Stay Up-to-Date with the Latest Developments at PPG! Issue 22: October 2017
PPG has reported a successful campaign week for the Shock-Free Coalition, a global initiative that seeks elimination of electric shock devices in animal training, consumer transparency for pet guardians seeking professional advice. Read the full press release.
The Shock-Free Coalition now has its very own Facebook Page. Please like and share the page so you can stay up-to-date on news and help spread the word. If you haven’t yet signed the Shock-Free Pledge, you can do so here, and this is our social media hashtag: #ShockFreeCoalition. We are grateful for our members’ support of this important initiative.
You can now order a printed copy of the November 2017 issue of BARKS from the Guild to be delivered straight to your door. Articles include clicker training for cats, games for a dog on crate rest, proofing, shaping, luring, and poisoning cues, a veteran’s journey to force-free dog training, a dog’s ideal day, being your dog’s champion, enrichment at boarding and day care facilities, the power of off-contact training, individual preferences and +R for horses, consent testing with a flying squirrel, the need for self-care, canine professionals and court testimony, training vs. teaching, ask the experts with dog*tec, and all the latest PPG news.
PPGBI Attends UK Events
PPG British Isles (PPGBI) steering committee members have been busy flying the flag, with Carole Husein (pictured above right, with fellow PPGBI member Carol Anderson, left) representing PPG, Dog A.I.D. and force-free training in general through an 'Ask the Trainer' stand at Dogs’ Day Out, an annual event hosted by Burns Pet Nutrition. The event took place at the Pembrey Country Park, in Carmarthenshire, Wales in September.
“We were kept very busy even though we had to move into the Burns By Your Side reading dogs' tent due to the terrible weather,” said Husein. “The Burns Pet Nutrition charity, Burns in the Community, does some amazing work.”
Claire Staines (pictured above, right, with Kathy Sdao, left) meanwhile, attended The Weekend with Kathy Sdao (hosted by Kathy Sdao with guest speaker Jane Ardern) in Manchester, England, in September, and was joined by a group of PPGBI members. PPG had a stand at the event, with Staines reporting that she received a lot of “+R” at the event and was “utterly buzzing at the great wealth of information.”
New Webinar Search Feature
PPG now has a page on its website (see Webinars and Workshops on the Home Page) that allows you to search on Webinars by Presenter. Just click on the link and browse your favorite presenter offerings. Also, as a presenter, you can now link from your own website to your webinar page to promote them to your followers.
Recent developments in Canine Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome by Alejandro Seisdedos Benzal, Alba Galán Rodríguez
Does cat attachment have an effect on human health? A comparison between owners and volunteers by Filipa A.B.S.G. Dinis, Thais Lima Fernandes Martins
Puppies or Puppets? Micromanaging Dogs by Lottie’s Dog blog
It's OK For Dogs to Engage in Zoomies and Enjoy FRAPs by Marc Bekoff
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New This Month on the PPG Blog
No Magic Bullet by Pam Hogle
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PPG Presents Two-Day Workshop Hosted by Kathy Cascade
S.A.N.E. Solutions for Shy and Fearful Dogs®, presented by Kathy Cascade, will take place in Tampa, Florida on Saturday, January 27 and Sunday January 28, 2018. The seminar will be helpful for owners of dogs who exhibit shy, fearful, or anxious behaviors, and dog trainers, rescue and animal welfare professionals, or other pet care professionals who work with dogs with these behavior issues. Cascade will present an effective and positive approach to working with dogs who exhibit difficult behavior issues such as extreme fearfulness, anxiety, reactivity to new environments, noise phobias, and hyper-arousal. “S.A.N.E. Solutions” is simply a collection of tools and creative exercises designed to help dogs reduce tension and arousal while building confidence and coping skills. The goal is to give the dog a new experience of feeling safe, calm, and in control while in a challenging environment or in the presence of other dogs or people, which previously would have elicited a fearful response. Based on the principles of Tellington TTouchTM Training and sensory integration, this approach employs the use of novel sensory experiences to enhance learning.
Orlando Summit 2017
Utah Training and Behavior Workshop 2018
Congratulations to Heather Luedecke of Delighted Dog Training Academy in Columbus, Ohio, USA who traded two choke collars, one prong collar and one shock collar and is Project Trade's ambassador for August, 2017. Kudos also go to Daniel Antolec of Happy Buddha Dog Training in Wisconsin, USA for trading one prong collar, and to Breanna Norris of Canine Insights in Maine, USA, who collected two choke collars, and to Casey McGee of Upward Hound in Wisconsin, USA who exchanged one choke collar, one prong collar, and one shock collar.
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 on Twitter
PPG has an active Twitter account and often tweets about new scientific research studies, plus blog posts and videos that are of interest to pet professionals, in addition to its own news, blog posts, educational handouts and articles. Join us @PetGuild, www.twitter.com/PetGuild.PPG World Service Radio Show, Podcasts
Wednesday, October 18 - 4 p.m. EDT with guest Ken McCort
Topic: Ensuring our pets get along.
Sunday, November 5 - Noon EST with guest Helen Phillips
Topic: “Going for a Bumble” and teaching gundogs using positive reinforcement.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 2 p.m. EDT with guest Drayton Michaels
Topic: Let’s Opinionate! The lack of focus on human mechanics and the over reliance on “dog body language.”Register to listen live.
Dr. Sally Foote - 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? from September 20, 2017.
Special #ShockFreeCoalition Podcasts:
Daniel Antolec, Breanna Norris, Erika Gonzalez, Heather Luedecke, and Anastasia Tsoulia – Project Trade, a strategic way to apply a discounted service policy in exchange for aversive training equipment from September 26, 2017.
Drayton Michaels and Niki Tudge – An uncensored chat about training with shock! from September 28, 2017
Dr. Marc Bekoff - Do pet parents understand when their dog is feeling stressed and when their dog is feeling happy? from October 1, 2017.
How Do You Know If A Dog Has Developed A Positive Association? TEST! Presented by Yvette Van Veen - Tuesday, October 17, 6 p.m. EDT
Nitty Gritty of Cat Training: Compacted Version! Presented by Jacqueline Munera - Monday, October 23, Noon EDT
Restricted Activity for Dogs Presented by Siân Ryan - Thursday, November 9, 2 p.m. ESTDiscounted Webinars - This Month ONLY!
PPG is offering selected webinars at a discount this month (discount valid till October 31, 2017).
Positive Veterinary Visits
Dr. Amy Pike
A Brief History of Corporal Punishment
Tackle Your Teaching
Are Cats Really The Independent Animals We Believe They Are? New Research Suggests Not!
Dr. Isabella Merola
Learn About The Genetics of Canine Aggression
Dr. Jessica Hekman
Standing Invitation to Join Facebook Groups - All about Cats, Horses
From Kathy Wolff of Mosaic Dog Training in Wisconsin: “I was scheduled to host an educational booth at our local pet store. Even though Watertown is fairly small and nestled between Madison and Milwaukee, a franchise training facility that uses the e-collar has been showing up around here. So, I thought I would create a [Shock-Free Coalition] pledge board. I had many owners stop by to sign the board and I gave them a handout to read and share. It was a great day! I plan to hang the board in my training space and have a pen handy for anyone else who wants to sign!”
Astrid Tryon of House of Dog Training in Colorado Springs, Colorado was inspired by the idea, and now has a pledge board hanging in her training facility. “I will encourage clients to sign it and will also take it to our next event.”
And finally, Dorchester, Ontario-based PPG member Yvette Van Veen’s blog My dog is smart— so, why won't he come when called? has been published on msn.com.
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