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Stay Up-to-Date with the Latest Developments at PPG! Issue 33: September 2018

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 Launches Let’s Celebrate +R Photo/Video Competition

PPG has marked November 17, 2018 as the International Day of Advocacy to celebrate the first anniversary of the official launch of its international advocacy initiative, the Shock-Free Coalition. The focal point of the celebration will be Let's Celebrate +R, a photo and video competition where pet professionals and enthusiasts can showcase the best of positive reinforcement-based pet training and education. Let's Celebrate +R will run from seven days prior to seven days post November 17. Entry will be via both PPG's North America/International and Europe websites with prizes issued to the winners selected from submissions to both sites. To participate, simply take a photo and/or make a short video and submit it to one of the competition categories. Great prizes are on offer, including a ticket to PPG’s Canine Aggression and Bite Prevention Seminar 2019 in Portland, Oregon and Woof 2019 in Nottingham, England. Read press release.

PPG Responds to Joint IAABC, APDT and CCPDT Code of Ethics

"While PPG commends the initial move made jointly by the IAABC, APDT and CCPDT, it calls for a bigger initial step to be made. Surely all professionals involved in the training, care and management of pets can agree that there is never a scenario, morally or ethically, where the implementation of electric shock can ever be justified or deemed necessary. PPG thus proposes an alternative first step: that electric shock is taken off the table once and for all." Read full response here.

PPG Responds to UK Shock Collar Ban

PPG fully supports and applauds the Government of the United Kingdom’s decision to implement a nationwide ban on the use of remote control electric shock collars for the training, management, and care for pets. Further, PPG is in full agreement with the U.K. Kennel Club (2018) that “the use of electric shock collars as a training method has a long term negative welfare impact on dogs.” Read full response.

PPG Announces Junior Membership, Accreditation Program

PPG has launched a junior membership program for children, teenagers and young adults to help them learn and understand the fundamentals of pet care, behavior and training, and give them an insight into the possibility of working with animals in a force-free, fear-free manner. The new memberships have been divided into three categories: Category One - Provisional Junior Basic (age group 8-12 years); Category Two - Provisional Junior Advanced (age group 13-17 years); and Category Three - Provisional Apprentice (age group 18-20 years). Read press release.

Portland 2019: Win a Free Ticket!

Enter PPG’s Writers’ Competition and win a FREE ticket worth $500 to the Canine Aggression and Bite Prevention Seminar in Portland, Oregon on April 26-28, 2019! PPG is looking for blog posts or short features on the topic of canine or feline aggression to publish on the BARKS Blog or in BARKS from the Guild. If your blog post or article is selected for publication, you will win a FREE ticket to Portland 2019! Deadline for entries: September 30, 2018; winners announced: October 14, 2018. Submit your article here.

Portland 2019: First Free Ticket Winner

Congratulations to Cecelia Sumner who is the first winner of a free ticket to the PPG Canine Aggression and Bite Prevention Seminar in Portland, Oregon on April 26-28, 2019!

September BARKS Now Available Online

 The digital edition of the September 2018 issue of BARKS from the Guild is now available. Special multi-species issue features cats, dogs, tortoises, rabbits, horses, and parrots, as well as training, behavior, boarding and day care, PPG news, mentorship, business advice, and lots more!

Order November BARKS in Print

You can now order the print edition of the November 2018 edition of BARKS. This issue’s Cover Story examines the roles of dopamine, anticipation, and reinforcement schedules and the essential roles they combine to play in the efficacy of your training. Other topics in include (view the Contents page):

Canine: Rescuing dogs from abroad and how new owners can best address common behavior issues.

Canine: 10 Tips for fun, safe and successful RV or car travel and camping with dogs.

Canine: Tools and methods available on the market to help the reluctant canine car passenger and keep them safe.

Canine: What happens when the human-dog bond fails?

Feline: Sociality and considerations for cats in multicat households.

Equine: Catering for a group of horses and allowing horses to choose their own friends.

Avian: The tale Willoughby the turkey vulture who went from charging and trying to bite, to becoming an educator of the most unique kind.

Behavior: Commonly held misconceptions about rabbit behavior and care plus practical solutions.

Pet Care: The lack of regulation in the pet care and services industry and education for pet care technician students, based on internship sites in New York City.

Pet Care: Health issues and the importance of a proper cleaning protocol for boarding and day care facilities.

Consulting: The Experiential Learning Cycle and explains how to effectively conduct training lessons with clients.

Business: Preparing for the Holiday Season.

Events: A special report from PPG Australia’s inaugural summit, held in Sydney at the end of July.

Profile: Stephanie Peters of Plucky Paws, LLC in Ames, Iowa.

Book Review: Pepper Becoming: The Journey of an Unwanted Dog and the Man Who Wanted Her by John D. Visconti.


Equine Committee Appoints New Chair

The PPG Equine Committee has appointed Mary Richards as its new chair, effective immediately. Richards holds a bachelor’s in psychology and has completed several other programs focusing on equine management, including behavior, welfare and nutrition. She has over two decades of professional experience training animals in a variety of environments, ranging from zoos to large animal facilities. She owns and operates The Enriched Equine in Orlando, Florida and is also a zoological manager at a large equine facility in Orlando with more than 80 horses and ponies where she works closely with the facility's staff on training and enrichment programs. PPG would like to thank outgoing chair Michelle Martiya for all her hard work and continued support.

October Workshops – Last Chance!


PPG is hosting back-to-back workshops at its HQ in Tampa, Florida next month. Let's Coach Scent Work!, hosted by Robert Hewings, head of learning and development for the United Kingdom College of Scent Detection, takes place on October 20 – 21, 2018 and will be Hewings’ first-ever appearance in the United States. Both working and auditor spots are available. The second event is the Walk this Way instructor certification workshop with Louise Stapleton-Frappell and Niki Tudge on October 22-23, 2018. Again, both working auditor spots are available. If you register for both workshops, you will receive a 10 percent discount on an auditor spot or a 20 percent discount on a working spot. Contact Rebekah King for your registration code.

Craig Ogilvie Workshop 2019

Highly experienced certified canine behaviorist and trainer, police dog training instructor and mondioring decoy, Craig Ogilvie will be in the US for the first time to present a two-day workshop, Communication, Interaction, Arousal & Problematic Behaviors - A Practical Guide to Understanding, Implementing and Overcoming, on October 12-13, 2019 at PPG’s Tampa, Florida HQ. More details and registration.

BARKS Podcasts


Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 3 p.m. EST

Guest: Jane Bowers.

Topic: Assessing and Interpreting Dog Behaviour, a course for law enforcement personnel and others who meet unfamiliar dogs in the course of their duties.

Register to listen live.

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

View the full schedule of upcoming BARKS Podcasts here.


September 11, 2018: Morag Heirs discusses her article in BARKS, Fast and Furious about training deaf dogs to participate in dog sports such as canicross and flyball, as well as living with and training a deaf dog. Listen here.

PPG Webinars

Thursday, September 20 - 1:30 p.m. EDT

Understanding Animal Welfare: The Five Freedoms to the Five Domains and Beyond Presented by Frania Shelley-Grielen

Wednesday, September 26 - 1 p.m. EDT

Sugar, Serotonin and Schmackos: Raw Food and Canine Behaviour. Presented by Dr. Nick Thompson

Thursday, October 4 - 6 p.m. EDT

Emotional Animals Presented by Jessica Gonzalez

Thursday, October 11 - 3 p.m. EDT

Pestering Pooches: Helping Dogs go from Crazy and Wild to Mannered and Mild. Presented by Kristi Benson

Discounted Webinars - This Month ONLY!

PPG is offering selected webinars at a discount this month (discount valid till September 30, 2018).



“Beware the Straw Man: Fact, Fiction & Science in the Dog Training World”

Linda Case

Understand How To Use Respondent Conditioning As A Practical View to Behavior Modification

Claudia Estanislau

Learn how to effectively counsel and motivate separation anxiety clients and keep them committed

Malena DeMartini-Price

Building Empathy - How to Teach Children to Interact Safely with Dogs

Janis Bradley

Understand How You Can Bring A Feral Pup Into The Pet Home

Yvette Van Veen

Guild Archive and BARKS Blog: New this Month

Shock collars, Regulation, and Education on the Alternatives - Zazie Todd

Red fox genome assembly identifies genomic regions associated with tame and aggressive behaviours - Anna V. Kukekova et al.

Positive emotional contagion in a New Zealand parrot - Raoul Schwing, Ximena J. Nelson, Amelia Wein, Stuart Parsons

Vets hail England ban on electric shock collar use - British Veterinary Association

Parrots find ‘laughter’ contagious and high-five in mid air – New Scientist

Goats prefer positive human emotional facial expressions - Christian Nawroth, Natalia Albuquerque, Carine Savalli, Marie-Sophie Single, Alan G. McElligott

The long-term benefits of dog ownership in families with children with autism - Sophie S. Hall, Hannah F. Wright, Annette Hames, PAWS Team1, Daniel S. Mills

RSPCA calls for nationwide ban on dog electric shock training and anti-bark collars - Mandy Squires

If the birds can expect a larger profit in the future, they foregoe their desire for immediate reward - Science Daily

Affiliation, dominance and friendship among companion dogs - Barbara Smuts, Aaron A. Sandel , Rebecca K. Trisko

Flight, foe, fight! aggressive interactions between dogs - A. Capra, S. Barnard, P. Valsecchi

Analysis of Factors Relating to Companion Rabbits Relinquished to Two United Kingdom Rehoming Centers - Clare F. Ellis, Wanda McCormick & Ambrose Tinarwo

Eight Tips to Help Fearful Dogs Feel Safe – Zazie Todd

Economic Decision-Making in Parrots – Anastasia Krasheninnikova, Friederike Höner, Laurie O’Neill, Elisabetta Penna & Auguste M. P. von Bayern

How to Pet Cats and Dogs – Zazie Todd

A Canine Conundrum: To Hug or Not to Hug? - Dr Kate Mornement

The Bond That Never Developed: Adoption and Relinquishment of Dogs in a Rescue Shelter - Francesca Mondelli, Emanuela Prato Previde, Marina Verga, Diana Levi, Sonia Magistrelli & Paola Valsecchi

A canine identity crisis: Genetic breed heritage testing of shelter dogs – Lisa M. Gunter, Rebecca T. Barber, Clive D. L. Wynne

The presence of a dog attenuates cortisol and heart rate in the Trier Social Stress Test compared to human friends - John P. Polheber & Robert L. Matchock

Peer Reviewed — Preventing Motion Sickness in Dogs - Amy Breton

Signs of travel-related problems in dogs and their response to treatment with dog appeasing pheromone – M. Gandia Estellés and D.S. Mills

The effect of a pressure wrap (ThunderShirt®) on heart rate and behavior in canines diagnosed with anxiety disorder - Camille King, Laurie Buffington, Thomas J.Smith, Temple Grandin

Survey of travel-related problems in dogs – C. Mariti, E. Ricci, M. Mengoli, M. Zilocchi, C. Sighieri and A. Gazzano

Children are unaware of the risks of approaching frightened dogs – Science Daily

Questionnaire survey on the use of different e-collar types in France in everyday life with a view to providing recommendations for possible future regulations - Sylvia Masson, Isabelle Nigron, Emmanuel Gaultier

UK wide electric shock collar ban will save hundreds of thousands of dogs from aversive training devices – Kennel Club

Why is Large Rabbit Accommodation Important? – Tamsin Stone

Nail Trim Terror? Address it - Awesome Dogs Video

See the full PPG Archive.

7 Ways to Get Behaviour - Karolina Westlund

Clicking your Dog for Doing Nothing! – Sue McCabe

Why Your Dog Doesn’t Know Sit - Yvette Van Veen

How to Achieve Purrvana - Daniel “DQ” Quagliozzi

“No-Kill” Shelters Are Not Enough – Pamela Hogle

Reaching the Holy Grail of Training – Yvette Van Veen

How to Make Your Training Work! – Anna Bradley

Distinguishing Night from Day – Debbie Bauer

Reading List for Dog Owners – Daniel Antolec

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PPG Members in the News

Inside Tucson: PPG appoints Kim Silver as regional coordinator, Arizona for its Shock-Free Coalition, a global advocacy campaign which aims to end the practice of administering electric shock to train, manage and care for pets.

Pet Gazette: The Pet Professional Guild (PPG) has appointed Rachel Hayball of Woof Less Wag More Dog Training and Behaviour in Beaminster, Dorset, as regional coordinator England, for its Shock-Free Coalition.


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