Stay Up-to-Date with the Latest Developments at PPG! Issue 34: October 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.
Portland 2019: Blog Competition Winners
Congratulations to Shannon Finch and Stephanie Peters who are joint winners in our Portland Blog Competition and each win a free entry ticket to PPG’s Canine Aggression and Bite Prevention Seminar in Portland, Oregon April 26-28, 2019! Congratulations, too, to Lynn Bahr, Hannah Blumenfeld, Tina Ferner, Kathleen Godfrey, Nicola Marshall, Marie Selarque and Michelle Wieser who are all runners up in the competition, for which a very high standard of entries was received. All winning and runner up blogs will be posted on the BARKS Blog in the next few months, as well as featured in a special, 20-page supplement on canine and feline aggressive behavior in the March 2019 issue of BARKS from the Guild.
Let’s Celebrate +R Photo/Video Competition
Don’t forget, 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 and is running a photo/video competition to mark the occasion.
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.
PPG Hosts Free Day of Fun in Florida
PPG held its first ever day of free education and fun for Florida-based PPG members and DogSmiths on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at its headquarters in Tampa. The schedule included presentations by PPG president, Niki Tudge, local veterinarian, Dr. Lynn Honeckman, and Tampa-based dog trainer and behavior consultant, Angelica Steinker. Attendees with dogs took part in a group training session for an afternoon of fun competitions, including agility. “The event was a resounding success and from it came the idea to host more of these events across the membership as they ensure that we network and learn from each other, have fun, and have access to a support system to help us all in our businesses,” said PPG president, Niki Tudge. “If you are interested in hosting a regular PPG member networking day in your area, please review the blueprint for PPG Networking Groups then complete the short form so we have you in our database and can communicate directly with you.” (Photos: left, Fig by Jeanine Daniell Brawn; center, River by Dawn Hanna; and right, Anais by Lorena Patti)
PPG Announces February Training Workshop
PPG will host a two-day workshop, Get Out of Your Comfort Zone and Get Agile While You Tune-Up Your Training Skills and Mechanics! instructed by PPG president Niki Tudge in Tampa, Florida on February 9-10, 2019. Register today!
Improved Member Zip Code Search
PPG has invested in upgrading the zip code search feature on the website so that the members can be found more easily. Take a moment to make sure your entry in the member directory is up-to-date so that potential clients can find you!
PPG President Podcast
PPG president Niki Tudge talks force-free training, the Shock-Free Coalition, the pet industry and animal behavior in this podcast with Ryan Cartlidge of the Animal Training Academy in New Zealand.
New Handout on Equine Behavior
The PPG Equine Division has released a new handout on Equine Social Structure as part of its goal to build PPG’s equine behavior resources. (Photo: © Can Stock Photo/castenoid)
September BARKS Available Online; Order November BARKS in Print
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! Meanwhile, 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. There are also more educational features on cats, dogs, rabbits, horses, and birds with a special appearance by Willoughby the turkey vulture, as well as training, behavior, boarding and day care, a special report from PPG Australia's July Sydney summit, PPG news, business advice, and lots more! View the Contents page.
Project Trade Update
Congratulations to Janis Crary of All About The Dog in Indiana, USA for collecting one choke collar and one pinch collar and is Project Trade Ambassador for August 2018.
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
PPG Workshops 2019
Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 1 p.m. EST
Guest: Jean Donaldson.
Topic: Donaldson’s PPG Webinar It’s Mine! – Object Guarder Cases Studies: Two DS/CC and a DRI (broadcasting December 11, 2018, see Webinars,
Fill out this form if you’d like to submit a question to any of the guests or hosts.
October 2, 2018: Jane Bowers discusses Assessing and Interpreting Dog Behaviour, a course for law enforcement personnel and others who meet unfamiliar dogs in the course of their duties. Listen here.
Friday, October 26 - 1 p.m. EDT
How to House Train Your Puppy Presented by Alexandra Santos
Tuesday, November 13 - 1 p.m. EST
Is Loose Lead Walking a Self-Control Behaviour? Presented by Sian Ryan
PPG is offering selected webinars at a discount this month (discount valid till September 30, 2018).
Guild Archive and BARKS Blog: New this Month
Development of a mental wellness program for animals - Franklin D. McMillan
Training domestic dogs (Canis lupus familiaris) on a novel discrete trials odor-detection task - Nathaniel J.Hall, David W.Smith, Clive D.L.Wynne
Separation anxiety calls for specific diagnosis, treatment - Susan C. Kahler
Communication in Dogs – Marcello Siniscalchi, Serenella d’Ingeo, Michele Minunno, and Angelo Quaranta
Behavioral assessment and owner perceptions of behaviors associated with guilt in dogs - Julie Hecht, Ádám Miklósi, Márta Gácsi
Disambiguating the “guilty look”: Salient prompts to a familiar dog behavior - Alexandra Horowitz
Are owners' reports of their dogs’ ‘guilty look’ influenced by the dogs’ action and evidence of the misdeed? – Ljerka Ostojić, Mladenka Tkalčić, Nicola S.Clayton
Remove the ego, listen to the dog - Maureen Backman
Direct-to-consumer DNA testing of 6,000 dogs reveals 98.6-kb duplication associated with blue eyes and heterochromia in Siberian Huskies - Petra E. Deane-Coe, Erin T. Chu, Andrea Slavney, Adam R. Boyko, Aaron J. Sams
“My Dog is Stubborn!” How We Project Human Qualities onto Dogs – Kristi Benson
Five Fun Things to Do to Make Your Dog Happy Today - Zazie Todd
See the full PPG Archive.
Pet Professional Guild Response to Joint Industry Code of Conduct – Pet Professional Guild
Halloween and Pet Welfare – Daniel Antolec
A Lure By Any Name is Still a Lure – Yvette Van Veen
Five Rules for Humans Living in Catlandia - Daniel “DQ” Quagliozzi
Five Days from Fear to Fun – Classical Counterconditioning – Yvette Van Veen
The Power of Desensitization – Anna Bradley
Ringing the Bell to Go Out: Avoid These 4 Common Errors! – Eileen Anderson
Appearances Can Be Deceiving - Daniel Antolec
Ideas for Touch Signs to Use – Debbie Bauer
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