The Florida Shock-Free Coalition

The Florida Shock-Free Coalition The Pledge: A Call to Action The Shock-Free Coalition believes that pets have an intrinsic right to be treated humanely, to have each of their individual needs met, and to live in a safe, enriched environment free from force, pain and fear.
t's Time to Say NO to The Use of Shock Devices! The key purpose of the Shock-Free Coalition is to build a strong and broad movement committed to eliminating shock devices from the supply and demand chain. This goal will be reached when shock tools and equipment are universally unavailable and not permitted for the training, management and care of pets. The Pledge: A Call to Action The Shock-Free Coalition believes that pets have an intrinsic right to be treated humanely, to have each of their individual needs met, and to live in a safe, enriched environment free from force, pain and fear. Members of the Shock-Free Coalition consider it to be their responsibility and utmost obligation to be vigilant, to educate, to remain engaged and work toward eliminating shock as a permissible tool so it is never considered a viable option in the training, management and care of pets.
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BUSINESS CONTINGENCY PLANNING - A FREE PPG Member ResourceNiki Tudge is hosting our Corporate Partners at dog*biz Veroni...
03/12/2020
Business Contingency Planning – Need Help?

BUSINESS CONTINGENCY PLANNING - A FREE PPG Member Resource

Niki Tudge is hosting our Corporate Partners at dog*biz Veronica Boutelle & Gina Phairas.

We will be discussing Business Congingency Planning.

Bring your questions and we will help support you and your business to make informed decisions around these important topics and much more.

This blog will form the backdrop to the webinar

By now, we are all well aware of the impact of the coronavirus. Things are changing rapidly, on a daily, if not hourly, basis. First off, let’s not panic! But let’s also recognize that it may get a little rough and rocky for a while. No one knows for how long, but in the meantime, stay informed, review facts, verify information and then take action accordingly.

Depending on where you live and your operating business environment, you may not be impacted at all, or you may only experience some small inconveniences. Some small business owners, though, may find themselves having to rethink how they do business for a few weeks, or longer. As I said, no one knows.

Below, I have listed a few points for you to consider to help you plan for all contingencies:

1. Stay in tune with your local authorities regarding the risk factor based on where you live and also on your personal situation in terms of health, vulnerability, etc.
2. Gather information from your local, State and Federal governments so you can make the most informed and safe decisions.
3. Follow recommended protocols for contact with other people. In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published this document, titled Protect yourself and your community from getting and spreading respiratory illnesses like coronavirus disease 2019.
4. Consider your business model and how you deliver services, so get remote- or virtual- friendly wherever possible. In other words, make use of technology to sustain your business services during these uncertain times. Here are some options:
If you run group classes and work in a small enclosed area, consider taking classes on the road where you can manage your exposure and proximity to people.
Consider conducting virtual lessons via webcam so you can continue to coach and provide feedback to clients. Coaching can be done on a one-to-one basis or in small groups. Software such as GoToMeeting, Skype, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Hangouts Meet, and even Facebook Messenger can be used. These all give you the ability to work remotely while interacting both audibly and visibly with clients.
read more here https://barksfromtheguild.com/2020/03/12/business-contingency-planning-need-help/?fbclid=IwAR2csKiSTuA5jrH3QTRLpFMFMmyD7EESAbj2951zEDwrhpABObJSli4q420

By Niki Tudge Join us on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 to discuss all these important points and more with the experts at dog*biz. Click here to register for this interactive webinar hosted by PPG presi…

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03/10/2020

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"In a training context, when a dog experiences something pleasurable (e.g. he smells or tastes food or engages in an activity which is really good fun), dopamine is released, thus creating a feel-good relationship between what he is experiencing and whatever you are training in that moment. (Contrast this with punitive training methods and the emotional responses they generate in dogs.) Furthermore, dopamine causes an individual to “want, desire, seek out, and search” and the dopamine system is “especially sensitive to ‘cues’ that a reward is coming (remember Ivan Pavlov?).” (Weinschenk, 2018)." - from Identifying Positive Reinforcers for the Individual by Anna Bradley, BARKS from the Guild, March 2020, pp.32-34. Please subscribe to read BARKS online and download your March issue (IT’S STILL FREE!). You can also order a print copy: https://barksfromtheguild.com/subscribe/

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03/09/2020

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In case you missed this. Deb has started a conversation, imo, on what is a serious topic for owners of dogs and dogs wel...
03/09/2020
You are Not an Exception to the Rule: Please Share This Blog Post with ALL Your Dog Owning Friends | Deb Jones Dog Training

In case you missed this. Deb has started a conversation, imo, on what is a serious topic for owners of dogs and dogs welfare.

I learned early on, if dogs act out in the public domain, they're not ready for prime time.

Please share if you agree. We have excellent sources for help. We also want to avoid owners from utilizing harmful products and training advice that can potentially make things worse.

Owners deserve the best training advice from the start. They don't need to spend money foolishly. It's our job to reach them first.

You are Not an Exception to the Rule: Please Share This Blog Post with ALL Your Dog Owning Friends Spring is coming! This means that we all want to get outdoors and enjoy more time in nature. I am oft

As an  organization PPG stands up for what we and our membership believes in. We promote ongoing advocacy initiatives, a...
03/09/2020
The Pet Professional Guild - Become a PPG Member

As an organization PPG stands up for what we and our membership believes in. We promote ongoing advocacy initiatives, and back up our positions with the latest scientific research and peer-reviewed studies.
Training with No Pain, No Force, No Fear - No Prong, No Shock, No Choke

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THREE EASY STEPS TO JOIN!
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Step Three: Now complete the application form
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you can complete this short form and let us do our due diligence. Then when you are approved we will reduce the $20.00 application fee from your first year memberships fee.  

Said so well. I totally agree. And I actually do pretty much exactly what Deb does. I want my dogs to know how to behave...
03/08/2020
You are Not an Exception to the Rule: Please Share This Blog Post with ALL Your Dog Owning Friends | Deb Jones Dog Training

Said so well. I totally agree. And I actually do pretty much exactly what Deb does. I want my dogs to know how to behave in public. This does, in fact, require we train our dogs. Dogs do not naturally understand human manners and/or cultural practices. It's our responsibility to teach them these things.

And the most important point owners should keep in mind is, if your dog is acting out, they're telling you and others they're not comfortable with the environment.

The good thing is, we do have the ability to help dogs feel better about problem environments. If you don't have the knowledge to do this correctly the best choice for your dog is finding professionals who are qualified to help you without using force and corrections.

Corrections can include shock collars, prong and choke collars, spray bottles, cans filled w noise making items (these elicit startle response), lifting dogs off the ground, pulling them away from things that puts tension/pressure on the lead. Other commonly recommended corrections could include body slamming, pinning dogs to the ground. These actions are often used by "trainers" who tell you your dog is dominating you. Use caution and do your research when hiring trainers and/or behavior specialists, sometimes calling themselves "experts".

You are Not an Exception to the Rule: Please Share This Blog Post with ALL Your Dog Owning Friends Spring is coming! This means that we all want to get outdoors and enjoy more time in nature. I am oft

PLEASE SHARE – A shock-collar based containment system is not a substitute for training your dog or having a real fence....
03/06/2020

PLEASE SHARE – A shock-collar based containment system is not a substitute for training your dog or having a real fence. Shock collars, no matter what you call them, work by giving the dog a shock that will be physically and/or emotionally painful. Your dog will not only be shocked when they leave your yard but also when they try to come home. Scientific studies have demonstrated that dogs that are shocked can become aggressive.

Thank you to Emily Breeden of paswpsoeplay.com for sharing this meme.

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Celebrate the Launch of PPG’s Pet Rescue Resource with us!  The PPG Virtual Summit – April 2, & 3, 2020. 8 Fabulous Pres...
03/06/2020

Celebrate the Launch of PPG’s Pet Rescue Resource with us!

The PPG Virtual Summit – April 2, & 3, 2020. 8 Fabulous Presenters over 2 days. Each day features 4 live webinars.

Register for the Virtual Summit and participate live or watch the recordings later.
Session 1 Dr. Kathy Murphy 9:00 a.m. – 10.30 a.m. ET

Presentation Title: Arousal: when is too little or too much a bad thing, and what can we do to support optimal arousal for shelter and rescue dogs?

The neurobiology of arousal is complex, with many systems and processes contributing to different forms of arousal. In this webinar we review the key components of this complexity and discuss the physiological states that contribute to arousal levels (whether too low or too high), that can hamper rehabilitation and rehoming and ultimately may be detrimental to health and welfare. Arousal will be discussed in the context of the whole body and brain health, including what we currently understand about important factors, such as sleep and gut microbiome. Finally, we will look at some of the things we can do to support optimal arousal and healthy self-regulation of arousal.
To learn more about Dr. Murphy click here https://www.facebook.com/neuroscienceisawesome/
To register for the event, click here https://www.petprofessionalguild.com/event-3752031

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03/05/2020

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People do not intentionally choose to use an electronic containment system to cause their dog pain and harm, but these s...
03/05/2020

People do not intentionally choose to use an electronic containment system to cause their dog pain and harm, but these systems can do just that. In this article E-Fence Fallout, professional dog trainer Daniel Antolec shares the experiences his clients had when their dog Charlee was shocked as she ran through the buried wire that was supposed to keep her in the yard and then was too afraid to return to her yard.

Read full article here:

https://bit.ly/32R9TpG

People do not intentionally choose to use an electronic containment system to cause their dog pain and harm, but these s...
03/05/2020
E Fence Fallout.pdf

People do not intentionally choose to use an electronic containment system to cause their dog pain and harm, but these systems can do just that. In this article E-Fence Fallout, professional dog trainer Daniel Antolec shares the experiences his clients had when their dog Charlee was shocked as she ran through the buried wire that was supposed to keep her in the yard and then was too afraid to return to her yard.

Read full article here:

https://bit.ly/32R9TpG

How we train dogs is an important welfare issue. We believe using humane pain free training is the right thing to do. We...
03/04/2020
Shock Free Coalition - Pledge Drive

How we train dogs is an important welfare issue. We believe using humane pain free training is the right thing to do. We want your support. We'd like to see you add your name to this important cause.

If you're like us and agree we can and should do better training dogs using pain free methods sign the Pledge and share how you feel about this with your friends and family.

The Pledge Drive marks 61 days of advocacy activities designed to educate the pet owning public as to why the application of shock in pet training is not only unnecessary - but also potentially very harmful, both physically and psychologically.

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03/02/2020
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A Must Read for Pet Professionals!

"Why are pet guardians shocking dogs despite the growing bodies of scientific evidence that it causes harm?""There is am...
02/29/2020
Shock Collar Training vs Force Free Video Examples

"Why are pet guardians shocking dogs despite the growing bodies of scientific evidence that it causes harm?"

"There is ample research that shows the animals trained with force and pain suffer longterm consequences, and that force and pain interfere (putting it mildly) with the learning process. There is also research specific to the use of shock collars. “Training dogs with help of the shock collar: short and long term behavioural effects” was published in Applied Animal Behaviour Science in 2004. The abstract is available if you follow the link. German Shepherds trained with shock not only reacted with stress and fear reactions (including redirected aggression) when shocked, but demonstrated more stress behaviors than the control group outside of the shock sessions. Of special note is that the control group of dogs in the study (the ones trained without shock) were still trained with force. The authors state that their training was “fairly harsh.” So the deleterious behavioral effects of the shock training were unique to the use of shock, over and above the force training all the dogs had. The behaviors continued even outside of the training context and appeared to be tied to the presence of the owner, who had delivered the shocks. The last sentence of the abstract sums it up: “This suggests that the welfare of these shocked dogs is at stake, at least in the presence of their owner.”

"Yet shock training is thriving and is the single tool of choice of thousands of franchise and independent dog trainers in the U.S."

https://eileenanddogs.wordpress.com/shock-collar-vs-force-free-examples/

12 Videos: Shock vs Force Free This page has examples of dog training sessions with shock collars, contrasted with some examples of force free training and its results. We see a variety of behavior…

An Introduction to the Neuroscience of Dog Training and BehaviorYour Two-Day Workshop Presented by Dr. Kathy Murphy on S...
02/28/2020

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

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