May 2020: Issue 53
Pet Dog Ambassador Adapts to COVID-19 Restrictions
During lockdown, video submission of exercises should be offered by all Pet Dog Ambassador assessors only if it is possible to do so. The program does allow for modification of exercises under certain conditions. However, some exercises cannot meet the criteria because of current legal restrictions. To this end, PDA has made modifications to Levels One and Two and requests that assessors do not undertake Levels Three, Four and Five until restrictions are lifted. PDA welcomes suggestions as to how exercises can be modified so they are legal but still meet the required standard. Please email Debra Millikan with any possible modifications you deem to meet the program requirements. Click here for more details.
BARKS from the Guild: May Issue Now Online
The May issue of BARKS has now been released online. In this issue:
Print and Back Issues Now Available for BARKS Members
PPG has added a print-on-demand option for all back issues of BARKS in the member area of the BARKS from the Guild website. We have also added a new page featuring all the 2018 editions and another new page featuring every issue from 2014-2017 so you can now download any issue or read it online, as well as order your print copy. The same options are already available for the 2019 and 2020 issues of BARKS to date. To access all these features, make sure you become a member by registering for your free lifetime digital subscription. You will need to create a new account as it is a separate platform from PPG and your PPG login details will not work. If you have already registered, you can access all back and current issues in your BARKS Digital Membership area.
Congratulations to Kim Geisert of Dynamite Dog Training in Deerfield Beach, Florida, who is the winner of our PPG Blog Competition, and has been awarded a free entry ticket to PPG Summit 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona on September 18-22, 2020. Congratulations too to Heddie Leger of Hero's Hope Pet Assist in Waverly, Tennessee and Metis Riley of Positive Effects Training in Fritz Creek, Alaska who are the runners-up and have both won a free recording of PPG’s Virtual Summit which took place last month. All three articles have been published on the BARKS Blog and will also be featured in the July issue of BARKS from the Guild. There were so many more great entries and we will soon be featuring some of our favorites on the BARKS Blog and in upcoming issues of BARKS. A big thank you to everyone who entered and for sharing their inspiring stories about their work and experiences with shelter and rescue pets. Read the winning and runner-up entries:
Note: You can still register for your Virtual Summit recordings, featuring eight exceptional educational experiences with 12 hours of recordings + Q&A sessions. Photo: © Can Stock Photo/damedeeso
The PPG Cat Committee launched its PPG Cat Group Call-In Lounge last month, with great success. The next Lounge will take place on Tuesday, May 19, at 7 p.m. ET and the discussion topic will be Working with Veterinarians. The event will start with a 30-minute discussion among a smaller group of people ("the fishbowl") and everyone else on mute. During that time, the participants who are on mute can make comments and ask written questions via the Chat function, then it will be opened up for 30 minutes of wider discussion among the whole group. The Lounge will be held on the Free Conference Call platform, which can be used on smartphones, iPads, and desktop/laptop computers. Participants will be sent an invitation and instructions on how to join. Please check the PPG All About Cats Facebook group for further details. Photo: © Can Stock Photo/cynoclub
Canine Arthritis Management Member Offer
PPG corporate partner TransPaw Gear® is offering a special PPG member discount of 20% on its TransPaw Gear® Happy Harnesses. The usual PPG discount is 15% off, but from now through May 31, you can receive 20% off your order. Find the discount code in your PPG member area under vendor discount programs. Wholesale and industry pricing is also available.
Smart Dog Training and Behavior Offer
Special offer this month, May 2020, from PPG corporate partner Smart Dog Training and Behavior! Research Bites, a series of webinars taught by Kristina Spaulding PhD CAAB, is on sale at $5 (instead of the normal $12) for the trial period for the monthly subscription and 10% off the annual subscription. Research Bites finds current, relevant, and interesting papers and reads and interprets them for you. All you need to do is show up, listen to the lecture and discuss the implications.
Business Contingency Planning for PPG Members
PPG is still offering a range of services to support members and their businesses during the current pandemic. These include free member webinars, Facebook Live sessions offering business and marketing advice in the PPG members’ Facebook group, virtual PPG Social events, educational blogs, deferral of membership renewal fees, waiving of Pet Professional Accreditation Board application and transfer fees and more. Watch out for the regular Business Contingency Planning member email updates and keep an eye on the new Business Contingency Planning section in the members’ area of the PPG website for more details and ongoing updates.
Project Trade Announces March 2020 Ambassador
Congratulations to Daniel Antolec of Happy Buddha Dog Training in Wisconsin, USA for trading two prong collars and who has been named Project Trade Ambassador for March 2020.
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.
BARKS Podcasts are now available on the Anchor platform, 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. Join PPG president Niki Tudge as she chats to:
Thursday, May 21, 2020 – 5 p.m. EDT
Your Ten Point Game Plan to Rolling Out a New Service Product. Presented by Niki Tudge
Friday, June 5 - 1 p.m. EDT
Anxiety: The Whole Story. Presented by Dr. Jessica Hekman DVM PhD
Monday, June 8, 2020 - 2 p.m. EDT
Training vs. Management. Presented by Suzanne Clothier
Wednesday, June 17 - 1 p.m. EDT
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - How It Manifests in Dogs, and How We Can Help Them. Presented by Alexandra Santos
Did you know that PPG has hundreds of recorded webinars? Each month more are added as live events are completed. You can search on them via topic, or presenter. Click here to have a browse through them or to check out the new scheduled live webinars.
Emotional Dog with Dr. Robert Falconer-Taylor
A Simple Recipe for Social Media Success with Tracey Lee Davis
There’s No Place Like Home: Easing the Transition to Inside Life for Outside Dogs with Kristi Benson
Top Tips for Supporting a Client with a Rescue Dog with Nathalie Ingham
Separation Distress with Alexandra Santos
The PPG Archive holds over 3,250 articles, blogs and videos. Here's a selection of what's been added this month:
Familiarity with humans affect dogs’ tendencies to follow human majority groups - Miho Nagasawa, Kazutaka Mogi, Hisashi Ohtsuki & Takefumi Kikusui
Prevalence, comorbidity, and breed differences in canine anxiety in 13,700 Finnish pet dogs - Milla Salonen, Sini Sulkama, Salla Mikkola, Jenni Puurunen, Emma Hakanen, Katriina Tiira, César Araujo, and Hannes Lohi
Identification of separation-related problems in domestic cats: A questionnaire survey - Daiana de Souza Machado,Paula Mazza Barbosa Oliveira,Juliana Clemente Machado,Maria Camila Ceballos,Aline Cristina Sant’Anna
20 problems with punishment in animal training– Dr. Karolina Westlund
Living with and loving a pet with behavioral problems: Pet owners’ experiences - Kristin Buller & Kelly C.Ballantyne
Teenage dogs? Evidence for adolescent-phase conflict behaviour and an association between attachment to humans and pubertal timing in the domestic dog - Gary C. W. England, Rebecca Sommerville and Naomi D. Harvey
Canine collars: an investigation of collar type and the forces applied to a simulated neck model - Carter, A., McNally, D., & Roshier, A
How to Read Your Dog's Body Language When Training– Emily Larlham
How to Manage Your Dog’s Indoor Energy Level – Updated for COVID-19 - Kristina Spaulding
Quantifying Equid Behavior—A Research Ethogram for Free-Roaming Feral Horses - Jason I. Ransom and Brian S. Cade
Safely Hand Feed Your Horse – Essential Animal Training
Adopting or Fostering a New Dog or Cat? Learn the 3’s! - Katelyn Schutz
Do Dogs Grieve Other Dogs? - Susan Paretts
See the full PPG Archive.
New this month!
Phoenix Blog Competition: Mookie’s Tale – Kim Geisert
Phoenix Blog Competition: Where Hope Lives - Heddie Leger
Phoenix Blog Competition: Starting Straw for Dogs – Metis Riley
Message Received! - Suzanne Clothier
Tell Us What You Really Think - Susan Nilson and Angelica Steinker
E-Fence Fallout - Daniel Antolec
Finding the Upside of a Pandemic - Daniel Antolec
Dog Trainers: Still Here to Help – Virtually!- Anna Bradley
PPG Summit 2020 Sessions: Tell Me Who You Are – Understanding the Individual Dog - BARKS from the Guild
PPG Summit 2020 Sessions: Canine Welfare – What Is It and How Do We Measure It? - BARKS from the Guild
Congratulations to Emily Tronetti of Coexistence Consulting in Bellevue, Washington who received a PPG scholarship to attend The Academy for Dog Trainers in June 2018 and has now graduated from The Academy with honors, holding a Certificate in Training & Counseling. “I'm now a much more efficient and effective trainer and am confident in my greatly improved client counseling skills,” she said. “I will be forever grateful to The Pet Professional Guild for making this possible, and I have so much appreciation for Jean, the Academy staff, the graduates and the other students.”
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