PPG Summit 2020 Sessions: Building Positive Boundaries for the Refined Suburban Canine – Teaching Dogs to Enjoy Their Yards without the Need for Electronic Devices

BARKS presents session details from PPG’s 2020 Summit and Workshops in Phoenix, Arizona
*Early bird discount available if you register before January 31, 2020!

© Niki Tudge
© Judy Luther

Session Details:
Presenters: Judy Luther and Niki Tudge
Session Title: Building Positive Boundaries for the Refined Suburban Canine – Teaching Dogs to Enjoy Their Yards without the Need for Electronic Devices
Session Type:  Lecture (1.5 Hours)

Electric fences as containment tools are very common in our residential communities. Many locations restrict or ban the use of physical fences leaving pet owners with little choice but to install underground electronic containment tools. However, discerning pet owners are misguided in the level of protection these tools offer and the potential for them to cause untold physical and mental discomfort and damage to their pets.

This session will provide a step-by-step standard operating procedure (SOP) you can offer through your business as a much-needed service. The presenters will break the SOP down into individual skills and required knowledge, giving you the perfect program to help you support your clients with their containment needs in a positive and empowering manner. The session will cover the prerequisite skills for both dog and owner, the supplies you will need, and how the training program can be delivered over several lessons.

The session will also include a troubleshooting guide and suggest systems you can implement to help you convert electronically contained yards into a positive environment for pets who were previously conditioned to an electric fence.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the SOP in its format and style so you can implement the service in your business.
  • Grasp the step-by-step process to teach dogs to stay in their yards without the use of electric fences or, in fact, any designated location.
  • Learn how to overcome any hesitations about using this method from a safety aspect.
  • Understand how the procedure can be implemented over several lessons with the support of the presenters’ training curriculum and lesson plan.
  • Be comfortable with the supporting tools, videos and client handouts to assist you in your delivery.

PPG Summit 2020 will take place in Phoenix, Arizona and offer two unique programs:

Program 1: The Four-Day Summit
Program 2: The Four-Day Summit + Daily Off-Site Workshops at the Arizona Humane Society

Dates: Friday, September 18 – Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Event theme: Collaborative Care and Enrichment – Creating Partnerships for Positive Results

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PPG Summit 2020 Sessions: Building Positive Boundaries for the Refined Suburban Canine – Teaching Dogs to Enjoy Their Yards without the Need for Electronic Devices

BARKS presents session details from PPG’s 2020 Summit and Workshops in Phoenix, Arizona
*Early bird discount available if you register before January 31, 2020!

© Niki Tudge
© Judy Luther

Session Details:
Presenters: Judy Luther and Niki Tudge
Session Title: Building Positive Boundaries for the Refined Suburban Canine – Teaching Dogs to Enjoy Their Yards without the Need for Electronic Devices
Session Type:  Lecture (1.5 Hours)

Electric fences as containment tools are very common in our residential communities. Many locations restrict or ban the use of physical fences leaving pet owners with little choice but to install underground electronic containment tools. However, discerning pet owners are misguided in the level of protection these tools offer and the potential for them to cause untold physical and mental discomfort and damage to their pets.

This session will provide a step-by-step standard operating procedure (SOP) you can offer through your business as a much-needed service. The presenters will break the SOP down into individual skills and required knowledge, giving you the perfect program to help you support your clients with their containment needs in a positive and empowering manner. The session will cover the prerequisite skills for both dog and owner, the supplies you will need, and how the training program can be delivered over several lessons.

The session will also include a troubleshooting guide and suggest systems you can implement to help you convert electronically contained yards into a positive environment for pets who were previously conditioned to an electric fence.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the SOP in its format and style so you can implement the service in your business.
  • Grasp the step-by-step process to teach dogs to stay in their yards without the use of electric fences or, in fact, any designated location.
  • Learn how to overcome any hesitations about using this method from a safety aspect.
  • Understand how the procedure can be implemented over several lessons with the support of the presenters’ training curriculum and lesson plan.
  • Be comfortable with the supporting tools, videos and client handouts to assist you in your delivery.

PPG Summit 2020 will take place in Phoenix, Arizona and offer two unique programs:

Program 1: The Four-Day Summit
Program 2: The Four-Day Summit + Daily Off-Site Workshops at the Arizona Humane Society

Dates: Friday, September 18 – Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Event theme: Collaborative Care and Enrichment – Creating Partnerships for Positive Results

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Event Schedule
Workshop Groups
Presenters and Workshop Instructors
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PPG Summit 2020 Sessions: Building Positive Boundaries for the Refined Suburban Canine – Teaching Dogs to Enjoy Their Yards without the Need for Electronic Devices

BARKS presents session details from PPG’s 2020 Summit and Workshops in Phoenix, Arizona
*Early bird discount available if you register before January 31, 2020!

© Niki Tudge
© Judy Luther

Session Details:
Presenters: Judy Luther and Niki Tudge
Session Title: Building Positive Boundaries for the Refined Suburban Canine – Teaching Dogs to Enjoy Their Yards without the Need for Electronic Devices
Session Type:  Lecture (1.5 Hours)

Electric fences as containment tools are very common in our residential communities. Many locations restrict or ban the use of physical fences leaving pet owners with little choice but to install underground electronic containment tools. However, discerning pet owners are misguided in the level of protection these tools offer and the potential for them to cause untold physical and mental discomfort and damage to their pets.

This session will provide a step-by-step standard operating procedure (SOP) you can offer through your business as a much-needed service. The presenters will break the SOP down into individual skills and required knowledge, giving you the perfect program to help you support your clients with their containment needs in a positive and empowering manner. The session will cover the prerequisite skills for both dog and owner, the supplies you will need, and how the training program can be delivered over several lessons.

The session will also include a troubleshooting guide and suggest systems you can implement to help you convert electronically contained yards into a positive environment for pets who were previously conditioned to an electric fence.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the SOP in its format and style so you can implement the service in your business.
  • Grasp the step-by-step process to teach dogs to stay in their yards without the use of electric fences or, in fact, any designated location.
  • Learn how to overcome any hesitations about using this method from a safety aspect.
  • Understand how the procedure can be implemented over several lessons with the support of the presenters’ training curriculum and lesson plan.
  • Be comfortable with the supporting tools, videos and client handouts to assist you in your delivery.

PPG Summit 2020 will take place in Phoenix, Arizona and offer two unique programs:

Program 1: The Four-Day Summit
Program 2: The Four-Day Summit + Daily Off-Site Workshops at the Arizona Humane Society

Dates: Friday, September 18 – Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Event theme: Collaborative Care and Enrichment – Creating Partnerships for Positive Results

Quick Links
Event Schedule
Workshop Groups
Presenters and Workshop Instructors
Sponsorship Opportunities
Register

PPG Summit 2020 Sessions: Building Positive Boundaries for the Refined Suburban Canine – Teaching Dogs to Enjoy Their Yards without the Need for Electronic Devices

BARKS presents session details from PPG’s 2020 Summit and Workshops in Phoenix, Arizona
*Early bird discount available if you register before January 31, 2020!

© Niki Tudge
© Judy Luther

Session Details:
Presenters: Judy Luther and Niki Tudge
Session Title: Building Positive Boundaries for the Refined Suburban Canine – Teaching Dogs to Enjoy Their Yards without the Need for Electronic Devices
Session Type:  Lecture (1.5 Hours)

Electric fences as containment tools are very common in our residential communities. Many locations restrict or ban the use of physical fences leaving pet owners with little choice but to install underground electronic containment tools. However, discerning pet owners are misguided in the level of protection these tools offer and the potential for them to cause untold physical and mental discomfort and damage to their pets.

This session will provide a step-by-step standard operating procedure (SOP) you can offer through your business as a much-needed service. The presenters will break the SOP down into individual skills and required knowledge, giving you the perfect program to help you support your clients with their containment needs in a positive and empowering manner. The session will cover the prerequisite skills for both dog and owner, the supplies you will need, and how the training program can be delivered over several lessons.

The session will also include a troubleshooting guide and suggest systems you can implement to help you convert electronically contained yards into a positive environment for pets who were previously conditioned to an electric fence.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the SOP in its format and style so you can implement the service in your business.
  • Grasp the step-by-step process to teach dogs to stay in their yards without the use of electric fences or, in fact, any designated location.
  • Learn how to overcome any hesitations about using this method from a safety aspect.
  • Understand how the procedure can be implemented over several lessons with the support of the presenters’ training curriculum and lesson plan.
  • Be comfortable with the supporting tools, videos and client handouts to assist you in your delivery.

PPG Summit 2020 will take place in Phoenix, Arizona and offer two unique programs:

Program 1: The Four-Day Summit
Program 2: The Four-Day Summit + Daily Off-Site Workshops at the Arizona Humane Society

Dates: Friday, September 18 – Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Event theme: Collaborative Care and Enrichment – Creating Partnerships for Positive Results

Quick Links
Event Schedule
Workshop Groups
Presenters and Workshop Instructors
Sponsorship Opportunities
Register

PPG Summit 2020 Sessions: Building Positive Boundaries for the Refined Suburban Canine – Teaching Dogs to Enjoy Their Yards without the Need for Electronic Devices

BARKS presents session details from PPG’s 2020 Summit and Workshops in Phoenix, Arizona
*Early bird discount available if you register before January 31, 2020!

© Niki Tudge
© Judy Luther

Session Details:
Presenters: Judy Luther and Niki Tudge
Session Title: Building Positive Boundaries for the Refined Suburban Canine – Teaching Dogs to Enjoy Their Yards without the Need for Electronic Devices
Session Type:  Lecture (1.5 Hours)

Electric fences as containment tools are very common in our residential communities. Many locations restrict or ban the use of physical fences leaving pet owners with little choice but to install underground electronic containment tools. However, discerning pet owners are misguided in the level of protection these tools offer and the potential for them to cause untold physical and mental discomfort and damage to their pets.

This session will provide a step-by-step standard operating procedure (SOP) you can offer through your business as a much-needed service. The presenters will break the SOP down into individual skills and required knowledge, giving you the perfect program to help you support your clients with their containment needs in a positive and empowering manner. The session will cover the prerequisite skills for both dog and owner, the supplies you will need, and how the training program can be delivered over several lessons.

The session will also include a troubleshooting guide and suggest systems you can implement to help you convert electronically contained yards into a positive environment for pets who were previously conditioned to an electric fence.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the SOP in its format and style so you can implement the service in your business.
  • Grasp the step-by-step process to teach dogs to stay in their yards without the use of electric fences or, in fact, any designated location.
  • Learn how to overcome any hesitations about using this method from a safety aspect.
  • Understand how the procedure can be implemented over several lessons with the support of the presenters’ training curriculum and lesson plan.
  • Be comfortable with the supporting tools, videos and client handouts to assist you in your delivery.

PPG Summit 2020 will take place in Phoenix, Arizona and offer two unique programs:

Program 1: The Four-Day Summit
Program 2: The Four-Day Summit + Daily Off-Site Workshops at the Arizona Humane Society

Dates: Friday, September 18 – Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Event theme: Collaborative Care and Enrichment – Creating Partnerships for Positive Results

Quick Links
Event Schedule
Workshop Groups
Presenters and Workshop Instructors
Sponsorship Opportunities
Register

PPG Summit 2020 Sessions: Building Positive Boundaries for the Refined Suburban Canine – Teaching Dogs to Enjoy Their Yards without the Need for Electronic Devices

BARKS presents session details from PPG’s 2020 Summit and Workshops in Phoenix, Arizona
*Early bird discount available if you register before January 31, 2020!

© Niki Tudge
© Judy Luther

Session Details:
Presenters: Judy Luther and Niki Tudge
Session Title: Building Positive Boundaries for the Refined Suburban Canine – Teaching Dogs to Enjoy Their Yards without the Need for Electronic Devices
Session Type:  Lecture (1.5 Hours)

Electric fences as containment tools are very common in our residential communities. Many locations restrict or ban the use of physical fences leaving pet owners with little choice but to install underground electronic containment tools. However, discerning pet owners are misguided in the level of protection these tools offer and the potential for them to cause untold physical and mental discomfort and damage to their pets.

This session will provide a step-by-step standard operating procedure (SOP) you can offer through your business as a much-needed service. The presenters will break the SOP down into individual skills and required knowledge, giving you the perfect program to help you support your clients with their containment needs in a positive and empowering manner. The session will cover the prerequisite skills for both dog and owner, the supplies you will need, and how the training program can be delivered over several lessons.

The session will also include a troubleshooting guide and suggest systems you can implement to help you convert electronically contained yards into a positive environment for pets who were previously conditioned to an electric fence.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the SOP in its format and style so you can implement the service in your business.
  • Grasp the step-by-step process to teach dogs to stay in their yards without the use of electric fences or, in fact, any designated location.
  • Learn how to overcome any hesitations about using this method from a safety aspect.
  • Understand how the procedure can be implemented over several lessons with the support of the presenters’ training curriculum and lesson plan.
  • Be comfortable with the supporting tools, videos and client handouts to assist you in your delivery.

PPG Summit 2020 will take place in Phoenix, Arizona and offer two unique programs:

Program 1: The Four-Day Summit
Program 2: The Four-Day Summit + Daily Off-Site Workshops at the Arizona Humane Society

Dates: Friday, September 18 – Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Event theme: Collaborative Care and Enrichment – Creating Partnerships for Positive Results

Quick Links
Event Schedule
Workshop Groups
Presenters and Workshop Instructors
Sponsorship Opportunities
Register

Canine Massage Therapy

As a newly board-certified canine massage practitioner, I want to encourage everyone who is dedicated to their dogs to consider adding professional massage to their dogs’ healthcare plan. Who needs this? I would suggest every dog. For some dogs, it is essential; for the rest, it will enhance their lives, at a minimum. How so?

  •  Let’s start with young, healthy dogs like my Peter. Practicing massage on him, starting just a few months after my husband and I adopted him, clearly enhanced our bond. I started slowly and found that he enjoyed every stroke and was happy to have me (and my classmates) touch him everywhere. Also, maintenance massage can assist in protecting the bodies of young, athletic dogs from injury and build resiliency.
  • For newly adopted dogs, particularly those who have had a rough start in life, gentle massage will help relax your dog and allow you to touch him when you need to for other reasons. Just start gently and in areas where the typical dog has fewer worries (e.g., shoulders, base of neck). This has helped me greatly with trimming Peter’s nails.
  •  Several of my fellow students spent their internships in shelters. They reported in words and video how powerful massage is at helping stressed dogs become more relaxed and trusting of humans.
  •  For senior dogs, massage will help to identify areas of soreness and bring some relief. Massage also seems to help older dogs suffering from cognitive dysfunction; maybe it’s just from having their circulation improved and their neural circuits stimulated by novel touch! 
  •  For dogs who have had injuries, massage – with the express direction and approval of their veterinarians – can help reduce the formation of scar tissue, soften and lengthen tissue to assist healing, and increase flexibility. It can also help loosen muscles that may be compensating, so more injury does not result. Massage can reduce tightness in areas where dogs have restrictions. Gentle, directed, firm bodywork can stimulate the release of endorphins, with a powerful pain-relieving effect.
  •  Dogs with respiratory conditions may benefit from massage by relaxing and strengthening the rib muscles that support lung function. 

Does this all sound familiar? If you have been treated with massage, you may recognize many of these benefits.

WHY AND HOW TO HIRE A PROFESSIONAL

While almost anyone can learn to use some basic massage strokes to relax their dog, a well-educated practitioner can use more specialized massage techniques to effectively address the particular issues that affect your dog. 

Massage is one of the modalities that is often considered as a “can’t hurt” practice, but it can be contraindicated. Dogs with certain cancers (e.g., mast cell cancer and osteosarcoma) should not be massaged, and dogs with spinal injuries require special consideration. Dogs who are sick with fever, suffered a recent trauma, or “just aren’t right” should see a veterinarian before massage. 

Be aware that there is no consistency in the U.S. regarding the regulation of animal massage. The website of the International Association of Animal Massage and Bodywork (IAAMB) lists the laws pertaining to animal massage in each state: iaamb.org/resources/laws-by-state.

If you are looking for a prospective massage therapist for your dog, I recommend looking for credentialed professionals. I’m biased, because I recently was certified by the National Board Certification of Animal Acupressure and Massage (NBCAAM), which requires a minimum of 50 hours studying anatomy and physiology, 50 hours of supervised hands-on work, and 100 hours of study in other areas (including business ethics, animal behavior, and biosecurity). NBCAAM reviews the education and experience of candidates to ensure adequacy and then administers a board examination. I believe this sort of rigorous credentialing process is a must.

Some veterinary offices and veterinary rehabilitation centers employ technicians who are trained in massage. Even so, I would check the practitioner’s credentials. Was their training program at least 200 hours, and did it include anatomy and hands-on training? There are any number of one-week and video educational programs out there, which are not adequate (in my opinion) to qualify someone to work on my dog! If you feel the same, investigate those credentials!

If you have any uncertainty about the practitioner’s qualifications, ask for references – and check them! Also, if your dog has a specific issue that needs to be addressed, ask the practitioner if she has had experience addressing that issue.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Before the massage practitioner ever touches your dog, she should have you complete an intake form about your dog. It should have room to include information about any physical and behavioral issues your dog has. The practitioner should then spend time reviewing this information with you. If there is an active illness or physical problem, she should consult with your veterinarian before working on your dog. 

You should absolutely be permitted to be present when the practitioner works on your dog; in many cases, the practitioner will prefer this, as your dog may be more relaxed with you in the room. Massage may take place in your home or in the practitioner’s office, which should be clean and soothing. 

The practitioner may employ a dog appeasing pheromone like the Adaptil (DAP) plug-in; there may be calming music such as “Through a Dog’s Ear” playing, and there should be a freshly covered soft cushion for your dog. I prefer to work on the floor because I think it’s safer and more comfortable for most dogs. But for small dogs, some practitioners may opt for a table. Massage can make dogs thirsty, so fresh water should be available. 

Some dogs may enjoy chomping on a Kong or other chew while getting massaged, and the practitioner might offer your dog an occasional treat for staying calm and relaxed. If your dog tends to guard his chews or treats, let the practitioner know so she does not offer him something to chew. 

If your dog is shy or anxious with strangers, the first session may mean just getting used to the practitioner and limited touching. It may take a few sessions until the dog is willing to lay still and allow the full extent of the work. 

The practitioner should be very mindful of your dog’s body language and never insist on working on an area that the dog has expressed is a no-go. Massage should not be forced – dogs should be allowed to get up and move and come back as their choice. Often, dogs who are not comfortable with being touched in certain areas may, over time, allow massage in those places. 

The length of the session will depend to some extent on your dog’s reaction. If the dog is quite accepting, this will allow the bodyworker to move from the warming-up strokes (such as effleurage and compression) to deeper techniques (such as petrissage and direct pressure), and to more areas of the body. 

The practitioner may use any of a variety of techniques for your dog’s massage. Swedish massage is excellent for warming up the dog’s tissue for deeper strokes and handling most minor muscle problems. Swedish strokes combine compression with gliding, lifting tissue, squeezing, or vibration, depending on the effect desired. 

Trigger-point therapy softens up “knots” in the muscle, often using direct pressure. Myofascial release uses gentle pressure to affect change in the tissue that surrounds muscle. Passive range-of-motion exercises can be very effective to enhance joint flexibility and range. 

Some practitioners augment massage with other modalities, such as Tui Na (Chinese massage), kinesiology taping, and acupressure. 

Toward the end of the session, the practitioner may also employ some passage range-of-motion exercises. The practitioner will support a joint on both sides and move the limb through its comfortable range of motion and within its proper plane, without forcing. In addition, the practitioner may show you ways to encourage your dog to stretch using treats. These may include neck stretches where the dog follows the treat from side to side, toward either shoulder, or encouraging a bow. 

At the end of the session, the practitioner should provide you with her findings, including pointing out any problem areas, growths, or lumps that should be mentioned to your dog’s veterinarian. She may also make suggestions about future sessions.

I love massaging my dog as well as other people’s dogs. I walk away from every session feeling positively uplifted and more connected to my canine friends. The happy comments I receive from the dog owners are icing on the cake. 

Massage has the power to transform your dog’s life and even your own. I recommend that you learn more about massage and its benefits and consider a session for your dog. 

 

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Use Google Chrome? Now You Can Feed Shelter Dogs Every Time You Do an Internet Search

This new (free) app turns Google Chrome into a tool that helps save shelter dogs!

If you’re like most internet users, you use Google Chrome as your default browser. Now there’s a fun way to help feed shelter dogs every time you do an internet search.

This free Chrome browser extension was made in partnership with iHeartDogs. For every search you make, you help feed shelter pups through GreaterGood.org!

Every time you open a new browser tab, you’re greeted with a new adorable dog picture!

You can also customize the browser extension with your own dog’s picture or your favorite dog breed. You can choose from 12 popular dog breeds. The app will then rotate photos for that breed only.

With every search, shelter dogs are fed!

The app works by sharing a part of the Bing ad revenue with iHeartDogs which makes donations to feed shelter dogs through their partnership with GreaterGood.org. So far iHeartDogs has donated over 17 million meals to shelters and rescues.

Install The Free Extension

And start saving shelter dogs with every search! 

Please note that the browser extension only works on your desktop computer, not on mobile devices. It can be easily uninstalled at any time.

Install The Free Extension

And start saving shelter dogs with every search! 

The post Use Google Chrome? Now You Can Feed Shelter Dogs Every Time You Do an Internet Search appeared first on iHeartDogs.com.

Crude “Cuss Collar” Swears When Your Dog Barks

Most of us will spare no expense when it comes to our dogs’ needs. Some of us will also spend way too much on things our dogs absolutely do not need ever. (But they’re soooo cute!) Sweaters with silly sayings, squeaker toys that look like Starbucks cups, heart-shaped treats… all of it.

Today I’ve got some great news for my fellow dog splurgers. You can now buy a collar that shouts out swears every time your dog barks. Yes, swears as in profanity. It’s called the “Cuss Collar.”

Screenshot, @Daniel Greenberg/YouTube

QUESTION 1: WHY?

Glad you asked! These collars come from a company called MSCHF, known for their bizarre and hilarious products. Past projects of theirs include a toaster bath bomb (a safe way to be extremely morbid.)

In an interview with Business Insider, CEO and Founder of MSCHF Gabriel Whaley explained his company’s mission.

“Our perspective is everything is funny in a nihilistic sort of way. We’re not here to make the world a better place. We’re making light of how much everything sucks.”

Daniel Greenberg, MSCHF’s head of commerce put it more simply: MSCHF creates pointless fun because they can.

“We build what we want. We don’t care.”

As long as their strange and silly ideas keep coming and people stay interested, they’ll explore more possibilities.

QUESTION 2: HOW DOES IT WORK?

The Cuss Collar contains a speaker that projects sound (in the form of profanity) when your dog barks. 2 AA batteries are required to power it. There’s also a standard attachment ring for your doggie’s tags and other bling.

The Cuss Collar does not function as a shock collar or training device. It’s just for fun and amusement!

MSCHF released a hilarious video demonstrating the product if you’d like to see it in action:

QUESTION 3: HOW CAN I GET ONE?

The collars cost $60 (with free shipping.) If you think this all seems silly and pointless, I’ve got more news for you: Cuss Collars are currently sold out. They’re pretty popular!

Despite their wide reach, MSCHF remains a small company with limited resources. Their products often sell out in minutes. They also generate new ones pretty frequently, so who’s to say what crazy thing they come up with tomorrow!

According to the product site, anyone still interested in getting a Cuss Collar for their own pooch can text (917) 970-7424 to receive a notification when the next product drop begins. Check back in around February 25th, 2020 when there should be more available.

For now, if you’ve got the urge to splurge on your pup: might I suggest the iHeartDogs store?

H/T: Fox43
Featured Image: Screenshot, @Daniel Greenberg/YouTube

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PPG Summit 2020 Sessions: Building Positive Boundaries for the Refined Suburban Canine – Teaching Dogs to Enjoy Their Yards without the Need for Electronic Devices

BARKS presents session details from PPG’s 2020 Summit and Workshops in Phoenix, Arizona
*Early bird discount available if you register before January 31, 2020!

© Niki Tudge
© Judy Luther

Session Details:
Presenters: Judy Luther and Niki Tudge
Session Title: Building Positive Boundaries for the Refined Suburban Canine – Teaching Dogs to Enjoy Their Yards without the Need for Electronic Devices
Session Type:  Lecture (1.5 Hours)

Electric fences as containment tools are very common in our residential communities. Many locations restrict or ban the use of physical fences leaving pet owners with little choice but to install underground electronic containment tools. However, discerning pet owners are misguided in the level of protection these tools offer and the potential for them to cause untold physical and mental discomfort and damage to their pets.

This session will provide a step-by-step standard operating procedure (SOP) you can offer through your business as a much-needed service. The presenters will break the SOP down into individual skills and required knowledge, giving you the perfect program to help you support your clients with their containment needs in a positive and empowering manner. The session will cover the prerequisite skills for both dog and owner, the supplies you will need, and how the training program can be delivered over several lessons.

The session will also include a troubleshooting guide and suggest systems you can implement to help you convert electronically contained yards into a positive environment for pets who were previously conditioned to an electric fence.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the SOP in its format and style so you can implement the service in your business.
  • Grasp the step-by-step process to teach dogs to stay in their yards without the use of electric fences or, in fact, any designated location.
  • Learn how to overcome any hesitations about using this method from a safety aspect.
  • Understand how the procedure can be implemented over several lessons with the support of the presenters’ training curriculum and lesson plan.
  • Be comfortable with the supporting tools, videos and client handouts to assist you in your delivery.

PPG Summit 2020 will take place in Phoenix, Arizona and offer two unique programs:

Program 1: The Four-Day Summit
Program 2: The Four-Day Summit + Daily Off-Site Workshops at the Arizona Humane Society

Dates: Friday, September 18 – Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Event theme: Collaborative Care and Enrichment – Creating Partnerships for Positive Results

Quick Links
Event Schedule
Workshop Groups
Presenters and Workshop Instructors
Sponsorship Opportunities
Register