Stay Up-to-Date with the Latest Developments at PPG! Issue 24: December 2017
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 Summit 2017 Audio Recordings Available
PPG has released a full 66 hours of recorded audio sessions from its 2017 summit which took place in Orlando, Florida last month. The recordings are available for purchase along with the corresponding presentation pdfs. Download them and listen any time! Buy individual presentations or the entire collection. See here for a full list of sessions available and details of how to make your purchase.
Training and Behavior Workshop 2018
Are you considering attending the PPG Workshop at Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah on April 22-26, 2018 but are not sure about transportation to and from Kanab? We can help you find a solution so don't delay, sign up today! Places are very limited! Remember, too, there is a Facebook group for Kanab attendees to network with each other and help organize transportation and accommodation.
New Sydney Event Page
PPG Survey for Shelters and Rescues
The PPG Shelter and Rescue Division is developing free behavior resources specifically for shelter and rescue organizations. In order to best meet their needs, the committee is asking shelter and rescue organizations to participate in this short survey and is grateful for any members who are able to forward the survey to their contacts in the shelter and rescue world.
Brilliant K9 Signs Up as Corporate Partner
Brilliant K9 has signed on as PPG's newest corporate partner, and is offering members discounts of 15 percent off all harnesses, patches, toys, and training bags, plus a dealer program available to PPG Members. Please contact directly for details
Bonhomme Releases Documentary from PPG Summit 2016
French dog trainer Benjamin Bonhomme has released his new documentary, Empowered Life, which includes interviews with Chirag Patel, Dr. Susan Friedman, Irith Bloom, Malena DeMartini, Ken McCort, Dr. Karen Overall, Ken Ramirez, Dr. Clive Wynne, Steve Martin and PPG president, Niki Tudge. Several segments were filmed at PPG’s 2016 summit, which took place in Tampa, Florida in November of that year. PPG members receive a 20 percent discount! Place your order here.
Support the Shock-Free Coalition
You can now show your support for PPG’s Shock-Free Coalition by purchasing a Shock-Free Coalition baseball cap, as modeled by Ken McCort (left) and Dr. Nathan Hall at the PPG Summit 2017. And when you sign the Shock-Free Pledge you now get a certificate for doing so (see below)!
Last Call to Order a Print Copy of January 2018 BARKS
The printed edition of the January 2018 issue of BARKS from the Guild is now available to order! Reserve your very own personal copy by today, Monday, December 18 and get it delivered to your door! In this issue: stopping behavior problems before they start, #PPGSummit 2017 - a full report, harnesses - why to use them and how to choose one, a dog's perceptual abilities and the impact these might have on behavior, from "difficult" shelter dog two days from euthanasia to Rally and trick dog champion, canine anxiety, the world of wolfdogs, overcoming fear of humans (a feline case study), a Thoroughbred’s life after racing, a lesson in compassion for professional behavior consultants, and getting shock off the table – quotes from the experts.
BARKS is also on Facebook. If you would like to write for BARKS, either as a regular contributor, have a one-off article you'd like to submit, or would like to contribute to the PPG Blog, please email the editor, Susan Nilson.New This Month in the PPG Archive
Why Do Dogs Have Whiskers? by Elizabeth Palermo
Domestic horses (Equus caballus) prefer to approach humans displaying a submissive body posture rather than a dominant body posture by Amy Victoria Smith, Clara Wilson, Karen McComb, Leanne Proops
A descriptive study of 215 dogs diagnosed with separation anxiety by Linn Mari Storengen, Silje Christine Kallestad Boge, Solveig Johanne Strøm, Gry Løberg, Frode Lingaas
The Scariest Thing, According to Dogs by Julie Hecht
Signalment factors, comorbidity, and trends in behavior diagnoses in dogs: 1,644 Cases (1991-2001) by Michelle Bamberger, Katherine A Houpt
Crafty crows know what it takes to make a good tool via Science Daily
Electronic Training Devices: ESCVE Position Statement by European Society of Veterinary Clinical Ethology
Dogs learn while they sleep, study says via Reuters
How to Make the World Better for Cats by Zazie Todd
Meet the very good dogs who hunt down invasive species by Eileen Airhart
Check the full PPG Archive.
New This Month on the PPG Blog
Are You SURE Your Dog Prefers That Food Toy? by Eileen Anderson
Rehomed Dogs – Expectations and Reality by Anna Francesca Bradley
Why do food rewards win, but not for separation anxiety? by Julie Naismith
How to Teach Your Deaf (and Blind) Dog to Wake Up Gently by Debbie Bauer
Clicker Training for Cats (1/6) by Paula Garber and Francine Miller
Making peace with muzzles by Karen Baragona:
With Her Tail between Her Legs by Eileen Anderson
Being Your Dog’s Best Advocate by Daniel Antolec
An Open Letter to Pet Industry Representatives Regarding the Use of Shock in Animal Training, Management and Care: We now know enough to stop shocking our pets by Pet Professional GuildAn Open Letter to County Commissioners re: Consumer Transparency – the Methods Used in Animal Training, Care and Management Will Protect Pets, Their Owners, Local Residents and the Public at Large by Pet Professional Guild
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Congratulations to Astrid Tryon of House of Dog Training in Colorado, USA, who traded three prong collars, one shock collar and one choke collar, and is the Project Trade Ambassador for October 2017. Congratulations too to Breanna Norris of Canine Insights in Maine, USA, who traded three choke collars and one shock collar, and to Erika Gonzalez of From Dusk Till Dog in New Jersey, USA, who traded two prong collars and one choke collar.
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.
PPG Message Board
PPG has an online Discussion Forum for members to ask questions, solicit advice, discuss pertinent issues and soon. You can join the discussion in the members’ area of the website.
PPG on Twitter
PPG has an active Twitter account and often tweets about new scientific research studies, plus blog posts and videos that are of interest to pet professionals, in addition to its own news, blog posts, educational handouts and articles. Join us @PetGuild, www.twitter.com/PetGuild.PPG World Service Radio Show, Podcasts
Wednesday, December 18, 2017 - 4 p.m. EST with guest Lara Joseph
Topic: Building a trusting foundation and target training parrots, and fine tuning our training skills with parrots
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 3 p.m. EDT with guest Jacqueline Munera
Topic: Nitty gritty of cat training and working with fearful or feral cats.
Fill out this form if you’d like to submit a question to any of the guests or hosts.
Recordings of Recent Podcasts:
Drayton Michaels - Let’s Opinionate! The lack of focus on human mechanics and the over reliance on “dog body language” from December 12, 2017.
Special #ShockFreeCoalition Podcasts:
Daniel Antolec, Breanna Norris, Erika Gonzalez, Heather Luedecke, and Anastasia Tsoulia – Project Trade, a strategic way to apply a discounted service policy in exchange for aversive training equipment from September 26, 2017.
Drayton Michaels and Niki Tudge – An uncensored chat about training with shock! from September 28, 2017
Dr. Marc Bekoff - Do pet parents understand when their dog is feeling stressed and when their dog is feeling happy? from October 1, 2017.
Discounted Webinars - This Month ONLY!
PPG is offering selected webinars at a discount this month (discount valid till December 31, 2017).
Standing Invitation to Join Facebook Groups - All about Cats, Horses
Member Brags: New PPAB Graduates
Congratulations to the newest Pet Professional Accreditation Board Professional Canine Trainers (Accredited) Avril Young and John McCausland!
Member Brags: Shock-Free Coalition Maine
Checkout this great article in DowneastDog News by PPG member Don Hanson of Green Acres Kennel Shop in Bangor, Maine about PPG's Shock-Free Coalition.
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