September, 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.
#ShockFreeCoalition to Launch on September 25, 2017
PPG will roll out its brand new advocacy initiative, the Shock-Free Coalition on Monday, September 25, 2017, with many amazing events planned.
Launch week is September 25 - October 1, 2017
Get involved! Here is how you can join us for any or all of the many campaign week activities:
We look forward to revealing our new Shock-Free Coalition web pages and all the resources we have available that will help each and every one of us advocate for a totally shock-free pet training industry, and hope you will support us as we roll out this ground-breaking, industry changing initiative.
BARKS from the Guild - September 2017 Issue Now Available Online
The September 2017 edition of BARKS from the Guild is now available to read online. Highlights include the common misconceptions about counterconditioning leash reactive dogs; a full report on PPGBI's recent attendance at the Victoria Stilwell Dog Bite and Behaviour Conference in London, England, and the June members' meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland; scentwork for hearing and/or visually-impaired dogs; h ow to use games to train your dog faster; Prof. Paul McGreevy on Citizen Scientists; the impact of injury and pain on behavior; curiosity as a reinforcer; the importance of play for cats; maintaining homeostasis as a foundation for equine enrichment; talking aversives with clients; the difference between teaching and training AND MORE.
New PPG Committee for Animal Shelters and Rescue
PPG now has its own Shelter and Rescue Division with Kelly Lee of Dog Kind Training in Davis, California as chairwoman, and several new committee members. We will be reporting on their initiatives very soon. Contact the Shelter and Rescue Division.
PPG Members Invited to Clinical Animal Behavior Conference
Registration is open for the 2017 Clinical Animal Behavior Conference at the Oquendo Center Las Vegas, Nevada on December 1 - 3, 2017. Hosted by the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior and the Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians, PPG members Dr. Fiia Jokela and Dr. Lynn Honeckman will be in attendance and hope to welcome other PPG members at the event.
“This is such an important conference to both Dr. Honeckman and I because it is a uniter of the veterinary profession with the positive reinforcement community of professional trainers,” said Dr. Jokela. “Lynn and I value the input of trainers so deeply. We know the value of collaborative efforts between our professions. This is the meeting where trainers are veterinarians are brought together. We want this meeting to grow and we want trainers in attendance! We want all veterinarians to know that when looking for a trainer referral, they should be looking for PPG members.”
Speakers at the event include Irith Bloom, Dr. Susan Friedman and Dr. Lore Haug. See the full speaker list.
New This Month in the PPG Archive
Animal emotions stare us in the face — are our pets happy? by Mirjam Guesgen
Research Project Final Report on the impact of use of remote static pulse electric training aids (ecollars) during the training of dogs in comparison to dogs referred for similar behavioural problems but without ecollar training by Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) UK
Animals are conscious and should be treated as such by Marc Bekoff
What type of dog is that? Can you tell just by looking? by National Canine Research Council
Is your dog empathic? Developing a Dog Emotional Reactivity Survey by Flóra Szánthó, Ádám Miklósi, Enikő Kubinyi
The interrelated effect of sleep and learning in dogs (Canis familiaris); an EEG and behavioural study by Anna Kis, Sara Szakadat, Márta Gácsi, József TopálDogs And Pigs Get Bored, Too by Barbara J. King
Check the full PPG Archive.
New This Month on the PPG Blog
Pain Underlying by Dr. Lynn Bahr
It is Unwise to Say, “Just Ignore the Problem Behavior!” by Niki Tudge
Do Helicopter Moms Impede Pups’ Success? by Pamela Hogle
“Naughty” Dog Or Normal Dog? by Anna Bradley
Having a Bit More Fun with Our Dogs by Barbara Hodel
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Orlando Summit 2017
You can still register for PPG's 2017 summit in Orlando, Florida at the Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort on November 16 - November 20, 2017. Three value package options are available: the Great Dane, the Golden Retriever and the Border Terrier. Payment packages are available and PPG has negotiated competitive rates at the resort during the event, plus three days before and after. Download the official summit app as soon as you register. Individual session descriptions are now available! Dog*tec business coaches will also be on hand for a limited number of one-on-one in-person sit downs, pre-scheduled on a first come, first served basis, so find out more and sign up for your spot now!
Utah Training and Behavior Workshop 2018
Taking place at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah on April 22-26, 2018, the workshop will feature four days of lectures and hands-on clinics across multiple species with industry experts Janis Bradley, Chirag Patel, Emily Larlham, Jacqueline Munera, Emily Cassell and Lara Joseph, supported by Best Friends experts Dr. Franklin McMillan, Sherry Woodard, Glenn Pierce, plus a special presentation by Best Friends co-founder, Faith Maloney. More information and registration. The event also has its own Facebook group for attendees.
Sydney, Australia Summit 2018
The event is due to take place at the Bankstown Sports Club in Sydney, New South Wales, on July 27-29, 2018. Janis Bradley, communications and publications director of the National Canine Research Council, professional guide dog trainer Michele Pouliot, applied animal behaviorist Kathy Sdao, and PPG founder and president Niki Tudge will all present at the summit alongside Australia-based behavior and training specialists, Dr. Kat Gregory, Louise Ginman, Louise Newman, Alexis Davison, Laura Ryder and PPG Australia president Barbara Hodel, in what will be a mix of lectures and applied behavior analysis workshops. More information and registration.
Project Trade Announces July Ambassadors
Congratulations to Marnie Johnson of Canine Fine LLC in Colorado, USA who exchanged one prong collar (photo, below left) and is Project Trade ambassador for the month of July, and to runner-up Daniel Antolec of Happy Buddha Dog Training in Wisconsin, USA who exchanged one choke collar (photo, below right).
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.
Topic: The Top Five Low Stress Handling™ techniques for dogs; threshold learning - why recognizing the threshold for anxiety for an individual animal is essential for learning; and alternative therapies - do they really work?
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Recordings of Recent Podcasts:
Pat Miller – Canine Cognition and Ethical Dilemmas from August 6, 2017
Dr. Ilana Reisner - Dog Bites and Children: A Behavioral Perspective from August 16, 2017
Emily Larlham - Trick dogging from September 3, 2017
Live PPG Webinars
Free Member Webinar: Behavior Chain Fundamentals presented by Louise Stapleton-Frappell: Friday, September 15 - 3 p.m. EST
Differentiating the "Pawsibilities" presented by Dr. Lynn Honeckman: Monday, September 25 - 7 p.m. EST
Managing Compassion Fatigue: How to Care for Yourself While Caring for Animals and People presented by Dr. Vanessa Rohlf: Thursday, September 28 – 5 p.m. EDT
Fetch Me A Drink! The Key Strategies for Building a Successful Behavior Chain presented by Louise Stapleton-Frappell: Friday, October 6 - 3 p.m. EST
Platform Training - Step Up to the Mark presented by Kay Attwood: Wednesday, October 11 - 3 p.m. ESTDiscounted Webinars - This Month ONLY!
PPG is offering selected webinars at a discount this month (discount valid till September 30, 2017).
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