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September, 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.

#ShockFreeCoalition to Launch on September 25, 2017
PPG will roll out its brand new advocacy initiative, the Shock-Free Coalition on Monday, September 25, 2017, with many amazing events planned.

Launch week is September 25 - October 1, 2017

Get involved! Here is how you can join us for any or all of the many campaign week activities:

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August 30, 2017

Announcement made on the Shock-Free Coalition rollout to PPG members and stakeholders. 

Read the communication here

September 25 - September 30, 2017

Share our Social Media Campaign Badges. Post them across your own social media or share our PPG Facebook posts. Help us spread the word by using the hashtag #ShockFreeCoalition.

To launch on Sept 25

September 25, 2017

Official Public Announcement of The Shock-Free Coalition - Send your own press release to your local media to inform your community of your participation. 

To launch on Sept 25

September 25, 2017

12 Noon - Wave the Shock-Free Social Media Banner.

To launch on Sept 25

September 25, 2017

Sign the Shock-Free Pledge. Stop by and sign the Shock-Free Coalition Pledge.

To launch on Sept 25

September 25, 2017

Come and learn all about the Shock-Free Coalition. Join PPG president Niki Tudge for a webinar at 12 Noon.

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September 26, 2017

3 p.m. Special  Shock-Free Edition of PPG World Service radio show.  Join The Project Trade Team hosted by Louise Stapleton-Frappell and Niki Tudge. Join us to talk about Project Trade and to share experiences with our Project Trade ambassadors and participants.

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September 27, 2017

3 p.m. Ask The Expert - Jean Donaldson. Join us while we host Jean Donaldson live on the PPG Facebook Page to talk Positive Reinforcement and why we should "Click not Shock."

Click here for the Facebook event page where the chat will take place. 

September 28, 2017

Support the Shock-Free Coalition. Join PPG this week and have your $10.00 or $5.00 GBP membership application fee waived. Use code ShockFree when you apply through your respective website.

To launch Sept 25

September 28, 2017

3 p.m. Special PPG World Service radio show. Join Drayton Michaels and Niki Tudge for an uncensored chat about shock, when it is most often employed and how, what other interventions can be used to manage and train given the situation. This show will be held in honor of the late PPG founding member, Anne Springer, who was a lifelong advocate and warrior for force-free training methods

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September 29, 2017

Share The Joy! Share a photograph of your happy stress-free pet across social media with the #ShockFreeCoalition hashtag.

To launch Sept 25

September 30, 2017

12 Noon. Win a FREE Ticket to the PPG Summit in Orlando, Florida November 16-20, 2017. Join our live competition on the PPG Facebook Page. Results will be announced immediately. FIVE tickets are up for grabs!

To launch Sept 25

 October 1, 2017

4 p.m. EST Special Shock-Free Edition of PPG World Service radio show. Join us as we interview ethologist and best-selling author, Dr. Marc Bekoff. Hosted by Louise Stapleton-Frappell and Niki Tudge.

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We look forward to revealing our new Shock-Free Coalition web pages and all the resources we have available that will help each and every one of us advocate for a totally shock-free pet training industry, and hope you will support us as we roll out this ground-breaking, industry changing initiative.

BARKS from the Guild - September 2017 Issue Now Available Online

The September 2017 edition of BARKS from the Guild is now available to read online. Highlights include the common misconceptions about counterconditioning leash reactive dogs; a full report on PPGBI's recent attendance at the Victoria Stilwell Dog Bite and Behaviour Conference in London, England, and the June members' meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland; scentwork for hearing and/or visually-impaired dogs; h ow to use games to train your dog faster; Prof. Paul McGreevy on Citizen Scientists; the impact of injury and pain on behavior; curiosity as a reinforcer; the importance of play for cats; maintaining homeostasis as a foundation for equine enrichment; talking aversives with clients; the difference between teaching and training AND MORE.

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.

New PPG Committee for Animal Shelters and Rescue

PPG now has its own Shelter and Rescue Division with Kelly Lee of Dog Kind Training in Davis, California as chairwoman, and several new committee members. We will be reporting on their initiatives very soon. Contact the Shelter and Rescue Division.

PPG Members Invited to Clinical Animal Behavior Conference

Registration is open for the 2017 Clinical Animal Behavior Conference at the Oquendo Center Las Vegas, Nevada on December 1 - 3, 2017. Hosted by the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior and the Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians, PPG members Dr. Fiia Jokela and Dr. Lynn Honeckman will be in attendance and hope to welcome other PPG members at the event.


“This is such an important conference to both Dr. Honeckman and I because it is a uniter of the veterinary profession with the positive reinforcement community of professional trainers,” said Dr. Jokela. “Lynn and I value the input of trainers so deeply. We know the value of collaborative efforts between our professions. This is the meeting where trainers are veterinarians are brought together. We want this meeting to grow and we want trainers in attendance! We want all veterinarians to know that when looking for a trainer referral, they should be looking for PPG members.”

Speakers at the event include Irith Bloom, Dr. Susan Friedman and Dr. Lore Haug. See the full speaker list.  

New This Month in the PPG Archive

Animal emotions stare us in the face — are our pets happy? by Mirjam Guesgen

Research Project Final Report on the impact of use of remote static pulse electric training aids (ecollars) during the training of dogs in comparison to dogs referred for similar behavioural problems but without ecollar training by Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) UK

How to prevent resource guarding and “sudden biting” in parrots by Stephanie Edlund

Animals are conscious and should be treated as such by Marc Bekoff

Escaped pet birds are teaching wild birds to speak English by Stephen Messenger

What type of dog is that? Can you tell just by looking? by National Canine Research Council

Is your dog empathic? Developing a Dog Emotional Reactivity Survey by Flóra Szánthó, Ádám Miklósi, Enikő Kubinyi

The interrelated effect of sleep and learning in dogs (Canis familiaris); an EEG and behavioural study by Anna Kis, Sara Szakadat, Márta Gácsi, József Topál

Dogs And Pigs Get Bored, Too by Barbara J. King

Check the full PPG Archive.

New This Month on the PPG Blog

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 July Ambassadors

Congratulations to Marnie Johnson of  Canine Fine LLC in Colorado, USA who exchanged one prong collar (photo, below left) and is Project Trade ambassador for the month of July, and to runner-up Daniel Antolec of Happy Buddha Dog Training in Wisconsin, USA who exchanged one choke collar (photo, below right).


 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 World Service Radio Show, Podcasts

Upcoming Broadcasts:

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 4 p.m. (EDT) with guest: Dr. Sally Foote.
Topic: 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?

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:

Pat Miller – Canine Cognition and Ethical Dilemmas from August 6, 2017

Dr. Ilana Reisner - Dog Bites and Children: A Behavioral Perspective from August 16, 2017

Emily Larlham - Trick dogging from September 3, 2017

Live PPG Webinars

Free Member Webinar: Behavior Chain Fundamentals presented by Louise Stapleton-Frappell: Friday, September 15 - 3 p.m. EST

Differentiating the "Pawsibilities" presented by Dr. Lynn Honeckman: Monday, September 25 - 7 p.m. EST

Managing Compassion Fatigue: How to Care for Yourself While Caring for Animals and People presented by Dr. Vanessa Rohlf: Thursday, September 28 – 5 p.m. EDT

Fetch Me A Drink! The Key Strategies for Building a Successful Behavior Chain presented by Louise Stapleton-Frappell: Friday, October 6 - 3 p.m. EST

Platform Training - Step Up to the Mark presented by Kay Attwood: Wednesday, October 11 - 3 p.m. EST

Discounted Webinars - This Month ONLY!

PPG is offering selected webinars at a discount this month (discount valid till September 30, 2017).



Behavior Consulting and Declawed Cats

Jacqueline Munera

Changing Perspectives about Canine Spay and Neuter

Dr. Nancy Kay

Effective Training Sessions - The Pathway to Excellence

Dawn Gilkison

Puppy Vaccines Explained: The Biology Behind the Complicated Schedule

Dr. Jessica Hekman

Reactive Dogs - The Science and Art of Set Ups and Use of Live Decoy Dogs to Achieve Success

Yvette Van Veen

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

Congratulations to Louise Stapleton-Frappell from the DogSmith of Estepona, Spain, for becoming the latest PCBC-A through the Pet Professional Accreditation Board.


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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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