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August 2019: Issue 44

PPG Announces Speaker Lineup and Schedule for Kanab 2020; Early Bird Discount Extended!

PPG has revealed the speaker lineup (see above) and schedule of events for its sixth annual summit in Kanab, Utah in September 2020. The event offers two programs under the theme Collaborative Care and Enrichment – Creating Partnerships for Positive Results:

Program 1: The Three-Day Summit:

Monday, September 21 - Wednesday, September 23, 2020.

Program 2: The Five-Day Summit + Skills Workshop:

Monday, September 21 - Friday, September 25, 2020.

Discounted rates of 20% are available for members plus an additional early bird discount and payment plans are available if you sign up before January 31, 2020. Register, and then join the event Facebook group to chat to other attendees about transport options etc. Can't decide which Program is best for you? Maybe our flow chart will help:

PPG Junior Membership Program

Did you know PPG runs a membership program for juniors? There are three categories:

Category One:  Provisional Junior Basic (age group 8-12 years)

Category Two:  Provisional Junior Advanced (age group 13-17 years)

Category Three: Provisional Apprentice (age group 18-20 years)

At each level of membership, junior members are required to sign the force-free pledge.

July BARKS Available Online


Click here to order your very own print copy of the September 2019 edition (above, left) of BARKS from the Guild. The coming issue’s Cover Story will address some of the common myths associated with cat declawing and highlight some of the potential long-term physical and behavioral effects. Other articles include tips to help puppies get used to being alone and to overcome any inherent fears; setting up dogs for success to build confidence; a case study featuring a young Shih Tzu’s fear of wind, rain and thunder that generalized into overall anxiety; helping fearful cats in a shelter environment; separation anxiety in cats; views from some of the Shock-Free Coalition’s regional coordinators; a review of Jack and Billy: Puppy Tales by Steve Goodall & Sally Bradbury; and much more. View the full Contents page. Meanwhile, read the digital edition of the July 2019 issue of BARKS from the Guild online (above, right).

PPG Committee Appointments

PPG’s Canine Committee has appointed Judy Luther (above) as its new chairwoman to oversee a number of new projects in the next 12 months or so. Luther is a certified dog trainer and founder of Dog Stars, LLC, which has locations in Eureka, Springfield, and Branson, Missouri, and co-creator of Bond-Based Choice Teaching, a social learning approach to education. She is also co-founder of the Assistance Dog Alliance, a collaborative dedicated to the education and well-being of assistance and therapy dogs, and is a regular speaker at PPG’s annual summits. “We have a really great group of people in the Canine Education Committee, and I am excited for the projects we are working on this year,” Luther said. Meanwhile, Dr. Liz Bales has officially joined PPG’s Feline Committee. Bales is the veterinarian who created the Doc & Phoebe’s indoor hunting feeders (originally called “No Bowl” feeders).

Project Trade Names June Ambassador

Congratulations to Pam Francis Tuss of Obedient Pups Professional Dog Training in California, USA for trading two shock collars, one choke collar and one prong collar (below, left) for service discounts  and has been named Project Trade Ambassador for June 2019. Congratulations too to Daniel Antolec of Happy Buddha Dog Training in Wisconsin, USA for trading one prong collar (below, right), and Holly Tedor of Howling Peaks Dog Training, LLC in Alaska, USA for trading one shock collar (below, center).



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.


Thursday, August 22, 2019 – 1 p.m. EST

Guest: Tabitha Kucera, certified cat behavior consultant, co-chair of PPG’s Feline Committee and owner of Chirrups and Chatter Cat Behavior Consulting and Training and Positively Pawsitive Dog Behavior Consulting and Training in Cleveland, Ohio.

Topic: From Hiss to Purr – Kitten Socialization

Register to listen live or get the recording

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


July 26, 2019: Adina Silberstein, CEO of Queenie’s Pets discusses her PPG webinar Say “No” More Often: Capitalizing on Your Unique Value, focusing on how operating from fear can negatively impact decision-making, yet creating clear-cut, forward-thinking boundaries can positively impact work/life balance, profitability, company culture and more.

August 7, 2019: Daniel Quagliozzi discusses cats and consent to petting; how overstimulation and petting aggression can be avoided through awareness of human intention and the understanding of feline body language and thresholds; and how taking fewer physical liberties with our cats can allow for more social interaction and trust with our cats.

View the full schedule of upcoming BARKS Podcasts here.

Tuesday, September 3 - 2 p.m. EDT

From Hiss to Purr: Keeping Kittens in Life Long Loving Homes. Presented by Tabitha Kucera

Wednesday, September 11 - 2 p.m. EDT

Stereotypies: What is Being Repetitive About? Presented by Eduardo Fernandez Ph.D

Discounted Webinars - This Month ONLY!

PPG is offering selected webinars at a discount this month (discount valid till August 31, 2019).

I'm Bored Who Cares About Food Anyway? Presented by Michelle Martiya

"Get a Cue" - Creating stimulus control with discrimination. Presented by Yvette Van Veen

It's Not That Crazy - Voluntary Injection Training. Presented by Emily Cassell

Learn About The Biology of Socialization. Presented by Dr. Jessica Hekman

Learn To Give Clients & Staff Hard News They Will Appreciate Hearing! Presented by Niki Tudge

Member Brags


Regular PPG Summit presenters Emily Larlham (above, left) and Chirag Patel (above, right) , who is also a special counsel for the Pet Professional Guild British Isles, have both been mentioned in this article featuring some of the seven best places to visit online for dog training advice.

Let us know if you've been in the news so we can feature you here!

A Selection of What's New This Month:

Cats and squirrels and other important things… - Mikel Maria Delgado

Enrichment centered on human interaction moderates fear-induced aggression and increases positive expectancy in fearful shelter dogs - Regina M. Willen, Patricia A. Schiml, Michael B. Hennessy

Association between puppy classes and adulthood behavior of the dog - Ángela González-Martínez, María Fuencis la Martínez, Belén Rosado, Isabel Luño, Germán Santamarina, María Luisa Suárez, Fernando Camino, Luis Felipe de la Cruz, Francisco Javier Diéguez

The potential beneficial effect of classical music on heart rate variability in dogs used in veterinary training - Liza S. Köster, Fortune Sithole, Gregory E. Gilbert, Elpida Artemiou

Evaluation of the efficacy of an appeasing pheromone diffuser product vs placebo for management of feline aggression in multi-cat households: a pilot study - Theresa L DePorter, David L Bledsoe, Alexandra Beck, Elodie Ollivier

Keeping horses in groups: A review - Elke Hartmann, Eva Søndergaard, Linda J. Keeling

Assessing the welfare of kennelled dogs—A review of animal-based measures: Zita Polgár, Emily J. Blackwell, Nicola J. Rooney

Are cats (Felis catus) from multi-cat households more stressed? Evidence from assessment of fecal glucocorticoid metabolite analysis - D. Ramos, A. Reche-Junior, P. L. Fragoso, R. Palme, N.K.Yanasse, V.R.Gouvêa, A.Beck, D.S.Mills

Links between an Owner’s Adult Attachment Style and the Support-Seeking Behavior of Their Dog - Therese Rehn, Andrea Beetz and Linda J. Keeling

Practices and perceptions of clicker use in dog training: A survey-based investigation of dog owners and industry professionals - Lynna C.Feng, Tiffani J.Howell, Pauleen C.Bennett

AAFP and ISFM Feline Environmental Needs Guidelines - Sarah L H Ellis, Ilona Rodan, Hazel C Carney, Sarah Heath, Irene Rochlitz, Lorinda D Shearburn, Eliza Sundahl, Jodi L Westropp

Effect of high levels of background noise on dog responses to a routine physical examination in a veterinary setting - Anastasia C.Stellato, Hailey Hoffman, Shannon Gowland, Cate E.Dewey, Tina M.Widowski, Lee Niel

Assessment of pet attachment and its relationship with stress and social support among residents in Mangalore city of south India - Ashuthosh KC, Adail Lorainne D’souza, Basavanna Shekar, Sourav Hariram, Akash H. Nayak, Nitin Joseph

Preliminary study on the effects of attendance at dog training school on minimizing development of some anxiety disorders – Takuma Kurachi, Mami Irimajiri

How to Heal an Emotionally Traumatized Pet - Paula Fitzsimmons

Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Banning Cat Declawing - New York State

Tools for managing feline problem behaviours: Environmental and behavioural modification – Vicky Halls

Behavioral Reasons for Relinquishment of Dogs and Cats to 12 Shelters - Mo D. Salman, J M Hutchinson, Rebecca Ruch-Gallie, Lori R Kogan

Risk factors for Relinquishment of Cats to an Animal Shelter - G.J. Patronek, Larry Glickman, Alan M Beck, G.P. McCabe

See the full PPG Archive.

New this month!

Dogs and Body Pressure: A Photo Study - Eileen Anderson

For The Curious 2 - Your Questions on Deaf, Blind Dogs Answered – Debbie Bauer

Case Study: Attack – The Best Form of Defense? – Theo Stewart

The Comparison Curse - Anna Bradley

Case Study: Puppy Joyfulness Lost, Tail Between Legs, Acts Cautious - Theo Stewart

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