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New Leadership Team at PPGA

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new leadership team has taken the helm at PPG Australia (PPGA) with Barbara Hodel as president and Louise Newman as vice president. Hodel holds a diploma in canine behavior science and technology from the Companion Animal Sciences Institute Canada and owns Goodog Positive Dog Training, www.goodog.com.au, while Newman is in the final stages of The Karen Pryor Academy professional program and runs Let’s Go Fido, www.letsgofido.com.au. Both are located in the Northern Beaches, on Sydney’s North Shore. With her background in adult education and a master’s in modern European history, Hodel has always considered training and learning to be a cooperative process based on mutual understanding and respect. She competes actively in Agility and Rally O at excellent and master level with her German short-haired pointer Shellbe, and is well-connected in the dog training industry as well as dog training clubs. As president, Hodel’s goal is to make science-based, New PPGA president, force-free training the Barbara Hodel, new norm, and the gowith Shellbe (back) and to approach for pet Zorbas owners. “Both Louise and I look forward to taking PPGA to the next level and would like to thank outgoing president, Stephanie McColl, for getting our organization up and running over the last couple of years,” said Hodel.

#iSpeakDog Launches Campaign

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o help improve the relationship people have with their dogs, The Academy for Dog Trainers, the Humane Rescue Alliance, The Bark magazine, and PPG teamed up at the end of March to launch iSpeakDog, www.ispeakdog.org, a global campaign and website designed to educate people about dog body language and behavior. The campaign comes at a time when canine behavior is being studied more than ever — revealing that people often misinterpret what their dogs are doing and saying. Sadly, millions of dogs are punished and even relinquished to shelters each year because of perceived "behavior problems," which are often simply dogs being dogs. "When people understand and appreciate dogs for the species that they are, that's when the fun really starts," said Jean Donaldson, founder of The Academy for Dog Trainers and author of Culture Clash. "Dogs chew and dig and bark and jump because these things are enjoyable to them, not because of some power struggle. With iSpeakDog, our goal is to empower people to separate out all the bad information that floods the internet and media, and help them learn the truth about their pups so that they can respond more effectively and compassionately." The iSpeakDog website aims to teach people how to work out for themselves what their dogs are doing and why. The site breaks down the common behaviors shown by dogs that tend to frustrate their guardians (i.e. jumping up on people, chewing shoes and pulling on leash) and explains the different emotional states that can drive such behavior (i.e. growling and snapping is often a sign that the dog is scared). "We hope to clear up some of the long-standing misconceptions that exist about dog behavior," said iSpeakDog founder, Tracy Krulik. "By bridging the communication gap between people and their dogs, iSpeakDog has the potential to strengthen their bond and ultimately keep more dogs in homes."

PPGBI Announces Edinburgh Meet

PG British Isles (PPGBI) is to hold a one-day Educational Round-Up in Edinburgh, Scotland on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Only £5 (US$6.25) for PPG members, the event promises to be a day of fun, education and networking. Details and registration at www.ppgbi.com/event-2473680.

Membership Eligibility

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PG members are reminded that a condition of membership is that training methods implementing the use of shock, pain, choke, fear, physical force, and compulsion are never employed to train or care for a pet. See PPG's Guiding Principles/Non Negotiables, www.petprofessionalguild.com/PPGs-Guiding-Principles, for further details. 6

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New Equine, Feline Facebook Groups

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new Facebook discussion group has been started for those working in equine behavior or those wishing to learn more about it. Search for “PPG All about Horses” and ask to join the group. PPG members can also join the “PPG All about Cats” on Facebook group to learn about cat behavior and ask questions on anything feline related. Recent topics of discussion have included enrichment for shelter cats, scratch posts and clicker training.

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BARKS from the Guild May 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 May 2017  

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