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BARKS Podcasts

By Pet Professional Guild
Featuring news, interviews, and information from the pet industry, bringing you news about latest events and seminars, as well as interviews from some of the best in force-free and behavioral science-based training. We aim to create a fun, educational and informative podcast that is member-focused, so come along and join us! Bring your questions, expertise, and a dash of humor.
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BARKS Podcast with Dr. Kristina Spaulding from Smart Dog Training and Behavior
Join Niki as she chats to Dr. Spaulding. It's always great to host Dr. Spaulding and the conversation is always fast moving and fascinating.  In this episode we talk about topics ranging from animal self-awareness to current research papers and how to read and interpret them.  Dr.Spaulding hosts a monthly webinar  called Research Bites, this is the fastest and easiest way to keep up-to-date on research on dog training and behavior! For those of you who are interested in signing up these are the upcoming dates: May 11th, 2021, 7 pm Eastern Do dogs have mental representations of past events? Exploring the question of episodic memory in dogs. June 8th, 2021, 7 pm Eastern What are the most effective approaches to aggression in dogs? A detailed examination of various aggression treatments. July 13th, 2021, 7 pm Eastern How does training method impact emotional state? Examining the effect of methodology on wellbeing in dogs. About Dr. Spualding  Kristina Spaulding, PhD, CAAB Co-owner, Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, Behavior consultant, Class instructor Click here to learn more 
May 8, 2021
BARKS Podcast - A Panel Discussion of Experts Talking About a Selection of Sales Topics #2
Join Niki Tudge and a Panel of Business Experts, Veronica Boutelle Tracey Lee Davies and Coleen Ellis. During the PPG “Up Your Business Game” event we hosted these experts to give us advice on how we can grow our pet businesses. In this podcast other than lots of great yuck and giggles we also discussed packages, social media, pricing and much more. Come and join us and listen in. We hope you enjoy it. Learn more about your Panel Colleen Ellis Veronica Boutelle Tracey Lee Davis
May 5, 2021
BARKS Podcast with Victoria Stilwell from Positively
Join Niki Tudge as she chats with Victoria Stilwell. It’s always a pleasure for me to host and chat with Victoria Stilwell. The conversation moved quickly through comparing Cadburys to Hershey’s chocolate. We covered the important topic of how we, the British, define biscuits versus the term more commonly used in the US, cookies. We did soon reach the important topics and had some thought-provoking discussions about dog breeding, puppy mills and much more. Thank you, Victoria, for all the great work you do, for being a great guest and for always being a fabulous sport! About Victoria Stilwell Victoria Stilwell is a world-renowned dog trainer best known as the star of the international hit TV series It's Me or the Dog. Having filmed over 110 episodes of It's Me or the Dog beginning in 2005, Stilwell is able to reach audiences in over 120 countries with her philosophy of positive training methods. She also served as a judge for Greatest American Dog on CBS, as the behavior specialist for Dogs Might Fly on Sky One, and as the resident dog behavior expert on the One Show on BBC1. Her most recent show, Dogs With Extraordinary Jobs, airs worldwide including Channel 5 in the UK and the Smithsonian channel in the USA. logo-IMOTDA passionate advocate for positive reinforcement dog training methods, Stilwell is the Editor-in-Chief of which features a roster of Positively Contributors comprised of the world’s leading veterinary behaviorists, dog trainers and behavioral scientists. She is a vocal opponent of punitive, dominance-based training techniques which often result in 'quick fixes' but ultimately cause more long-term harm than good while damaging the owner-dog relationship. Learn more here 
April 26, 2021
BARKS Podcast - A Panel Discussion of Experts Talking About a Selection of Sales Topics #1
Join Niki Tudge and a Panel of Business Experts. Dr. Robert King, Gina Phairas and Coleen Ellis.  In this discussion we explore pricing, email marketing, product augmentation, target marketing and more. We hope you enjoy it. Learn more about your Panel Colleen Ellis Gina Phairas Robert King  Niki Tudge
April 22, 2021
BARKS Newsletter April 2021: Issue 64
Listen to the April 2021 Edition of BARKS News here. Learn about the Up Your Business Week FREE event for PPG Members, who are upcoming guests are on PPG Facebook Lives, new webinar offerings, job boards, Project Trade winners and so much more. Quick Links Read the PPG Newsletter Subscribe for BARKS from the Guild PPG webinars Upcoming events The PPG Archive
April 12, 2021
BARKS Podcast with Dr. Karolina Westlund. Join us for a Chat and Chuckle about Emotional Learning!
It is always so educational and so informative when we have Dr. Karolina Westlund in the house. Join Niki as she chats with Dr. Westlund about Emotional Learning, and of course so much more. Prof. Karolina Westlund helps pet parents and animal professionals attain happier animals that thrive in the care of humans. She grew up pining for a kitten and pestered her parents until they finally gave in. The resulting black, green-eyed, half-Siamese cat she got for her seventh birthday became a true friend who lived to be 21 years old but was an easily startled cat who often went into hiding when there were visitors. She had grand ideas about becoming a field biologist, but instead she majored in ethology and developed a passionate interest in animal welfare as seen through a multidisciplinary lens, including behaviour analysis and affective neuroscience. She is now an associate professor of ethology at the University of Stockholm, Sweden where she mainly teaches about how behavior management can be used to improve animal welfare. She also conducts live seminars, free online webinars and masterclasses in addition to more extensive courses, as well as the occasional scientific publication on the topic of enrichment, animal training and well-being. Visit Dr. Westlunds website here 
April 11, 2021
BARKS Podcast with Alex Pietraszko from Animal Courses Direct
Join Niki Tudge and Alex Pietraszko - Head of Marketing for Animals Courses Direct. Learn all about the great programs they offer to pet professionals and the new courses they are working on Animal Courses Direct are the largest organisation in the UK offering Ofqual regulated animal care courses that meet rigorous government regulated standards. Their Ofqual qualifications comply with Animal Activity Licensing Regulation requirements and the  animal courses are accredited and recognised by employers; they are designed to enhance career and employment prospects. Rated Excellent by Trustpilot. Established in 2005. Enroll today and study with confidence! You can reach them on Facebook here and at their website here 
March 28, 2021
BARKS Podcast with Dr. Dorothy Heffernan chatting all things Equine!
Join Niki Tudge as she Chats & Chuckles with Dr. Dorothy Heffernan about Equines. We discuss Equine communication, training methods, common myths about horse behavior and so much more. Dorothy Heffernan is a psychologist who applies her knowledge of learning, cognition and neuroscience to help horse guardians improve their horses’ lives through a changed approach to management, training and environment. She uses a force-free approach to training and enjoys making science fun and relatable. Since 2013, she has written a blog about horse behavior, Horses Under Our Skin, helping people understand why their horses act the way they do. She is an endorsed trainer of the World Bitless Association and helps horse owners transition to bitless riding using positive reinforcement techniques. In addition, she works with horse, pony and donkey owners using an evidence-based approach to resolving behavior issues from handling, riding, transporting and husbandry problems. She has been a chartered member of the British Psychological Society for nearly 20 years. You can reach Dr. Heffernan on Facebook here
March 21, 2021
BARKS Newsletter March 2021: Issue 63
Listen to the March 2021 Edition of BARKS News here. Learn about the Up Your Business Week FREE event for PPG Members, PPAB Launches French Language Option for Training and Behavior Credentials, PPG’s Gizmo Pens Letter to America’s First Dogs, PPG and Victoria Stilwell Positively Link Up  to Offer Training Support to White House Dog, Major, March Cat Behavior Call-In Lounge, Upcoming Facebook Live Sessions, March BARKS Now Available Online.  Links to referenced documents  Barks from the Guild March Newsletter The Pet Professional Accreditation Board PPG Facebook Page Post
March 15, 2021
BARKS Podcast with Lisa and Brad Waggoner
Join Niki Tudge as she chats to Lisa and Brad Waggoner about their Prison Dog Program. They have been dog trainers for, Rescued Program, Saving Detainees and Dogs One Life at a Time, since its inception in 2012. The program focuses on the rehabilitation of detainees through training their dogs using positive reinforcement training techniques. You can find out more about Lisa and Brad at Cold Nose College 
March 12, 2021
BARKS Podcast with Sara McLoudrey
Join Niki Tudge as she chats with Sara Berry McLoudrey from Synergy Behavior Solutions in Portland, Oregon. We chat all about virtual training, the experience of transitioning from a small business owner to working as a Trainer at a Behavior Practice and then all about Horny Dogs. Yes you read it correctly, this is the only podcast where the conversation can go from trees and rain to Horny Dogs all in one session. Got your interest, push play and listen on.. Sara McLoudrey, CPDT-KSA, CNWI, FitPaws-MT, TAG-L2 Behavior Modification and Training Coordinator, Certified Animal Trainer Sara joined Synergy Behavior Solutions in 2016. She came to us from Chicago, where she owned her own successful dog training business.  She is the only Victoria Stillwell certified trainer in Oregon, a  CPDT-KSA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed), and FitPaws certified instructor.  She also has been a Certified Nosework instructor. Sara works with and enriches our patients through private instruction and Synergy's unique group classes.She competed the Fear Free Animal Trainer Certification. Learn more
February 20, 2021
BARKS Newsletter February 2021: Issue 62
BARKS Newsletter February 2021: Issue 62 Each month Susan Nilson puts together the latest news for our PPG Members. We are now podcasting the highlights of the PPG Newsletter so members who prefer Podcasts can catch up on everything PPG. To read the full BARKS Newsletter click here  This podcast was sponsored by 2 Hounds Design.  About 2 Hounds Design 2 Hounds Design almost never was.  Alisha never planned on starting a collar company.  With a background in theoretical and applied Physics, nobody could have guessed where the adventure would take her. Quick Links BARKS from the Guild Live Webinars Guild Archive
February 15, 2021
BARKS Podcast - A conversation about The Pet Professional Accreditation Board
Join Niki Tudge, Debra Millikan and Lucie Malouin as we chat through the process of becoming accredited through the Pet Professional Accreditation Board. Learn about Eligibility, Skill and Knowledge testing and much more. If you have unanswered questions about PPAB, the credentials, how they were developed, the different levels, the knowledge testing, the skill assessment. the process or anything else then listen on. To learn more about the credentialing board click here  The Accreditation Board  offers the only Accredited Training Technician & Professional Canine Trainer certification for professionals who believe there is no place for shock, choke, prong, pain, force or fear in pet training and behavior practices. The Board also offers the only  psychometrically sound examination for Training & Behavior Consultants who also support these humane and scientific practices. 
February 7, 2021
BARKS Podcast with Leslie McDevitt
Lots of fun was had during this Chat & Chuckle with Leslie McDevitt. Other than training topics we also chatted dragons, big hair and a few other off the cuff topics. Much of the focus was on the Virtual “Reactive to Relaxed: Next Steps in Control Unleashed” event we are hosting in March with Leslie McDevitt. Leslie described what attendees can expect to learn and what skills they can hone. The event is streamed directly to your living room and all attendees will have access to three webinars and Live Q&A with support via a Facebook group. Webinar one: Pattern Games held on March 8, 2021. ET. Live Q&A 6: 00.p.m. Webinar Two: Look at That held on March 10, 2021 ET. Live Q&A 6: 00.p.m. Webinar Three: Cooperative Counter Conditioning held on March 12, 2021 ET. Live Q&A 6: 00.p.m. Learn more here
February 5, 2021
BARKS Podcast with Claire Staines from Lothlorien Dog Services
Niki Tudge chats with Claire Staines about Dog Training in Scotland through the COVID Pandemic. Niki says It’s always a pleasure to chat with Claire the owner of Lothlorien DS. Claire was a PPGBI Steering Committee member and is currently a Faculty Advisor at Victoria Stilwell Academy for Dog Training & Behavior. Claire’s business in Edinburgh was established in 2004 as a dog walking business. Over the years it has expanded and now offers training and walking services across Scotland’s Central Belt. Tune in to listen to this fun casual yet informative conversation. You can learn more about Claire Staines here
January 23, 2021
BARKS Podcast with Julie Brewer from Little Tykes Dog Hub in the UK
Join Niki Tudge while she Chats and Chuckles with Julie Brewer from the UK. We chatted about lots of things regarding positive reinforcement training and the way to best engage and educate clients being central.  Julie Brewer has a Masters Degree in Clinical Animal Behaviour from University of Lincoln with Professor Daniel Mills. Julie has several other qualifications, Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour and Training from COAPE, Diploma in Photography and Digital Imaging, Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing RCVS, Registered Veterinary Nurse. Julie is a member of The Pet Professional Guild,  COAPE, Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors, Pet Professional Network and the British Veterinary Nursing Association In 2018 whilst still working as a full-time veterinary nurse, doing permanent weekend and night duties, running puppy training classes and seeing behaviour cases, she started her Masters degree, took on another puppy from Spain called Dodo and opened her business with her business partner Dawn, also a qualified veterinary nurse. Little Tykes Dog Hub in Grimsby offers Day Care, Training and Behaviour was born. In 2020 Julie gained a Merit in her degree, despite never believing that she was capable, and is still growing the business in the face of Covid having to change to online provisions.   Julie will happily say “if I can do it then anyone can”.
January 11, 2021
BARKS Podcast with Veronica Sanchez from Cooperative Paws
Join Niki Tudge as she chats with Veronica Sanchez M.Ed CABC CPDT-KA. Veronica is the founder of the Cooperative Paws Service Dog Coach™, an educational certification program for professional trainers. She teaches dog trainers how to train service dogs and how to incorporate service dog training into their pet dog training businesses. She also offers a variety of online courses on different aspects of service dog training and often speaks and writes on service dogs for professional associations. Veronica is also the author of the book, Service Dog Coaching: A Guide for Pet Dog Trainers and has supported owner-trainers training service dogs for mobility, hearing, mental health, neurological problems and dual guide-mobility work. Her interest in service dogs is both professional and personal, as she has a disability herself, a neurological condition called generalized dystonia, and she has trained her own dogs to assist as service dogs. Get certified today. Click here to learn more abut the Service Dog Certification Program
January 8, 2021
BARKS Podcast - with Dr. Hannah Capon about the new CAMAdvocate Level 1 Educational Program
Niki Tudge chats with Dr. Hannah Capon about how excited they are at CAM to promote the first course Canine Arthritis Management has released. CamAdvocate Level 1. CAMadvocate Level 1 is a modular course for canine professionals to improve their understanding of canine arthritis, and to define their role in identification, diagnosis and management of the neglected condition. The course consists of 10 modules, with video presentations, course notes, downloads, owner-focused tools, further online learning and social media uploads. You can learn more about the program here. Interested in supporting CAM and learning more about the organization, click here. 2021 Thrive! Listen to the end of the interview and you can also get upto date information on the the Thrive Program by dog*biz We’ve been hearing amazing things from PPG members about what they’ve been accomplishing through THRIVE!, and how much they love the program. We urge you to learn more and claim your spot here. Remember—open enrollment is this week only, January 20-26. Grab this incredible opportunity while it’s available!
December 27, 2020
BARKS Podcast with Paula Garber and Tabitha Kucera, PPG Feline Commitee Chair and Vice-Chair,
In this episode of BARKS podcast, we focused on all things feline. Niki had the pleasure of chatting with the PPG Feline Committee Chair and Vice-Chair, Paula Garber and Tabitha Kucera. The topics ranged from pet cats, veterinary visits, what we know we don’t know and so much more about our feline friends. We also chatted about feral cats and the myths about cat colonies. We spent some time talking about all the great things the Feline Committee is doing including the popular Cat Lounge! The conversation rounded off with some important discussions about  health and fitness for pet professionals. You can learn more about the  PPG Feline Committee by clicking here 
December 4, 2020
BARKS Podcast with Denise O'Moore Chair of INTO Dogs Talk Geek Week
In this BARKS Podcast Niki Tudge and Denise O’Moore review the 5-day Geek Week schedule. Join Denise and Niki as they Chat and Chuckle through 5 days of more than 130 sessions. They home in on presenters, discuss content, dates and the excitement of seeing so many, 85, internationally recognized presenters at one event. You will also learn all about the great competitions and prize-winning opportunities through the week. To learn more or grab your ticket before registration closes on November 8, 2020 click here www.GeekWeek.Rocks To review the full schedule you can see it listed here
October 23, 2020
BARKS Podcast with Louise Ginman from the APDT in Australia
Join Niki Tudge as she chats to Louise Ginman, the President of APDT Australia one of the co-hosting organizations for  Geek Week. Louise is also doing two presentations at Geek Week and we discussed the topics of My Dog Has Cancer: Navigating Cancer from a Pet Parents’ Perspective and Home Alone Program for Puppies and Dogs of All Ages. About Louise Louise Ginman PCT-A is a Delta Accredited and Professional Canine Trainer – Accredited dog behavioural trainer who runs a dog training business, Positive Dogs, in Sydney, New South Wales. She has served on the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) Australia committee since 2008 and been president since 2012. She also serves on the PPG Australia committee. Ginman has several qualifications including a BSc and Certificate IV in companion animal services, as well as over 27 years’ experience with both domestic and exotic species in both a training and husbandry/management capacity. She worked as a veterinary nurse, dog and cat groomer and animal attendant in a busy and large practice in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney for several years before moving to Taronga Zoo in 1994 to work on the Carnivore Unit where she is the unit supervisor. Her role is varied and covers duties such as carnivore husbandry and management, animal training and enrichment, diets and nutrition, staff training and supervision, media work, conference presentations and other forms of public speaking, research, education and conservation work. Ginman is guardian of a Shetland sheepdog and a Siberian husky and competes at agility, Rally O and obedience. Her book, The Art of Introducing Dogs. A guide to conducting dog to dog introductions, was published in 2013. She strives to educate people about living in harmony with their dog through her writing and pet dog training courses. About Geek Week Geek Week is the ultimate virtual event for professionals working in the fields of pet care, animal behavior and training, as well as for guardians who want to learn more about their pets! So, join us for more than 130 sessions delivered by 85 world class presenters over 24 hours a day for a fabulous five days! Register Today
October 7, 2020
BARKS Podcast with Debra Millikan from The Pet Professional Guild Board of Directors
Join Niki Tudge as she Chats and Chuckles with Debra Millikan, a PPG Board Member and Steering Committee Team Member. Niki and Deb spent an hour talking about the Pet Professional Accreditation Board and the development of the three PPAB credentialing levels. Learn how these credentials evolved, what they involve and how you can become an ethical credentialed force-free professional. The Accreditation Board sets a very high standard for competency and each credentialing level tests knowledge, basic training skills, conditioning a positive emotional response, running classes and for the Behavior Consultant case management is assessed through case studies. You can learn more about PPAB here In the back half of the chat we discussed the Pet Dog Ambassador Program and how important it is in promoting positive reinforcement-based pet training across our communities. The Pet Dog Ambassador program is a pet manners training program for dogs of all ages. Through the 5 step credentialing program pets learn the much-needed real life skills in a fun and supportive environment. The PDA program also attracts professionals who become licensed to not only teach the curriculum but also assess the pet dog skills. Learn about PDA here and how you can get involved. Debra Millikan PCBC-A AABP-CABT CAP2 Debra Millikan has over 40 years’ experience in dog training that has seen her involved in conformation, obedience judging, pet manners classes and puppy pre-school. Currently, she serves on the board of the Pet Professional Guild, Doggone Safe, the Companion Animal Sciences Institute and the Association of Animal Behavior Professionals. She also trains aspiring instructors at Canine Behavioural School in Adelaide, South Australia.
October 3, 2020
BARKS Podcast with Veronica Sanchez from Cooperative Paws - Service Dog Education
Join Niki Tudge as she chats with Veronica Sanchez M.Ed CABC CPDT-KA. Veronica is the founder of the Cooperative Paws Service Dog Coach™, an educational certification program for professional trainers. She teaches dog trainers how to train service dogs and how to incorporate service dog training into their pet dog training businesses. She also offers a variety of online courses on different aspects of service dog training and often speaks and writes on service dogs for professional associations. Veronica is also the author of the book, Service Dog Coaching: A Guide for Pet Dog Trainers and has supported owner-trainers training service dogs for mobility, hearing, mental health, neurological problems and dual guide-mobility work. Her interest in service dogs is both professional and personal, as she has a disability herself, a neurological condition called generalized dystonia, and she has trained her own dogs to assist as service dogs. Niki and Veronica chat about her new program called Mobility Task Training How-To’s. Niki and Veronica chat about the Service Dog Industry, public access dogs and the concept of at home service dogs and so much more.
September 13, 2020
BARKS Podcast - Niki Tudge & Laurie Williams talk about Diversity in the Dog Training Profession.
Niki Tudge is joined by Laurie Williams the Owner of Pup N Iron® in Virginia. Join Niki and Laurie as they talk about this extremely important topic, diversity in the dog training profession. Laurie C. Williams CPDT-KA has had a love of and connection with dogs from as far back as she can remember. She is the owner and director of training and behavior counseling at Pup ‘N Iron Canine Fitness and Learning Center in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where she has been serving her community as a canine education specialist and dog behavior counselor for the past 15 years. She holds a bachelor’s from Norwich University in Montpelier, Vermont and was a member of the adjunct faculty of the Natural Sciences Department of Northern Virginia Community College for seven years. She is also a nationally published writer with articles appearing in the APDT Chronicle of the Dog, The Whole Dog Journal, Dog & Handler, 911, Essence, Fitness, and Good Housekeeping. She is currently a member of the board of governors of the Dog Writer's Association of America and is a therapy dog evaluator for Pet Partners, a Canine Good Citizen evaluator, and a licensed judge for the American Kennel Club. Geek Week - Learn more here 
September 6, 2020
BARKS Podcast - Niki Tudge & Judy Luther Chat About a Variety of Topics Concerning Canines & Equines and Zoo Animals!
Join Niki Tudge where she Chats and Chuckles with Judy Luther. Niki and Judy chat equine, canine and captive animals. Their discussion ranges into the great programs the PPG Canine Committee are working on such as Project Trade, Boundary SOP's and so much more. Judy  is based in the St. Louis, Missouri metro area and Branson, Missouri and has provided training and behavior consulting services for a variety of species, both domestic and exotic, for over 27 years. She is a board certified pet dog trainer through the Certification Council of Professional Trainers, a certified nose work instructor, a graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy, a certified canine massage therapist, a Canine Good Citizen evaluator, an AKC Puppy S.T.A.R. evaluator, an APDT C.L.A.S.S. instructor and evaluator, and works with the American Humane Educators Association. She is also the creator of Trust Centered Training™, which utilizes the latest scientific research, and runs her own training business. In addition, Judy is the chair of PPG’s Canine Division, sits on the Advisory Board for St. Louis County Animal Control, and has volunteered for the Missouri Puppies for Patrol program. 
August 26, 2020
BARKS Podcast - Niki Tudge & Denise O'Moore Chat All Things Geek Week, Event November 11-15, 2020
Niki Tudge the PPG President hosted Denise O’Moore, Chair of INTO Dogs on Facebook to talk Geek Week. For an hour they chatted about the Geek Week schedule, presenters, and all things Geeky education. Tune in to hear the fun news about this great event where for five-day, 24-hours a day there will be more than 130 sessions with over 80 presenters. Learn about the sponsorship opportunities, virtual exhibitor halls and so much more Learn more by visiting the website www.GeekWeek.Rocks
August 3, 2020
BARKS Podcast with Kelly Duggan from Kelly Duggan Design
On today’s episode we “Chat & Chuckle” with Kelly Duggan from Kelly Duggan Design. Kelly wears many hats and has several roles in our industry, from her own business to supporting the Academy for Dog Trainers to working behind the scenes helping PPG with their new site. Today we talk to Kelly about marketing and websites and how you can best leverage your website to service more clients and help more pets. The conversation wanders from graphic design to navigation to capturing important client date and making it really easy for clients to book services. We even go down the “time management” road. Plus, you not only learn what Kelly keeps close at hand on her desk in this episode, but I have to reveal too! To learn more about Kelly you can visit her website here or her Facebook page.
July 27, 2020
BARKS Podcast with Dr. Eduardo J. Fernandez where we talk ethics, science, data and so much more!
Join us on this podcast where Dr. Fernandez and Nik Tudge chat science, ethics, bears, tigers, data collection and so much more Learn what three things Eduardo has on his desk at all times! Dr. Eduardo J. Fernandez received his Ph.D. in Psychology (minors in Neuroscience and Animal Behavior) from Indiana University and his M.S. in Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas. Much of his past and current work involves the behavioral training and welfare of zoo, aquarium, and companion animals. He is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Behavior Analysis at the Florida Institute of Technology. He will begin his new position this summer as a Senior Lecturer of Animal Behaviour in the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences at the University of Adelaide in Australia.
July 20, 2020
BARKS Podcast - Talk Punishment with Dr. Karolina Westlund
Today in our PPG Member group we talked Punishment with Dr. Karolina Westlund. We discussed the downside of using scary punishment, the ethics construct as a side model to science, the humane hierarchy and so much more. Listen here to the audio of this thought challenging conversation between Dr. Karolina and PPG President, Niki Tudge.  Conversations with Dr. Karolina are always science based and animal welfare centered. Dr. Karolina represents her business Illis ABC where she provides top-notch education on animal behavior to pet industry professionals. To learn more about Illis and the programs they offer visit their website here
June 15, 2020
BARKS Podcast - Talking Stress in Dogs with Dr. Kristina Spaulding
Every Friday, PPG President Niki Tudge hosts a Facebook Live session for PPG members. We were privileged on Friday June 6, 2020 to host Dr. Kristina Spaulding from Smart Dog Training and Behavior where we explored and discussed stress! We can all benefit from knowledge about stress and how this impacts our four-legged family members and it's our goal at PPG to spread the word and help provide education to pet professionals and pet owners. Tune in to join the session To learn more about Dr. Kristina Spaulding and the education she offers please visit her website Smart Dog Training & Behavior 
June 6, 2020
BARKS Podcast Niki Tudge Hosts Veronica Boutelle and Gina Phairas from dog*biz
INiki Tudge catches up with Gina Phairas  and Veronica Boutelle  of PPG corporate partner dog*biz to talk about the FREE six-week group coaching program, Survive & Thrive, they launched in April 2020 to help R+ trainers navigate through the COVID-19 crisis.  They talk about their experiences and also their key takeaways from coaching pet professionals and small business owners through these challenging times. The discussion ranges from the new landscaping of the pet industry to how Survive & Thrive is shaping some new ideas and innovations for pet professionals. Click here to find out more about dog*biz.
May 21, 2020
BARKS Podcast Niki Tudge Hosts Coleen Ellis to talk Marketing - Getting Future Ready
Join Niki Tudge as she hosts Coleen Ellis from Coleen Rocks to talk about how to get your business “Future Ready”. In this interactive dynamic discussion you will learn how to think about your marketing from a different perspective. We will discuss the importance of “Honoring Your Story” to understanding the “Experience Economy” and how to use these to get your business “Future Ready” Ever wondered about the importance of being different, well we got it covered here. Learn about your 5 onlies and much more So strap in, this is a long one, chock full of advise and tips to getting your business future ready! Ready to be inspired and energized? Possibly you’re an entrepreneur trying to be all things in this new business you’re rockin’, or maybe you just need a burst of energy to start you off on your next journey. For whatever you fall into as a member of a community or group, Coleen’s message will be just what you need to take YOU to the next level! Learn more about Coleen here
May 7, 2020
BARKS Podcast with Dr. Zazie Todd from Companion Animal Psychology
Niki Tudge chats to Dr. Zazie Todd about her new book, Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy. Dr. Todd is well-known among pet professionals for her blog Companion Animal Psychology, but she is also a featured blogger on Psychology Today. Zazie Todd Ph.D. (psychology, University of Nottingham, England) MFA (creative writing, University of British Columbia, Canada) graduated with honors from Jean Donaldson’s Academy for Dog Trainers and has a Certificate of Feline Behaviour with Distinction from International Cat Care. She is a shelter affiliate member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, a multispecies professional member of the Pet Professional Guild, a volunteer at the BC SPCA, and an affiliate member of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior.
April 28, 2020
BARKS Podcast with Dr. Hannah Capon from Canine Arthritis Management
How much do you not know, but need to know, about canine arthritis, a disease that can affect four out of five older dogs? Join Niki Tudge as she chats to Dr. Hannah Capon of PPG corporate partner Canine Arthritis Management (CAM) about this illness and how you can make changes in your living environment to help with pain management and thus achieve a better quality of life. CAM aims to challenge arthritis as the major cause of elective euthanasia in the UK and is committed to promoting better care of our aging canine friends. CAM believes that, through education, the disease can be better tackled to give our dogs longer, healthier lives free from pain. Help support CAM by sharing their resources, referring your clients and friends to their website, and grabbing some of the really cool CAM products from their store. PPG members, check your member area for updates on vendor programs and savings to be had when purchasing CAM products. To learn, more about canine arthritis, sign up for the recording of the PPG webinar, The Neglected Pieces of the Arthritis Puzzle - Important Interventions for Shelter Dogs Suffering with Arthritis, presented by Dr. Capon. PPG will donate the webinar sales to CAM to support their goals. Learn more about CAM founder Dr. Hannah Capon MA Vet MB MRCVS  Subscribe to the CAM YouTube channel. If you are a proactive pet owner or your canine companion has recently been diagnosed with osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disease or dysplasia, check out this great educational resource offered by CAM.
April 27, 2020
BARKS Podcast with Dr. Kristina Spaulding from Smart Dog Training and Behavior
Today I had the pleasure to interview Dr. Kristina Spaulding from SmartDog Training and Behavior.   We discussed an array of issues from why we need more science in our industry to examples of what we might be missing by not keeping up to date on current scientific research? Grab a cup of coffee or tea, settle in and enjoy the chat! To learn more about Dr. Spaulding you can visit
April 22, 2020
BARKS Podcast with Joan Hunter Mayer with TransPaw Gear
TransPaw Gear is a PPG Corporate Partner. They offer PPG members fabulous pricing for their TRANSPAW GEAR® HAPPY HARNESS™ 2.0 TransPaw Gear is a small but mighty operation. Joan runs the company in addition to her Santa Barbara training business The Inquisitive Canine. After those early experiences working with businesses and people who brought equal parts integrity and passion to their roles, the bar was set high for future collaborators; Joan continues to surround herself (albeit largely virtually these days) with dedicated support professionals – a writer/editor, marketing, SEO, and website specialists, and legal and accounting support – to help keep TransPaw Gear running smoothly while maintaining the company’s core values of integrity, transparency, and compassion, to name a few. She does this while always keeping one eye on the mission of bringing dogs and humans together Visit there website and muse the products, their blog and sign up for their newsletter. 
April 7, 2020
BARKS Podcast with Veronica Sanchez from Cooperative Paws Service Dog Education
Niki Tudge interviws Veronica about her business and in particular the certificate program for professional dog trainers her company offers.  Learn about how you can intergrate Service Dog Programs into your existing business model.  As Veronica says "the demand for service dogs has skyrocketed. Whether working with “owner-trainers,” people with disabilities training their own dogs for service work, or for a service dog program, there is a growing demand for dog trainers qualified to train service dogs. Unfortunately, few pet dog trainers are knowledgeable and skilled in service dog training" There are also fabulous on-demand programs you can register for and in particular one called Service Dog Fundamentals. Whether you are a professional dog trainer, career changer, owner-trainer or a healthcare professional, if you are interested in service dogs this course is a great starting point. You will learn about service dog laws, the service dog training process and understand how learning theory is applied to service dog training. This on-demand course covers the important basics anyone considering working with service dogs needs to know. Visit
March 25, 2020