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NEWS

PPG Launches Scholarship Program

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PG is to provide a limited number of scholarships for members to further their education in force-free training and/or pet care. Under the PPG Education Scholarship Program, www .petprofessionalguild.com/Scholarship-Program, members will be able to apply for suitable educational programs offered by organizations that support PPG’s Guiding Principles and goals, with a focus on modern, humane and scientifically sound training methods that forgo the use of outdated, aversive training methods or equipment. Full, associate, and provisional PPG members across all training and pet care specialties are deemed eligible scholarship applicants, provided they are a current member and in good standing for a minimum of 12 months. PPG must receive scholarship applications between March 15 and April 15 any given year via an online form. All applications will be reviewed by the scholarship selection committee, which includes members of the PPG education committee, the PPG steering committee and a PPG board member. Final scholarship recommendations will be forwarded to the PPG board of directors by May 15 of any given year, and the board of directors will notify all applicants of the outcome of their applications no later than June 15 of the year in question. Scholarship funds will be remitted directly to the educational provider and not the candidate. In addition, educational organizations that are current PPG members, educational providers, or corporate partners are eligible to apply for the inclusion of their educational facility in the Scholarship Program. Educational offerings can be online, in person, or a hybrid. Opportunities are also available for organizations to in part or fully sponsor a scholarship program and thereby benefit from a range of marketing opportunities with PPG, including a variety of advertising and marketing opportunities across PPG’s wide range of media platforms, and vendor discounts at PPG educational events. “Education is one of the cornerstones of any industry, and no less in the pet industry which remains unregulated, meaning anyone can call themselves a dog trainer or behavior consultant regardless of skills, knowledge, education and practical experience,” said PPG president, Niki Tudge. “By offering the PPG Education Scholarship Program to our members, we can be sure we are doing everything possible to ensure those who support our Guiding Principles get the backing they need to become qualified and get out into the public domain to help more pets and their families via the use of force-free, non-aversive training methods and equipment.” See also advertisement on opposite page.

Facebook Group for Crossover Trainers

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PG has started a new group, Force Free +R Help - Bridging The Gap, www.facebook.com/groups/311691739229332, specifically to help individual training professionals who are looking for ways to access tools and resources for force-free training without judgment. It is not a forum for discussing the merits of any training method and is not to be used to justify or promote aversive training. The group is managed by PPG members.

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BARKS from the Guild/March 2017

BARKS Offers Member Ad Discounts

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ARKS from the Guild is now offering PPG members a 15 percent discount on advertising rates. If you would like your product, service or message to reach thousands of pet professionals worldwide, this is your chance. See BARKS Advertising Rates, www.petprofessionalguild.com/AdvertisinginBARKS, for details.

Live Facebook Chats for Members

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PG is now hosting live chats in the PPG members' Facebook group.The first four chats were a great success and featured the Pet Dog Ambassador program, Project Trade, steering committee member Kelly Fahey's Walk Away protocol for resource guarders, and platform training. If you'd like to participate in the live chats or just simply observe - they are announced in the PPG members' Facebook group and on social media.You will need to request to join the The Pet Professional Guild Members group on Facebook if you are not already in the group. All PPG members may join this group regardless of location. Email membership manager Rebekah King, membership@petprofessionalguild.com, if you need further assistance.You can read all the past chats on the PPG members' group Facebook page.

Feline Behavior Professionals Join PPG

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PG's feline professional membership is growing rapidly and a special page under Feline Resources, Find Your Feline Professional, www.petprofessionalguild.com/Find-Your-Feline -Professional, is now available to help cat owners find someone to help them with their cat behavior problem. ln the meantime, the PPG Cat Committee has welcomed Catherine McMillan, assistant manager at Winnipeg Humane Society, www.winnipeghumanesociety.ca, Canada, to its ranks. If you would like to chat with the experts or share a feline behavior problem, all PPG members are welcome to join PPG All About Cats, www .facebook.com/groups/512499695617190, on Facebook. You can also email the Cat Committee, catcommittee @petprofessionalguild.com, for more information on all things feline. © Can Stock Photo Inc./ESIGHT

BARKS from the Guild March 2017  

The bi-monthly trade publication from the Pet Professional Guild covering all things animal behavior and training, canine, feline, equine, p...

BARKS from the Guild March 2017  

The bi-monthly trade publication from the Pet Professional Guild covering all things animal behavior and training, canine, feline, equine, p...