September 2021: Issue 69
A Podcast of this issue of BARKS News will soon be available here.
PPG Announces Corporate Partnership with Zigzag Puppy Training App
PPG has announced a new corporate partnership with Zigzag, an all-in-one puppy training app designed to help puppy parents teach their pups core life skills using positive reinforcement-based methodology.
PPG Launches ‘Horses with Voices’ Initiative
PPG has launched its Horses with Voices initiative, the primary aim of which is to improve companion equid welfare by educating and empowering owners to commit to a higher standard of care for all species, from stabling practices to training practices and more.
Horses with Voices takes the format of a seven-point pledge whereby owners, guardians and caretakers commit to advocating for their equid companions while striving to create a harmonious and equal partnership with them. Each individual point is then broken out into a supporting document that provides further details and guidance.
The Pledge incorporates the following points, or topics:
1. Ongoing Education: A commitment to learn more about equine behavior so owners can better understand their equid’s communications via body language, vocalizations and facial expression.
2. Training Methods: A promise to only use teaching methods that promote an animal’s physical and emotional well-being and are based on the latest scientific behavioral research.
3. Interactions: An understanding that equids are sentient beings who form close bonds with their human partners.
4. Empowerment: A focus on communication, including preference and consent testing.
5. Environment: An awareness of the need to fulfill each animal’s species-specific needs, including the freedom to graze, play, and move around, access to other equids as friends, and continual access to foraging.
6. Social Behavior: An understanding of equine emotions and their underlying impact on each individual animal’s observable behavior.
7. Responsibility: A commitment to advocate for their equid companions, ensuring their individual and unique needs are met.
Coming soon - Pledge Implementation Support Tools – watch this space!
PPG Advocacy Panel Holds First Event
PPG’s Advocacy Panel held its first virtual event last month, featuring a host of experts coming together to discuss How to Best Advocate for Positive Reinforcement Training. In case you weren’t able to make it for the live event, we recorded it and released it as a podcast: Listen to our BARKS Podcast with the PPG Advocacy Panel: Discussion #1.
The Advocacy Panel’s key mission to support pet guardian education and make it accessible to a wider audience.
The next live panel discussion takes place on Friday September 24, 2021 at 3 p.m. (ET) on Zoom. The discussion topic will be How To Reach and Work With Your Local Veterinarians.
Panel members to date include Dr. Laura Donaldson, Dr. Eduardo Fernandez, Dr. Robert Hewings, Judy Luther, Linda Michaels, Pat Miller, Helen Phillips, Kim Silver, Dr. Kristina Spaulding, Claire Staines, K. Holden Svirsky, Dr. Zazie Todd, Dr. Karolina Westlund, and Sam Wike. Sessions will be moderated by Shock-Free Coalition chairman Don Hanson and PPG president Niki Tudge, with discussion topics announced at least four weeks before the scheduled air date.
Zoom links will be posted on the Advocacy Panel website and announced on social media prior to each event.
Geek Week Presenters Are Talking!
PPG president Niki Tudge has been talking to some of the Geek Week presenters to find out what they’re going to be talking about at the event. Check them out here, and don’t forget to register for this great online educational event on November 13-17, 2021!
BARKS Podcast with Dr. Laura Donaldson, Simone Mueller, and Dr. Holly Tett.
BARKS Podcast with Irith Bloom, Paula Garber, Julie Naismith, Suzanne Clothier, and Dr. Simon Gadbois
BARKS Podcast Emily Tronetti, Tracey Lee Davis, Michael Shikashio, Rain Jordan, and Nancy Tucker
Geek Week 2021 Features:
- More than 90 events with live Q&A sessions.
- Educational content streaming 24 hours a day over 5 days.
- Academic, Behavior and Consulting tracks – Learn your ABCs.
- 70 top notch, internationally renowned speakers.
- 28 academics, 29 behavior experts and 13 consulting specialists.
- Virtual “Geeked-Up” Cocktail Party – Get fancy, network, and win prizes.
- Exhibitor sessions – meet live and face-to-face.
- Meet the authors – Get the details on what’s between the covers.
- Discounted tickets available for shelters and rescues.
- Payment plans - Pay over 4 months.
- A range of sponsorship opportunities.
Project Trade Names July Ambassador
Congratulations to Daniel Antolec of Happy Buddha Dog Training LLC in Wisconsin, USA for trading discounts on force-free training services in exchange for one prong collar and who has been named Project Trade Ambassador for July 2021!
Project Trade is an international opt‐in advocacy program for PPG members that promotes the use of force‐free training equipment by asking pet guardians to trade choke, prong and shock collars (and any other aversive devices). Sign up today!
PPG Dog Lounge
The PPG Dog Lounge is a virtual get together to discuss and share ideas, and each session will have a different topic. Join the PPG Dog Lounge Facebook group for more details. Note: You will be asked for a passcode when you first join. You can find the passcode here in the PPG members’ Facebook group.
The next PPG Dog Lounge will take place on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 and the discussion topic will be preparing for the holidays (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year, etc.).
PPG Cat Lounge
The next PPG Cat Lounge will take place on Wednesday, September 22 at 7:30 p.m and the discussion topic will be “My one favorite thing to educate clients on is…,” “The one biggest lightbulb/a-ha moment of my cat career was…,” “If I could only tell cat owners one thing, it would be…” Please check the PPG All About Cats Facebook group for further details and the link to join.
Upcoming Facebook Live Sessions
Chat Chuckle and Learn Sessions with PPG president Niki Tudge - save the dates!
Niki Tudge chats with Emily Wolf, director of Summit Dog Rescue and creator of the podcast, Pod to the Rescue. Wolf, who has worked in rescue for over 15 years, will provide us with an inside look at her newly created podcast. Whether you are fostering or adopting, the podcast was created with the goal of providing the rescue community with up-to-date information on dogs' behavior and how to set your dog up for success.
Do you have something you’d like to share? Join Niki Tudge in one of our Facebook Live sessions! Just fill out this short form to get it scheduled and share your knowledge and experience with PPG members and supporters.
Check the PPG Facebook group for all live events and to join live sessions.
September BARKS Now Available Online
The September issue of BARKS is now available! Click here for immediate access if you are already a subscriber. If you’re not, sign up today for your free lifetime digital subscription and get instant access to the current issue, as well as all back issues, the option to print any issue on demand, and special subscriber benefits.
Read the September 2021 issue of BARKS.
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.
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.
BARKS Podcast with Lorna Winter of Zigzag Puppy Training App (September 3, 2021).
BARKS Podcast with Geek Week Presenters Emily Tronetti, Tracey Lee Davis, Michael Shikashio, Rain Jordan, and Nancy Tucker (August 31, 2021).
BARKS Podcast with Geek Week Presenters Irith Bloom, Paula Garber, Julie Naismith, Suzanne Clothier, and Dr. Simon Gadbois (August 20, 2021).
BARKS Podcast with Geek Week Presenters Dr. Laura Donaldson, Simone Mueller, and Dr. Holly Tett (August 17, 2021).
BARKS News – August 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!
Upcoming Live Webinars:
Business Automation for Pet Professionals. Presented by Chinwe Onyeagoro
Friday, September 17 / 2 p.m. (ET)
Learning Together: The Science of Social Learning in Dogs. Presented by Dr. Kristina Spaulding
Wednesday, September 22 / 2 p.m. (ET)
Using Behavior Analysis to Analyze Behavior, Part II. Presented by Dr. Eduardo Fernandez
Thursday, September 30 / On-Demand - Access the Recording as Soon as You Register!
Who Controls the Training Session - You or the Animal? Presented by Dr. Karolina Westlund
Wednesday, October 6 / 2 p.m. (ET)
Inside the Matrix. Presented by Dr. Lisa Radosta
Monday, October 11 / 4 p.m. (ET)
PPG is offering the following selected webinars at a discount this month - each webinar is just $15:
The PPG Archive holds over 4,000 articles, blogs and videos. Here are some of the most recent additions:
BARKS News August 2021 – PPG
Meet Your Match – ASPCA
Pet Ownership and Cardiovascular Risk - Glenn N. Levine, Karen Allen, Lynne T. Braun, Hayley E. Christian, Erika Friedmann, Kathryn A. Taubert, Sue Ann Thomas, Deborah L. Wells, and Richard A. Lange
Get Healthy, Get a Dog: The health benefits of canine companionship - Harvard Medical School
Mangy mutt or furry friend? Anthropomorphism promotes animal welfare - Max E. Butterfield, Sarah E. Hill, Charles G. Lord
The Human-Avian Bond - Dr. Patricia K. Anderson
Providing Humans With Practical, Best Practice Handling Guidelines During Human-Cat Interactions Increases Cats' Affiliative Behaviour and Reduces Aggression and Signs of Conflict - Camilla Haywood, Lucia Ripari, Jo Puzzo, Rachel Foreman-Worsley and Lauren R. Finka
The effect of premature maternal separation on distress vocalizations and activity in kittens ( Felis catus) during a brief nest separation - Kira J Lowell, Mikel M Delgado, Sabrina L Mederos, Melissa J Bain
The Evolution of Animal Play, Emotions, and Social Morality: On Science, Theology, Spirituality, Personhood, and Love - Marc Bekoff
Development and Application of the Owner-Bird Relationship Scale (OBRS) to Assess the Relation of Humans to Their Pet Birds - Anne-Kathrin Burmeister, Katrin Drasch, Monika Rinder, Sebastian Prechsl, Andrea Peschel, Rüdiger Korbel and Nicole J. Saam
Low-Stress Horse Husbandry - Natalie DeFee Mendik
Creating An Enriching Life For Horses – Amber Barnes
P A R R O T do tell! Best Practices for Teaching Animals - Susan G. Friedman
View the complete PPG Archive.
New this month!
It’s Not Them – It’s You - Andrea Carne
Great Expectations - Rachel Brix
The Physical Effects of Harmful Training Devices - Niki Tudge and Susan Nilson
Switched Off?…Time to Switch Back In- Anna Bradley
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