June 2019: Issue 42
PPG Summit 2020: 15% Early Bird Discount Available
PPG is currently finalizing the speakers for its PPG Summit 2020 in Kanab, Utah. Next year’s theme is Collaborative Care and Enrichment – Creating Partnerships for Positive Results and a 15% Early Bird Discount and payment plans are available if you sign up before September 2019. Attendees will be able to choose between two unique programs:
Program 1: The Three-Day Summit:
Monday, September 21 - Wednesday, September 23, 2020.
Program 2: The Five-Day Summit + Skills Workshop:
Monday, September 21 - Friday, September 25, 2020
The event will feature General Sessions at Kanab’s new Conference Center each morning, early afternoon, and evening. For Program 2 attendees, each afternoon from Monday-Friday, eight groups of 10, each supervised by a PPG staff member and a presenter, will go to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary for lunch and then continue to Workshops on site. Each Workshop is limited to 10 attendees only. Daily workshops will be held in: Horse Haven, Piggy Paradise, Dog Town Group 1, Dog Town Group 2, Wild Friends, Cat World, Bunny House and Parrot Garden. Meanwhile, at the Conference Center, attendees will be able work with their own dogs under the tutelage of industry experts. Register here.
Canine Committee Seeks Volunteers
PPG is looking for a couple of volunteers for its Canine Committee to help develop Standard Operating Procedures for key skills. If you can donate a couple of hours a week to work on projects and attend one monthly meeting then we want to hear from you! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Canine Committee Volunteers’ in the subject line. (© Can Stock Photo/bakhurmikele)
In the Pipeline
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:
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.
You can now order the print edition of the July issue of BARKS from the Guild (above left). The issue’s Cover Story examines what science tells us about the use of electric shock in animal training, examines some of the common arguments used in favor of the practice, and what you can do to help the Shock-Free Coalition. and there are lots of other great articles covering all things canine, training, feline, behavior, equine, pet care, business, and consulting. View the full Contents page.
The digital edition of the May 2019 issue of BARKS from the Guild is available to read online (above right).
Congratulations to PPG Advocacy Committee co-chairman, Daniel Antolec, of Happy Buddha Dog Training in Wisconsin, USA who collected one prong collar and has been named Project Trade Ambassador for April 2019.
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 Helping Dogs, Helping Families.
Friday, July 26, 2019, 2 p.m. EST
Guest: Adina Silberstein, CEO of Queenie’s Pets
Topic: Adina Silberstein will discuss her upcoming PPG Webinar on Wednesday, July 31, Say “No” More Often: Capitalizing on Your Unique Value. The discussion will focus on how operating from fear can negatively impact decision-making, yet creating clear-cut, forward-thinking boundaries can positively impact work/life balance, profitability, company culture and more.
Wednesday, August 7, 2019, 2 p.m. EST
Guest: Daniel Quagliozzi
Topics: Cats and consent to petting; How overstimulation and petting aggression can be avoided through awareness of human intention and the understanding of feline body language and thresholds; How taking fewer physical liberties with our cats can allow for more social interaction and trust with our cats.
Fill out this form if you’d like to submit a question to any of the guests or hosts.
May 10, 2019: Marco Adda on free-ranging dogs, one of the most widely distributed carnivores in the world, yet whose behavior scientists are only just beginning to study. Read the interview with Marco Adda in BARKS from the Guild.
June 6, 2019: Dr. Lynn Bahr on the benefits of allowing cats to scratch and how to encourage them to scratch appropriately.
Tuesday, July 16 - 2 p.m. EDT
Debunk, Support Science, or Tell a Story? - Presented by Zazie Todd Ph.D
Wednesday, July 24 - 2 p.m. EDT
How to Bring Back the Food Motivation - Presented by Yvette Van Veen
Discounted Webinars - This Month ONLY!
PPG is offering selected webinars at a discount this month (discount valid till June 30, 2019).
Check out the amazing tale of Rocky the Moluccan cockatoo (left), who is now starring in a nationwide commercial. Rocky was saved from being euthanized for aggressive behavior and has been trained by our very own BARKS contributor Lara Joseph. Joseph adopted Rocky almost 13 years ago and has also written about him in previous issues of BARKS (see A Cry for Attention, BARKS from the Guild, October 2014, pp.52-54). Watch Rocky in action.
Another PPG member in the news is Shock-Free Coalition regional coordinator, Nancy Bown of Dog-Harmony Inc., a nonprofit in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida that works to keep dogs out of shelters. Bown is offering free training advice for rescued dogs with behavior problems. Read article.
The Shock-Free Coalition has also been in the news in Gibraltar. Regional coordinators Nicole Corby and Yvette Potter have set up an online petition asking the Gibraltar Government to place a ban on the sale and use of shock collars. Read article.
Congratulations to all! Let us know if you've been in the news so we can feature you here!
New this month!
Evolution of facial muscle anatomy in dogs - Juliane Kaminski, Bridget M. Waller, Rui Diogo, Adam Hartstone-Rose, and Anne M. Burrows
Managing the Risk of Aggressive Dog Behavior: Investigating the Influence of Owner Threat and Efficacy Perceptions - Emma J. Williams, Emily Blackwell
Electronic training devices: Discussion on the pros and cons of their use in dogs as a basis for the position statement of the European Society of Veterinary Clinical Ethology – Sylvia Masson, Silviade la Vega, Angelo Gazzano, Chiara Mariti, Gonçalo Da Graça Pereira, Christine Halsberghe, Anneli Muser Leyvraz, Kevin McPeake, Barbara Schoening
Unvalidated, unreliable, and unnecessary: Evidence for the case against formal behavior evaluations for shelter dogs - National Canine Research Council
Cat Declawing Is Banned by New York State Lawmakers – Jesse McKinley
Differential Effect of Reward and Punishment on Procedural Learning - Tobias Wächter, Ovidiu V. Lungu, Tao Liu, Daniel T. Willingham, and James Ashe
Do shock collars hurt? It’s the amps not the volts – Yvette Van Veen
Stressed cats: Identifying and addressing the signs of stress - International Cat Care
Dogs Watch Us Carefully and Read Our Faces Very Well– Marc Bekoff
Dog owners are more likely to meet physical activity guidelines than people without a dog: An investigation of the association between dog ownership and physical activity levels in a UK community – Carri Westgarth, Robert M. Christley, Christopher Jewell, Alexander J. German, Lynne M. Boddy & Hayley E. Christian
Orienting asymmetries and physiological reactivity in dogs’ response to human emotional faces - Marcello Siniscalchi, Serenella d’Ingeo, Angelo Quaranta
Do aversive-based training methods actually compromise dog welfare?: A literature review - Joana Guilherme Fernandes, I. Anna S.Olsson, Ana Catarina Vieira de Castro
Shock Collar Video – Sandgrain Films
Is It Really Just a Tap? Shock Collar Training Explained – Eileen Anderson
Will a hiding box provide stress reduction for shelter cats? - C.M.Vinke, L.M.Godijn, W.J.R.van der Leij
Cooperation Versus Coercion – Nicole Wilde
Seven Reasons to Use Reward-Based Dog Training - Zazie Todd
See the full PPG Archive.
Animal Trainers: Take Animal Emotions into Consideration! - Karolina Westlund
Actually, I **Can** Get My Dogs’ Attention - Eileen Anderson
Behavior Suppression Is Not the Same as Behavior Modification - Jenny Efimova
Scared Dog vs. Happy and Engaged Dog - Eileen Anderson
Are Head Halters Like Prongs? – Yvette Van Veen
Double Asset or Double Trouble? - Anna Bradley
Prehistoric Dogs and Humans – Dan Antolec
Eight Tips When Traveling with a Puppy – Tonya Wilhelm
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