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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. 

  • Dr. Karolina Westlund
  • Dr. Lisa Radosta
  • Leslie McDevitt
  • Kathy Sdao
  • Jean Donaldson
  • Dr. Chris Pachel
  • Dr. Conor Brady
  • Dr. Robert Falconer-Taylor
  • Dr. Ian Billinghurst
  • Chirag Patel
  • Suzanne Clothier
  • Dr. Morag Heirs
  • Kay Laurence
  • Pat Miller
  • Karen Wild
  • Dr. Liz Bales
  • Peta Clarke
  • Dr. Naomi Harvey
  • Dr. Kristina Spaulding
  • Dr. Lynn Honeckman
  • Dr. Adam Honeckman
  • Dr. Lisa Gunter
  • Dr. Sasha Protopopova
  • Dr. Zazie Todd
  • Dr. Jen Summerfield
  • Dr. Deborah Jones
  • Dr. Amy Cook
  • Sherry Woodard
  • Craig Ogilvie
  • Mike Shikashio
  • Dr. Eduardo Fernandez
  • Tabitha Kucera
  • Angelica Steinker

*Members of APDT Australia, Canine Arthritis Management, INTODogs, PPG Australia, PPG British Isles and PPG – discount codes are available on your respective websites.

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:

  • Ethics: PPG Publishes Code of Ethical Conduct
  • Business: Surviving the Storm / Lessons from the COVID-19 Crisis / Business Contingency Planning – Need Help?
  • Phoenix Writers' Competition: Mookie’s Tale / Where Hope Lives / Starting Straw for Dogs
  • Training: Technique vs. Emotional Involvement: Finding the Balance / Raising a Puppy
  • Canine: Examining Anxiety Traits and Breed Specifics / Dog Guardian Etiquette / Pets and Road Safety
  • Feline: Respect, Routines and Redirection
  • Equine: The Right to Freedom / Developing Food Manners
  • Book Review: Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy by Dr. Zazie Todd

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.

PPG Reschedules Workshops

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.


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.

PPG Community

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.

PPG is offering the following
selected webinars at a discount this month:

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

The science behind why some people love animals and others couldn't care less – John Bradshaw

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

COVID-19: 3 Tips for Dog Trainers on Adapting to the ‘New Normal’ – Susan Nilson

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


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