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Pet Owner Members – Get Your $35 Discount on the Celebrating Life Together Event!


That’s right! PPG Pet Owner Members get a $35 discount on registration options 1 and 3 for the Celebrating Life Together advocacy event! To get your discount code, log in and go to the Pet Owner Member Area. Click on the “Pet Owner Discounts” link in the right sidebar, then click on the discount card called “Celebrating Life Together – PPG Member $35 Discount Code.” After you grab your discount code, click here to register for the event. We can’t wait for you to join the fun!


PPG Advocacy Panel: The Most Misunderstood Facts About Cats and Their Behavior


Join PPG Advocacy Task Force Chair Don Hanson as he hosts a clowder of feline training and behavior experts for a discussion about the most misunderstood facts about cats and their behavior. Your panelists for this discussion are Dr. Zazie Todd, Beth Adelman, Allison Hunter-Frederick, Holden Svirsky, and Joanna Wachowiak-Finlaison. Enjoy listening to the Advocacy Panel’s informal, free-flowing discussion! Listen to the podcast here on a choice of platforms. Or simply click the ‘Play’ button below. Recorded July 17, 2024. Find out more about future Advocacy Panel topics and dates.


Chat & Chuckle with Veronica Sanchez of Cooperative Paws Service Dog Education


Join PPG Founder and President Niki Tudge as she chats and chuckles with Veronica Sanchez of Cooperative Paws Service Dog Education, a PPG Corporate Partner, about her service dog coaching program. Veronica shares information about her Service Dog Coach certificate program that is opening for enrollment on July 30, 2024, and is only open for two weeks. Get your application in by August 1 to get the early-bird discount! The course begins August 27, 2024. Enrollment for this program opens only twice per year, so don’t miss your opportunity to… Continued



PPG Appoints Maria Karunuñgan as Vice Chair of Its Shelter & Rescue Division


Please join us in congratulating Maria Karunuñgan as the new vice chair of PPG’s Shelter and Rescue Division! “I am excited to help support Division Chair Holden Svirsky and the PPG in this new role, and continue the volunteer efforts and collaboration that I have been a part of since this division was formed in 2017.”  Maria Karunuñgan, PhD, CTC, CSAT, has spent nearly 10 years working in different behavior and training capacities for various shelters and rescues in the Northern California Bay Area, including the East Bay SPCA, Joybound… Continued


Chat & Chuckle with Grace Taylor About Collaborating with Cat Sitters


Join Laura Cassiday and Joanna Wachowiak-Finlaison as they chat and chuckle with Grace Taylor about collaborating with cat sitters to promote your business. Grace Taylor is the owner of Furever Friends Catsitting in Baltimore, Maryland. With a deep passion for animal welfare, she has been actively involved in cat rescue and fostering for many years, specializing in neonates. Grace has fostered over 180 cats and kittens, dedicating her life to providing loving homes and care for the most vulnerable felines. Listen to the podcast on a choice of platforms here.… Continued


PPG Advocacy Panel: The Importance of Empathy and Compassion in Animal Training—Why There Is No Need for Violence … Ever


Listen as the PPG Advocacy Panel addresses these important questions: Your Moderator: ⁠PPG Advocacy Task Force⁠ Chair Don Hanson Your Panelists: Daniel Antolec, Pat Miller, Dayle Pierce, Holden Svirsky, Melissa Taylor, Jennifer Van Valkenburg, and Sam Wike Enjoy listening to the Advocacy Panel’s informal, free-flowing discussion! Listen to the podcast here on a choice of platforms. Or simply click the ‘Play’ button below. Recorded June 19, 2024. Find out more about future Advocacy Panel topics and dates.


PPG Appoints Joanna Wachowiak-Finlaison as Feline Division Vice Chair


Please join us in congratulating Joanna Wachowiak-Finlaison as the new vice chair of PPG’s Feline Division! “I am thrilled to accept the role of vice chair of the Feline Division at the Pet Professional Guild,” said Joanna. “In this position, I will be dedicated to advancing feline welfare through education, advocacy, and support for other cat professionals. Together we will strive to improve the lives of cats and strengthen the bond between pets and their guardians.” Joanna is a Houston-based dog and cat trainer and behavior consultant. She started on… Continued


Welcome Corporate Partners


Welcome to your Corporate Partner Member Area. Here, you will find your badges, benefit guide, and benefit matrix. We will also post here any information regarding our Corporate Partner Meetups on Zoom.





Learn All About Celebrating Life Together—PPG’s 2024 Advocacy Event!


Listen to this fun-filled discussion about PPG’s upcoming advocacy event, Celebrating Life Together, taking place in August and September 2024!  Learn how you can help raise awareness for humane, ethical, and effective pet training and care, and win amazing prizes!  Listen to the podcast on a choice of platforms here. Or simply click on the “play” button below. Recorded June 4, 2024


PPG Advocacy Panel: How Do We Turn Prospects Into Clients?


Listen as the PPG Advocacy Panel discusses ways to turn prospects into clients. Your Moderator: ⁠PPG Advocacy Task Force⁠ Chair Don Hanson Your Panelists: Dr. Eduardo Fernandez, Dr. Kristina Spaulding, Beth Adelman, Daniel Antolec, Allison Hunter-Frederick, Judy Luther, Sandra Machado, Debbie Sheridan, and Sam Wike Enjoy listening to the Advocacy Panel’s informal, free-flowing discussion! Listen to the podcast here on a choice of platforms. Or simply click the ‘Play’ button below. Recorded May 15, 2024. Find out more about future Advocacy Panel topics and dates.


Chat & Chuckle with Michelle Martiya About Working With Hybrid Cats


Savannahs and Bengals (and spraying) … oh my! Join Laura Cassiday and Joanna Wachowiak-Finlaison as they chat and chuckle with Michelle Martiya about working with hybrid cats! Michelle Martiya is an ABI certified exotic animal trainer who works with canines, equids, and exotic species. Michelle specializes in connecting and building relationships with fearful and feral equids, combining her natural ”way” with animals and her many years of experience, with a robust education in animal behavior and training. Michelle’s animal experience includes both domestic and exotic species, and she currently coaches… Continued


Pet Professional Guild Announces New Event Titled Celebrating Life Together—A Pet-Approved Event


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Paula GarberEmail: [email protected]: petprofessionalguild.comSocial Media: Facebook, Twitter Pet Professional Guild Announces New Event Titled Celebrating Life Together—A Pet-Approved EventThe August event includes a three-day virtual education event and a month-long community outreach competition whose aim is to saturate social media and local communities with fun, effective pet training and care protocols for pet professionals and pet owners. The Villages, Fla. – May 10, 2024 — The Pet Professional Guild (PPG) has announced a two-part event called Celebrating Life Together—A Pet-Approved Event to raise awareness for humane,… Continued


Chat & Chuckle with Katlyn Grayson About Making Modifications for Cats With Mobility Issues


Cats with limited mobility need an environment that accommodates their need. Join Laura Cassiday and Joanna Wachowiak-Finlaison as they chat and chuckle with Katlyn Grayson about making modifications for cats with mobility issues. Katlyn Grayson is a Fear Free Certified Professional (FFCP), Licensed Family Dog Mediator (LFDM), CertifiedProfessional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) and a Certified Cat Behavior Consultant (CCBC). She is the owner of Pets Knead Peace in Northeast Ohio providing in-person and virtual behavior assistance for dogs, cats and their guardians.  She began her behavior journey when she started working in animal shelters in 2009. Since then, she… Continued


PPG Advocacy Panel: Conversations About Compassionate Care and Connection with Dr. Laura Donaldson


You don’t want to miss this special episode! It’s the first for a new Advocacy Task Force program called Conversations About Compassionate Care and Connection. These special Advocacy Panels feature a special guest and two co-hosts.  The special guest for this Advocacy Panel is Dr. Laura Donaldson! Your Co-hosts: Judy Luther and Debbie Sheridan Your Moderator: ⁠PPG Advocacy Task Force⁠ Chair Don Hanson Enjoy listening to the Advocacy Panel’s informal, free-flowing discussion! Listen to the podcast here on a choice of platforms. Or simply click the ‘Play’ button below. Recorded April 17, 2024. Find out… Continued



Chat & Chuckle with Suzanne Clothier About the Functional Assessment Tracking (FAT) App


Watch Niki Tudge and Judy Luther chat and chuckle with Suzanne Clothier about the Functional Assessment Tracking (FAT) app. The recording is FREE to all! See below for the link to register. Read on for more information about the FAT app FAT (Functional Assessment Tracking) is an online assessment tool that views the dog as a functional being across these dimensions: Functional behaviors are the behaviors of daily life necessary for a dog’s well-being. Functional behaviors contribute to the animal’s quality of life and are important to health and well-being,… Continued


PPG Advocacy Panel: Unrealistic Expectations: Where Do They Come From and How Do We Diffuse Them?


In this episode, the PPG Advocacy Panel discusses unrealistic expectations for pets, where those expectations come from, and how to diffuse them. Your Moderator: PPG Advocacy Task Force Chair Don Hanson Your Advocacy Panel for this discussion: Dr. Karolina Westlund, Daniel Antolec, Kristi Benson, Kim Silver and Sam Wike Enjoy listening to the Advocacy Panel’s informal, free-flowing discussion! Listen to the podcast here on a choice of platforms. Or simply click the ‘Play’ button below. Recorded March 20, 2024. Find out more about future Advocacy Panel topics and dates.


Chat & Chuckle with Beth Adelman About Shifting Perspectives About Cat Behavior


Change can be good, especially when it comes to understanding cats better! Join Laura Cassiday and Joanna Wachowiak-Finlaison as they chat and chuckle with Beth Adelman about shifting people’s perspectives about cat behavior. Beth Adelman, MS, is a Cat Behavior Consultant in Brooklyn, New York. Beth is currrently on the executive committee of the Pet Professional Guild’s Feline Division, and was a founding member of the Cat Division of the IAABC. She is the former editor in chief of Cats magazine and DogWorld and former cat columnist for the New York Post. She currently is a… Continued


Applicant Support Group


Your New Support Group As an applicant to our credentialing program, we are sure you have many questions. So to make it easier for you to get answers we have scheduled two monthly sessions which will be held on Zoom. These have been scheduled to support all time zones. The following are the days and times you can jump on Zoom each month and talk to the Education Committee leadership.


PPG Advocacy Panel: Changing a Pet’s Behavior by Changing Human Behavior


In this episode, the PPG Advocacy Panel discusses changing a pet’s behavior by changing human behavior. Your Moderator: PPG Advocacy Task Force Chair Don Hanson Your Advocacy Panel for this discussion: Dr. Zazie Todd, Dr. Karolina Westlund, Beth Adelman, Daniel Antolec, Judy Luther, Sandra Machado, Pat Miller, Debbie Sheridan and Sam Wike Enjoy listening to the Advocacy Panel’s informal, free-flowing discussion! Listen to the podcast here on a choice of platforms. Or simply click the ‘Play’ button below. Recorded February 21, 2024. Find out more about future Advocacy Panel topics and dates.


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