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Stay Up-to-Date with the Latest Developments at PPG! Issue 36: December 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: Special Offer for Shelter & Rescue Staff/Volunteers

Attention shelter and rescue peeps! Are you coming to PPG's Canine Aggression and Bite Prevention Seminar with feline specialty track in Portland, Oregon on April 26-28, 2019? Register now and bring a coworker with you for just $50! Email Rebekah King quoting “Shelter and Rescue” in the subject line.

Portland 2019: Cool Cats Competition Winner


Congratulations to Laurel Horton of Northwest Paws in Eugene, Oregon who is the winner of PPG's Cool Cats Photo Competition with her cat Buddy (photo, above) and has been awarded a free entry ticket to PPG's Canine Aggression & Bite Prevention Education Seminar on April 26-28, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. Thank you to everyone who participated and for the all the great photos and stories. Many more of the photos will be featured in BARKS from the Guild throughout the year.

PPG Announces Let’s Celebrate +R Photo/Video Competition Winners


Congratulations to Jeannine Lampe who won the Best Overall Entry category for North America/International and Nikki Thorpe who won the Best Overall Entry category for Europe in PPG’s Let's Celebrate +R photo and video competition. Lampe wins a free entry ticket, including gala dinner, to PPG's Canine Aggression & Bite Prevention Education Seminar in Portland, Oregon on April 26-28, 2019 while Thorpe wins a free entry ticket to Woof in Nottingham, England on February 9-12, 2019 hosted by Domesticated Manners and PPG British Isles special counsel member, Chirag Patel.

PPG to Host Second Educational “Day of Fun” in January


PPG is planning its next member fun day, again in Tampa, Florida, on Sunday, January 20, 2019 starting at 9 a.m. Following on from the success of the previous event (see photos, above), the program will incorporate a free, full day of networking, sessions, competitions and more. See here for more details and to register. If you would like to host a member fun day in your state/province/county/town, please review the blueprint for PPG Networking Groups and reach out to PPG. The January 2019 issue of BARKS from the Guild will feature a full report from the inaugural September events, as well as reports from PPG's residential Scent Work and Walk This Way workshops (see photos left and right respectively, below).


Order January BARKS in Print; November BARKS Available Online


Click here to order your copy of the print edition of the January 2019 edition of BARKS (above left). The January issue’s Cover Story presents the case for pet professionals and umbrella associations to promote and foster a scientifically-informed, kind, solely force-free approach, while examining the potential fallout of aversive training methods. For a full breakdown of all articles, view the Contents page. Meanwhile, the digital edition of the November 2018 issue of BARKS (above right) is available to read online.

BARKS is also looking for a proofreader. If you have editorial experience and would be interested, please email the editor, Susan Nilson, for more details.

Congratulations to Erika Gonzalez of From Dusk Till Dog, LLC in New Jersey, USA for collecting two prong collars and two shock collars (below, left), and to Vivi Myslik Jorgensen of VivaPaws Training & Behavior in South Carolina, USA for collecting two prong collars (below, right). They have been named joint Project Trade Ambassadors for October 2018.


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.


Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - 1 p.m. EST

Guest: Alexandra Kurland.

Topic: Two PPG Webinars: 1) Lining up the How, What and Why of Training – A presentation intended to help us understand how different training belief systems emerge, in which Kurland introduces us to the work of the cognitive linguist, George Lakoff. 2) Keeping Things in Balance – An in-depth exploration of where the simple training mantra “For every behavior you teach there is an opposite behavior you must teach to keep things in balance” takes us. 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.


December 12, 2018: Dr. Jean Dodds discusses an article regarding vaccinations that was inaccurately attributed to Dr. Dodds has been circulating. Dr. Dodds reviews the article, rebuts statements and corrects the vaccination protocol. Listen here.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - 7 p.m. EST

Epigenetics and Puppies. Presented by Dr. Lynn Honeckman

Friday, January 4, 2019 - 1 p.m. EST

Playing Without Limitations - The impact of canine deafness and visual impairment on dog to dog play, and human-directed play. Presented by Morag Heirs

Monday, January 14, 2019 - 12 p.m. EST

The Top Ten Most Important Dog Training Knowledge Concepts You Need Your Clients To Understand. Presented by Niki Tudge

Discounted Webinars - This Month ONLY!

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



From Frantic Fran to Wholehearted Holly: Ban Burnout with a Practice of Self-Care

Yolanda Harper LCSW

Using Back Chaining to train Tricks, Dog Sports and Real World Behaviors

Pamela Johnson

Inbound Marketing for Non-Marketers

Sam Mallikarjunan

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

Dr. Isabella Merola

Learn How To Effectively Manage Groups of Dogs In an Off-Leash Environment

Kathy Sdao

Companion Animal Psychology News November 2018 – Zazie Todd

Metacognition in dogs: Do dogs know they could be wrong? - Julia Belger, Juliane Bräuer

What My Dog Taught Me About Consent - Jenny Efimova

Awake fMRI Reveals Brain Regions for Novel Word Detection in Dogs - Ashley Prichard, Peter F. Cook, Mark Spivak, Raveena Chhibber and Gregory S. Berns

How do cats stay so clean? Video reveals secrets of the feline tongue - Frankie Schembri

Yes, your pet can tell time - Science Daily

Enhanced Selection of Assistance and Explosive Detection Dogs Using Cognitive Measures - Evan L. MacLean and Brian Hare

On Your Best Behavior Moving Beyond “Leader of the Pack” – Ilana Reisner

The challenge of challenge: Can problem solving opportunities enhance animal welfare? – Cheryl L. Meehan, Joy A. Mench

A dog’s day with humans – time activity budget of free-ranging dogs in India - Sreejani Sen Majumder, Ankita Chatterjee and Anindita Bhadra

In what sense are dogs special? Canine cognition in comparative context - Stephen E. G. Lea, Britta Osthaus

Do Dogs Learn More Quickly from Verbal or Visual Signals? – Stanley Coren

Yes, I'm Angry About That Training Advice – Kristi Benson

Animal behaviour should be a core subject in vet school, say researchers - Horsetalk.co.nz

See the full PPG Archive.

Portland Blog Competition: Canine Aggression – The Public Perception - Hannah Blumenfeld

Portland Blog Competition: Tips to Reduce Leash Reactivity - Michelle Wieser 

Take Your Dog Training Career to the Next Level with Karen Pryor Academy - Karen Pryor Academy

Career Aptitude Testing…for Dogs – Pamela Hogle

My Dog Is Afraid of the Clicker. What Should I Do? - Eileen Anderson

Dogs and ‘Digging In’ – Anna Bradley

Training Your Cat to Sit on Cue - Jennifer Van Valkenburg

Road Trip with Your Dog | Dog Travel Tips – Tonya Wilhelm

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Become a PPG Corporate Partner

New Animal Activities Licensing (AAL) regulations came into effect in the U.K. on October 1, 2018 and, under the regulations, staff working in dog boarding kennels, boarding catteries, day care for dogs, dog home boarding, dog breeding and pet shops, must have clear evidence of knowledge and experience or a minimum of an OFQUAL regulated level 2 qualification in a relevant subject. Or, to meet the Higher Standard, a member of staff with a relevant OFQUAL regulated Level 3 qualification must be present during the working day. PPG corporate partner Animal Jobs Direct offers a number of qualifications that meet the new requirements under the AAL regulations (e.g. courses in canine and feline care, behavior and training). If your company aligns with PPG’s Guiding Principles, we invite you too to become a Corporate Partner. As a Corporate Partner you can expand your reach and grow your customer base through access to a core targeted market of pet industry business professionals. For more information see the PPG website or email Kelly Fahey.

Member Brags

Kudos to PPG member Lisa Morrissey of Trick Dog "U" K9 Training Academy Hudson, Florida for a great job promoting force-free training on FOX13 News Tampa Bay.


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