The Pet Professional Guild

The Pet Professional Guild The Pet Professional Guild is the only pet industry member association that not only advocates for force-free dog training and pet care professionals but also publicly states its guiding principles and holds strong to protect their integrity.
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PPG is a 501c6 Non Profit Organization representing Dog Trainers, Behavior Consultants and Pet Care Professionals around the globe "Force free is a philosophy, not an ad slogan. Mixing any other training style with positive training is like your neighborhood vegetarian cafe adding an all-you-can-eat steak night on Thursdays to boost traffic. It’s simply incompatible". Bob McMillan The Pet Professional Guild is a membership business league for individuals and professional pet industry businesses having the common business interest and goal of furthering the public’s education and awareness of force-free dog training and pet care methods, techniques and state of research in dog training and pet care and to promote the common interest of spreading ‘force-free’ dog training and pet care methods to the pet industry. The PPG provides professional registry, representation and education to ‘force-free’ pet care providers and the public with an emphasis on building collaboration among ‘force-free’ pet trainers and professional pet care providers to improve the business conditions and promote the common interests of force-free.

Mission: We concentrate on the physical, mental, environmental & emotional well being of each pet with the system as a whole determining how the individual parts behave and contribute to the pet’s well-being. Pet Professional Guild Members Understand Force-Free to mean: No Shock, No Pain, No Fear, No physical Force, No physical molding, No compulsion based methods are employed to train or care for your pet. A professional hierarchy is used to determine the most suitable method of training or caring for your pet.

Congratulations to Eva Perrigo of Star Dog Training in Jackson Hole Valley, Wyoming who has been declared the winner of ...
02/15/2020

Congratulations to Eva Perrigo of Star Dog Training in Jackson Hole Valley, Wyoming who has been declared the winner of our Valentine’s Day Competition for her photo of Beau B. Bunny. She has been awarded a free entry ticket to PPG’s sixth annual educational summit, taking place in Phoenix, Arizona on September 18-22, 2020.

Here is what Eva says about her pup: “I love my Beau B. Bunny more than life itself. This boy has taught me patience, unconditional love and a more thorough understanding of the complexities of an individual dog’s personality. He’s a goofball, a great brother to his furry sister, and the love of my life.” #ppgvalentine

Wow, what great entries we had for this competition! A big thank you to everyone who participated and for sharing such beautiful words and pictures of your beloved pets! We have been so inspired by your stories that we will be featuring many of the photos in the May issue of BARKS from the Guild. Subscribe today to make sure you don’t miss out! https://barksfromtheguild.com/subscribe/

For another chance to win a free ticket to the PPG Summit, see https://petprofessionalguild.com/Win-a-FREE-Ticket.

Give the gift of results based, science-based force-free training and pet care. Have you ever thought about gifting a we...
02/15/2020

Give the gift of results based, science-based force-free training and pet care.
Have you ever thought about gifting a webinar or event or membership for a professional colleague?
Well now you can!
Simply click the link below, choose a friend, choose what you would like to gift them.
It’s simple and easy. We will deliver the PDF to you to gift to them or we can email it directly. Your choice
https://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/YhZ3eMsd5UAeWTad6

Pet Loss & Grief Companioning Certification CoursePresented by Coleen Ellis from the Two Hearts Pet Loss Center Approved...
02/15/2020

Pet Loss & Grief Companioning Certification Course
Presented by Coleen Ellis from the Two Hearts Pet Loss Center

Approved for CEUs from IAABC, CCPDT, PPAB and KPA

Join us for two robust days of doing a deep dive into the emotional journey of the end-of-life walk with a beloved pet. Learn more about how to walk with those needing a companion, understanding what pet parents need during this time, the benefits of rituals, compassion fatigue, and so much more! Not only will this program bring the attendees the learning needed to help pet lovers, it’s also a beautiful self-care workshop on understanding our own journey’s and experiences with loss, grief, and our own authentic self.

Your Workshop Schedule

Day One: Saturday February 22, 2020
8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Welcome/Agenda Review/Introductions: Honoring The Story
9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Break
9:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. Understanding Pet Loss Companioning
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Lunch
1 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Understanding Anticipatory Grief
2 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Break
2:15 p.m. - 4 p.m. The Six Central Needs of Mourning
4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Let’s Talk About Talking!

Day Two: Sunday February 23, 2020
9 a.m. – 10 a.m. Review of Pet Loss Companioning/Anticipatory Grief/Aha Moments
10 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. – 11 a.m. Do You Really Have Them At Hello?
11:00 – 11:20 The Intricacies of Pet Loss
11:20 a.m. – 12 p.m. How To Help the Elderly, Children and Other Pets In Their Grief Journey
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Lunch & Open Discussion – Success Drivers: The Lessons from Our Pets
1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Wrap up/Plans for Returning Home
1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. The Importance of Rituals
3 p.m. Memorial Service
3:30 p.m. Adjourn

A part of this certification program is being delivered as webinars. Your program fee covers the cost of the two webinars also. If you cannot attend them live, do not worry, we will record them and send them to you. When you register for the two-day workshop you will receive a code to register for the webinars also.
Your Two Included Webinars Are:
Webinar One: The Finer Points of Marketing Pet Loss Services. Presented by Coleen Ellis on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 12 p.m. EST
Webinar Two: How to Conduct a Successful Pet Loss Support Group. Presented by Coleen Ellis on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 12 p.m. EST
Register now and grab one of the last places https://www.petprofessionalguild.com/event-3530303

02/14/2020

Checkout this unique YET Important Workshop Topic
PET LOSS & GRIEF COMPANIONING CERTIFICATION COURSE. PRESENTED BY COLEEN ELLIS
Your Workshop Schedule

Saturday

8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Welcome/Agenda Review/Introductions: Honoring The Story

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Break

9:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. Understanding Pet Loss Companioning

12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Lunch

1 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Understanding Anticipatory Grief

2 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Break

2:15 p.m. - 4 p.m. The Six Central Needs of Mourning

4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Let’s Talk About Talking!

Sunday

9 a.m. – 10 a.m. Review of Pet Loss Companioning/Anticipatory Grief/Aha Moments

10 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Break

10:15 a.m. – 11 a.m. Do You Really Have Them At Hello?

11:00 – 11:20 The Intricacies of Pet Loss

11:20 a.m. – 12 p.m. How To Help the Elderly, Children and Other Pets In Their Grief Journey

12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Lunch & Open Discussion – Success Drivers: The Lessons from Our Pets

1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Wrap up/Plans for Returning Home

1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. The Importance of Rituals

3 p.m. Memorial Service

3:30 p.m. Adjourn
Register here for this February event
https://www.petprofessionalguild.com/event-3530303

An Introduction to the Neuroscience of Dog Training and BehaviorYour Two-Day Workshop Presented by Dr. Kathy Murphy on S...
02/14/2020

An Introduction to the Neuroscience of Dog Training and Behavior
Your Two-Day Workshop Presented by Dr. Kathy Murphy on
Saturday and Sunday, June 13 - 14, 2020
Understanding what’s happening in the dog’s brain can impact how you train. This two-day Lecture Series will provide an introductory overview of neuroscientific principles and how they apply to various aspects of training and behavior.

This is a very interactive event and will feature a variety of teaching methods used to provide for different learners

On Day 1 we will begin with applied functional anatomy and physiology, and the various ways that they are modified during neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is the process by which brain structure and function changes in response to our surroundings and interactions. Delving into the complexity of neuroplasticity provides a gateway into understanding where the laws of behavior come from, and what mechanisms are at play when working with dogs at different stages of development. We will take a look at fundamental neurophysiological mechanisms such as attention, arousal, reward and fear conditioning, directly applying the science to practical examples or cases.

On Day 2 we will look at how our choice of training method can influence brain structure, function and ultimately wellbeing; before moving on to understanding some of the neurological mechanisms of trauma and ways we might apply that knowledge when working with traumatized dogs.

Literature and cases used to illustrate principles will be multispecies, everything from worms through to primates. Take-home messages will be designed to support you being able to easily communicate what you learn to other enthusiasts and clients without the jargon.
https://www.petprofessionalguild.com/event-3726300

This looks to be a great event, a fabulous topic with an extremely credentialed presenter too https://www.petprofessiona...
02/14/2020

This looks to be a great event, a fabulous topic with an extremely credentialed presenter too https://www.petprofessionalguild.com/event-3726300
Understanding what’s happening in the dog’s brain can impact how you train. This two-day Lecture Series will provide an introductory overview of neuroscientific principles and how they apply to various aspects of training and behavior.

This is a very interactive event and will feature a variety of teaching methods used to provide for different learners

On Day 1 we will begin with applied functional anatomy and physiology, and the various ways that they are modified during neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is the process by which brain structure and function changes in response to our surroundings and interactions. Delving into the complexity of neuroplasticity provides a gateway into understanding where the laws of behavior come from, and what mechanisms are at play when working with dogs at different stages of development. We will take a look at fundamental neurophysiological mechanisms such as attention, arousal, reward and fear conditioning, directly applying the science to practical examples or cases.

On Day 2 we will look at how our choice of training method can influence brain structure, function and ultimately wellbeing; before moving on to understanding some of the neurological mechanisms of trauma and ways we might apply that knowledge when working with traumatized dogs.

Literature and cases used to illustrate principles will be multispecies, everything from worms through to primates. Take-home messages will be designed to support you being able to easily communicate what you learn to other enthusiasts and clients without the jargon.

"My wife and I first met Shirley in the spring of 2006 at a lambing event on a nearby farm. There must have been 100 she...
02/14/2020
The Five Freedoms and Shirley

"My wife and I first met Shirley in the spring of 2006 at a lambing event on a nearby farm. There must have been 100 sheep with scores of their babies, all available for petting and purchase. It was a working farm and the breeds were meant for human consumption. Shirley’s birthright was to become food for humans, but that was not her fate. Neither was it the fate of Bluebell or Pearl. We picked them to become our pets and assumed the role of their guardians and stewards for the next one and one-half decades." - Daniel Antolec writes from the heart about pet guardianship and loss in this new BARKS blog: https://barksfromtheguild.com/2020/02/14/the-five-freedoms-and-shirley/

I had planned to write about a different topic, but life often gets in the way of our plans such as having to euthanize one of my pets yesterday. She was just shy of 15 years and that is very old, …

Pet Loss & Grief Companioning Certification CoursePresented by Coleen Ellis from the Two Hearts Pet Loss Center Approved...
02/13/2020

Pet Loss & Grief Companioning Certification Course
Presented by Coleen Ellis from the Two Hearts Pet Loss Center

Approved for CEUs from IAABC, CCPDT, PPAB and KPA

Join us for two robust days of doing a deep dive into the emotional journey of the end-of-life walk with a beloved pet. Learn more about how to walk with those needing a companion, understanding what pet parents need during this time, the benefits of rituals, compassion fatigue, and so much more! Not only will this program bring the attendees the learning needed to help pet lovers, it’s also a beautiful self-care workshop on understanding our own journey’s and experiences with loss, grief, and our own authentic self.

Your Workshop Schedule

Day One: Saturday February 22, 2020
8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Welcome/Agenda Review/Introductions: Honoring The Story
9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Break
9:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. Understanding Pet Loss Companioning
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Lunch
1 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Understanding Anticipatory Grief
2 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Break
2:15 p.m. - 4 p.m. The Six Central Needs of Mourning
4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Let’s Talk About Talking!

Day Two: Sunday February 23, 2020
9 a.m. – 10 a.m. Review of Pet Loss Companioning/Anticipatory Grief/Aha Moments
10 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. – 11 a.m. Do You Really Have Them At Hello?
11:00 – 11:20 The Intricacies of Pet Loss
11:20 a.m. – 12 p.m. How To Help the Elderly, Children and Other Pets In Their Grief Journey
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Lunch & Open Discussion – Success Drivers: The Lessons from Our Pets
1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Wrap up/Plans for Returning Home
1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. The Importance of Rituals
3 p.m. Memorial Service
3:30 p.m. Adjourn

A part of this certification program is being delivered as webinars. Your program fee covers the cost of the two webinars also. If you cannot attend them live, do not worry, we will record them and send them to you. When you register for the two-day workshop you will receive a code to register for the webinars also.
Your Two Included Webinars Are:
Webinar One: The Finer Points of Marketing Pet Loss Services. Presented by Coleen Ellis on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 12 p.m. EST
Webinar Two: How to Conduct a Successful Pet Loss Support Group. Presented by Coleen Ellis on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 12 p.m. EST
Register now and grab one of the last places https://www.petprofessionalguild.com/event-3530303

02/13/2020
How veterans and dogs can save each other | David Shade | TEDxRoseTree

Congratulations to PPG member, occasional BARKS contributor, and U.S. Army veteran David Shade on his TedxTalk 'How veterans and dogs can save each other,' where he explains how, after struggling for years with Post Traumatic Stress, he found that, through his puppy Lulu, the power of healing dogs can bring is remarkable:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j71-4oQDwxg

David Shade discovered how powerful the relationship between humans and dogs can be and asks a very simple question that may help veterans returning to civil...

PET LOSS & GRIEF COMPANIONING CERTIFICATION COURSE. PRESENTED BY COLEEN ELLISFebruary 22 & 23, 2020 Join us for two robu...
02/13/2020

PET LOSS & GRIEF COMPANIONING CERTIFICATION COURSE. PRESENTED BY COLEEN ELLIS
February 22 & 23, 2020
Join us for two robust days of doing a deep dive into the emotional journey of the end-of-life walk with a beloved pet. Learn more about how to walk with those needing a companion, understanding what pet parents need during this time, the benefits of rituals, compassion fatigue, and so much more! Not only will this program bring the attendees the learning needed to help pet lovers, it’s also a beautiful self-care workshop on understanding our own journey’s and experiences with loss, grief, and our own authentic self.
https://www.petprofessionalguild.com/event-3530303

"Here’s the honest truth – it’s hard to run a successful business. Let’s face it, you got into this because you want to ...
02/13/2020

"Here’s the honest truth – it’s hard to run a successful business. Let’s face it, you got into this because you want to help people and their animals have a more fulfilling life together, right? You have the passion, dedication, commitment, and interest. But knowing what your vocation is, can be quite different to knowing how to turn it into a reliable and stable source of income." - Morag Heirs draws from her experience of 20 years running her own businesses to offer advice on helping canine training and behavior professionals enjoy — and become more efficient at — running the business side of their work. Coming up in the March 2020 issue – Please note that digital BARKS has moved to a SUBSCRIPTION ONLY platform: to gain uninterrupted access (IT’S STILL FREE!), make sure you subscribe today! https://barksfromtheguild.com/subscribe/

"Here’s the honest truth – it’s hard to run a successful business. Let’s face it, you got into this because you want to help people and their animals have a more fulfilling life together, right? You have the passion, dedication, commitment, and interest. But knowing what your vocation is, can be quite different to knowing how to turn it into a reliable and stable source of income." - Morag Heirs draws from her experience of 20 years running her own businesses to offer advice on helping canine training and behavior professionals enjoy — and become more efficient at — running the business side of their work. Coming up in the March 2020 issue – Please note that digital BARKS has moved to a SUBSCRIPTION ONLY platform: to gain uninterrupted access (IT’S STILL FREE!), make sure you subscribe today! https://barksfromtheguild.com/subscribe/

The PPG 2020 Summit in Phoenix, Arizona.Not only can you attend lectures and lecture/LABS (where you can work with some ...
02/12/2020

The PPG 2020 Summit in Phoenix, Arizona.
Not only can you attend lectures and lecture/LABS (where you can work with some fantastic trainers with your own dog) you can also sign up for off-site workshops.
Look at the great options. Choose Program 2 when you register
#PPGSummit
www.PPGSummit.com

Calling Budding Writers!How would you like to win a FREE ticket worth $500 to PPG’s sixth annual summit in Phoenix, Ariz...
02/12/2020

Calling Budding Writers!
How would you like to win a FREE ticket worth $500 to PPG’s sixth annual summit in Phoenix, Arizona on September 18-22, 2020?
The event theme is Collaborative Care and Enrichment – Creating Partnerships for Positive Results and we are looking for blog posts or short features on the topic of animal shelter and rescue to publish on the BARKS Blog or in BARKS from the Guild. We may publish snippets on our social media platforms too.
Do you have, for example, a specific training tip or enrichment idea that you have successfully implemented in a shelter or rescue environment? Perhaps your tale is more personal, of one special rescue animal who has taught you something special, or changed your life forever?
Whatever it is, if it’s related to shelter and/or rescue animals, we want to know about it! Don’t consider yourself a writer? No problem. Just do the best you can, and if we choose your article for its content, we will help you knock it into shape. Photos, if you have them, are welcome.
The author of the winning blog post or article will win a FREE ticket to Phoenix 2020!
Please submit your article here: https://www.petprofessionalguild.com/Win-a-FREE-Ticket
Deadline for entries: April 5, 2020
Winners announced: April 20, 2020
Please also read Terms & Conditions. For further questions, email [email protected].

Address

9122 Kenton Rd
Wesley Chapel, FL
33545

How ever you please just keep it force-free

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To view our membership information page please http://www.petprofessionalguild.com/TheGuildApplicationForm Visit our online magazine Barks From The Guild http://barksfromtheguild.wordpress.com/

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 18:30
Tuesday 09:00 - 18:30
Wednesday 09:00 - 18:30
Thursday 09:00 - 18:30
Friday 09:00 - 18:30

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(844) 462-6473

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Please join us in congratulating Zero to Hero, Trio, and their guardians on completing their Level 2 of the Pet Dog Ambassador Program! If you have an interest in working with your dog through the program, please visit our website! https://www.petdogambassador.com/The-PDA-Program
Please join us in congratulating Jasper and Cindy on completing their Level 2 of the Pet Dog Ambassador Program! If you have an interest in working with your dog through the program, please visit our website! https://www.petdogambassador.com/The-PDA-Program
Please welcome the newest Pet Dog Ambassador Instructor/Assessor! If you would like to become an Instructor or an Instructor/Assessor please visit our website! https://www.petdogambassador.com/Become-Licensed
Hopefully someone can help me out here. I'm doing a presentation on dog communication/body language next month and need a 30 sec to 1 minute video of appropriate interaction with a happy dog that I could use. I'll mainly be focusing on the dog's body language. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Please join us in congratulating Ziggy, Wren, Monty, Phionna, Lou, Jess, and their Guardians on completing their levels of the Pet Dog Ambassador program! If you would like to work with your dog through the program please visit our website. https://www.petdogambassador.com/The-PDA-Program
Hi everyone! I purchased a ticket for the Pet Loss & Grief Companioning Certification Course. Presented by Coleen Ellis" (Saturday, February 22, 2020 8:00 AM - Sunday, February 23, 2020 3:30 PM. I can no longer attend and would be happy to sell for a discount. Ticket was $200 and will sell for $150.
Please join us in congratulating Teddy, Murphy, Sybil, Rita, Cooper, Schnitzel, Dobbie, Morris, Boston, Stuart, and their Guardians on completing their Pet Dog Ambassador levels! If you would like to work with your dog through the Pet Dog Ambassador Program please visit our website. https://www.petdogambassador.com/The-PDA-Program
It's discouraging to keep running into the same old excuse for the use of aversive training tools. When I was in Memphis over Christmas, I visited the original Hollywood Feed pet supply store. They offer some amazing products, but was so discouraged to see a big shock collar display, as well as prong collars and choke chains. The store in Lexington is smaller and those collars are pretty much hidden. In fact, I don't remember seeing prongs. I wrote the main company commending them for their high quality products and asking them to set themselves above the other big box stores by eliminating the products. This is the discouraging response I got: "Thank you for taking the time to reach out to us! We appreciate all feedback from our customers, especially negative, as it helps our company to learn and improve! I'm sorry to hear you're disappointed with our offering correctional training collars in our stores and online. Our team strives to provide a variety of products to meet the needs and preferences of our customers. While we encourage positive reinforcement training methods as much as possible, we also understand that correctional methods may be required in certain situations (preferably under the direction of a professional trainer). In these situations, proper use of these products can help keep dogs safe and out of shelters. The products that we carry have all been tested and are not harmful or painful when used correctly. However, I am more than happy to share your feedback with our buying team, so they are aware of the frustration some of our customers have regarding our training selection. If you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out through this email address or call 888-816-8691." Does anyone want to join me in asking them to remove the products? The name and email address that responded was: Patrick L., [email protected] I did reply back explaining that the tools are not necessary and can often cause problems, including my own experiences in having to address clients' dogs' behavior fallout. I also sent copies of several studies and the AVSAB position statement and asked him to share it with their marketing department and training consultant (if they have one).
I'm hoping someone can point me in the right direction. I'm researching my next book and am trying to find info about Telomians, just in general: size, color, maybe brief history, etc. My preference would be a kennel club or rescue, but at this point I'd settle for a reputable breeder. I have other resources, but want to give more validity than what I've found so far.
Please join us in congratulating Monty, Olive, Max, Izzy, Rosie, Merlin, and the Guardians on completing their levels of the Pet Dog Ambassador Program! The dogs and guardians alike worked hard through the program. If you have interest in working through the program with your dog please visit our website. https://www.petdogambassador.com/The-PDA-Program
Please join us in congratulating Gizmo, Moray, Maisie, Peat, and their Guardians on completing the Pet Dog Ambassador Level 1! These pups are off to a good start! If you are interested in working through the Pet Dog Ambassador Program with your furry friend be sure to visit our website for more information. https://www.petdogambassador.com/The-PDA-Program
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