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Stay Up-to-Date with the Latest Developments at PPG! Issue 28: April 2018

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.

Kanab Workshop: Virtual Vendor Offers for All Members

The event vendors at PPG's Training and Behavior Workshop at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah later this month have all provided some great virtual offers that are available to ALL PPG members. Watch out for these from April 20-May 1. They will be posted in the PPG and PPGBI members' Facebook groups and will also be available at this link.

Kanab Workshop Recordings Available Soon

You now pre-order the audio recordings from the Kanab Workshop. The page for downloads will open on April 27 at the completion of the event.

PPG Announces Portland 2019

PPG is to hold a three-day seminar in Portland, Oregon on April 26-28, 2019 with a focus specifically on canine aggression and dog bite safety. Registration opens May 10, 2018. Special PPG member discounts are available along with an early bird special. Presentations will cover neuroscience, aggression, bite safety, community programs, liability, genetics, functionally analyzing aggression, resource guarding, behavior modification protocols, coaching clients and more. More details to follow soon.

Pat Miller Joins PPG Special Counsel

PPG has partnered with renowned author and dog trainer, Pat Miller, who joins its Special Counsel as part of ongoing and growing efforts to promote humane, force-free training methods for all pets in a currently unregulated industry. Miller has worked professionally with animals her entire life, is author of seven books on dog training and behavior, runs a successful training academy, and, in May 2015, was named by Dog Fancy Magazine as one of 45 people who have changed the dog world. Read the full press release.

PPG Scholarships 2018

PPG will again provide a limited number of scholarships this year for members to further their education in force-free training and/or pet care. Scholarship applications must be submitted from April 5-May 5 via an online form. All applications will be reviewed by the scholarship selection committee, which includes members of the PPG education committee, the PPG steering committee and a PPG board member. Final scholarship recommendations will be forwarded to the PPG board of directors by June 12 of any given year, and the board of directors will notify all applicants of the outcome of their applications no later than June 26 of the year in question. Scholarship funds will be remitted directly to the educational provider and not the candidate. More information about the program and details on how to apply.

Job Notice Board for Members

PPG now has a new Job Notice Board in the member area of the website. There is already a vacancy there posted by Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, who are looking for a Trainer for Dog Town. Please download the PDF of the job description before applying.

PPGBI Update

The PPGBI Force-Free information brochure has been updated with new quotes relevant to the British Isles market. PPGBI members can download the trifold from the members’ area of the PPGBI website and personalize it with their own business details.

Order the Print Copy of May 2018 BARKS: Last Call

You can now order the print edition of the May issue of BARKS from the Guild. This issue’s Cover Story is one for the trainers, focusing on the hierarchy of rewards, primary and secondary, reinforcers, individual preference, motivating operations, and the importance of delivery. Other topics include:

Training: A 10-step protocol to aid in dog bite cases.

Training: competitive Obedience and Rally from the perspective of the deaf dog.

Training: Force-free snake aversion training.

Canine: Moving house with minimal stress for the SA dog.

Canine: Dealing with post-traumatic stress and how boxer puppy Lulu helped her ex-military guardian transition back into society.

Canine: Working as a missing animal response technician.

Pet Care: The all-important drop-off at a boarding or day care facility

Avian: The tale of Murray, the green-winged macaw rescued from a home supply store, and overcoming his aversion to human contact – twice.

Feline: Common cat behavior issues - Litter box behavior and petting/biting.

Equine: Self-restraint and the use of food in training.

Consulting: The importance of reading both human and canine body language.

Consulting: The impact living with a dog with behavior issues can have on the resident humans.

Business: Our regular Ask The Experts column with dog*tec.

Comment: Getting past dominance theory.

- plus all the latest PPG news, members' community initiatives, advocacy, education, programs, webinars, podcasts and events, and much more...

Note: Orders close Monday, April 16.

Read the March 2018 digital edition of BARKS.

BARKS is also on Facebook. If you would like to write for BARKS, either as a regular contributor, have a one-off article you'd like to submit, or would like to contribute to the PPG Blog, please email the editor, Susan Nilson.

Project Trade Update

Congratulations to Erika Gonzalez of From Dusk Till Dog, LLC in New Jersey, USA, who traded two choke collars, three prong collars and two shock collars and is Project Trade Ambassador for February 2018. Congratulations too to Anastasia Tsoulia of Hug4Pets &Hug4Dogs in Thessaloniki, Greece, who traded three prong collars and two choke collars, and Lauren Van Duzer of Happy Hounds and Beyond, LLC in Georgia, USA, who traded 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 
Have You Signed the Shock-Free Pledge?

The key purpose of the Shock-Free Coalition is to build a strong and broad movement committed to eliminating shock devices from the supply and demand chain. This goal will be reached when shock tools and equipment are universally unavailable and not permitted for the training, management and care of pets. The Shock-Free Coalition believes that pets have an intrinsic right to be treated humanely, to have each of their individual needs met, and to live in a safe, enriched environment free from force, pain and fear. Members of the Shock-Free Coalition consider it to be their responsibility and utmost obligation to be vigilant, to educate, to remain engaged and work toward eliminating shock as a permissible tool so it is never considered a viable option in the training, management and care of pets. Sign the Shock-Free Pledge.

New this Month on the PPG Archive

The Right to Walk Away - Zazie Todd

How many people have been bitten by dogs? A cross-sectional survey of prevalence, incidence and factors associated with dog bites in a UK community - Carri Westgarth, Megan Brooke, Robert M Christley

Dogs with noise sensitivity should be routinely assessed for pain by vets - University of Lincoln

Noise Sensitivities in Dogs: An Exploration of Signs in Dogs with and without Musculoskeletal Pain Using Qualitative Content Analysis - Ana Luisa Lopes Fagundes, Lynn Hewison, Kevin J. McPeake, Helen Zulch, Daniel Simon Mills

Fatal dog attacks in Spain under a breed specific legislation: a ten year retrospective study - Esther Mora, Gabriel M. Fonseca, Pablo Navarro, Antonio Castaño, Joaquin Lucena

The Best Things You Can Do for Your Puppy - Zazie Todd

‘Who’s a good boy?!’ Dogs prefer naturalistic dog‑directed speech - Alex Benjamin, Katie Slocombe

Shock Collars are so NOT like T.E.N.S. - Yvette Van Veen

Stressed or “Disobedient” – Can You Tell the Difference? - Jennifer Summerfield

The Ultimate Dog Training Tip - Zazie Todd

Does a Tilted Head Make a Dog Look More Appealing? - Stanley Coren

Leash Greetings - Drayton Michaels

How to Make the World Better for Cats - Zazie Todd

Check the full PPG Archive.

New this Month on the PPG Blog

Encouraging Play and Activity with Newly Blind Dogs - Debbie Bauer

Clicker Training for Cats (5/6) - Paula Garber and Francine Miller

The Neurological Benefits of Counter Conditioning Leash Reactive Dogs - Drayton Michaels

A Plug for Play - Julie Naismith

Talking to Dogs - Pamela Hogle

Added Brainpower! - Anna Bradley

Does a Deaf (and Blind) Dog Need a Hearing Dog Buddy?  - Debbie Bauer

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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

Upcoming Broadcasts:

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 3 p.m. EDT with guests, Angelica Steinker and Daniel Antolec

Topics: Let’s Opinionate! The dark side of the pet training and behavior industry, and zoophilia, a hidden horror for animals. Register to listen live.

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

Recordings of Recent Podcasts:

Chirag Patel discussing pigs, chickens and dogs, from April 4, 2018

PPG Webinars

Wednesday, May 9 - 2 p.m. EDT

*Free Member Webinar*: Canine Nail Care: Creating Cooperative Care through Training Presented by Lori Nanan

Thursday, May 10 - 7 p.m. EDT

Equine Clicker Training - Motivating the Un-Motivated Equine Part 3/3 Presented by Michelle Martiya

Thursday, May 17 - 2 p.m. EDT

A Taste of the Foundations for Clicker Gundog Training Presented by Helen Phillips

Discounted Webinars - This Month ONLY!

PPG is offering selected webinars at a discount this month (discount valid till April 30, 2018).

Positive Veterinary Visits

Dr. Amy Pike

Are Cats Really The Independent Animals We Believe They Are? New Research Suggests Not!

Dr. Isabella Merola

Learn How To Read The Nuts & Bolts of Scientific Research

Yvette Van Veen

Get Creative & Jazz Up Your Training Through The Effective use of Props

Pamela Johnson

Out of What Box?

Jean Donaldson

Standing Invitation to Join 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. If you are working in equine behavior or wish to learn more about it, you are welcome at PPG All about Horses.


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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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