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PPG Advocacy Panel: The Most Misunderstood Facts About Dogs


Join the Pet Professional Guild (PPG) Advocacy Panel for this month’s discussion: The Most Misunderstood Facts About Dogs. It’s a long list! Pet guardians and pet professionals, listen as panel members share their expertise in a fun, free-flowing format. Your Moderator: PPG Advocacy Division Chair Don Hanson Your Advocacy Panel for this discussion: Judy Luther, Sam Wike, K. Holden Svirsky, Aaron Jones, Sandra Machado, Kristi Benson, and Daniel Antolec Enjoy listening to the Advocacy Panel’s informal, free-flowing discussion of misunderstood facts about dogs! Listen to the podcast here on a choice… Continued


Chat & Chuckle with Hansa Bergwall of PocketSuite


Join Niki Tudge, Judy Luther and Kelly Fahey as they chat and chuckle with Hansa Bergwall of PocketSuite, a corporate partner of the Pet Professional Guild. Learn all about PocketSuite’s features, benefits and tools to help your animal training business succeed! Enjoy listening as Niki, Judy, Kelly and Hansa 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 10, 2023


Chat & Chuckle with Hanna Fushihara of Nosework Cats


Chat & Chuckle with Hanna Fushihara of Nosework Cats Join PPG Feline Division Chair Laura Cassiday and Melissa Taylor as they chat and chuckle with Hanna Fushihara about nosework for cats! (Yes, you read that right!)  Hanna runs ⁠Nosework Cats⁠ as well as ⁠Hot Fuzz Dog Training⁠ from her home in New York State. She has been training dogs for more than 10 years and began teaching canine nosework in 2018. She reached the NW3-Elite title level competing with her pit bull, Derek, before he passed away. Hanna started developing her own ideas on… Continued


PPG Advocacy Panel: Words Matter—How the Words We Choose Influence Human Behavior


Join the Pet Professional Guild (PPG) Advocacy Panel for this month’s discussion: Words Matter—How the Words We Choose Influence Human Behavior. Pet guardians and pet professionals, listen as panel members share their expertise in a fun, free-flowing format.   Your Moderator: PPG Advocacy Division Chair Don Hanson   Your Advocacy Panel for this discussion: Kristi Benson, Judy Luther, Pat Miller, Debbie Sheridan, Dr. Zazie Todd and Sam Wike.       Listen to the podcast here on a choice of platforms. Or simply click the ‘Play’ button below. Recorded March 15, 2023.… Continued


Advocating for R+ Animal Training—Three Key Documents


Advocating for R+ Animal Training—Three Key Documents   Contributed by Don Hanson, Chair of PPG’s Advocacy Division and a member of PPG’s board of directors As you know, positive reinforcement is under attack by some in the dog training community. Therefore, to prepare yourself to successfully advocate for and educate others about the benefits of positive reinforcement, I recommend you become familiar with these three documents: the PPG Guiding Principles, the 2015 AAHA Canine and Feline Behavior Management Guidelines, and the AVSAB Humane Dog Training Position Statement. They will be valuable in helping… Continued



Chat & Chuckle with Dr. Kristina Spaulding and Irith Bloom


Chat & Chuckle with Dr. Kristina Spaulding and Irith Bloom Join Niki Tudge as she chats and chuckles with Dr. Kristina Spaulding of Science Matters Academy of Animal Behavior and Irith Bloom of The Sophisticated Dog about agency and choice, as well as slow thinking, stress, learned helplessness and much more! Pet guardians and pet professionals, enjoy listening as Dr. Spaulding, Irith and Niki 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… Continued


Class Action Complaint Against Radio Systems


Class Action Complaint Against Radio Systems On October 21, 2022, Plaintiff Steven Hernandez (“Plaintiff” or “Hernandez”) filed a class action complaint against Defendant Radio Systems Corporation. The lawsuit against Radio Systems in California is moving forward. PPG just received an email from the lawyer saying, “Great news! The court mostly sustained our claims in the shock collar case. That means the case is going forward and into discovery, such that defendants will start producing documents and be called for depositions.” Read the document below for details of the case. This… Continued



Chat & Chuckle with Dr. Jennifer Nesbitt-Hawes of Pet Perspective


Chat & Chuckle with Dr. Jennifer Nesbitt-Hawes of Pet Perspective Join Niki Tudge and Judy Luther as they chat and chuckle with Dr. Jennifer Nesbitt-Hawes of Pet Perspective in Australia about training and socializing puppies!    Pet guardians and pet professionals, enjoy listening as Dr. Nesbitt-Hawes, Niki and Judy 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 February 27, 2023


Chat & Chuckle with Carrie Anne Selwyn of Canine Hoopers World


Join Niki Tudge and Judy Luther as they chat and chuckle with Carrie Anne Selwyn of Canine Hoopers World based in Surrey, United Kingdom, about hoopers! Learn why Carrie calls hoopers “the laziest dog sport for the handler,” but also one of the most inclusive sports for dogs.     Pet guardians and pet professionals, enjoy listening as Carrie, Niki and Judy 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.… Continued



PPG Advocacy Panel: Anthropomorphism—Is It Relevant?


Join the Pet Professional Guild (PPG) Advocacy Panel for a discussion on Anthropomorphism—Is It Relevant? Pet guardians and pet professionals, listen as panel members share their expertise in a fun, free-flowing format.   Your Moderator: PPG Advocacy Division Chair Don Hanson   Your Advocacy Panel for this discussion: PPG Founder and President Niki Tudge, Sue Kocher, Linda Michaels, Debbie Sheridan, Dr. Zazie Todd and Sam Wike.       Listen to the podcast here on a choice of platforms. Or simply click the ‘Play’ button below. February 15, 2023. Find out more… Continued


Chat & Chuckle with Parrish Warren of Space City Cats


Join PPG Feline Division Chair Laura Cassiday and Joanna Wachowiak-Finlaison as they chat and chuckle with Parrish Warren of Space City Cats, based in Houston, Texas, about educating the public and handling misconceptions about Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) for community cats. Topics covered include: Working with feeders to gain their cooperation with TNR (people skills required!) Proper feeding of the cats for trapping success Networking with others to maximize the use of TNR resources Trapping 101—the step-by-step process Favorite baits for trapping Post-surgery care and recovery time before returning cats to their… Continued



Give a Warm Welcome to Your New Chairs of the Assistance Animal Division


  Give a Warm Welcome to Your New Chairs of the Assistance Animal Division Christina de Juan is the owner of CreScent Service Dogs in Central Florida, which helps people with disabilities train their service dogs for their individualized needs. She specializes in scent training for gluten and allergens, and also offers private lessons for scent detection dog sports. Natasha Attwood is the owner of Miyagi’s Dog Training and Behaviourist Services in Lincolnshire, United Kingdom, through which she provides holistic dog-centered training and behavior modification services, and specializes in reactivity and aggression. Read the full news… Continued



Chat & Chuckle with Joey Lusvardi of Class Act Cats


Join PPG Feline Division Chair Laura Cassiday and Joanna Wachowiak-Finlaison, also with PPG’s Feline Division, as they chat and chuckle with Joey Lusvardi of Class Act Cats. Topics covered include: 🐈 How they each got started as cat behavior consultants 🐈 What sparked their career changes 🐈 Getting experience volunteering with rescues and shelters 🐈 Different courses available to help gain knowledge 🐈 The importance of networking and being a member of professional organizations like PPG 🐈 How to get your business set up and start taking your first clients… Continued


Welcome to Pets & Their People


Welcome to Pets and Their People – Your online tips, tools and resources! You’re busy. You really, really love your pets. So, where do you turn with day-to-day pet care challenges and questions: Can I feed this to my dog? Why does my horse do that? How do I find a reliable pet sitter? Why does my cat think that’s the litter box?? It’s okay – you got this and we’re here to help. We’re on a mission to provide resources and practical tips to pet people…with a dose of encouragement and humor! Our… Continued


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


Join PPG Founder and President Niki Tudge and Canine Division Chair Judy Luther as they chat and chuckle with Veronica Sanchez of Cooperative Paws Service Dog Education, a PPG Corporate Partner. Veronica shares information about her Service Dog Coach certificate program that is opening for enrollment on Tuesday, January 31, 2023. Enrollment for this program opens only twice per year, so don’t miss your opportunity to apply now! Other topics covered in this episode include: How Veronica got started training service dogs Options for acquiring a service dog or training a… Continued


PPG Member and Her Assistance Dog Let Down by Taxi Services


Uber is a taxi service that is accessible through an app. Within the app, you can book your driver and also let them know if you have an assistance dog. The idea is to help people easily access the most local driver and be assured that they can get to their destination, with their assistance dogs, in peace. However, some Uber drivers over the last five years have been refusing access to Ruby Welsford, a member of the Pet Professional Guild, and others (see below). It is illegal for Uber… Continued


Lorena Beatriz León-Patti Is Appointed Chair of PPG’s Inclusivity Division


  The Pet Professional Guild has appointed Florida-based dog trainer Lorena Beatriz León-Patti as chair of its Inclusivity Division with immediate effect. As chair of the Inclusivity Division, Lorena also takes a seat on PPG’s Steering Committee.    Click here to read more about Lorena and her new role as Inclusivity Division Chair.   Congratulations, Lorena!


PPG Advocacy Panel: What Do You Do When You’re the Only Force-Free Professional in Town?


Join the Pet Professional Guild (PPG) Advocacy Panel for a discussion on What Do You Do When You’re the Only Force-Free Professional in Town? Pet guardians and pet professionals, listen as panel members share their expertise in a fun, free-flowing format.   Your Moderator: PPG Advocacy Division Chair Don Hanson   Your Advocacy Panel for this discussion: PPG Founder and President Niki Tudge, Debbie Sheridan, Kim Silver, Sue Kocher, Judy Luther and Beth Adelman.     Mentioned links: Advocating Together (article) PPG’s Guiding Principles   Listen to the Podcast here on… Continued


France Bans “Training” Devices That Cause Pain to Animals


On January 16, 2023, Members of Parliament in France voted to ban the “use on cats or dogs of any device that has an electrical charge, a looping collar which tightens without a restriction or which has spikes turned in towards the animal’s body.” Click here to read the full story. 


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