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January 2022: Issue 73

PPG Announces Virtual February Workshop with Dr.
Kristina Spaulding


PPG is hosting The Full Picture, an in-depth virtual workshop featuring academic and skill exploration of classic and new research in instrumental learning.

The event will be instructed by Dr. Kristina Spaulding on the following dates:

Monday, February 7, 2022: Session 1 – Just the Basics

Wednesday, February 9, 2022: Session 2 - All about Punishment

Monday, February 14, 2022: Session 3 - Training Methods

Wednesday, February 16, 2022: Session 4 - The Biology of Learning

The workshop is for anybody interested in the training of dogs. Both beginners and those wanting an in-depth review of instrumental learning, would benefit from taking the entire course. If you already have a strong understanding of the four quadrants and the side effects of punishment, sessions 3 and 4 still have something to offer!

Remote Support via Facebook Group

Attendees who purchased the package will be invited into the Facebook group seven days prior to the start of the workshop.

Working Spots (Strictly Limited to 15 spots ONLY!) and Auditor Spots (package only) are available. You can also register to attend an individual session.

CEUs: PPAB 6, IAABC (pending), KPA (pending), CCPDT (pending)

Payment plans are available for the Auditor and Working Spots packages.

More details about The Full Picture and registration here.

2022 Membership Certificates Now Available

Please check the member area of the PPG website for access to your downloadable 2022 member certificate.

PPG’s Advocacy Panel held its latest virtual event last month, featuring a host of experts discussing the topic Meeting People Where They Are to Facilitate Change.

Listen to our BARKS Podcast with the PPG Advocacy Panel: Discussion #5 – Meeting People Where They Are to Facilitate Change

The Advocacy Panel’s key mission to support pet guardian education and make it accessible to a wider audience. 

Upcoming discussion topics:

Friday, January 28, 2022 / 3 p.m. Your PPG Advocacy Panel at Work! What Does Pet Industry Licencing Look Like ?

Catch up with all the Advocacy Panel discussions to date:

Advocacy Panel Discussion #1 (August 27, 2021): How To Best Advocate for Positive Reinforcement Methods

Listen to the podcast / Watch the video

Discussion #2 (September 24, 2021): How to Reach and Work with Your Local Veterinarians

Listen to the podcast / Watch the video

Discussion #3 (October 22, 2021): Your PPG Advocacy Panel at Work! Advocating to Let Dogs be Dogs, Cats be Cats, Equids Be Equids

Listen to the podcast / Watch the video

Discussion #4 (November 26, 2021): “Being Nicer” While Advocating

Listen to the podcast / Watch the video

Discussion #5 (Friday, December 17, 2021): Meeting People Where They Are To Facilitate Change

Listen to the podcast / Watch the video

Special Business Opportunity for PPG Members

Do you sell Business to Business? Would you like to increase your impact on our industry by offering your products and services to fellow PPG members?

If you’re thinking, “Yes!” then look no further. Take advantage today of PPG’s Vendor Discount Program and attract like-minded professionals, with like-minded goals, to your special offer. All you have to do is complete PPG’s Vendor Discount Form to get started.

Please contact membership manager Emily Conde support@petprofessionalguild.com if you have any questions.

PPG Business Referrals

Do you get referrals from your PPG member listing? PPG fields several inquiries each day that we send in your direction. BUT it helps if your profile is correctly set up. Please visit the website and log in, then click ‘view,’ ‘edit profile,’ and make sure of the following:

  • Your website is your full address are listed.
  • You identify which services you provide.
  • Your logo or an identifying picture is in place.

GPS systems need a full address set up to ensure you will come up in the PPG Zip Code search, so if your listing is missing a street, a number, a zip code, or a town you will not show. You can make your address private in your profile by editing your settings, but it does need to be there to help find you in the database.

Survey on Canine Prey Drive

In 2021, MSc student of Applied Animal Behaviour and Training, Tracey McLennan, found that, in a survey of 730 people, just over 50% of the respondents had been forced to change their walking habits because of their dog’s prey drive.

McLennan now aims to further her research and is running a new survey to gather more information and find ways to help people affected by their dog’s prey drive. Please take a few moments to complete the survey and participate in this important research.  


January BARKS - Coming Soon!


The January issue of BARKS from the Guild will soon be available. In the meantime, follow BARKS on Facebook for a sneak peek.


BARKS Is Looking for Writers!

BARKS from the Guild
, PPG’s bimonthly official trade publication, is always looking for new writers to contribute on both a regular and an ad hoc basis. BARKS is all about pet professionals sharing their individual knowledge and experience with others as we work to grow the force-free community and spread the message.

BARKS’ online audience is comprised tens of thousands of pet professionals and pet guardians all over the world; being featured in BARKS is great for your business, for your fellow pet professionals, and for the clients and pets we serve!

Please read the BARKS FAQs page for more information on submitting articles or contact the editor for further details.

New this month!

Happy Holidays…for Dogs too! - Anna Bradley

The Art and Science of Consent Testing - Angelica Steinker

Stuck in the Mud – Lara Joseph

The Art of Teamwork – Gail Radtke

BARKS Podcasts
are now available on Anchor, from where you can select your preferred app to listen any time or download. Make sure you follow BARKS Podcasts on whichever app you choose so you can stay updated with new releases.

Latest Podcasts:

BARKS Podcast with Dr. Karen Becker, author of The Forever Dog (January 14, 2022)

BARKS Podcast with Molly Kelsey of The Cat Counsellor (December 10, 2021)

BARKS Podcast with Veronica Sanchez of Cooperative Paws Service Dog Education (December 3, 2021)

The Chat & Chuckle format for PPG’s BARKS Podcasts and PPG Facebook Live sessions is purposely casual to create a free-flowing conversation between the host and the guest.

There are no staged questions! This ensures we have a fun and natural dialogue to support the concept of Chatting & Chuckling. Host Niki Tudge simply guides the discussions around the guest, their areas of specialty, and their business interests.

Do you have something you’d like to share? Join Niki Tudge as a guest on one of our BARKS Podcasts! You too can share your knowledge and experience with PPG members and supporters!

Listen to earlier BARKS podcasts.

Upcoming Facebook Live Sessions

Chat Chuckle and Learn Sessions with PPG president Niki Tudge - save the dates!

Friday, January 21, 2022 /3 p.m. ET

Do you know someone who suffers from cynophobia - the fear of dogs? Join Niki Tudge as she chats with Stefani M Cohen LCSW about helping dog lovers and dog trainers understand more about the fear of dogs - and how to help others overcome it.

Do you have something you’d like to share? Join Niki Tudge in one of our Facebook Live sessions! Just fill out this short form to get it scheduled and share your knowledge and experience with PPG members and supporters. 

Upcoming Live Webinars:

Wednesday, January 19 / 12:30 p.m. ET

"How Should I Say This?" Handle Sticky Situations with Clients in Writing with Confidence! Presented by Nancy Tucker

Monday, January 24 / 4:30 p.m. ET

Pet Training and Behavior Consulting: A Model for Raising the Bar to Protect Professionals, Pets and Their People. Presented by Niki Tudge

Friday, January 28 / 3 p.m. ET

What Does Pet Industry Licensing Look Like? With Your PPG Advocacy Panel

Monday, January 31 / 6 p.m. ET

The Ethics of Animal Training Procedures. Presented by Dr. Eduardo Fernandez

Discounted Webinars:

PPG is offering the following selected webinars at a discount this month - each webinar is just $15:



Stressed Out: Dogs, Hormones, and Stress.

Dr. Jessica Hekman

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

Dr. Vanessa Rohlf

Understand How To Use Respondent Conditioning As A Practical View to Behavior Modification.

Claudia Estanislau

Do Animals Have Empathy? A presentation on the Empathetic Abilities of Animals.

Dr. Loren Martin

Learn About The Relevance of Breed in Behavior Consultation.

Janis Bradley


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