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June 2021: Issue 66

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Geek Week Now Open for Registration!

PPG’s virtual event Geek Week, taking place on November 13-17, 2021, is now open for registration.

Sign up now for your special Early Bird Rate of $200 for hosting organization members and $250 for public admission.

Early Bird signups are available till July 31, 2021 only!

Register for Geek Week 

 Special features at Geek Week 2021:

  • 24 hours of presentations each day.
  • Two general sessions, chaired by an academic keynote speaker or skill expert, to take place at 8 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. ET each day.
  • On days 2, 3, and 4, the general sessions will be supported by three educational tracks, the Academic Track (The A Track), the Behavior Track (The B Track) and the Consulting Track (The C Track), that will run simultaneously a minimum of three hours apart.
  • On days 1 and 5, the general sessions will be supported by several of the A, B and C tracks, a virtual cocktail party, panel discussions, and other fun activities.
  • The schedule has been structured so it will be accessible to all time zones.
  • All sessions will be recorded and available for six months after the event.
  • Geek Week will also feature live Q&A sessions with each presenter.

The A Track will feature national and international academics introducing and discussing their research or reviewing the current literature in their field of endeavor. Each session will be scholarly in nature, breaking down a research subject, its data, findings, and recommendations. 

The B Track is a behavior ‘how-to’ track featuring highly proficient, hands-on, mechanically skilled dog trainers who will, throughout their presentations give attendees a takeaway ‘how-to’ of their subject. The scope of the how-to sessions will be narrow, and the knowledge available will be rich.  Attendees will leave a ‘how-to’ session with a comprehensive understanding of how the presented skill is trained and performed. Each presentation will include the title, a breakdown of the task skills, the required criteria, the goals of the task, the training steps to teach/train the skill and will also include explanatory videos.  

The C Track will cover consulting, marketing, and personal growth topics. This track is designed to support personal development and business growth skills. Topics may be academic in nature or may be operationally focused. They may also include human resource subjects. Subjects will be relative to both personal and business growth for everyone from private consultants to volunteer organizations and rescues/shelters.


The presenter lineup for Geek Week 2021 has now been announced. See Your Geek Week Presenters for the full list.

Sponsorship Programs

PPG is offering a wide array of sponsorship opportunities for Geek Week 2021.

  • Option One: Sponsor Partner
  • Option Two: Sponsor Spotlight
  • Option Three: Meet the Author
  • Option Four: Swag Bag

Pricing options are available to provide the best value to suit each individual sponsor’s needs. Early Bird pricing extends till August 31, 2021.

Sign up to be a Geek Week sponsor.

PPG Announces Geek Week Scholarships for the BIPOC Community!

Each month from June to October, the PPG Inclusivity Committee will award FOUR Scholarships to Geek Week, PPG’s virtual summit taking place on November 13-17, 2021.

Apply for your Geek Week Scholarship

Application Submission Dates (submit your application between these date ranges)

June 12-25, 2021 / July 12-25, 2021 / August 12-25, 2021 / September 12-25, 2021 / October 12-25, 2021

Scholarship Notification Dates (successful applicants will be notified by these dates)

June 30, 2021 / July 30, 2021 / August 30, 2021 / September 30, 2021 / October 30, 2021

PPG Welcomes PocketSuite and Pet Pro Marketing as Corporate Partners

PPG is delighted to welcome PocketSuite and Pet Pro Marketing as new corporate partners.

PocketSuite is an all-in-one business app for Dog Trainers to get booked, paid, and message clients. We make it simpler to run your own business. Stay organized, look professional, and manage it all in one app.

Special Offer for PPG Members

As a PPG member, you are invited to download the Dog Trainer Edition of PocketSuite and try if for FREE for the first 2 months. The Dog Trainer Edition provides simple automations that go a long way – fill up your classes with a few taps and let PocketSuite handle your Open Enrollment needs while you focus on what you love. You can find the discount code in the members' area of the PPG website.

Pet Pro Marketing, a division of Firelink Digital Marketing, is a boutique digital marketing service tailored specifically to the needs of pet care professionals. Led by an experienced digital marketing consultant with extensive experience in the companion animal care industry, Pet Pro Marketing can help you create an effective online presence through website design, search engine optimization, content marketing and social media strategy with a friendly, supportive approach.

Shock-Free Coalition ‘Tag It’ Competition Update

We received so many great entries for the Shock-Free Coalition tagline competition that we are going to need to take a little longer to go through them. Results will be announced as soon as possible. Watch this space!

Project Trade Names April Ambassador

Congratulations to Trista Miller of Polite Paws in Indiana, USA for exchanging one shock collar and who has been named Project Trade Ambassador for April 2021.

Project Trade is PPG's advocacy program whereby members exchange aversive training gear.

Find out how Project Trade can help your business in Helping Dogs, Helping Families.

Upcoming Facebook Live Sessions

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

Friday, June 18, 2021 / Noon (ET):

Kamal Fernandez of Kamal Fernandez Online Training will be chatting dogs, training, and catching us up on all the fun stuff he is working on. Join the event

Check the PPG Facebook group for all live events and to join live sessions.


Sneak Peek of July BARKS Now Available


If you’re a BARKS subscriber, you can now check out the full contents list of the July issue (above left) in your member area of the BARKS website.

If you’re not yet subscribed, sign up today for your free lifetime digital subscription and get instant access to the current issue, as well as all the back issues to 2014.

Read the May 2021 issue (above right) of BARKS.

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:

Join Niki Tudge as she chats to:

BARKS Podcast with Ken MacLeod of My Positive Pup chatting about the incredible results he got with his reactive puppy Scooter via positive reinforcement training and how they inspired him teach others. (June 4, 2021)

BARKS Podcast with Rain Jordan from The Fearful Dogs Project chatting about how she helps dogs and the humans who care for them move beyond fear and enjoy their lives together, with as little distress –and as much joy – as possible (May 29, 2021)

BARKS News – May 2021 edition.

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 Live Webinars:

Understanding & Helping Your Reactive Dog. Presented by Shannon Riley-Coyner

Tuesday, June 15 / 7 p.m. ET

Fear Learning and How to Work with Fearful Dogs. Presented by Alexandra Santos

Monday, June 21 / 2 p.m. ET

Self-Care: The PRIME Framework. Presented by Angie Arora

Tuesday, June 22 / 10 a.m. ET

Positive Puppy Socialization - in Times of Restricted Real-World Interactions. Presented by Louise Stapleton-Frappell

Wednesday, June 23 / 11 a.m. ET

Mindful Animal Care and Training. Presented by Dr. Vanessa Rohlf

Tuesday, June 29 / 10 a.m. ET

Behavior Differences in Deaf and/or Visually Impaired Dogs. Presented by Dr. Morag Heirs

Thursday, July 1 / 10 a.m. ET

Evidence-Based Practice for Animal Professions (Where is the Evidence?): Part One. Presented by Dr. Morag Heirs

Tuesday, July 6 / 11 a.m. ET

Can Being a Little More Human Make a Difference? Presented by Dr. Robert Hewings.

Monday, July 12 / 2 p.m. ET

Discounted Webinars:

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

Genetics of Dog Aggression.

Dr. Jessica Hekman

How to Recognize Signs of Pain in Dogs.

Catarina Santos

Treatment Options for Dogs Showing Aggression Due to the Emotion of Fear And/Or Frustration.

Kris Glover

Grief, Loss, and Coping: How to Care for Yourself and Others When A Pet Dies.

Dr. Vanessa Rohlf

Getting Serious about Dog Bite Research: What We Know and What We Don’t That Could Make a Difference

Janis Bradley


The PPG Archive holds over 3,800 articles, blogs and videos. Here are some of the most recent additions:

The Definitive Guide to Cat Behavior and Body Language - Tuft & Paw

MOOD and the Sensitive Nosework Dog - Stacy Barnett 
When, where and how do dogs sit?
Turid Rugaas

Horse Reunion- Sue Blagburn

When Animals Mourn: Seeing That Grief Is Not Uniquely Human
- Barbara J. King

Are dogs separated from mom too early? - Dr. Karolina Westlund

Lick Your Rats - Teach.Genetics University of Utah
Influence of dog-appeasing pheromone on canine maternal behaviour during the peripartum and neonatal periods - Natalia R Santos, Alexandra Beck, Thomas Blondel, Cindy Maenhoudt and Alain Fontbonne

Understanding Parrot Body Language - Understanding Parrots

Know Your Dog’s TEMP (Tail, Eyes/Ears, Mouth, Posture)
- Susan Garrett

Humans can identify cats’ affective states from subtle facial expressions – Dawson, Lauren; Niel, Lee; Cheal, Jenna; Mason, Georgia

An unexpected acoustic indicator of positive emotions in horses - Mathilde Stomp ,Maël Leroux, Marjorie Cellier, Séverine Henry, Alban
Lemasson, Martine Hausberger

Where Is Your Dog On The Circle Of Fun? - Susan Garrett

What does my rabbit's behaviour mean? - RSPCA

Asymmetric tail-wagging responses by dogs to different emotive stimuli- A. Quaranta, M. Siniscalchi and G. Vallortigara

Development of the Horse Grimace Scale (HGS) as a Pain Assessment Tool in Horses Undergoing Routine Castration - Emanuela Dalla Costa, Michela Minero, Dirk Lebelt, Diana Stucke, Elisabetta Canali, Matthew C. Leach

Adults’ Ability to Interpret Canine Body Language during a Dog–Child Interaction - Yasemin Salgirli, Hakan Ozturk, Bahri Emre, Mustafa Kockaya

Factors Affecting the Human Interpretation of Dog Behavior - Iben Meyer, Björn Forkman, Elizabeth S. Paul

Do Elephants Weep as an Emotional Response? They Likely Do – Marc Bekoff

BARKS News – May 2021 - PPG

View the complete PPG Archive.

New this month!

Playing It Safe - Andrea Carne

Alone Training – Don Hanson

Empowerment for a Better Quality of Life - Miki Saito

Play vs. Aggression - Maureen Tay


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