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Stay Up-to-Date with the Latest Developments at PPGIssue 25: January 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.

PPAB to Allow Credential Transfer

With immediate effect, thePet Professional Accreditation Board (PPAB) is to allow approved industry credentials from external parties to be transferred to its own credentialing program, provided they meet eligibility and ethical criteria. The move ensures canine training and behavior professionals who have already undergone the exacting process of obtaining a professional qualification will be able to transfer their skills and knowledge to one of PPAB's own credentials without starting the process from scratch, while ensuring they hold a credential that echoes their ethical standpoint.Read the full press release.

Organizational Changes for 2018

PPG is to divide its current steering committee by establishing a separate steering committee for the Pet Professional Guild British Isles (PPGBI). In addition, PPG has appointed two new steering committee members to its North America-based team. In the British Isles, Sam Redmond, Dayle Pierce, Kathie Gregory, Nathan Watson, Michelle Masters, Dayle Pierce, Nathan Watson and Ewa Highland will join existing North America PPG steering committee members Claire Staines and Carole Husein, who will now officially move to the PPGBI division. PPGBI membership manager, Louise Stapleton-Frappell will take a seat on both committees. In North America, Michelle Martiya, chairwoman of PPG's recently-formed equine committee, and Kelly Lee, chairwoman of its newly-formed shelter and rescue committee, officially join the steering committee. Existing steering committee members Kelly Fahey, Paula Garber, Debra Millikan, Susan Nilson, Angelica Steinker remain in place for another term, alongside Stapleton-Frappell, while Sam Wike steps down.Read the full press release.

PPG 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.

Sponsorship Opportunities for Kanab Behavior Workshop

At itsTraining and Behavior Workshop,to be held atBest Friends Animal Societyin Kanab, Utah on April 22-26, 2018, PPG is offering a host ofopportunitiesit to make it as easy as possible for vendors to participate and benefit from supporting PPG's educational initiatives. As such, PPG has developed several opportunities vendors can invest in from afar, leaving PPG to do all the legwork. The sponsorship document sets out the various options available, and vendors may also contact PPG to discuss their goals, orcomplete a short form to indicate their preferences. 

New Year Promotion - Save $50 on Summit Audio Files 

Audio recordings of the sessions from PPG’s 2017 Orlando summit are now available. For a limited time only, pay only $110 for over 66 hours of education.Register before January 25!

PPG Summit 2017 Opening Address

If you missed PPG’s Orlando Summit last November, and want to hear the opening session with PPG president Niki Tudge (pictured, left, with keynote speaker Dr. Karen Overall) discussing goals and accomplishments, thepodcastis now available.

New PPG Vendor Partner Discount

PPG has announced a new vendor partner discount,Nailed It! Nailed It! is a course in canine nail care that has been created to help owners be able to maintain their dogs’ nails at home, avoiding the stress of going to the vet or groomer, and is particularly helpful for fearful dogs or dogs who have had negative experiences with nail care. Nailed It! is available to PPG professional members at a 20 percent discount. See themember area of the PPG website for the discount code.

January 2018 BARKS Now Available Online

The digital edition of theJanuary 2018 issue ofBARKS from the Guildis now available! 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.

BARKSis also onFacebook.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 Pages on PPG’s Shock-Free Coalition Website

Based on interviews conducted by steering committee members Susan Nilson and Louise Stapleton-Frappell, PPG has added two new pages to its Shock-Free Coalition website featuring quotes from canine training, behavior and business specialists onwhy pet professionals should not ever use electric shock in the training, behavior modification, care or management of pets, and the same forpet owners. Feel free to share far and wide.

Project Trade Announces November Ambassador

Congratulations to Daniel Antolec ofHappy Buddha Dog Trainingin Wisconsin, USA who traded one prong collar (pictured, left), and is the Project Trade Ambassador for November, 2017. Congratulations, too, to Breanna Norris ofCanine Insightsin Maine, USA, who traded one Bark Off (pictured, right).

  Project Tradeis 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.

New This Month on the PPG Archive

Paedomorphosis affects agonistic visual signals of domestic dogsbyDeborah Goodwin,John W.S. Bradshaw,Stephen M.Wickens

Do horses with poor welfare show 'pessimistic' cognitive biases?byS Henry, C Fureix, R Rowberry, M Bateson, M Hausberger

Some practical solutions to welfare problems in dog breedingby P.D. McGreevy & F.W Nicholas

Dog and cat behavior myths debunkedby Amy L. Pike and Jessey Scheip

Search Methods Used to Locate Missing Cats and Locations Where Missing Cats AreFound byLiyan Huang,Marcia Coradini,Jacquie Rand,John Morton,Kat Albrecht,Brigid Wasson&Danielle Robertson 

On the significance of adult play: what does social play tell us about adult horse welfare?by Martine Hausberger, Carole Fureix, Marie Bourjade, Sabine Wessel-Robert, Marie-Annick Richard-Yris

Is That Dog a Pit Bull? A Cross-Country Comparison of Perceptions of Shelter Workers Regarding Breed IdentificationbyChristy L. HoffmanNatalie HarrisonLondon Wolff & Carri Westgarth

Pets, Fear and Fireworks: The Fallout and Terrible Consequences of Fear and Anxiety for Our Pets. Part 1, The Neurophysiology of Fearby Robert Falconer-Taylor

Acculturation: perceptions of breed differences in the behavior of the dog (Canis familiaris)by Tracey Clark, Jonathan Cooper, and Daniel Mills

The Matching Law, Key To Dog Behaviorby Jennifer Cattet

Descriptive study of dog bites in France Severity factors. Factors of onset of sequelae. Circumstances. Results of a survey conducted by InVS and Zoopsy in 2009–2010by Claude Beata, Guillaume Sarcey, Cecile Ricard, Bertrand Thélot

Fear, Fireworks & Neuroplasticity: What you should never do when your dog is afraidby Jennifer Cattet

The ‘Feline Five’: An exploration of personality in pet cats (Felis catus)by Carla A. Litchfield , Gillian Quinton, Hayley Tindle, Belinda Chiera, K. Heidy Kikillus, Philip Roetman

Shock Collars: What Manufacturers Don’t Want You to Knowby Robert Falconer-Taylor

Environmental enrichment choices of shelter catsby J.J.Ellis, H.Stryhn, J.Spears, M.S.Cockram

Your Cat Is Bored!Make his life exciting in three months or lessby Lisa Radosta

Dogs recognize our emotions, and they don’t like it when they see angryby Natalia de Souza Albuquerque

Horses don't give each other treats!by Alizé Veillard-Muckensturm

Tone of Voice Matters Not Just for Your Dog, but Also for Your Own Moodby Emily Larlham

7 ways to get behaviourby Karolina Westlund

Check the full PPG Archive.

New This Month on the PPG Blog

Teaching Deaf (and Blind) Dogs to Use Their Mouths Gentlyby Debbie Bauer

Preventing Dog Reactivity with a Barrierby Eileen Anderson

An Open Letter To Pet Retailers Concerning The Availability of Pet Training and Management Devices That Deliver Electric Shock by Pet Professional Guild

Dogs Require Daily EnrichmentbyDaniel Antolec

Clicker Training for Cats (2/6)by Paula Garber and Francine Miller

Separation anxiety: 7 reasons why you need to have strong supportby Julie Naismith

Counterconditioning Leash Reactivity, the Hybrid ApproachbyDrayton Michaels

Burnout: When Trying to Do Good Makes You Feel Badby Karen Baragona

Cold Weather House Trainingby Kelly Fahey

So Easy to Miscue…by Pamela Hogle

DoesYour Training Language Potentially Compromise Your Credibility With the MedicalCommunity?by Niki Tudge

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PPG Message Board

PPG has an online Discussion Forumfor 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

Upcoming Broadcasts:

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 3:30 p.m. EST with guestEmily Cassell

Topic:Building Trust - The Bunny Basics and Relationship Building with Bunnies and her presentation: Bunny House to House Bunny-Helping Rabbits Adjust to Their New Home

Fill out this formif you’d like to submit a question to any of the guests or hosts.

Recordings of RecentPodcasts:

Lara Joseph:Building a trusting foundation and target training parrots, and fine tuning our training skillswith parrots from December 18, 2017.

Jacqueline Munera -Nitty gritty of cat training and working with fearful or feral catsfrom January 10, 2018.

PPG Webinars

Thursday, January 25 - 7 p.m. EST

Topic: Learn How to Reduce Stress in Companion Birds When Giving MedicationPresented by Sheila Blanchette

Monday, January 29 - 5 p.m. EST

Topic:Daycare or Nightmare? The Ins and Outs of Training in or for a Doggy Daycare FacilityPresented by Tabitha Davies

Wednesday, January 31 - 6 p.m. EST

Topic:Grief, Loss, and Coping: How to Care for Yourself and Others When A Pet DiesPresented by Dr. Vanessa Rohlf

Discounted Webinars - This Month ONLY!

PPG is offering selected webinars at a discount this month (discount valid till January 31, 2018).



How Do You Know If A Dog Has Developed A Positive Association? TEST!

Yvette Van Veen

Managing Compassion Fatigue: How to Care for Yourself While Caring for Animals and People

Dr. Vanessa Rohlf

The R.E.W.A.R.D. Zone for Aggressive & Reactive Dogs

Pamela Dennison

The Power of Choice

Irith Bloom

Differentiating the "Pawsibilities"

Dr. Lynn Honeckman

Standing Invitation to Join Facebook Groups - All about Cats, Horses

JoinPPG All about Catson Facebook to learn all about cat behavior and ask questions on anything feline related. If you areworking in equine behavior or wish to learn more about it, you are welcome atPPG All about Horses.

Member Brags:Central Florida Force-Free Trainers Promote Shock-Free Coalition

PPG members at theCentral Florida Force-Free Trainershaveplaced a public service announcement in their local, free-to-public, newspaper, Orlando Weeklyto inform people that members of the Central Florida Force-Free Trainers and Veterinary Behavior Network are standing together to stop the use of electric shock in dog training.“We are proud to announce that we are doing all we can to openly stop all use of shock collars in the management, training, and behavior modification of the dogs who share our lives,” said PPG special counsel and Orlando, Florida-based veterinarian, Dr. Lynn Honeckman. “We, the members of theCentral Florida Force Free Trainers and Veterinary Behavior Networkhave signed the No Shock Pledgeand encourage everyone to do the same.”

Member Brags:Green Acres Kennel Shop Raises Money to Help Pets and Seniors Stay Together

Bangor, Maine-based PPG membersGreen Acres Kennel Shophas raised a total of $8172.52 for theEastern Area Agency on AgingFurry Friends Food Bank in a fundraiser. Members of the community donated a total of $6,172 and Green Acres Kennel Shop added $2,000, bringing the total to $8172.52. All of the funds raised will be used to purchase pet food and supplies, at wholesale prices, for distribution by the Eastern Area Agency on Aging. Over the past 10 years, Green Acres Kennel Shop has raised over $40,000 for this important cause which helps keep seniors and their pets together. (Photo shows Rob Crone (left) and Laurie Qualey (center) of EAAA with Don Hanson of Green Acres. Photo by Debra Bell.)


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