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January 2019: Issue 37

PPG Announces Full List of Winners for Let’s Celebrate +R Photo/Video Competition


Congratulations to Jeannine Lampe who won the Best Overall Entry category for North America/International (above, left) and Nikki Thorpe who won the Best Overall Entry category for Europe (above, right) 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.

Other PPG winners (and prizes are):

Best Overall Entry Runner-Up - Rebecca Mason (The Jean Donaldson Dog Training 101 online program DVD Copy)

Best Pet(s) and Handler Team - Melissa Koh (a selection of professional books by individual authors)

Runner-Up - Mary Perrego ($50 gift certificate with DogWise and $50 gift certificate with Peaceable Paws Intern Academies)

Winner Best Group Photo - Rebecca Mason (a selection of six training videos from a PPG Summit and a $100 gift certificate from Doggone Safe)

Runner-Up - Tricia Case (a free Pet Dog Ambassador program for each person in the group. Choose from Guardian, Instructor or Assessor level)

Winner Best Pet and Child Interaction Photo Rebecca Mason (a free Junior Membership to PPG and opportunity to partake in the Junior Membership Accreditation program plus a Deluxe Downloadable Be A Tree Program Kit)

Runner-Up - Jess Dunduk ($50 Doggone Safe gift certificate)

Most Creative Complex Training Video - Kim Cavanaugh (one enrollment to the DogNostics Dog Training Certificate Program)

Runner-Up - Nancy Freedman-Smith ($100 gift certificate to DogBiz programs)

Best Educational Video - Jeannine Lampe (a 12-month subscription to PPG webinars)

Runner-Up - Christine Michaud (Your Collaborative Care Program from DogNostics Career Center)

Other PPGBI winners (and prizes) are:

Best Overall Entry Runner-Up - Lhanna Frost (Mission Possible: A self-guided online separation anxiety course for guardians or trainers and a $100 webinar credit with PPG)

Best Pet(s) and Handler Team - Natasha Attwood (a selection of professional books by individual authors)

Best Pet and Child Interaction Photo - Nikki Thorpe (a free Junior Membership to PPG and opportunity to partake in the Junior Membership Accreditation program plus a Deluxe Downloadable Be A Tree Program Kit)

Most Creative Complex Training Video - Lhanna Frost (one enrollment to the DogNostics Dog Training Certificate Program)

Congratulations to all the winners and a big thank you to everyone who participated and for the all the wonderful photos. All winning entries will be featured in the March 2019 issue of BARKS from the Guild. Read the full press release.

PPG Workshops: One Instructor - Two Events


Dr. Robert Hewings (above) 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

Limited to 14 working spot attendees only to ensure maximum attention and practical opportunities. Each day is split 50/50 theory/practical and is presented at a high level for dog training instructors.

#2 Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – Assistance Dog Training: Monday, November 18 - Tuesday, November 19, 2019

For anybody interested in the training of dogs to support sufferers of PTSD specifically, and for those with a general interest in the role of assistance dogs.

Monthly payments and CEUs available for both events. Working and auditor spots are available for both. More details and how to register.

Portland 2019: Spots Still Available!

PPG and co-host Doggone Safe are still offering tickets for the Canine Aggression and Bite Prevention Education seminar taking place at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Portland, Oregon on April 26-28, 2019. The event will feature all-day general sessions supported by an afternoon feline specialty track. Session topics include the neuroscience of aggression, functionally assessing aggression, resource guarding, aggression modification protocols, techniques, and managing clients with aggressive pets, while presenters include Dr. Lisa Radosta, Dr. Nathan Hall, Dr. Ilana Reisner, Pat Miller, Chirag Patel, Niki Tudge, Judy Luther, Janis Bradley and David Pearsall, with Paula Garber, Beth Adelman and Tabitha Kucera of the PPG cat committee heading up the feline specialty track. The popular Great Dane package is once again available and includes the seminar entrance ticket, seminar T-shirt, hotel accommodation, breakfast and lunch each day, and both evening events.

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 photo, 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 features a full report from the inaugural September event, as well as reports from PPG's residential Scent Work and Walk This Way workshops. 

January BARKS Available Online


Click here to read the digital edition of the January issue of BARKS. 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.

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.

PPG Announces February Training Workshop


PPG will host a two-day workshop, Get Out of Your Comfort Zone and Get Agile While You Tune-Up Your Training Skills and Mechanics! instructed by PPG president Niki Tudge in Tampa, Florida on February 9-10, 2019. Register today!


Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 1 p.m. EST

Guest: Dr. Nathan Hall.

Topic: Understanding Gene-Behavior Relationships in Domestic Dogs, based on Dr. Hall’s upcoming PPG Portland 2019 Annual Summit presentation in April.

Register to listen live.

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

Note: The podcast with Alexandra Kurland scheduled for January 8, 2019 has been postponed. A new date will be scheduled as soon as possible. Check here for updates.

View the full schedule of upcoming BARKS Podcasts here.

Monday, January 14, 2019 - Noon EST

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

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 1:30 p.m. EST

What a Pithy: Making Classes Memorable Presented by Kathy Sdao

Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 2 p.m. EST

Building a Bridge - The Importance of Timing Presented by Ryan Cartlidge

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 1:30 p.m. EST

Keeping Things in Balance Presented by Alexandra Kurland 

Discounted Webinars - This Month ONLY!

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



Separation Distress

Alexandra Santos

Using Back Managing the Canine Arthritic - Those Free of Charge Additions That Really Count!

Hannah Capon

Step In Time

Sian Ryan

Go Full Time: Making Your Night Job Your Day Job

Veronica Boutelle

May the Force Be With You - or Not

Kathy Sdao

The effect of breed-specific dog legislation on hospital treated dog bites in Odense, Denmark—A time series intervention study - Finn Nilson, John Damsager, Jens Lauritsen, Carl Bonander

Interspecies transmission of emotional information via chemosignals: from humans to dogs (Canis lupus familiaris) - Biagio D’Aniello, Gün Refik Semin, Alessandra Alterisio, Massimo Aria, Anna Scandurra

Too Much of a Good Thing: Are the Activities your Dog Loves Doing Making him Sick? – Emily Larlham

Minimally Aversive Contingency Management Planning – James O’Heare

He Said, She Said, Science Says - S. G. Friedman

Dogs really can smell your fear, and then they get scared too – Jake Buehler

How Fear Becomes Aggression in Dogs and Humans – Adrienne Wood

Straight Talk about Parrot Behavior – Susan Friedman

The biology of fear- and anxiety-related behaviors - Thierry Steimer

The quality of being sociable: The influence of human attentional state, population, and human familiarity on domestic cat sociability - Kristyn R.Vitale,  Monique A.R. Udell

Should dogs have legal rights? - Laura Moss

Re-Classifying Dogs as Sentient Beings: It’s Time, America, It’s Time - Sarah Hodgson

After more than a decade, has pet guardianship changed anything? – R. Scott Nolen

Q&A: Pets Are Becoming People, Legally Speaking - Rachel Hartigan Shea

Are Dogs Children, Companions, or Just Animals? Understanding Variations in People's Orientations toward Animals - David D. Blouin

Motivation for Pet Ownership and Its Relevance to Behavior Problems – Sharon L. Crowell-Davis

See the full PPG Archive.

Portland Blog Competition: Redirecting Aggressive Behavior – Dr. Lynn Bahr

Which Pavlov Is on Your Shoulder? - Eileen Anderson

Variety Is the Spice of Life – Danette Johnston

Over the Moon! – Debbie Bauer

Partnering With the Veterinary Community - Daniel Antolec

When Standard Positive Reinforcement Fails - Yvette Van Veen

10 Reasons Why Xmas Might Not Be So Full Of Festive Cheer For Your Pet – Anna Bradley

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