adda on free-ranging dogs, one of the most widely distributed carnivores in the world, yet whose behavior scientists are only just beginning to study. Read the interview with Marco Adda in BARKS from the Guild.

View the full schedule of upcoming BARKS Podcasts here.

Wednesday, June 5 - 1:30 p.m. EDT

Riding with the Clicker. Presented by Alexandra Kurland

Monday, June 17 - 2 p.m. EDT

Overcoming the Dreaded Doorbell and Crazy Door Manners. Presented by Yvette Van Veen

Discounted Webinars - This Month ONLY!

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



Changing Perspectives about Canine Spay and Neuter

Dr. Nancy Kay

Psychological Trauma and PTSD in Dogs

Dr. Franklin McMillan

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

Lori Stevens

Learn How to Incorporate Fun Safe & Educational Play Into Your Behavior Programs & Training Sessions

Angelica Steinker

May the Force Be With You - or Not

Kathy Sdao

New this month!

Cats rival dogs on many tests of social smarts. But is anyone brave enough to study them? - David Grimm

Classical Conditioning is a One-Way Street – Hannah Branigan

Sleeping position of shelter dogs - Katherine A. Houpt

Medical Issues in Pets May Cause Behavior Problems - Dr. Sophia Yin

Neurons never quite recover from ‘Pavlov’s bell’ – Taylor Kubota-Stanford

The effects of exercise and calm interactions on in-kennel behavior of shelter dogs - Alexandra Protopopova, Hagar Hauser, Kissel J.Goldman, Clive D.L.Wynne

Does the Cognitive Bias Test in Dogs Depend on Spatial Learning? - Margaret E. Gruen, Melanie L.Foster, Lucia Lazarowski, Amanda Jeffries, Barbara L.Sherman, David C. Dorman

Therapeutic for all? Observational assessments of therapy canine stress in an on-campus stress-reduction program - Haley Silas, John-Tyler Binfet, Adam Ford

The Biggest Trends In The Pet Industry - Richard Kestenbaum

Making Vet Visits Less Stressful is Essential, and Here's What We Can Do to Help Dogs – Zazie Todd

Abnormal behavior and the self-regulation of motivational state - Donald M. Broom

Bad Dog Behavior: Is It a Medical Problem or a Training Issue? - Mikkel Becker

See the full PPG Archive.

New this month!

How to Make the Transition to Full-Time Dog Pro – Veronica Boutelle

The “Invention” of Cues in Training - Eileen Anderson

Dog Tired? When Exercise Wakes him Up Rather than Tires Him Out! – Sue McCabe

10 Ways To Improve You and Your Dog’s Behavioral Relationship – Anna Bradley

How Long Does it Take to Train a Dog? – Sue McCabe

Confessions of a Dog Trainer. Part 1: Feeding from the Table! – Sue McCabe

Lawn Chemicals and Dogs – Daniel Antolec

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