February 2019: Issue 38
PPG Launches Revamped Corporate Partner Program
PPG has launched a new look Corporate Partner Program for 2019, to include enhanced benefits and three new options to suit individual business goals: Ambassador, Diplomat and Delegate. Partners all offer generous discounts for PPG members – you can find the discount codes in Vendor Discount Programs in the members’ area of the PPG website. Corporate Partners all align with PPG’s Guiding Principles and, with PPG, will help shape the future of the pet industry as well as grow their customer base through access to a core targeted market of pet industry business professionals. Please do support our Corporate Partners (see below) – we thank them all for their support.
PPG Signs Easy Pet Fence as New Corporate Partner; Discount Available for Members
Easy Pet Fence has signed up as a new PPG Corporate Partner – Delegate Level. The company, based in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, offers humane, easy-to-install outdoor pet enclosures for dogs, cats and backyard chickens that match the needs of individual landscapes, pets and budgets. All products are 100 percent harm-free to pets, owners and the environment. The company is against invisible fencing, citing it to be “psychologically and physically damaging to pets.”
Easy Pet Fence is offering PPG members a special 10 percent discount off its Dog Fence Kits and Cat Fence Kits – find the discount code in the members’ area of the PPG website. Offer expires on December 31, 2019. Easy Pet Fence is also on Facebook.
Shock-Free Coalition Now in NY, KY
The Shock-Free Coalition, PPG’s international advocacy initiative and to support their efforts to build a strong and broad movement committed to eliminating shock devices from the supply and demand chain, has opened new chapters in Kentucky and New York as the movement goes from strength to strength. The Kentucky chapter will be headed up by Tracey Hagan and the New York chapter will be led by Pam Shultz.
PPG Workshops 2019: Robert Hewings
Dr. Robert Hewings from the UK College of Scent Dogs is coming to PPG Headquarters in Tampa, Florida in November 2019 to present two programs:
#1 Become an Accredited Scent Instructor: Saturday, November 9 - Wednesday, November 13, 2019.
#2 Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – Assistance Dog Training: Monday, November 18 - Tuesday, November 19, 2019.
Monthly payments and CEUs available for both events. Working and auditor spots are available for both. More details and how to register here.
PPG Workshops 2019: Vicki Ronchette; Craig Ogilvie
PPG Hosts Florida Training Workshop
PPG recently held the 'Get Out of Your Comfort Zone and Get Agile While You Tune-Up Your Training Skills and Mechanics!' Workshop in Tampa, Florida. The trainers are working while the auditors track data. More photos will be available in the May 2019 issue of BARKS.
PPG Hosts Second Educational “Day of Fun” in January
PPG held its second day of free education and fun for PPG members and DogSmiths at its headquarters in Tampa, Florida at the end of January. The schedule included sessions by PPG president, local animal trainer and exotics specialist, Emily Cassell, and Tampa-based dog trainer and behavior consultant, Dawn Hanna. After the morning’s presentation, attendees took part in a group training session outdoors. More photos will be available in the March 2019 issue of BARKS. 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. More photos will be available in the March 2019 issue of BARKS.
PPGBI Attends WOOF 2019 in UK
The PPGBI team (above right, left to right, PPGBI membership manager Louise Stapleton-Frappell with Carole Hussein, and PPGBI steering committee member, Dayle Pierce) traveled to PPGBI special counsel Chirag Patel's (above left, on right) event, WOOF 2019, held in Nottingham, England last weekend. They signed up some new members, had some fun with the selfie frame, and gave out a bunch of prizes to lucky winners. More photos will be available in the May 2019 issue of BARKS.
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.
Click here to order your copy of the print edition of the March 2019 edition of BARKS (above left). The March issue’s Cover Story debates whether pets should still be considered property in the eyes of the law, given that increasing numbers of pet guardians now consider their pets to be part of the family. We also have a special 18-page supplement on aggressive behavior featuring winning and runner-up entries in our Portland 2019 Writers’ Competition. For a full breakdown of all articles, view
the Contents page. Meanwhile, the digital edition of the January 2019 issue of BARKS (above right) is available to read online.
Project Trade Announces December Ambassador
Congratulations to Brooke Eskridge of Petagogy in Boise, Idaho, USA for collecting two prong collars and being named Project Trade Ambassador for December 2018. She wins a $100 credit to go towards PPG webinars.
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, March 5, 2019 - 1 p.m. EST
Guests: dogbiz founders Veronica Boutelle and Gina Phairas.
Topic: How to start a dog training business— the start up process, what it takes to be your own boss and make it as a dog trainer, avoiding common mistakes and sidestepping common misconceptions, and ethical entrepreneurship in an unregulated industry.
Fill out this form if you’d like to submit a question to any of the guests or hosts.
February 7, 2019: Dr. Nathan Hall discusses Understanding Gene-Behavior Relationships in Domestic Dogs, based on his upcoming PPG Portland 2019 Annual Summit presentation in April.
Wednesday, February 27 - 1:30 p.m. EST
Community Safety through Breed Bans? The Facts Versus the Myths Presented by Deirdre Franklin
Thursday, March 7 - 1:30 p.m. EST
Dog Separation Anxiety - Mission Possible! Presented by Malena DeMartini
Sunday, March 10 – 3 p.m. EDT
The Sekara Diaries: Working Through the Challenges Presented by Louise Ginman
Discounted Webinars - This Month ONLY!
PPG is offering selected webinars at a discount this month (discount valid till February 28, 2019).
Science Shows Positive Reward-Based Dog Training is Best – Marc Bekoff
Choose a Dog Trainer as Carefully as You Would a Surgeon – Marc Bekoff
See the full PPG Archive.
Tips for Working with Clients with Mobility Impairments - Veronica Sanchez
A Quadrant by Any Other Name is Still a Cornerstone of Operant Learning – Eileen Anderson
Portland Blog Competition: May I Speak to the Manager? – Tina Ferner
An Allegory: What Happens if a Dog is Punished for Having a Phobia? – Sandra Machado
Getting Started with Touch Cues - Debbie Bauer
Treat Value: What Should You Use? - Yvette Van Veen
Dog Owner Confidence Crash! - Anna Bradley
Give New Pets Time to Adjust – Daniel Antolec
Want Your Dog to Listen? Stop Doing This! - Yvette Van Veen
Getting Scientific about Dominance – Don Hanson
Dogs and Marshmallows – Pam Hogle
The What, Where and When of Rewards - Lily Mickleburgh
Winter Hiking Tips for You and Your Dog – Tonya Wilhelm
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