Stay Up-to-Date with the Latest Developments at PPG! Issue 33: September 2018
Welcome to the latest edition of NEWS from the Guild, published in association with BARKS from the Guild, PPG’s bi-monthly trade publication for pet professionals.
PPG Launches Let’s Celebrate +R Photo/Video Competition
PPG has marked November 17, 2018 as the International Day of Advocacy to celebrate the first anniversary of the official launch of its international advocacy initiative, the Shock-Free Coalition. The focal point of the celebration will be Let's Celebrate +R, a photo and video competition where pet professionals and enthusiasts can showcase the best of positive reinforcement-based pet training and education. Let's Celebrate +R will run from seven days prior to seven days post November 17. Entry will be via both PPG's North America/International and Europe websites with prizes issued to the winners selected from submissions to both sites. To participate, simply take a photo and/or make a short video and submit it to one of the competition categories. Great prizes are on offer, including a ticket to PPG’s Canine Aggression and Bite Prevention Seminar 2019 in Portland, Oregon and Woof 2019 in Nottingham, England. Read press release.
PPG Responds to Joint IAABC, APDT and CCPDT Code of Ethics
"While PPG commends the initial move made jointly by the IAABC, APDT and CCPDT, it calls for a bigger initial step to be made. Surely all professionals involved in the training, care and management of pets can agree that there is never a scenario, morally or ethically, where the implementation of electric shock can ever be justified or deemed necessary. PPG thus proposes an alternative first step: that electric shock is taken off the table once and for all." Read full response here.
PPG Responds to UK Shock Collar Ban
PPG fully supports and applauds the Government of the United Kingdom’s decision to implement a nationwide ban on the use of remote control electric shock collars for the training, management, and care for pets. Further, PPG is in full agreement with the U.K. Kennel Club (2018) that “the use of electric shock collars as a training method has a long term negative welfare impact on dogs.” Read full response.
PPG Announces Junior Membership, Accreditation Program
PPG has launched a junior membership program for children, teenagers and young adults to help them learn and understand the fundamentals of pet care, behavior and training, and give them an insight into the possibility of working with animals in a force-free, fear-free manner. The new memberships have been divided into three categories: Category One - Provisional Junior Basic (age group 8-12 years); Category Two - Provisional Junior Advanced (age group 13-17 years); and Category Three - Provisional Apprentice (age group 18-20 years). Read press release.
Portland 2019: Win a Free Ticket!
Enter PPG’s Writers’ Competition and win a FREE ticket worth $500 to the Canine Aggression and Bite Prevention Seminar in Portland, Oregon on April 26-28, 2019! PPG is looking for blog posts or short features on the topic of canine or feline aggression to publish on the BARKS Blog or in BARKS from the Guild. If your blog post or article is selected for publication, you will win a FREE ticket to Portland 2019! Deadline for entries: September 30, 2018; winners announced: October 14, 2018. Submit your article here.
Portland 2019: First Free Ticket Winner
Congratulations to Cecelia Sumner who is the first winner of a free ticket to the PPG Canine Aggression and Bite Prevention Seminar in Portland, Oregon on April 26-28, 2019!
September BARKS Now Available Online
The digital edition of the September 2018 issue of BARKS from the Guild is now available. Special multi-species issue features cats, dogs, tortoises, rabbits, horses, and parrots, as well as training, behavior, boarding and day care, PPG news, mentorship, business advice, and lots more!
Order November BARKS in Print
You can now order the print edition of the November 2018 edition of BARKS. This issue’s Cover Story examines the roles of dopamine, anticipation, and reinforcement schedules and the essential roles they combine to play in the efficacy of your training. Other topics in include (view the Contents page):
Canine: Rescuing dogs from abroad and how new owners can best address common behavior issues.
Canine: 10 Tips for fun, safe and successful RV or car travel and camping with dogs.
Canine: Tools and methods available on the market to help the reluctant canine car passenger and keep them safe.
Canine: What happens when the human-dog bond fails?
Feline: Sociality and considerations for cats in multicat households.
Equine: Catering for a group of horses and allowing horses to choose their own friends.
Avian: The tale Willoughby the turkey vulture who went from charging and trying to bite, to becoming an educator of the most unique kind.
Behavior: Commonly held misconceptions about rabbit behavior and care plus practical solutions.
Pet Care: The lack of regulation in the pet care and services industry and education for pet care technician students, based on internship sites in New York City.
Pet Care: Health issues and the importance of a proper cleaning protocol for boarding and day care facilities.
Consulting: The Experiential Learning Cycle and explains how to effectively conduct training lessons with clients.
Business: Preparing for the Holiday Season.
Events: A special report from PPG Australia’s inaugural summit, held in Sydney at the end of July.
Profile: Stephanie Peters of Plucky Paws, LLC in Ames, Iowa.
Book Review: Pepper Becoming: The Journey of an Unwanted Dog and the Man Who Wanted Her by John D. Visconti.
Equine Committee Appoints New Chair
The PPG Equine Committee has appointed Mary Richards as its new chair, effective immediately. Richards holds a bachelor’s in psychology and has completed several other programs focusing on equine management, including behavior, welfare and nutrition. She has over two decades of professional experience training animals in a variety of environments, ranging from zoos to large animal facilities. She owns and operates The Enriched Equine in Orlando, Florida and is also a zoological manager at a large equine facility in Orlando with more than 80 horses and ponies where she works closely with the facility's staff on training and enrichment programs. PPG would like to thank outgoing chair Michelle Martiya for all her hard work and continued support.
October Workshops – Last Chance!
PPG is hosting back-to-back workshops at its HQ in Tampa, Florida next month. Let's Coach Scent Work!, hosted by Robert Hewings, head of learning and development for the United Kingdom College of Scent Detection, takes place on October 20 – 21, 2018 and will be Hewings’ first-ever appearance in the United States. Both working and auditor spots are available. The second event is the Walk this Way instructor certification workshop with Louise Stapleton-Frappell and Niki Tudge on October 22-23, 2018. Again, both working auditor spots are available. If you register for both workshops, you will receive a 10 percent discount on an auditor spot or a 20 percent discount on a working spot. Contact Rebekah King for your registration code.
Craig Ogilvie Workshop 2019
Highly experienced certified canine behaviorist and trainer, police dog training instructor and mondioring decoy, Craig Ogilvie will be in the US for the first time to present a two-day workshop, Communication, Interaction, Arousal & Problematic Behaviors - A Practical Guide to Understanding, Implementing and Overcoming, on October 12-13, 2019 at PPG’s Tampa, Florida HQ. More details and registration.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 3 p.m. EST
Guest: Jane Bowers.
Topic: Assessing and Interpreting Dog Behaviour, a course for law enforcement personnel and others who meet unfamiliar dogs in the course of their duties.
Fill out this form if you’d like to submit a question to any of the guests or hosts.
September 11, 2018: Morag Heirs discusses her article in BARKS, Fast and Furious about training deaf dogs to participate in dog sports such as canicross and flyball, as well as living with and training a deaf dog. Listen here.
Thursday, September 20 - 1:30 p.m. EDT
Understanding Animal Welfare: The Five Freedoms to the Five Domains and Beyond Presented by Frania Shelley-Grielen
Wednesday, September 26 - 1 p.m. EDT
Sugar, Serotonin and Schmackos: Raw Food and Canine Behaviour. Presented by Dr. Nick Thompson
Thursday, October 4 - 6 p.m. EDT
Emotional Animals Presented by Jessica Gonzalez
Thursday, October 11 - 3 p.m. EDT
Pestering Pooches: Helping Dogs go from Crazy and Wild to Mannered and Mild. Presented by Kristi Benson
PPG is offering selected webinars at a discount this month (discount valid till September 30, 2018).
Guild Archive and BARKS Blog: New this Month
Red fox genome assembly identifies genomic regions associated with tame and aggressive behaviours - Anna V. Kukekova et al.
Positive emotional contagion in a New Zealand parrot - Raoul Schwing, Ximena J. Nelson, Amelia Wein, Stuart Parsons
Vets hail England ban on electric shock collar use - British Veterinary Association
Parrots find ‘laughter’ contagious and high-five in mid air – New Scientist
Goats prefer positive human emotional facial expressions - Christian Nawroth, Natalia Albuquerque, Carine Savalli, Marie-Sophie Single, Alan G. McElligott
The long-term benefits of dog ownership in families with children with autism - Sophie S. Hall, Hannah F. Wright, Annette Hames, PAWS Team1, Daniel S. Mills
Affiliation, dominance and friendship among companion dogs - Barbara Smuts, Aaron A. Sandel , Rebecca K. Trisko
Flight, foe, fight! aggressive interactions between dogs - A. Capra, S. Barnard, P. Valsecchi
Analysis of Factors Relating to Companion Rabbits Relinquished to Two United Kingdom Rehoming Centers - Clare F. Ellis, Wanda McCormick & Ambrose Tinarwo
Eight Tips to Help Fearful Dogs Feel Safe – Zazie Todd
Economic Decision-Making in Parrots – Anastasia Krasheninnikova, Friederike Höner, Laurie O’Neill, Elisabetta Penna & Auguste M. P. von Bayern
How to Pet Cats and Dogs – Zazie Todd
A Canine Conundrum: To Hug or Not to Hug? - Dr Kate Mornement
The Bond That Never Developed: Adoption and Relinquishment of Dogs in a Rescue Shelter - Francesca Mondelli, Emanuela Prato Previde, Marina Verga, Diana Levi, Sonia Magistrelli & Paola Valsecchi
A canine identity crisis: Genetic breed heritage testing of shelter dogs – Lisa M. Gunter, Rebecca T. Barber, Clive D. L. Wynne
The presence of a dog attenuates cortisol and heart rate in the Trier Social Stress Test compared to human friends - John P. Polheber & Robert L. Matchock
Peer Reviewed — Preventing Motion Sickness in Dogs - Amy Breton
Signs of travel-related problems in dogs and their response to treatment with dog appeasing pheromone – M. Gandia Estellés and D.S. Mills
The effect of a pressure wrap (ThunderShirt®) on heart rate and behavior in canines diagnosed with anxiety disorder - Camille King, Laurie Buffington, Thomas J.Smith, Temple Grandin
Survey of travel-related problems in dogs – C. Mariti, E. Ricci, M. Mengoli, M. Zilocchi, C. Sighieri and A. Gazzano
Children are unaware of the risks of approaching frightened dogs – Science Daily
Questionnaire survey on the use of different e-collar types in France in everyday life with a view to providing recommendations for possible future regulations - Sylvia Masson, Isabelle Nigron, Emmanuel Gaultier
Why is Large Rabbit Accommodation Important? – Tamsin Stone
Nail Trim Terror? Address it - Awesome Dogs Video
See the full PPG Archive.
7 Ways to Get Behaviour - Karolina Westlund
Clicking your Dog for Doing Nothing! – Sue McCabe
Why Your Dog Doesn’t Know Sit - Yvette Van Veen
How to Achieve Purrvana - Daniel “DQ” Quagliozzi
“No-Kill” Shelters Are Not Enough – Pamela Hogle
Reaching the Holy Grail of Training – Yvette Van Veen
How to Make Your Training Work! – Anna Bradley
Distinguishing Night from Day – Debbie Bauer
Reading List for Dog Owners – Daniel Antolec
PPG Members in the News
Inside Tucson: PPG appoints Kim Silver as regional coordinator, Arizona for its Shock-Free Coalition, a global advocacy campaign which aims to end the practice of administering electric shock to train, manage and care for pets.
Pet Gazette: The Pet Professional Guild (PPG) has appointed Rachel Hayball of Woof Less Wag More Dog Training and Behaviour in Beaminster, Dorset, as regional coordinator England, for its Shock-Free Coalition.
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