Tampa, FL – The Pet Professional Guild has announced the establishment of its first overseas chapter in Australia where, on April 4, 2015, members of the Delta Professional Dog Trainers Association (DPDTA) voted overwhelmingly to become PPG Aust
WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. — In its previous format, DPDTA was an Australian body of force-free trainers, all of whom have studied with the Delta Society Australia Ltd and achieved a Certificate IV in Behavioral Training or Companion Animal Services, a nationally recognized qualification throughout Australia. Membership was strictly limited only to those who hold this advanced qualification, ensuring the highest standards in terms of knowledge, competence and skills.
“Our members are passionate believers in and practitioners of the use of scientifically proven, force-free, humane training methods for all animals,” said DPDTA president, Stephanie McColl. “We are very excited to join the PPG family and to help expand it with the addition of many excellent Australian trainers who share the same guiding principles. To be able to tap into the vast reservoir of knowledge PPG holds is an invaluable opportunity for us and we have no doubt that, over time, our members will make their own unique contributions to that reservoir.”
“We are thrilled to support DPDTA in its transition to becoming Pet Professional Guild Australia,” added PPG president, Niki Tudge. “We plan to have the full shift in terms of branding and website completed within 21 days so we can expedite providing PPG benefits to all the new members and start aligning pet owners with pet professionals. It has always been one of PPG’s top priorities to support professional international members and this marks the start of our international transition and presence. We expect to roll out other markets in coming months.”
PPG continues to go from strength to strength, with membership numbers on the rise, a new PPG Licensing Program for dog training and behavior professionals in the works, and the inaugural PPG educational force-free summit taking place in Tampa, Florida from November 11-13, 2015.
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The Pet Professional Guild is a 501(c)6 a member organization founded on the principles of force-free training and pet care. Its membership represents pet industry professionals who are committed to force-free training, pet care philosophies, practices and methods. Pet Professional Guild members understand force-free to mean: no shock, no pain, no choke, no fear, no physical force, no physical molding, and that no compulsion-based methods are employed to train or care for a pet.