Pet Professional Guild names 2018 scholarship recipients

Successful candidates gain opportunity to further their education in the field of force-free pet care, training and behavior consulting
By: Pet Professional Guild
WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. - June 27, 2018 - PRLog -- The Pet Professional Guild (PPG) has announced the names of this year's candidates to be awarded under its Education Scholarship Program. Launched in January 2017, the program provides a limited number of scholarships for PPG members to further their education in force-free training, behavior consulting and/or pet care offered by organizations that support PPG's Guiding Principles and goals, and are approved educational providers to PPG. This year's recipients, Mary Thompson and Emily Tronetti, have been notified of their success and are set to embark on their education in the next six months.

The successful candidates have been awarded as follows: Thompson, based in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, will study at the Peaceable Paws Academy in Fairplay, Maryland while Tronetti, of Bellevue, Washington, will study at The Academy for Dog Trainers in Emeryville, California.

"Our inaugural year of distributing awards through our Education Scholarship Program began in great style with some outstanding candidates, and we are thrilled to have been able to maintain that same high standard again this year," said PPG president Niki Tudge. "Again, like last year, it was not an easy task to make the final selections from the extremely high caliber of candidates that applied, and it took a great deal of deliberation on the part of our scholarship committee, chaired by PPG steering committee and board member Debra Millikan, to objectively review each applicant.

"Because the pet industry is currently unregulated, it remains a core part of PPG's mission that our members are able to provide high standard, force-free, science-based behavior consulting, training and pet care services to the pet owning public via their knowledge and skill set. Education is an essential part of this mission and by helping our scholarship recipients achieve their educational goals at such quality institutions as Peaceable Paws and The Academy for Dog Trainers, we can ensure they remain up-to-date with current research in the fields of animal behavior and training, and thus serve as an invaluable resource to clients and their pets. At the same time, PPG members all over the world continue to work as ambassadors and practitioners of the force-free message as we collectively work towards a world free of unnecessary, outdated, aversive training methods or equipment and a better, kinder world for pets."

For more information about PPG's Education Scholarship Program and details of how to apply, see http://www.petprofessionalguild.com/Scholarship-Program. (http://www.petprofessionalguild.com/Scholarship-Program)

About the Pet Professional Guild

The Pet Professional Guild (PPG) is a 501(c)6 international 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 that shock, pain, choke, fear, physical force, or compulsion-based methods are never employed in training or caring for a pet.

About the PPG Education Scholarship Program

Full, associate, and provisional PPG members across all training and pet care specialties are deemed eligible scholarship applicants, provided they are a current member and in good standing for a minimum of 12 months. PPG must receive scholarship applications between March 15 and April 15 any given year via an online form. All applications will be reviewed by the scholarship selection committee, which includes members of the PPG education committee, the PPG steering committee and a PPG board member. Final scholarship recommendations will be forwarded to the PPG board of directors by May 15 of any given year, and the board of directors will notify all applicants of the outcome of their applications no later than June 15 of the year in question. Scholarship funds are remitted directly to the educational provider and not the candidate.

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