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Stay Up-to-Date with the Latest Developments at PPG! Issue 25: January 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.

PPAB to Allow Credential Transfer

With immediate effect, the Pet Professional Accreditation Board (PPAB) is to allow approved industry credentials from external parties to be transferred to its own credentialing program, provided they meet eligibility and ethical criteria. The move ensures canine training and behavior professionals who have already undergone the exacting process of obtaining a professional qualification will be able to transfer their skills and knowledge to one of PPAB's own credentials without starting the process from scratch, while ensuring they hold a credential that echoes their ethical standpoint. Read the full press release.

Organizational Changes for 2018

PPG is to divide its current steering committee by establishing a separate steering committee for the Pet Professional Guild British Isles (PPGBI). In addition, PPG has appointed two new steering committee members to its North America-based team. In the British Isles, Sam Redmond, Dayle Pierce, Kathie Gregory, Nathan Watson, Michelle Masters, Dayle Pierce, Nathan Watson and Ewa Highland will join existing North America PPG steering committee members Claire Staines and Carole Husein, who will now officially move to the PPGBI division. PPGBI membership manager, Louise Stapleton-Frappell will take a seat on both committees. In North America, Michelle Martiya, chairwoman of PPG's recently-formed equine committee, and Kelly Lee, chairwoman of its newly-formed shelter and rescue committee, officially join the steering committee. Existing steering committee members Kelly Fahey, Paula Garber, Debra Millikan, Susan Nilson, Angelica Steinker remain in place for another term, alongside Stapleton-Frappell, while Sam Wike steps down. Read the full press release.

PPG 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.

Sponsorship Opportunities for Kanab Behavior Workshop

At its Training and Behavior Workshop, to be held at Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah on April 22-26, 2018, PPG is offering a host of opportunities to make it as easy as possible for vendors to participate and benefit from supporting PPG's educational initiatives. As such, PPG has developed several opportunities vendors can invest in from afar, leaving PPG to do all the legwork. The sponsorship document sets out the various options available, and vendors may also contact PPG to discuss their goals, or complete a short form to indicate their preferences. 

New Year Promotion - Save $50 on Summit Audio Files 

Audio recordings of the sessions from PPG’s 2017 Orlando summit are now available. For a limited time only, pay only $110 for over 66 hours of education. Register before January 25!

PPG Summit 2017 Opening Address

If you missed PPG’s Orlando Summit last November, and want to hear the opening session with PPG president Niki Tudge (pictured, left, with keynote speaker Dr. Karen Overall) discussing goals and accomplishments, the podcast is now available.

New PPG Vendor Partner Discount

PPG has announced a new vendor partner discount, Nailed It! Nailed It! is a course in canine nail care that has been created to help owners be able to maintain their dogs’ nails at home, avoiding the stress of going to the vet or groomer, and is particularly helpful for fearful dogs or dogs who have had negative experiences with nail care. Nailed It! is available to PPG professional members at a 20 percent discount. See the member area of the PPG website  for the discount code.

January 2018 BARKS Now Available Online

The digital edition of the January 2018 issue of BARKS from the Guild is now available! 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 Pages on PPG’s Shock-Free Coalition Website

Based on interviews conducted by steering committee members Susan Nilson and Louise Stapleton-Frappell, PPG has added two new pages to its Shock-Free Coalition website featuring quotes from canine training, behavior and business specialists on why pet professionals should not ever use electric shock in the training, behavior modification, care or management of pets, and the same for pet owners. Feel free to share far and wide.

Project Trade Announces November Ambassador

Congratulations to Daniel Antolec of Happy Buddha Dog Training in Wisconsin, USA who traded one prong collar (pictured, left), and is the Project Trade Ambassador for November, 2017. Congratulations, too, to Breanna Norris of Canine Insights in Maine, USA, who traded one Bark Off (pictured, right).

   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

New This Month on the PPG Archive

Do horses with poor welfare show 'pessimistic' cognitive biases? by S Henry, C Fureix, R Rowberry, M Bateson, M Hausberger

Some practical solutions to welfare problems in dog breeding by P.D. McGreevy & F.W Nicholas

Dog and cat behavior myths debunked by Amy L. Pike and Jessey Scheip

Search Methods Used to Locate Missing Cats and Locations Where Missing Cats Are Found by Liyan Huang, Marcia Coradini, Jacquie Rand, John Morton, Kat Albrecht, Brigid Wasson & Danielle Robertson 

On the significance of adult play: what does social play tell us about adult horse welfare? by Martine Hausberger, Carole Fureix, Marie Bourjade, Sabine Wessel-Robert, Marie-Annick Richard-Yris

Is That Dog a Pit Bull? A Cross-Country Comparison of Perceptions of Shelter Workers Regarding Breed Identification by Christy L. HoffmanNatalie HarrisonLondon Wolff & Carri Westgarth

Pets, Fear and Fireworks: The Fallout and Terrible Consequences of Fear and Anxiety for Our Pets. Part 1, The Neurophysiology of Fear by Robert Falconer-Taylor

Acculturation: perceptions of breed differences in the behavior of the dog (Canis familiaris) by Tracey Clark, Jonathan Cooper, and Daniel Mills

The Matching Law, Key To Dog Behavior by Jennifer Cattet

Descriptive study of dog bites in France Severity factors. Factors of onset of sequelae. Circumstances. Results of a survey conducted by InVS and Zoopsy in 2009–2010 by Claude Beata, Guillaume Sarcey, Cecile Ricard, Bertrand Thélot

Fear, Fireworks & Neuroplasticity: What you should never do when your dog is afraid by Jennifer Cattet

The ‘Feline Five’: An exploration of personality in pet cats (Felis catus) by Carla A. Litchfield , Gillian Quinton, Hayley Tindle, Belinda Chiera, K. Heidy Kikillus, Philip Roetman

New This Month on the PPG Blog

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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, January 24, 2018 - 3:30 p.m. EST with guest Emily Cassell

Topic: Building Trust - The Bunny Basics and Relationship Building with Bunnies and her presentation: Bunny House to House Bunny-Helping Rabbits Adjust to Their New Home

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

Recordings of Recent Podcasts:
Jacqueline Munera - Nitty gritty of cat training and working with fearful or feral cats from January 10, 2018.

PPG Webinars

Thursday, January 25 - 7 p.m. EST

Topic: Learn How to Reduce Stress in Companion Birds When Giving Medication Presented by Sheila Blanchette

Monday, January 29 - 5 p.m. EST

Topic: Daycare or Nightmare? The Ins and Outs of Training in or for a Doggy Daycare Facility Presented by Tabitha Davies

Wednesday, January 31 - 6 p.m. EST

Topic: Grief, Loss, and Coping: How to Care for Yourself and Others When A Pet Dies Presented by Dr. Vanessa Rohlf

Discounted Webinars - This Month ONLY!

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



How Do You Know If A Dog Has Developed A Positive Association? TEST!

Yvette Van Veen

Managing Compassion Fatigue: How to Care for Yourself While Caring for Animals and People

Dr. Vanessa Rohlf

The R.E.W.A.R.D. Zone for Aggressive & Reactive Dogs

Pamela Dennison

The Power of Choice

Irith Bloom

Differentiating the "Pawsibilities"

Dr. Lynn Honeckman

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: Central Florida Force-Free Trainers Promote Shock-Free Coalition

PPG members at the Central Florida Force-Free Trainers have placed a public service announcement in their local, free-to-public, newspaper, Orlando Weekly to inform people that members of the Central Florida Force-Free Trainers and Veterinary Behavior Network are standing together to stop the use of electric shock in dog training. “We are proud to announce that we are doing all we can to openly stop all use of shock collars in the management, training, and behavior modification of the dogs who share our lives,” said PPG special counsel and Orlando, Florida-based veterinarian, Dr. Lynn Honeckman. “We, the members of the Central Florida Force Free Trainers and Veterinary Behavior Network have signed the No Shock Pledge and encourage everyone to do the same.”

Member Brags: Green Acres Kennel Shop Raises Money to Help Pets and Seniors Stay Together

Bangor, Maine-based PPG members Green Acres Kennel Shop has raised a total of $8172.52 for the Eastern Area Agency on Aging Furry Friends Food Bank in a fundraiser. Members of the community donated a total of $6,172 and Green Acres Kennel Shop added $2,000, bringing the total to $8172.52. All of the funds raised will be used to purchase pet food and supplies, at wholesale prices, for distribution by the Eastern Area Agency on Aging. Over the past 10 years, Green Acres Kennel Shop has raised over $40,000 for this important cause which helps keep seniors and their pets together. (Photo shows Rob Crone (left) and Laurie Qualey (center) of EAAA with Don Hanson of Green Acres. Photo by Debra Bell.)


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