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PPG! Issue 16: April 2017

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 Releases New Rescue/Shelter Marketing Collateral

In association with member Melanie McKeever, PPG has released some new marketing collateral to help members working with rescue groups and shelters promote the force-free philosophy. You can order artwork from the PPG store and have your own logo printed on it. Material available includes an 8.5 x 11 flyer in black and white or color for home printing, as well as a postcard and a book mark. Log in to the members area of the website and scroll down to "Rescue Handouts."

If you have an idea or there’s something you need, or you’d like to see from PPG, don’t hesitate to let us know. As a member-centric organization, we always like to hear your views and take them on board.

Doggone Safe Relaunches Be A Tree Program
Doggone Safe, an independent non-profit organization specializing in educational initiatives for the purpose of dog bite prevention, and now under the PPG umbrella, has relaunched its flagship Be A Tree program. The program teaches school-age children a simple but effective way to behave if ever they feel threatened or uncomfortable with a dog, as well as how to read dog body language so they can stay safe around both their own and unfamiliar dogs.

Project Trade Announces February Ambassador

Congratulations once again to Erika Gonzalez of From Dusk Till Dog LLC in Mantua, New Jersey for swapping two choke chains (photo, left) and earning the title of Project Trade Ambassador for February 2017. Congratulations too to William Giese of By My Side Dog Training in St. Louis, Missouri for collecting one choke chain (photo, right). Project Trade is PPG's advocacy program whereby members offer service discounts in exchange for aversive training gear.


Order the Printed Version of BARKS from the Guild - May 2017

There's still time to order your very own printed copy of the May 2017 issue of PPG's trade publication BARKS from the Guild. BARKS is also on Facebook. Every day excerpts from current and upcoming articles are published, as well as the latest PPG blog posts. Give us a "like" and come join the discussion.

If you would like to write for BARKS, either as a regular contributor or have a one-off article you'd like to submit, please email the editor, Susan Nilson. Find back issues of BARKS and read any article, blog or press release, as well as a host of scientific studies/educational resources in the PPG Archive.

New Leadership Team at PPGA

A new leadership team has taken the helm at PPG Australia (PPGA) with Barbara Hodel as president and Louise Newman as vice president. “Both Louise and I look forward to taking PPGA to the next level and would like to thank outgoing president, Stephanie McColl, for getting our organization up and running over the last couple of years,” says Hodel.

PDA Announces Program Tweaks 
Pet Dog Ambassador (PDA), PPG's five-step credentialing program, has reported a successful first 12 months and now plans to tweak the program at levels 1, 2 and 3 based on user feedback presented at PDA's annual program annual review. Changes will take effect on May 1, 2017 and all supporting documents and guides will reflect the changes.

Places Still Available for Edinburgh Meet

Pet Professional Guild British Isles (PPGBI) is holding a one-day Educational Round-Up in Edinburgh, Scotland on Tuesday, June 27, 2017. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Only £5 (US$6.25) for PPG members, the event promises to be a great value day of fun, education and networking.

Kathy Sdao Weekend of Learning

Jo Pay and Lucy Bennett invite PPG members to a Weekend of Learning with Kathy Sdao on Saturday, 23 and Sunday, 24 September, 2017, at the Hallmark Hotel near Manchester Airport, England. Sdao will be speaking about the fundamentals of how animals learn. PPGBI will be in attendance sharing information and resources with the delegates.

Orlando Summit News

PPG will be getting more technical at its 2017 summit and provide
the daily schedule, details of presenters, session titles and descriptions, meal breaks, events and much more in one great app! You can download it as soon as you register. The summit takes place in Orlando, Florida at the Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort on Thursday, November 16 to Monday, November 20, 2017. 

There are three value package options available: the Great Dane, the Golden Retriever and the Border Terrier. If you register for the all-inclusive Great Dane package, you can take advantage of an early bird special that offers an interest-free financing plan. PPG has negotiated competitive rates at the resort during the event, as well as three days before and afterwards. Attendees
can also schedule a one-on-one in-person sit down with the Dog*tec business coaches.

** Special discounts are available for groups and Australian members! Email Rebekah King for more details. **

Summit Sponsor and Vendor Opportunities

PPG's 2017 summit has some great
vendor and sponsorship opportunities - consider sponsoring the gala dinner, the official event T-shirt, the lanyard, the official summit guide, or a tea and coffee break. Or, for just $300, you can get your company's name in the spotlight with an insert into the official swag bag. Don't miss out on these fabulous opportunities!

iSpeakDog Launches Educational Campaign

To help improve the relationship people have with their dogs, The Academy for Dog Trainers, the Humane Rescue Alliance, The Bark magazine, and PPG teamed up at the end of March to launch iSpeakDog, a global campaign and website designed to educate people about dog body language and behavior.

Facebook Groups: All about Cats, Horses

Join PPG All About Cats on Facebook to learn all about cat behavior and ask questions on anything feline related. Recent topics of discussion have included enrichment at feeding time and the toxicity of lilies. If you are working in equine behavior or wish to learn more about it, you are invited to join PPG All about Horses which is just starting up and currently discussing different training methods for horses.

Depression in Pets Survey

UK-based Dr. Naomi Harvey, zoologist, ethologist, specialist animal behavior and welfare, is conducting a short survey about depression in animals. It takes five minutes to fill out if you would like to contribute to Dr. Harvey's research.

PPG World Service Radio Show, Podcasts

Upcoming Broadcasts:

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 4 p.m. (EDT) with guest Veronica Boutelle.

Topic: Profitable Puppy Programs and Simple Things You Ca Do to Make More Money.

Register to listen live.

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - Noon (EDT) with guest Emily Cassell.

Topic: Pocket Pets in the Home: housing, nutrition, and myths about pets such as rabbits, hamsters and guinea pigs.

Register to listen live.

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

New Podcast:

Listen to Debbie Revell discussing the Emotional Roller Coaster of Dog-Dog Reactivity on April 2, 2017.

Live PPG Webinars

Thursday, April 20, 2 p.m. (EDT): Behavior Consulting and Declawed Cats presented by Jacqueline Munera.

Friday, April 21, Noon (EDT): Incredible Tricks Through Shaping Part 4/6 -: Teach Your Dog to Cross Their Paws presented by Mariah Hinds.

Thursday, May 4, 7 p.m. (EDT) Four Key Guidelines for Caring for a Companion Bird presented by Sheila Blanchette *Free Member Webinar*

Monday, May 8, 7 p.m. (AEST): Living With a Teenage Dog presented by PPG Australia.

Friday, May 12, Noon (EDT): Incredible Tricks Through Shaping Part 5/6 - Teach Your Dog to Sit Pretty and Beg presented by Mariah Hinds.

Discounted Webinars - This Month ONLY!

PPG is offering selected webinars at a discount this month (discount valid till April 30, 2017).



The Practical Application of LIMA When Working With Aggressive Dogs

Claudia Estanislau

Learn About The Relevance of Breed in Behavior Consultation

Janis Bradley

Making Business Life Easier With Clients & Employees. Learn simple ways to manage conflict resolution

Niki Tudge

Resolving Feline Issues - Soiling Outside The Box

Jane Ehrlich

Learn How to Effectively Counsel and Motivate Separation Anxiety Clients and Keep them Committed

Malena DeMartini


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* PPG Summit 2017, Orlando, Florida

* PPG Summit 2018, Sydney, Australia

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Schedule an On-Site Business Consult with Dog*Tec

Dog*tec business coaches will be on hand for one-on-one in-person sit downs at this year’s annual summit in Orlando. If you’ve ever thought about taking advantage of their friendly, individualized consulting, this is a great chance to give it a try. Get some advice about how to start your dream business, or a little help with the business you already have. Wish you had more clients or students? Wondering how to raise your rates without risk? Need some support solving a pesky problem? A chat with dog*tec is just the thing. Consults will be pre-scheduled on a first come, first served basis later this year, so watch for the sign-up announcement!

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