July 2020: Issue 55
Geek Week Opens for Early Bird Registration
Get your “geek on” and save your spot! “Geek Week,” taking place online on November 11-15, 2020, is now open for Early Bird registration:
Early Bird (before August 30, 2020): Member* $200 / Public $380
Regular Registration: (post August 30, 2020): Member* $220 / Public $440
Here are just a few of the presenters who are already confirmed - click here to see the full list.
PPAB Fee Waiver Extension
Effective April 1- December 31, 2020, the Pet Professional Accreditation Board (PPAB) is waiving many of its application and submission fees for PPG members. Apply today and save:
Canine Training Technician – All fees waived. Save $90
Professional Canine Trainer – All fees waived. Save $90
Professional Canine Behavior Consultant – All fees waived except the proctored online examination. Save $115
If you hold an existing credential and are thinking twice about renewing, now is the time to transfer it! Save the application fee of $50 and all other submission fees until December 31, 2020.
Note too that the video skill requirements for all three levels of PPAB credentials have been updated and the three study guides amended. Any new applications will be expected to adhere to these new requirements. If applicants prior to July 13, 2020 wish to work through the credential using the new criteria, they may either choose to do so or continue as they are.
BARKS: July Issue Available
The July 2020 issue of BARKS from the Guild is now available online. In this issue PPG president Niki Tudge continues her examination of harassment in the workplace and outlines courses of action individuals can take when there is no official workplace or structured corporate accountability. Other articles include:
If you have not already registered for your free lifetime digital subscription to BARKS, you can do so here. Sign up today to get exclusive sneak previews of upcoming editions, download PDFs of individual articles, read back issues from 2014-2020, or order a print-on-demand copy. Already subscribed? Enter your BARKS Membership Zone here.
BARKS from the Guild, PPG’s bimonthly official trade publication, is 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.
Due to the current health and financial crisis, PPG has postponed the following workshops:
Reactive to Relaxed: Next Steps in Control Unleashed with Leslie McDevitt. New dates: Saturday, February 13 – Sunday, February 14, 2021.
Your PORTL to Shaping with Mary Hunter. New dates: Saturday, March 20, 2021 - Sunday, March 21, 2021.
Play is a Powerful Reinforcer with Craig Ogilvie. New dates: Saturday, October 9 – Sunday, October 10, 2021.
Advanced Agility Workshop with Marita Davies. New dates: Saturday, October 16 – Sunday, October 17, 2021.
Accredited Scent Instructor Program with Dr. Robert Hewings. New dates: Saturday, November 6 – Wednesday, November 10, 2021.
Canine Scent Advanced Handling 5-Day Program with Dr. Robert Hewings. New dates: Wednesday, November 17 – Sunday, November 21, 2021.
Learn How to Train Dogs to Detect Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Nightmares with Dr. Robert Hewings. New dates: Wednesday, November 24 – Thursday, November 25, 2021.
PPG Appoints Social Media Coordinator
PPG has appointed Warwick, New York-based veterinarian Pam Shultz DVM CVA (left, with her cat Tesla) as its social media coordinator with immediate effect. Dr. Shultz had already been assisting PPG as a proofreader on its bimonthly trade publication BARKS from the Guild, and now comes onboard in a more official capacity as the organization looks to ramp up its online presence across its social media platforms.
"I am proud to be part of a community that is so supportive, dedicated, insightful and compassionate to both pets and people," said Dr. Shultz. "In this new position, I hope to continue to learn, while assisting PPG in sharing information and resources that help pet professionals and guardians work together toward a world that is kinder to all species." Read press release.
PPG Cat Committee Call-In Lounge
The PPG Cat Committee Call-In Lounge takes place monthly, in the middle of the month (whichever week includes the 15th and usually on a Wednesday or Thursday). Timings will alternate between late afternoons and evenings at around 8 p.m. (ET) and topics will include specific topics chosen by the group, case studies, and open discussions. The Lounges are open to all PPG members. Please check the PPG All About Cats Facebook group for further details.
PPG is still offering a range of services to support members and their businesses during the current pandemic. These include free member webinars, Facebook Live sessions offering business and marketing advice in the PPG members’ Facebook group, virtual PPG Social events, educational blogs, deferral of membership renewal fees, waiving of Pet Professional Accreditation Board application and transfer fees and more. Watch out for the regular Business Contingency Planning member email updates and keep an eye on the new Business Contingency Planning section in the members’ area of the PPG website for more details and ongoing updates.
Wednesday, July 22 - 2 p.m. EDT
How to Build A Puppy: Early Development 0-63 Days. Presented by Suzanne Clothier
Monday, July 27 - 1 p.m. EDT
What Did the Horse Trainer Say to the Donkey? Presented by Monique Williams
Friday, August 7 - 1 p.m. EDT
To Spay or Not to Spay – That is the Question. Presented by Dr. Jessica Hekman
Tuesday, August 18 - 10 a.m. EDT
Can dogs have ADHD? A look at recent research on impulsivity, hyperactivity, and inattention in dogs. Presented by Dr. Kristina Spaulding
Did you know that PPG has hundreds of recorded webinars? Each month more are added as live events are completed. You can search on them via topic, or presenter. Click here to have a browse through them or to check out the new scheduled live webinars.
Teach the Leash with Pam Dennison
The Power of Choice with Irith Bloom
How to Improve Your Pet's Gut Health with Dr. Holly Ganz
Go Full Time: Making Your Night Job Your Day Job with Veronica Boutelle
Psychological Trauma and PTSD in Dogs with Dr. Franklin McMillan
The PPG Archive holds over 3,400 articles, blogs and videos. Here's a selection of what's been added this month:
Parallels in the interactive effect of highly sensitive personality and social factors on behaviour problems in dogs and humans- Maya Bräm Dubé, Lucy Asher, Hanno Würbel, Stefanie Riemer & Luca Melotti
An automated behavior-shaping intervention reduces signs of separation anxiety–related distress in a mixed-breed dog- Paul Mundell, Sophie Liu, Noémie A. Guérin, Jeannine M.Berger
A Case-Controlled Comparison of Behavioural Arousal Levels in Urine Spraying and Latrining Cats - Daniela Ramos, Archivaldo Reche-Junior,Priscila Luzia Fragoso,Rupert Palme,Patricia Handa,Marie Odile Chelini and Daniel Simon Mills
Spotlight on Science: New research on spraying and house soiling - International Cat Care
Muzzle training: Cultivating calm – Muzzle Up Project
The Finnish COVID dogs’ nose knows! - Miia Soininen
Pig Temp Taking [Video] – Animal Behavior Center
Pet Stress Has Increased During COVID-19, Bringing Behavior Problems - Genevieve Rajewski
Coronavirus: Sniffer dogs trial going 'very well' - Charlie Jones
WTF? – Dr. Karolina Westlund
Reasons People Surrender Unowned and Owned Cats to Australian Animal Shelters and Barriers to Assuming Ownership of Unowned Cats - Sarah Zito, John Morton, Dianne Vankan, Mandy Paterson, Pauleen C Bennett, Jacquie Rand, Clive J C Phillips
Pet Statistics – ASPCA
Special Senses - College of Agricultural, Environmental and Consumer Sciences
Retreat & Treat – Dr. Ian Dunbar
How to Make Sure Your Puppy Gets Enough Sleep - Jan Reisen
Current Perspectives on Attachment and Bonding in the Dog-Human Dyad - Elyssa Payne, Pauleen C Bennett, Paul D McGreevy
The Social Structure of Cat Life- International Cat Care
Understanding the hunting behaviour of pet cats: an introduction - International Cat Care
Incidence and risk factors for heat-related illness (heatstroke) in UK dogs under primary veterinary care in 2016 - Emily J. Hall, Anne J. Carter & Dan G. O’Neill
Arctic-adapted dogs emerged at the Pleistocene–Holocene transition - Mikkel-Holger S. Sinding, Shyam Gopalakrishnan, Jazmín Ramos-Madrigal, Marc de Manuel
A novel approach to welfare interventions in problem multi-cat households - International Cat Care
Spotlight on Science: Heritability of behaviour - International Cat Care
See the full PPG Archive.
New this month!
Phoenix Blog Competition: Working to Address Stress- Jerri Colonna
Muzzles Schmuzzles…Not “Just Another Piece of Kit!” - Anna Bradley
Is My Dog in Pain? - Robyn Lowe
Everything Was Fine Until… - Suzanne Clothier
Surviving the Storm – Gail Radtke
Living with a Dog Who’s Going Deaf - Daniel Antolec
A Foot in the Door - Tabitha Davies
Lessons from the COVID-19 Crisis – Veronica Boutelle
Target Practice - Lara Joseph
Quick Cat Behavior Tip: Petting-Induced Aggression- PPG Cat Committee
YOUR QUICK PPG LINKS
* BARKS Blog - latest blog posts and subscribe
* BARKS from the Guild: back issues
* BARKS from the Guild: subscribe
* PPG All about Cats Facebook Group
* PPG Archive (links to over 3,250 articles, blogs and studies and growing daily)
* PPG Educational Resources: webinars and workshops
* PPG Member Discussion Board (note: you must be logged in)