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Stay Up-to-Date with the Latest Developments at PPG! Issue 22: October 2017

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.

PPG Celebrates Launch of Shock-Free Coalition

PPG has reported a successful campaign week for the Shock-Free Coalition, a global initiative that seeks elimination of electric shock devices in animal training, consumer transparency for pet guardians seeking professional advice. Read the full press release.

Shock-Free Coalition on Facebook

The Shock-Free Coalition now has its very own Facebook Page. Please like and share the page so you can stay up-to-date on news and help spread the word. If you haven’t yet signed the Shock-Free Pledge, you can do so here, and this is our social media hashtag: #ShockFreeCoalition. We are grateful for our members’ support of this important initiative.

BARKS from the Guild - Order a Print Copy of the November Issue

You can now order a printed copy of the November 2017 issue of BARKS from the Guild to be delivered straight to your door. Articles include clicker training for cats, games for a dog on crate rest, proofing, shaping, luring, and poisoning cues, a veteran’s journey to force-free dog training, a dog’s ideal day, being your dog’s champion, enrichment at boarding and day care facilities, the power of off-contact training, individual preferences and +R for horses, consent testing with a flying squirrel, the need for self-care, canine professionals and court testimony, training vs. teaching, ask the experts with dog*tec, and all the latest PPG news.

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

PPGBI Attends UK Events


PPG British Isles (PPGBI) steering committee members have been busy flying the flag, with Carole Husein (pictured above right, with fellow PPGBI member Carol Anderson, left) representing PPG, Dog A.I.D. and force-free training in general through an 'Ask the Trainer' stand at Dogs’ Day Out, an annual event hosted by Burns Pet Nutrition. The event took place at the Pembrey Country Park, in Carmarthenshire, Wales in September.

“We were kept very busy even though we had to move into the Burns By Your Side reading dogs' tent due to the terrible weather,” said Husein. “The Burns Pet Nutrition charity, Burns in the Community, does some amazing work.”

Claire Staines (pictured above, right, with Kathy Sdao, left) meanwhile, attended The Weekend with Kathy Sdao (hosted by Kathy Sdao with guest speaker Jane Ardern) in Manchester, England, in September, and was joined by a group of PPGBI members. PPG had a stand at the event, with Staines reporting that she received a lot of “+R” at the event and was “utterly buzzing at the great wealth of information.”

New Webinar Search Feature

PPG now has a page on its website (see Webinars and Workshops on the Home Page) that allows you to search on Webinars by Presenter. Just click on the link and browse your favorite presenter offerings. Also, as a presenter, you can now link from your own website to your webinar page to promote them to your followers.

New This Month in the PPG Archive

Recent developments in Canine Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome by Alejandro Seisdedos Benzal, Alba Galán Rodríguez

Does cat attachment have an effect on human health? A comparison between owners and volunteers by Filipa A.B.S.G. Dinis, Thais Lima Fernandes Martins

Puppies or Puppets? Micromanaging Dogs by Lottie’s Dog blog

Why Prong Collars Hurt by Eileen Anderson

The Double Advantage of Reward-Based Training by Zazie Todd

How to Watch a Horse Training Video by Michelle Martiya

It's OK For Dogs to Engage in Zoomies and Enjoy FRAPs by Marc Bekoff

Check the full PPG Archive.

New This Month on the PPG Blog

An Open Letter To Pet Owners About The Pet Professional Guild’s Shock-Free Coalition by PPG

Using Annoying or Scary Sounds for Dog Training by Eileen Anderson

Just Say No to Saying “NO!” by Karen Baragona

No Magic Bullet by Pam Hogle

Ping Pong Recalls by Anna Bradley

Halloween Hazards for Pets by Daniel Antolec

How Cats Play by Beth Adelman

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PPG Presents Two-Day Workshop Hosted by Kathy Cascade


S.A.N.E. Solutions for Shy and Fearful Dogs®, presented by Kathy Cascade, will take place in Tampa, Florida on Saturday, January 27 and Sunday January 28, 2018. The seminar will be helpful for owners of dogs who exhibit shy, fearful, or anxious behaviors, and dog trainers, rescue and animal welfare professionals, or other pet care professionals who work with dogs with these behavior issues. Cascade will present an effective and positive approach to working with dogs who exhibit difficult behavior issues such as extreme fearfulness, anxiety, reactivity to new environments, noise phobias, and hyper-arousal. “S.A.N.E. Solutions” is simply a collection of tools and creative exercises designed to help dogs reduce tension and arousal while building confidence and coping skills. The goal is to give the dog a new experience of feeling safe, calm, and in control while in a challenging environment or in the presence of other dogs or people, which previously would have elicited a fearful response. Based on the principles of Tellington TTouchTM Training and sensory integration, this approach employs the use of novel sensory experiences to enhance learning.

Orlando Summit 2017

You can still register for PPG's 2017 summit in Orlando, Florida at the Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort on November 16 - November 20, 2017. Three value package options are available: the Great Dane, the Golden Retriever and the Border Terrier. Payment packages are available and PPG has negotiated competitive rates at the resort during the event, plus three days before and after. Download the official summit app as soon as you register. Individual session descriptions are now available! Dog*tec business coaches will also be on hand for a limited number of one-on-one in-person sit downs, pre-scheduled on a first come, first served basis, so find out more and sign up for your spot now!

Utah Training and Behavior Workshop 2018

Taking place at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah on April 22-26, 2018, the workshop will feature four days of lectures and hands-on clinics across multiple species with industry experts Janis Bradley, Chirag Patel, Emily Larlham, Jacqueline Munera, Emily Cassell and Lara Joseph, supported by Best Friends experts Dr. Franklin McMillan, Sherry Woodard, Glenn Pierce, plus a special presentation by Best Friends co-founder, Faith Maloney. More information and registration. The event also has its own Facebook group for attendees.

Sydney, Australia Summit 2018

The event is due to take place at the Bankstown Sports Club in Sydney, New South Wales, on July 27-29, 2018. Janis Bradley, communications and publications director of the National Canine Research Council, professional guide dog trainer Michele Pouliot, applied animal behaviorist Kathy Sdao, and PPG founder and president Niki Tudge will all present at the summit alongside Australia-based behavior and training specialists, Dr. Kat Gregory, Louise Ginman, Louise Newman, Alexis Davison, Laura Ryder and PPG Australia president Barbara Hodel, in what will be a mix of lectures and applied behavior analysis workshops. More information and registration.

Project Trade Announces August Ambassador

Congratulations to Heather Luedecke of Delighted Dog Training Academy in Columbus, Ohio, USA who traded two choke collars, one prong collar and one shock collar and is Project Trade's ambassador for August, 2017. Kudos also go to Daniel Antolec of Happy Buddha Dog Training in Wisconsin, USA for trading one prong collar, and to Breanna Norris of Canine Insights in Maine, USA, who collected two choke collars, and to Casey McGee of Upward Hound in Wisconsin, USA who exchanged one choke collar, one prong collar, and one shock collar.

   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.

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, October 18 - 4 p.m. EDT with guest Ken McCort

Topic: Ensuring our pets get along.

Register to listen live.

Sunday, November 5 - Noon EST with guest Helen Phillips

Topic: “Going for a Bumble” and teaching gundogs using positive reinforcement.

Register to listen live.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 2 p.m. EDT with guest Drayton Michaels

Topic: Let’s Opinionate! The lack of focus on human mechanics and the over reliance on “dog body language.”

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:

Dr. Sally Foote - The Top Five Low Stress Handling™ techniques for dogs; threshold learning - why recognizing the threshold for anxiety for an individual animal is essential for learning; and alternative therapies - do they really work? from September 20, 2017.

Special #ShockFreeCoalition Podcasts:

Daniel Antolec, Breanna Norris, Erika Gonzalez, Heather Luedecke, and Anastasia Tsoulia – Project Trade, a strategic way to apply a discounted service policy in exchange for aversive training equipment from September 26, 2017.

Drayton Michaels and Niki Tudge – An uncensored chat about training with shock! from September 28, 2017

Dr. Marc Bekoff - Do pet parents understand when their dog is feeling stressed and when their dog is feeling happy? from October 1, 2017. 

Live PPG Webinars

How Do You Know If A Dog Has Developed A Positive Association? TEST! Presented by Yvette Van Veen - Tuesday, October 17, 6 p.m. EDT

Nitty Gritty of Cat Training: Compacted Version! Presented by Jacqueline Munera - Monday, October 23, Noon EDT


Restricted Activity for Dogs Presented by Siân Ryan - Thursday, November 9, 2 p.m. EST

Discounted Webinars - This Month ONLY!

PPG is offering selected webinars at a discount this month (discount valid till October 31, 2017).



Positive Veterinary Visits

Dr. Amy Pike

A Brief History of Corporal Punishment

Jean Donaldson

Tackle Your Teaching

Veronica Boutelle

Are Cats Really The Independent Animals We Believe They Are? New Research Suggests Not!

Dr. Isabella Merola

Learn About The Genetics of Canine Aggression

Dr. Jessica Hekman

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.

Member Brags

From Kathy Wolff of Mosaic Dog Training in Wisconsin: “I was scheduled to host an educational booth at our local pet store. Even though Watertown is fairly small and nestled between Madison and Milwaukee, a franchise training facility that uses the e-collar has been showing up around here. So, I thought I would create a [Shock-Free Coalition] pledge board. I had many owners stop by to sign the board and I gave them a handout to read and share. It was a great day! I plan to hang the board in my training space and have a pen handy for anyone else who wants to sign!”

Astrid Tryon of House of Dog Training in Colorado Springs, Colorado was inspired by the idea, and now has a pledge board hanging in her training facility. “I will encourage clients to sign it and will also take it to our next event.”


And finally, Dorchester, Ontario-based PPG member Yvette Van Veen’s blog My dog is smart— so, why won't he come when called? has been published on msn.com.


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Schedule an On-Site Business Consult with Dog*Tec

Dog*tec business coaches will be on hand for one-on-one in-person sit downs at this year’s annual summit in Orlando. If you’ve ever thought about taking advantage of their friendly, individualized consulting, this is a great chance to give it a try. Get some advice about how to start your dream business, or a little help with the business you already have. Wish you had more clients or students? Wondering how to raise your rates without risk? Need some support solving a pesky problem? A chat with dog*tec is just the thing. Consults will be pre-scheduled on a first come, first served basis later this year, so watch for the sign-up announcement!



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