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Chat & Chuckle with Tabitha Kucera About Cooperative Care for Cats


Join Laura Cassiday and Joanna Wachowiak-Finlaison as they chat and chuckle with Tabitha Kucera, RVT, VTS (Behavior), about cooperative care for cats—an important topic since significantly fewer cats than dogs see a veterinarian every year, and cooperative care can make vet visits less stressful and more comprehensive for cats!  Tabitha Kucera is an Elite Fear Free and Low-Stress Handling Certified Registered Veterinary Technician, VTS (Behavior), Certified Cat Behavior Consultant, and Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner. She is the owner of Chirrups and Chatter Cat and Dog Behavior Consulting and Training… Continued


Industry News: U.K. Aims to Ban “American XL Bully”


On September 15, 2023, the U.K. government announced its intention to add American XL Bully dogs to its list of dogs banned under the Dangerous Dog Act. Read the full story here. A panel discussion entitled, “XL Bully Ban: What We Know So Far,” was held on September 24, 2023. The panelists included Trevor Cooper (Solicitor), Mel Rushmore and Andrea Phillips (Deed Not Breed), and Mike Webb (Battersea Dogs’ and Cats’ Home). Watch the recording here. As stated in PPG’s position statement on breed specific legislation, “PPG holds that Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) such as… Continued



Action Needed! The Final Push for the U.K. Shock Collar Ban


We need your help to make a final, hard push for the e-collar ban in the United Kingdom! Please email the Leader of the House and ask her to re-schedule the House of Commons debate that was cancelled back in June, so that the legislation can go through on the timetable stated back in April. This will be a triumph for animal welfare!  If you have friends, family or colleagues in the United Kingdom, please pass this email along to them so they can take action as well. Even if… Continued



PPG’s New Pet Training Science Alliance Program


Join Niki Tudge, Jean Donaldson, Judy Luther, and Rebekah King as they gather to officially launch PPG’s new Pet Training Science Alliance (PTSA)! Learn about what the program is, how the program works, and how you can help support it as an educator or as a learner.  Stay up to date on the latest PTSA projects here: ⁠https://www.petprofessionalguild.com/Pet-Training-Science-Alliance Listen to the podcast on a choice of platforms here. Or simply click on the “play” button below. Recorded September 25, 2023


Take Part in Groundbreaking Puppy Research Run by University of Lincoln and Zigzag


Did you know? There has been minimal research surrounding puppy development since the 1960s, with huge gaps existing in our knowledge—particularly in relation to specific breed behaviours and traits. Crazy, isn’t it? Zigzag has joined forces with the University of Lincoln, and we want you to join us and be a pioneer in new, modern research—research that could prove crucial to puppy development. Through this research, you and your clients could be a direct reason for people to gain a better understanding of puppy behaviour that would ultimately help improve… Continued


PPG’s Ethics Review Process—A Reminder


Professional ethics are of utmost importance here at PPG, and we take reports about ethics violations very seriously. PPG’s ethics review process is detailed and confidential, and has worked exceptionally well since it was created more than 12 years ago. However, in order for PPG’s Ethics Committee to investigate an ethics violation report, the person making the report must provide complete information and evidence to support their claim. For legal, ethical and other reasons, PPG can’t investigate ethics complaints based on hearsay. Read more about PPG’s ethics review process and requirements… Continued


Call to Action! Please Speak Out Against Abusive Dog Training Methods


It is extremely unusual for PPG to name individuals we disagree with. Normally, we speak to methods, philosophy and approach using facts. THIS IS DIFFERENT. Augusto DeOliveira (aka “the Dog Daddy”) is not training pets—he is inflicting pain and fear. This is not dog training; this is abuse. Some of the abusive practices the Dog Daddy exhibits in his videos are: Since its inception, PPG’s mission has been to combat cruel and abusive dog training methods like those used by the Dog Daddy, while simultaneously promoting its Guiding Principles and… Continued


Chat & Chuckle with Katenna Jones About Working with Dogs and Cats Together


Join Laura Cassiday and Joanna Wachowiak-Finlaison as they chat and chuckle with Katenna Jones of ⁠Jones Animal Behavior⁠ about working with dogs and cats together. Animal behavior is not a new field for Katenna, nor a hobby turned into a career—it’s all she’s ever done. She became a shelter volunteer in 1998 while earning a Bachelor’s degree in biology, then went on to earn a Master’s in psychology with a focus on animal behavior from Brown University. Katenna is Rhode Island’s only Associate Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist and Certified Cat Behavior Consultant,… Continued


Dogs Demystified: An A-to-Z Guide to All Things Canine with Dr. Marc Bekoff


Join Niki Tudge as she chats with Dr. Marc Bekoff about his recent book, Dogs Demystified: An A-to-Z Guide to All Things Canine, including some annoying dog myths that are covered in the book. ⁠⁠The book is available on Amazon here. Listen to the podcast on a choice of platforms here. Or simply click on the “play” button below. Recorded July 31, 2023


Action Needed! The U.K. Shock Collar Ban


Your action is urgently needed. PPG British Isles members, please take immediate action and follow the instructions below. If you are not in the United Kingdom but have friends, family or colleagues there, please pass this email along to them so they can take action as well. As anticipated, the supporters of electric shock collars have come out in force to lobby Defra, insisting that e-collars are necessary for training dogs and modifying behavior. There is a real danger that this may sway the government, which is currently listening to… Continued


Chat & Chuckle with Beth Brown About Control Unleashed for Cats


Join Laura Cassiday and Joanna Wachowiak-Finlaison as they chat and chuckle with Beth Brown about Control Unleashed for cats!  Beth Brown (CDBC, CCBC, CSAT, CPDT-KSA, CCUI, FFCP) is passionate about educating people to advocate for and use force-free approaches to living with their animals. Specifically, teaching people and animals to communicate more effectively together using Leslie McDevitt’s Control Unleashed pattern games is the most rewarding thing she does. Beth works with private clients through her behavior-consulting business, ⁠Ear to Tail⁠, and on a variety of behavior issues for both dogs and cats,… Continued


PPG Advocacy Panel: The Why and How of Teaching Our Students the Importance of Understanding Our Pets’ Emotions and Body Language


Grab your favorite snack or beverage, and settle in to listen as the PPG Advocacy Panel discusses the why and how of teaching our students the importance of understanding our pets’ emotions and body language.  Your Moderator: PPG Advocacy Division Chair Don Hanson Your Advocacy Panel for this discussion: Beth Adelman, Daniel Antolec, Judy Luther, Sandra Machado, Kim Silver, and Sam Wike Enjoy listening to the Advocacy Panel’s informal, free-flowing discussion of misunderstood facts about dogs! Listen to the podcast here on a choice of platforms. Or simply click the ‘Play’… Continued



PPG Advocacy Panel: How Do the PPG Guiding Principles Differ From LIMA?


Listen as the PPG Advocacy Panel addresses these five important questions: Your Moderator: PPG Advocacy Division Chair Don Hanson Your Advocacy Panel for this discussion: Niki Tudge, Dr. Eduardo Fernandez, Dr. Zazie Todd, Sue Kocher, Debbie Sheridan, and Kim Silver Enjoy listening to the Advocacy Panel’s informal, free-flowing discussion of misunderstood facts about dogs! Listen to the podcast here on a choice of platforms. Or simply click the ‘Play’ button below. Find out more about future Advocacy Panel topics and dates.


Chat & Chuckle with Alejandra López Irala of Rasca y Pica in Argentina


Join Laura Cassiday and Joanna Wachowiak-Finlaison as they chat and chuckle with Alejandra López Irala of Rasca y Pica in Buenos Aires, Argentina, about how to make your cat behavior consulting business stand out. Alejandra is a Certified Cat Behavior Consultant, CCBC. She is the owner of Rasca y Pica, whose goal is to help everyone learn about cats and highlight their welfare.  Her life focuses on the domestic feline so she can help people better understand and relate to their pets, leading to a stronger bond and a more… Continued


Update on Radio Systems Corporation Class-Action Lawsuit


On May 10, the judge denied the defendant’s second motion to dismiss the case. This order is even better than the one before. It expands the number of PetSafe products subject to the case to 24. Click here to read the minutes from the May 10 court hearing.


Michelle Martiya Returns as Chair of the Equid Division


Join us in welcoming back Michelle Martiya as chair of PPG’s Equid Division! Michelle helped found the Equid Division in 2018 and owns Essential Animal Training in Boca Raton, Florida. She takes the reins from Dorothy Heffernan, who served as chair of the division for two years. Click here to read the news release.


Chat & Chuckle with Dale Ward: Raising the Worst Dog Ever! (Part 1)


Join Niki Tudge and Judy Luther as they chat and chuckle with Dale Ward of ⁠Dale’s Dog Training Academy⁠ about her book, Raising the Worst Dog Ever: A Survival Guide—winner in the Human/Animal Bond category of the 2020 Dog Writers Association of America competition!  Enjoy listening as Niki, Judy, and Dale share their expertise in a fun, free-flowing format! Listen to the podcast on a choice of platforms here. Or simply click on the “play” button below. Recorded May 29, 2023


England Bans Shock Collars


Great news! England has banned the use of remote-controlled electric collars on dogs, effective February 1, 2024. The Kennel Club, which led the decade-long effort, made the announcement on Friday, April 28. Please help keep the momentum going! If you haven’t already done so, sign the Shock-Free Pledge today and encourage your friends, clients and colleagues to sign as well.


Welcome K. Holden Svirsky, New Chair of the Shelter & Rescue Division


K. Holden Svirsky of HoldenK9 LLC has stepped up as chair of PPG’s Shelter & Rescue Division. Holden is a dog behavior consultant with a certificate in training and counseling from the Academy for Dog Trainers. She is also a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer through Malena DeMartini’s certification program. She has been with PPG’s Shelter & Rescue Division since 2019 and helped author and develop the Pet Rescue Resource, an online toolkit for shelters and rescues to improve the adoption and retention rates of homeless pets, launched by the division in 2020. Read the full news… Continued


PPG Announces New Corporate Partner: Jungle Jordan


PPG has granted Jungle Jordan, aka Jordan Veasley, a three-year complimentary top-tier Ambassador membership in its corporate partner program, with the goal of joining forces to help educate younger generations about kindness to animals. Jordan is a zookeeper and wildlife educator whose mission is to make it fun to learn about the animal world. He advocates not only for the conservation of wildlife, but also for diverse audiences to get involved in animal care and conservation. Jordan hopes his voice will inspire more diversity and inclusivity in the animal world. Learn… Continued


Chat & Chuckle with Dr. Mikel Delgado of Feline Minds


Join PPG’s Feline Division Chair Laura Cassiday and Joanna Wachowiak-Finlaison as they chat and chuckle with Dr. Mikel Delgado of ⁠Feline Minds⁠ about play and enrichment for cats! Be on the lookout for Dr. Delgado’s new book, Play With Your Cat, coming out in February 2024! Enjoy listening as Laura, Joanna, and Dr. Delgado share their expertise in a fun, free-flowing format! Listen to the podcast on a choice of platforms here. Or simply click on the “play” button below. Recorded April 21, 2023


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