PPG Events,

Webinars, Meetups, News & More!

Your PPG Member Newsletter - Oct./Nov 2022

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Save the Date for Arizona 2023!

The Pet Professional Guild will be holding an in-person summit at the Arizona Humane Society in Phoenix. The event will also be live streamed.

Wednesday, Nov. 1, through

Sunday, Nov. 5, 2023

Don’t miss it—put it on your calendar now!

Present at PPG's

2023 Homeward Bound Summit!

Want to speak or teach a skills workshop at PPG's 2023 Homeward Bound Summit in Phoenix, Arizona? Check out the list of selected topics and apply today!

Application deadline is

Nov. 5, 2022!



with Dr. Robert Hewings

and Karen Hewings


When: Wednesday, Nov. 2, through

Friday, Nov. 4, 2022

Where: In person at Crystal River,

Nature Coast of Florida

Live-Streaming VIRTUAL Registration Option Also Available!


“Scent and Scentability” 3-Day Workshop



presented by

Dr. Robert Hewings and Karen Hewings

When: Saturday, Nov. 5, and

Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022

Where: In person at Crystal River,

Nature Coast of Florida


Canine Scent Advanced Handling Skills

Live Webinars

Harmonious Walks: Redefining Loose-Leash Walking

Learn how to recognize and meet dogs’ needs through foundation skills and on-leash games that anyone can do. 

Presenter: Nancy Tucker

When: Monday, October 17, 2022, 2:00-3:00 PM ET

Cost: $30

Register: Harmonious Walks: Redefining Loose-Leash Walking


Build it (For Them) and They Will Come

Learn the four keys to drawing those perfect-fit clients to your door and building a business that’s perfect for you, too – one that allows you to fully enjoy your life as a R+ trainer.

Presenters: Veronica Boutelle and Gina Phairas

When: Tuesday, October 18, 2022, 12:00-1:00 PM ET

Cost: $25

Register: Build it (For Them) and They Will Come


“I’m out of Control!” Helping the Over-Aroused Animal

Learn how to identify over-arousal and deal with over-arousal issues in pet animals using practical tools.

Presenter: Irith Bloom

When: Monday, October 24, 2022, 3:00-4:00 PM ET

Cost: $30

Register: “I’m out of Control!” Helping the Over-Aroused Animal


How to Help Puppies & Kittens that Require Confinement During Socialization

Learn how to keep confined puppies and kittens calm, and provide them with mental and physical exercise and socialization.

Presenter: Shannon Riley-Coyner

When: Thursday, November 10, 2022, 3:00-4:00 PM ET

Cost: $30

Register: How to Help Puppies & Kittens that Require Confinement During Socialization


Vibrant, Vulnerable Village Dogs and What We Can Learn About Our Pets From Them

Learn about village dogs (dogs who live at large) and the lessons we can learn from them about enrichment, foraging, socializing, environmental choices and more for pet dogs. 

Presenter: Kristi Benson

When: Tuesday, November 15, 2022, 2:00-3:00 PM ET

Cost: $30

Register: Vibrant, Vulnerable Village Dogs and What We Can Learn About Our Pets From Them

Live Webinar Listings

Can’t make it to the live webinars? No worries!

All webinar recordings are sent via email 48 to 72 hours after the live sessions.


CEUs are available (click on the link to the event’s registration page for details).

Divisional Meetups

These informal, fun and educational live group chats are for PPG members only!

To access the FREE meetups, log in directly through Zoom or watch the livestream in the respective division’s group on Facebook.

Can’t make it to the live meetups? No worries! The recordings are made available in the Pet Professional Guild Members Only Facebook group.

Inclusivity Division Membership Meetup

Topic: Learn about communities within the PPG community

Guest speakers: Valarie Ross, Angel Rowe, Lottie Bennett, and Ruby Welsford

When: Monday, October 24, 2022, 12:00-1:00 pm ET

Register: Inclusivity Divisional Membership Meetup

More to come!

Check the Divisional Meetups page in the member area of PPG's website 

for newly added meetups.

More Happenings!

Join Niki Tudge and Judy Luther for a fun and always informative Chat & Chuckle with PPG's fabulous Corporate Partners at dog*biz!

When: Friday, October 21, 2022, 3:00-4:00 PM ET

Where: Live-streamed on PPG's Facebook Page

Event link: Chat & Chuckle with dog&biz 

The Top Ten Tips On How To Network and Spread The Mission

Moderators: Don Hanson and Niki Tudge

When: Friday, October 28, 2022 3:00-4:00 PM ET

Where: Via Zoom and live-streamed on PPG's Facebook Page

Register: PPG Advocacy Panel - The Top Ten Tips On How To Network and Spread The Mission  

Feline Division Lounge

The Feline Division Lounge is free and open to all PPG members!

The Lounge is a casual, informal, unstructured support and discussion group to address whatever is on participants’ minds related to cat behavior, cat behavior consulting and whatever other topics come up in the conversation. Lounges are held through Zoom every other month on the second Tuesday, and they are not recorded (what happens in the Lounge stays in the Lounge).


The next Lounge is Tuesday, November 8, 2022, at 8:00 pm ET


Details for joining the Lounges are posted a few days ahead in the PPG All About Cats Facebook group. (PPG All About Cats is a private Facebook group and you must be a PPG member to have access. Ask to join the group today!)

New and FREE for PPG Members!

The Positive Bookworm Book Club

The Positive Bookworm (PBW) is a place for PPG members to learn together, support each other, network and have fun! The PBW will feature two different reading groups—one will read books and the other will read academic papers. PPG members will be free to participate in either or both groups as often as they wish.

To help ensure that everyone achieves a high level of comprehension and enjoyment, the PBW will offer support for participants with learning disabilities or who may need help navigating and progressing through academic texts. And, whenever possible, authors of the selected books and academic papers will attend meetings to discuss their works, explain difficult concepts and answer participants’ questions. Plus, participants in the book-reading group can earn CEUs!

For more information, click here.

The first Positive Bookworm book-reading series will begin in January 2023. Here are the details and registration link: 

Book: Puppy Socialization: What It Is and How to Do It, by Marge Rogers and Eileen Anderson

Meeting schedule: weekly from January 16 to March 27, 2023 

Register: Positive Bookworm, January 2023 - Puppy Socialization 

PPG's Inclusivity Division Issues

20 Scholarships

The Pet Professional Guild's Inclusivity Division has awarded 20 scholarships for the Scent and Scentability event and Canine Scent Advanced Handling Skills workshop in November. 

"We're very excited to offer 20 scholarships to our less-represented members of PPG to attend this exciting and useful educational event," said Lorena Patti of PPG's Inclusivity Division. "It's a wonderful opportunity for professional development that many wouldn't have otherwise been able to take advantage of."

Congratulations to all the scholarship recipients!

Welcome PPG’s New Corporate Partner, DigiWoof!

The Pet Professional Guild has a new Corporate Partner - DigiWoof! Check out DigiWoof's special offer for PPG members in the Member Discount Programs area of the PPG website!

California Legislation Update

An official notification has gone out from California Governor Gavin Newsom regarding new dog-training legislation he signed on September 13, 2022, called the Dog Trainer Sufficiency Act:  

Assembly Bill No. 1901, Chapter 276 - An act to add Chapter 12.5 (commencing with Section 122395) to Part 6 of Division 105 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to dog training

According to the Legislative Counsel’s Digest:

This bill would require a dog trainer, as defined, to disclose in writing to a purchaser of dog training services at the time of purchase, any civil judgments related to the dog trainer’s services, and any criminal animal cruelty convictions against the dog trainer or an employee, as specified. The bill would require the dog trainer and the purchaser to sign the written disclosure. The bill would expressly authorize a person to bring a civil action for damages arising from a violation of the requirements related to that written disclosure.

PPG was informed 3 years ago, prior to COVID, that there was no interest in any legislation efforts to restrict equipment or mandate any philosophy or approach with regard to dog training in California. From our perspective, this is a small step in the right direction.  

Read more about the bill here.

New Proposed Legislation to Ban Sale of Shock Collars in New York

Last month, New York Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, D-New York City, introduced legislation that would ban the sale of shock collars for dogs in New York state.  

Read the full story here.

Featured Articles from PPG's Publications

Meet a Dog Lover Who Pursued a Calling and Now Creates Wonderful R+ Transformations

Member profile: Aaron Jones

BARKS from the Guild presents a collection of valuable business and technical articles as well as reviews and news stories pertinent to our industry. BARKS is the official publication of the Pet Professional Guild and is designed for animal training and pet professionals.


What You Need to Know About Kitten Socialization

by Allison Hunter-Frederick 

Pets and Their People presents a collection of articles as well as reviews pertinent to pet care. P&TP is a publication of the Pet Professional Guild and designed for pet owners 

Read Pets & Their People

BARKS and Pets & Their People are always looking for new contributors and story ideas.

If you have something you’d like to share with our readers, please email us!

Email Pets & Their People

PPG Member Benefit Spotlight

Have something to sell? 

As a member of PPG, you are automatically enrolled as a Level 1 member of PPG’s Corporate Partner program. As a Level 1 Corporate Partner, you can advertise a special offer to other PPG members in the Member Discount Programs area of the PPG website. For details, send an email to support@petprofessionalguild.com!

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