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Stay Up-to-Date with the Latest Developments at PPG! Issue 32: August 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.

Portland 2019: Win a Free Ticket!

Would you like to win a FREE ticket worth $500 to PPG's Canine Aggression and Bite Prevention Seminar in Portland, Oregon April 26-28, 2019? Simply go to this link on Facebook or this link on Twitter, and share/retweet the graphic to be entered into the draw! Prizes will be announced August 28, 2018. For those of you not on Facebook, watch out for a competition you can participate in coming soon...

PPG Appoints First Shock-Free Coalition Regional Coordinators

PPG has appointed the first regional coordinators for its Shock-Free Coalition, a global advocacy campaign which aims to end the practice of administering electric shock to train, manage, and care for pets. Coordinators will work directly with PPG leadership in tandem with its legal and public relations partners to begin working on legislation worldwide. The first regional coordinators will all help build their roles from a grassroots level and have been named as Kim Silver (Arizona, USA), Pam Francis-Tuss (California, USA), Eve Salimbene and Joyce Kesling (Florida, USA), Don Hanson (Maine, USA), Rain Jordan (Oregon, USA), Stefania Butkovic (Canada), Rachel Hayball (England, United Kingdom), Claire Staines (Scotland, United Kingdom) and Yvette Potter (Gibraltar). PPG is still taking applications for the role and many more are set to join them as the initiative builds momentum. The Shock-Free Coalition is the first advocacy program of its kind to have been initiated by a member association for pet professionals. Read the full press release.

Meanwhile, the first regional Shock-Free Coalition Facebook pages are now live. Find your local chapter here, or start your own!

#ShockFreeCoalition T-Shirt and Force-Free Apparel Now Available


Show your support for the #ShockFreeCoalition by ordering your very own Take the Pledge T-shirt from the PPG Apparel Store. Or, help advocate for force-free training and pet care by wearing a cool force-free T-shirts, sweatshirts or hoodies while you are out and about.

PPG Launches New Media Platform

PPG has taken its bimonthly trade publication, BARKS from the Guild, to the next level with the launch of a separate, all-encompassing media platform to include not only the magazine, but also PPG podcasts and blog posts, which have been rebranded as BARKS Podcasts and BARKS Blog respectively. The new BARKS website features selected magazine articles, both past and present, under the categories canine, feline, avian, equine, training, behavior, business, advocacy, and editor’s picks as well as PPG’s entire catalog of blog posts and podcasts, which has been transferred to the new platform. Content will be changed and added regularly to ensure a dynamic and educational user experience. At present, users have options to subscribe both to the BARKS blog and the upcoming print edition of BARKS. Phase 2 of the website development will expand these subscription categories to present further options. Read the full press release.

Order September BARKS from the Guild in Print

The print edition of the September 2018 issue of BARKS from the Guild is now available to order. Reserve your very own personal copy and get it delivered directly to your door! This special multi-species issue features cats, dogs, tortoises, rabbits, horses, and parrots, as well as training, behavior, boarding and day care, PPG news, mentorship, business advice, and lots more! View the full Contents page here.

Read the digital edition of the July 2018 issue of BARKS.

Calling Budding Writers!

BARKS from the Guild and PPG’s BARKS Blog is looking for new contributors. If you would like to share your experience and knowledge with other PPG members, by becoming a regular contributor, please contact editor Susan Nilson for more details. Ad hoc and one-off contributions are also welcome.

Your Insurance Questions Still Needed!

Whether you are a trainer, groomer, behavior consultant, day care attendant, or work anywhere else in the pet industry, professional insurance is an essential component of your business plan. BARKS from the Guild will be featuring an interview with David Pearsall of PPG corporate partner Business Insurers of the Carolinas and is looking for your questions on all things insurance. All questions welcomed! Please email your questions to BARKS editor Susan Nilson with “Insurance” in the subject line.

Transfer Your Credential to PPAB

If you have an existing and recognized pet industry credential through an independent third party, you can now transfer that credential and sport a professional credential, via PPG’s credentialing arm The Pet Professional Accreditation Board, that supports PPG’s Guiding Principles, showing that you believe shock, choke, prong, pain, fear and force are completely unnecessary in the training, care and management of pets. You retain your existing credential too – it’s a win-win! Learn more about transferring your credential. See graphic below for more details.

New Guiding Principles PDF

Share your Guiding Principles and professional code of ethics on your website or social media with our new PDF! Grab you document or graphic here.


New PPG Membership Cards

PPG membership cards are now available. If you login to the PPG website from the home page and click on your login name, you will see a drop down menu for view profile. From here you can view your membership card and download it as a PNG or a PDF file for printing.

Resources for Pet Owners/Members

The PPG website has some excellent resources for pet owners, who can join for free! Meanwhile, the member area has great educational handouts you can co-brand and use in your business, for example, this PDF on Puppy Training Resources.

PPG to Host Free Day of Fun in Florida!

PPG is to hold a day of free education and fun for Florida-based PPG members and DogSmiths on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at its headquarters in Tampa. The schedule includes presentations by PPG president, Niki Tudge, local veterinarian, Dr. Lynn Honeckman, and Tampa-based dog trainer and behavior consultant, Angelica Steinker. If you bring your dog, you can take part in a group training session to prepare for an afternoon of fun competitions, including a “just-4-fun” agility competition. If you don’t have your dog, then you are welcome to help coordinate and judge the event. There will even be an award ceremony for the winners. Limited spots available! Register here.

Showring Workshop: Change of Date

The Successfully Train and Compete in the Showring – Learn the Knowledge and Skills You Need to Compete or Teach a Professional Curriculum workshop, presented by Vicki Ronchette and supported by Niki Tudge, has been moved to on Saturday, September 21 – Sunday, September 22, 2019. Taking place at PPG’s Tampa, Florida HQ, the event is suitable for pet owners interested in learning about show dogs, current competitors who want to up their game, and dog trainers who want to develop the skills and knowledge to launch their own show dog classes and support their clients in achieving their goals.

PPG Australia Summit Hailed a Success

PPG marked another milestone at the end of July by hosting its first ever Australian summit at the Bankstown Sports Center in Sydney. PPG Australia president Barbara Hodel delivered the opening address and welcomed both attendees, key international speakers Chirag Patel, Michele Pouliot, and Kathy Sdao, and local speakers Dr. Kat Gregory, Louise Ginman, Louise Newman, Alexis Davison, Laura Ryder, in what was a mix of lectures and applied behavior analysis workshops. The November issue of BARKS from the Guild will have a full report, but here’s a sneak preview with pictures (below, left) showing Hodel (right) kicking off proceedings by introducing the first general session presenter, Sdao; and (below, right) presenters (left to right) Patel, Sdao and Pouliot at registration.


Erika Gonzalez Named June Project Trade Ambassador


Congratulations to Erika Gonzalez of From Dusk Till Dog, LLC in New Jersey, USA for collecting six choke collars, four prong collars and one shock collar and is Project Trade Ambassador for June 2018. Congratulations too to Daniel Antolec of Happy Buddha Dog Training in Wisconsin, USA who collected two prong collars and one shock collar, Breanna Norris of Canine Insights in Maine, USA who collected four choke collars and two prong collars, and to Anastasia Tsoulia of Hug4Pets & Hug4Dogs in Thessaloniki, Greece for collecting six prong collars.

   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.

Workshop for Shelter Workers/Volunteers

Are you a science-minded PPG member that works in shelter behavior and training department or a trainer that works with shelters? You may be interested in this five-day workshop in Roanoke, Virginia - August 20-24, 2018. The workshop will be a combination of discussion and hands-on learning and focus on the art and science of behavior and training in animal shelters in the style of applied science, and discuss best practices to inform what we do - whether it's behavioral observation, interventions, assessment, enrichment or community support.

BARKS Podcasts


Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 3 p.m. EST

Guest: Jane Bowers.

Topic: Assessing and Interpreting Dog Behaviour, a course for law enforcement personnel and others who meet unfamiliar dogs in the course of their duties.

Register to listen live.

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

View the full schedule of upcoming BARKS Podcasts here.


July 10, 2018: Dr. Lynn Bahr discusses the issue of pain, how well cats can hide it, and the impact chronic pain can have on behavior. She also talked about the long-term physical and behavioral effects of declawing cats, a procedure that is banned in over 20 countries but is still widely practiced in the United States. Listen here.

July 19, 2018: “Let's Opinionate!” Veronica Boutelle and Gina Phairas of PPG corporate partner dog*biz give expert tips on how to successfully grow your business. Listen here.

August 1, 2018: David Shade, United States military veteran discusses his article The Best I Can Be (BARKS from the Guild, November 2017), which details how he started out using aversive methods, how his boxer puppy, Lulu, saved his life twice, and how he became the force-free trainer he is today. Listen here.

Find and listen to earlier BARKS Podcasts here.

PPG Webinars

Friday, September 14 - 2 p.m. EDT

Doggie and Me: Video Games for Dogs - Presented by Yana Malysheva


Supplements, Pheromones and Non-Pharmaceutical Therapies – Do they work? - Presented by Dr. Sally Foote

The Art and Science of Non-Auditory Communication - Presented by Terrie Hayward

Your Dog Trick Instructor Program & Certification - Presented by Louise Stapleton-Frappell

Your Program on Fostering Collaborative Care Procedures - Presented by Louise Stapleton-Frappell

Discounted Webinars - This Month ONLY!

PPG is offering selected webinars at a discount this month (discount valid till August 31, 2018).



Maintaining Quality Control As Your Business Grows

Brittany Alwerud

I'm Bored Who Cares About Food Anyway?

Michelle Martiya

Do Animals have Empathy? A presentation on the Empathetic Abilities of Animals

Dr. Loren Martin

Inbound Marketing for Non-Marketers

Sam Mallikarjunan

The Approach and Flow of Behavior Case Management - Making the Case for the use of Functional Assessments in Behavior Change Programs

Niki Tudge

Guild Archive and BARKS Blog: New this Month

Occurrence and variability of tactile interactions between wild American crows and dead conspecifics - Kaeli Swift and John M. Marzluff

Individual differences in visual and olfactory cue preference and use by cats (Felis catus) - Evelyn-Rose Elizabeth Mayes, Anna Wilkinson, Thomas William Pike, Daniel Simon Mills

Feline house soiling: Elimination and marking behaviors - Jacqueline C. Neilson

Use of incidentally encoded memory from a single experience in cats – Saho Takagi, Mana Tsuzuki, Hitomi Chijiiwa, Minori Arahori, Arii Watanabe, Atsuko Saito, Kazuo Fujita

The Netherlands prohibits prong collars - Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations

The Power of Premack: Fence Fighting - Sarah Owings

Influence of music and its genres on respiratory rate and pupil diameter variations in cats under general anaesthesia: contribution to promoting patient safety - Filipa Mira, Alexandra Costa, Eva Mendes

How Puppies Learn What Is Safe Without Getting Hurt – Stanley Coren

Presence and lasting effect of social referencing in dog puppies - Claudia Fugazza, Alexandra Moesta, Ákos Pogány, Ádám Miklósi

Why the Most Helpful Dogs Keep Calm and Carry On - Katherine J. Wu

Timmy’s in the well: Empathy and prosocial helping in dogs - Emily M. Sanford, Emma R. Burt, Julia E. Meyers-Manor

The Flawed Experiment That "Proved" Stress Is Good For You - Esther Inglis-Arkell

How Can I Tell if My Dog is Afraid? – Zazie Todd

Factors Associated with High Live Release for Dogs at a Large, Open-Admission, Municipal Shelter – Gary J. Patronek and Abbi Crowe

Cat Elimination Behavior Problems Peter L. Borchelt

Litterbox size preference in domestic cats (Felis catus) - Norma C.Guy, Marti Hopson, Raphaël Vanderstichel

Fearful/Reactive Dogs: Use Downtime Between Triggers Correctly - Yvette Van Veen

What Your Cat's Nose Knows – Zazie Todd

The Sensitive Period for Socialization in Puppies and Kittens – Zazie Todd

10 Science-Backed Tips for Getting a Cat to Like You - Mikel Delgado

Importance of allowing your dog to sniff - Martha Knowles

Expectations for dog ownership: Perceived physical, mental and psychosocial health consequences among prospective adopters - Lauren Powell, Debbie Chia, Paul McGreevy, Anthony L. Podberscek, Kate M. Edwards, Brendon Neilly, Adam J. Guastella, Vanessa Lee, Emmanuel Stamatakis

The Danger Hidden in Plain Sight in Photos of Dogs and Children – Zazie Todd

See the full PPG Archive.

Human vs. Canine Behavior: A Brief Comparison – Joanne Ometz

Ask Your Dog Questions – Overshadowing 2 - Yvette Van Veen

Managing Expectations – Pam Hogle

Get A Successful Start—Today and Every Day – Veronica Boutelle

Does Ignoring an Unwanted Behavior Really Work? – Debbie Bauer

Subscribe to the BARKS Blog.

Member Brags

Green Acres Kennel Shop has been voted the Bangor, Maine Region’s Best Kennel for the 17th consecutive year in a survey conducted by Market Surveys of America and the GKM Independent Survey Company. Green Acres was also voted the Bangor Region’s Best Pet Store for the 12th year in a row, the Best Dog Trainer for the seventh consecutive year, and the Best Pet Groomer for the sixth year in a row. Congratulations!


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