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November 2020:
Issue 59

PPG and Co-Hosts Conclude Inaugural Geek Week

A big thank you to all the exhibitors, vendors, sponsors, presenters and attendees for making the inaugural event such a huge success!

Attendees, remember, you have access to all session and competition recordings for 12 months after the event.


Save the Date: Geek Week 2021!

Following on from the enormous success of Geek Week 2020 earlier this month, PPG has announced that next year’s event will take place on November 13-17, 2021. More details to follow soon.

#PPGGeekOut Competition Winner

While Geek Week 2020 may be over, we still want to do a shout out to our final free ticket competition winner, Mich Mercer. Mich won our #PPGGeekOut competition with her photo of her and her dogs geeking out to Suzanne Clothier’s (who also presented at the event and writes a regular feature article in BARKS from the Guild) amazing book, Bones Would Rain from the Sky.

Special Offer: Dr. Kathy Murphy to Host Seminar on Canine Fear this Saturday!

Neuroscientist Dr. Kathy Murphy is hosting a one-day virtual seminar this coming Saturday, November 21 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. with a very special price for PPG members! ‘Deep Dive: Sensory Integration - Neville's Story’ will examine how neurobiology, pharmacology, and behavior modification methods complement one another in what is a unique collaboration between Dr. Murphy, board certified veterinary behaviorist Dr. E'Lise Christensen, and certified dog behavior consultant Bobbie Bhambree.

Together, they will take you on the journey experienced by golden retriever Neville and his humans as they address the severe fear that has impacted all of their lives. Immerse yourself in all stages, from first presentation, assessment, case planning, implementation, and reflection on the outcome.

The event will include live online lectures, video footage taken throughout Neville’s treatment, and live discussion/Q&A sessions. It will be recorded and available to participants for 12 months afterwards. CEUs are available.

PPG Members SPECIAL OFFER: $125 for the day!

Find your PPG member code in the member area of the PPG website on the vendor discount page and then register here.


Cat Behavior Call-In Lounge TONIGHT! – November 19 at 7:30 p.m. ET

The next PPG All About Cats Call-In Lounge is today, November 19 at 7:30 p.m. ET via Zoom. The topic to be discussed is How I Structure My Consults. The PPG Cat Committee invites experienced consultants to join in the help out newer consultants. The Lounge is open to all PPG members. Please check the PPG All About Cats Facebook group for further details. Photo © Susan Nilson

Upcoming Facebook Live Session

Friday, December 4 – 3 p.m. ET

Join Niki Tudge as she hosts Paula Garber and Tabitha Kucera of the PPG Cat Committee for this Chat & Chuckle about all things feline.

The link is available on the Business Contingency Support page in the PPG member area of the website.

Do you have something you’d like to share? Join Niki Tudge in one of our Facebook Live sessions! Just fill out this short form to get it scheduled and share your knowledge and experience with PPG members and supporters.

Check PPG Members' Facebook group for further details and to join live sessions. 

Join PPG Members' Facebook Group.

November BARKS Now Available


The November 2020 issue of BARKS from the Guild is now available! In this issue...

  • Cover Feature: Playgroups for Shelter Dogs: K. Holden Svirsky introduces and breaks down the latest resource from the Pet Rescue Resource, Dog Playgroups, and explains why playgroups are beneficial to resident shelter dogs, as well as outlining best practices on how to set them up to ensure the maximum benefits for the dogs and safety for all parties involved
  • Training: The Need for Safety in Learning / Puppy Housetraining 101 / Teaching “Leave It”
  • Canine: The Dog Who Changed Everything / Management of An Aggressive, Fearful, or Reactive Dog
  • Interview: Overcoming Fear of Vet Visits
  • Feline: How Cats React to Negative Human Emotional States / Nighttime Wakefulness
  • Avian: Companion Bird Foster Programs – A Review
  • Equine: Dominance - The Horse’s Perspective
  • Behavior: Understanding Emotional Resilience
  • Advocacy: The Effect of Abuse on Behavior
  • Business: Virtual Training
  • + PPG News, Special Corporate Partner Offers, Featured PPG Member Profile and More...
Click here for immediate access if you are already a subscriber. If you are not, sign up today for your free lifetime digital subscription and get instant access to the current issue as well as all the back issues.

PPG Names September Project Trade Ambassador


Congratulations to Emily Blythe of Homeward Bound Animal Behavior & Training, LLC in Wisconsin, USA for trading one shock collar (above, left) and who has been named Project Trade Ambassador for September 2020. Congratulations too to Brandi Schoenthaler of Cornerstone Dog Training, LLC in Colorado, USA for trading one prong collar (above, right).

Project Trade is PPG's advocacy program whereby members 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 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:

Join Niki Tudge as she chats to:

October 22, 2020: BARKS Podcast with Denise O’Moore, chair of INTODogs, discuss the latest on Geek Week.

October 3, 2020: BARKS Podcast with Louise Ginman, president of The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) Australia, one of the co-hosting organizations for Geek Week, discussing Louise’s Geek Week presentations:

  • 1.      My Dog Has Cancer: Navigating Cancer from a Pet Parent’s Perspective.
  • 2.      Home Alone Program for Puppies and Dogs of All Ages.

October 2, 2020: BARKS Podcast with Debra Millikan of PPG Australia discussing the Pet Professional Accreditation Board and the Pet Dog Ambassador program.

Listen to earlier BARKS podcasts.

Upcoming Live Webinars:

Friday, November 20, 2020 / 2 p.m. (EST)

The Role of Habit in Behavior. Presented by Dr. Kristina Spaulding

Thursday, December 10, 2020 / 6 p.m (EST) 

Understanding Aggression in Dogs. Presented by Sezan Ozgunay

Thursday, December 17, 2020 / 6 p.m. (EST)

Treatment Options for Dogs Showing Aggression Due to the Emotion of Fear and/or Frustration. Presented by Kris Glover

Discounted Webinars:

PPG is offering the following selected webinars at a discount this month - each webinar is just $15:

How to House Train Your Puppy - Alexandra Santos

Free-ranging Bali dogs: Behaviour, Lifestyle, Personality and Preservation - Marco Adda

Feline Foraging Toys: How to Implement, Motivate, and Stage the Difficulty Level - Ingrid Johnson

Tackle Your Teaching - Veronica Boutelle

"But My Dog Isn't Food-Motivated" - Kathy Sdao

The PPG Archive holds over 3,600 articles, blogs and videos. Here's a selection of what's been added this month:

Comparison of Classical Counterconditioning and Differential Reinforcement of Alternative Behavior on Aggressive Behavior in Dogs - Kristyn Echterling Savage

Fear-related behaviour of dogs in veterinary practice - Dorothea Döring, Anita Roscher, FabianScheipl, Helmut Küchenhoff, Michael H.Erhard

Behavioural Differences in Dogs with Atopic Dermatitis Suggest Stress Could Be a Significant Problem Associated with Chronic Pruritus - Naomi D. Harvey, Peter J. Craigon, Stephen C. Shaw,Sarah C. Blott and Gary C.W. England

National Pet-Supply Retailer Stops Selling Shock Collars - Val Hughes

Behavioral and physiological reactions in dogs to a veterinary examination: Owner-dog interactions improve canine well-being - Erika Csoltova, Michaël Martineau, Alain Boissy, Caroline Gilbert

The Need for a National Accreditation Programme for Professionals Working in the Field of Animal Training and Behavioural Modification in New Zealand - Lindsay J. Skyner ,Kristie E. Cameron, Arnja Dale and Jessica K. Walker

The daytime feeding frequency affects appetite-regulating hormones, amino acids, physical activity, and respiratory quotient, but not energy expenditure, in adult cats fed regimens for 21 days - Alexandra Camara, Adronie Verbrugghe, Cara Cargo-Froom, Kylie Hogan, Trevor J. DeVries, Andrea Sanchez, Lindsay E. Robinson, Anna K. Shoveller

Puppy behavior at the veterinary clinic: a pilot study - Martin Godbout, Clara Palestrini, Guy Beauchamp, Diane Frank

Pre-operative stress in dogs – a preliminary investigation of behavior and heart rate variability in healthy hospitalized dogs - Misse A-M Väisänen, Anna E Valros, Elisa Hakaoja, Marja R Raekallio, Outi M Vainio

Influence of Veterinary Care on the Urinary Corticoid: Creatinine Ratio in Dogs - I K van Vonderen, H S Kooistra, A Rijnberk

Genetic mapping of canine fear and aggression - Isain Zapata, James A. Serpell & Carlos E. Alvarez

View the complete PPG Archive.

New this month!

Getting Willow: How the Loss of One Dog Taught Me How to Grieve and Love Again - Sonya Bevan

A Creative Solution for the Dog Who Barks at Other Dogs – Kitty Lee

Good Kharma: Lessons from a Retired Greyhound - Devene Godau

The Fearful Rescue Dog Who Changed My Life - Gloria Schmidt

How to Choose a Harness for Your Dog – Joan Hunter Mayer

Lockdown Learning from Home - Animal Courses Direct

Overcoming Fear of Vet Visits - Susan Nilson and Angelica Steinker

Feline Litter Box Problems: The Needs of the Many - Andrea Carne

Four on the Floor - Donna Savoie

Waving Loudly – Morag Heirs

Rethinking Dominance in Horses - Dorothy Heffernan

Cats: In Crisis – Dr. Liz Bales

Project Trade: Revisited - Daniel Antolec


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