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Stay Up-to-Date with the Latest Developments at PPG! Issue 24: December 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 Summit 2017 Audio Recordings Available

PPG has released a full 66 hours of recorded audio sessions from its 2017 summit which took place in Orlando, Florida last month. The recordings are available for purchase along with the corresponding presentation pdfs. Download them and listen any time! Buy individual presentations or the entire collection. See here for a full list of sessions available and details of how to make your purchase.

Training and Behavior Workshop 2018

Are you considering attending the PPG Workshop at Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah on April 22-26, 2018 but are not sure about transportation to and from Kanab? We can help you find a solution so don't delay, sign up today! Places are very limited! Remember, too, there is a Facebook group for Kanab attendees to network with each other and help organize transportation and accommodation.

New Sydney Event Page

PPG has a new Facebook event page for PPG Summit 2018 in Sydney, Australia on July 27-29 at the Bankstown Sports Club. There is also an early bird discount available so don’t miss out!

PPG Survey for Shelters and Rescues

The PPG Shelter and Rescue Division is developing free behavior resources specifically for shelter and rescue organizations. In order to best meet their needs, the committee is asking shelter and rescue organizations to participate in this short survey and is grateful for any members who are able to forward the survey to their contacts in the shelter and rescue world.

Brilliant K9 Signs Up as Corporate Partner

Brilliant K9 has signed on as PPG's newest corporate partner, and is offering members discounts of 15 percent off all harnesses, patches, toys, and training bags, plus a dealer program available to PPG Members. Please contact directly for details

Bonhomme Releases Documentary from PPG Summit 2016

French dog trainer Benjamin Bonhomme has released his new documentary, Empowered Life, which includes interviews with Chirag Patel, Dr. Susan Friedman, Irith Bloom, Malena DeMartini, Ken McCort, Dr. Karen Overall, Ken Ramirez, Dr. Clive Wynne, Steve Martin and PPG president, Niki Tudge. Several segments were filmed at PPG’s 2016 summit, which took place in Tampa, Florida in November of that year. PPG members receive a 20 percent discount! Place your order here.

Support the Shock-Free Coalition

You can now show your support for PPG’s Shock-Free Coalition by purchasing a Shock-Free Coalition baseball cap, as modeled by Ken McCort (left) and Dr. Nathan Hall at the PPG Summit 2017. And when you sign the Shock-Free Pledge you now get a certificate for doing so (see below)!

Last Call to Order a Print Copy of January 2018 BARKS

The printed edition of the January 2018 issue of BARKS from the Guild is now available to order! Reserve your very own personal copy by today, Monday, December 18 and get it delivered to your door! In this issue: stopping behavior problems before they start, #PPGSummit 2017 - a full report, harnesses - why to use them and how to choose one, a dog's perceptual abilities and the impact these might have on behavior, from "difficult" shelter dog two days from euthanasia to Rally and trick dog champion, canine anxiety, the world of wolfdogs, overcoming fear of humans (a feline case study), a Thoroughbred’s life after racing, a lesson in compassion for professional behavior consultants, and getting shock off the table – quotes from the experts.

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.

New This Month in the PPG Archive

Why Do Dogs Have Whiskers? by Elizabeth Palermo

Domestic horses (Equus caballus) prefer to approach humans displaying a submissive body posture rather than a dominant body posture by Amy Victoria Smith, Clara Wilson, Karen McComb, Leanne Proops 

A descriptive study of 215 dogs diagnosed with separation anxiety by Linn Mari Storengen, Silje Christine Kallestad Boge, Solveig Johanne Strøm, Gry Løberg, Frode Lingaas

The Scariest Thing, According to Dogs by Julie Hecht

Signalment factors, comorbidity, and trends in behavior diagnoses in dogs: 1,644 Cases (1991-2001) by Michelle Bamberger, Katherine A Houpt

Crafty crows know what it takes to make a good tool via Science Daily 

Electronic Training Devices: ESCVE Position Statement by European Society of Veterinary Clinical Ethology

Dogs learn while they sleep, study says via Reuters

How to Make the World Better for Cats by Zazie Todd 

Moral Panic About Dog Bites in the Medical Literature by Zazie Todd

Meet the very good dogs who hunt down invasive species by Eileen Airhart

Can Motor Learning Principles be Applied to Dog Training? by Gal Ziv

Check the full PPG Archive.

New This Month on the PPG Blog

Are You SURE Your Dog Prefers That Food Toy? by Eileen Anderson

Rehomed Dogs – Expectations and Reality by Anna Francesca Bradley

Dogs Are Better Partners to Humans than to Other Dogs by Pam Hogle

Why do food rewards win, but not for separation anxiety? by Julie Naismith

How to Teach Your Deaf (and Blind) Dog to Wake Up Gently by Debbie Bauer

Clicker Training for Cats (1/6) by Paula Garber and Francine Miller

Making peace with muzzles by Karen Baragona:

With Her Tail between Her Legs by Eileen Anderson

Being Your Dog’s Best Advocate by Daniel Antolec

An Open Letter to Pet Industry Representatives Regarding the Use of Shock in Animal Training, Management and Care: We now know enough to stop shocking our pets by Pet Professional Guild

An Open Letter to County Commissioners re: Consumer Transparency – the Methods Used in Animal Training, Care and Management Will Protect Pets, Their Owners, Local Residents and the Public at Large by Pet Professional Guild

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Project Trade Announces October Ambassador

Congratulations to Astrid Tryon of House of Dog Training in Colorado, USA, who traded three prong collars, one shock collar and one choke collar, and is the Project Trade Ambassador for October 2017. Congratulations too to Breanna Norris of Canine Insights in Maine, USA, who traded three choke collars and one shock collar, and to Erika Gonzalez of From Dusk Till Dog in New Jersey, USA, who traded two prong collars and one choke 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

Upcoming Broadcasts:

Wednesday, December 18, 2017 - 4 p.m. EST with guest Lara Joseph

Topic: Building a trusting foundation and target training parrots, and fine tuning our training skills with parrots

Register to listen live.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 3 p.m. EDT with guest Jacqueline Munera

Topic: Nitty gritty of cat training and working with fearful or feral cats.

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:

Drayton Michaels - Let’s Opinionate! The lack of focus on human mechanics and the over reliance on “dog body language” from December 12, 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. 

Discounted Webinars - This Month ONLY!

PPG is offering selected webinars at a discount this month (discount valid till December 31, 2017).



A Social Media Overview - Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest

Dr. Robert King

What is Shaping, Why Use Shaping?

Joan Orr

Canine Structure in Relation to Activity

Dr. Debbie Gross

An Introduction To Tellington TTouch® Training

Lori Stevens

Learn How to Incorporate Fun Safe & Educational Play Into Your Behavior Programs & Training Sessions

Angelica Steinker

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.

Member Brags: New PPAB Graduates

Congratulations to the newest Pet Professional Accreditation Board Professional Canine Trainers (Accredited) Avril Young and John McCausland!


Member Brags: Shock-Free Coalition Maine

Checkout this great article in DowneastDog News by PPG member Don Hanson of Green Acres Kennel Shop in Bangor, Maine about PPG's Shock-Free Coalition.


* Advocacy Resources

* BARKS from the Guild: back issues

* BARKS from the Guild: subscribe

* Equine Resources

* Feline Resources

* Pet Dog Ambassador

* Pet Professional Accreditation Board

* PPG Archive (links to over 1,700 articles, blogs and studies and growing daily)   

* PPG Australia

* PPG Blog: latest blog posts and subscribe

* PPG Education Scholarship Program

* PPG Educational Resources: webinars and workshops

* PPG Member Discussion Board (note: you must be logged in)

* PPG Newsroom

* PPG Position Statements

* PPG Summit 2018, Sydney, Australia

* PPG Training and Behavior Analysis Workshop 2018, Kanab, Utah

* PPG World Service Podcasts

* Project Trade

* Shelter and Rescue Resources

* Shock-Free Coalition

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