Author Archives: Victoria Stilwell

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Positively Expert: Victoria Stilwell

Victoria Stilwell is a world-renowned dog trainer best known as the star of the internationally acclaimed TV series, It’s Me or the Dog. A bestselling author, Stilwell frequently appears in the media as a pet expert and is widely recognized and respected as a leader in the field of animal behavior.


Arson Dogs

Posted on: July 14, 2014 - No Comments

Victoria Stilwell discovers the power of Arson Dogs - amazing detection dogs trained to sniff out accelerants like gasoline and propane, and to alert their handler to the presence of the accelerant.

Top 5 Summertime Pet Safety Tips

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Although June 21 technically marks the beginning of summer, Memorial Day is summer’s traditional start, and as the temperatures increase, pet owners must prepare for the numerous hazards and stressors associated with temperature changes, sun exposure, holiday food consumption, and festive gatherings. To ensure your pet has a safe and fun summer, take proactive steps Read More

The Truth About Pit Bulls

Posted on: July 1, 2014 - 1 Comment

I’m publishing this post in response to a recent article which ran in Time.com that was poorly researched and once again demonized the breed type known as the pit bull. Although most dogs labeled as pit bulls are actually a mix of different breeds with similar physical characteristics, anything that has the appearance of an Read More

Inmates as Dog Walkers–What’s Your Take?

Posted on: June 11, 2014 - 2 Comments

Inmates as dog walkers--is this the next great animal shelter idea? I recently read a story out of Florida about a local sheriff's department that will be using inmates to help the dogs at the county's animal control receive daily walks. The issue was brought to the Brevard County Commission after a volunteer at the Read More

Victoria’s Hot Weather Tips

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Summer is here, which brings with it beautiful weather, warm temperatures, and lots of fun in the sun. While summertime is a great season for dogs and humans to relax and enjoy the outdoors, there always seem to be too many terrible heat-related tragedies that occur. Check out my top tips for keeping your dog Read More

Hero Cat Saves Boy From Dog Attack

Posted on: May 15, 2014 - No Comments

Victoria Stilwell weighs in on the viral video of Tara the 'Hero Cat' saving a young boy from a vicious dog attack.

The Remarkable Connection Between Dogs and Autistic Children

Posted on: May 13, 2014 - No Comments

New research shows that children with autism tend to develop strong bonds with dogs. This is particularly remarkable when you consider that many children with autism spectrum disorders have a hard time with social interactions and making friends. The judgment-free, pressure-free love of a dog can help autistic children form a bond not only with Read More

A Service Dog for Two

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Opal isn't your average service dog. He leads not only his blind owner, but also his owner's former service dog. Graham Waspe and his first service dog, Edward, were an unstoppable pair for six years before Edward had to have both eyes removed due to inoperable cataracts. Graham and his family were devastated, but when Read More

Merseyside Police Seize and Kill Legally Exempt Dogs

Posted on: April 27, 2014 - No Comments

I am appalled at this latest story coming from Liverpool.  This is Breed Specific Legislation at its worst and yet another example of innocent dogs being taken away from their owners and euthanised without due process.  I support law enforcement in many ways but this kind of policing is barbaric, especially when many of the Read More

Two-Legged Boxer’s Run on the Beach Will Melt Your Heart

Posted on: April 17, 2014 - No Comments

Duncan is a beautiful boxer who was rescued by and eventually adopted by Amanda Geise, the founder of Panda Paws Rescue. As Duncan came to Amanda with two severely deformed back legs, she was faced with the choice of either euthanizing him or amputating both of his back legs. It's a decision that neither Amanda Read More

One Girl’s Remembrance of Her Kitty

Posted on: April 8, 2014 - No Comments

Before there was a fiesty little mixbreed rescue named Jasmine, before there was the doting lovebucket that is Sadie the Chocolate Lab, our family only had one pet: Angelica. Our beloved Maine Coon, Angelica, came to us via our work as foster parents for various rescue groups in New York City. She stayed with us thanks to our status as foster failures.

Researchers Probe Into the Causes of Aggression

Posted on: April 7, 2014 - No Comments

Researchers in the UK are looking more closely than ever to try to get to the root of aggression in dogs. By looking at the DNA of dogs, they are hoping to get a more objective picture of what causes aggressive behavior and how to prevent it. The University of Lincoln says that this type Read More

Never Forget

Posted on: March 27, 2014 - 1 Comment

Bad news for animal loving New York Jets football fans - Michael Vick is playing for your team.  A man that just a few years ago was imprisoned for torturing, electrocuting,hanging and other despicable acts of cruelty towards the dogs he kept in his kennels for dog fighting, is still being celebrated by the NFL Read More

The Truth Behind Positive Training

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On Sunday 23rd March 2014 there was a great article about dog training in the Sunday Telegraph as well as in the Telegraph online.  The article highlighted a study that found pets trained using aversive methods were 15 times more likely to exhibit symptoms of stress than those trained using "positive" techniques and that training Read More

One-Woman Army Rallies Against Dogfighting

Posted on: March 18, 2014 - No Comments

Janet Frisco may just be one person, but she's taking on a major issue in her community with the determination of an army. Calling herself the "pit bull grandma," she has set out to eliminate dogfighting in her area. Frisco lives in Charleston, South Carolina, an area where she feels dogfighting is prevalent, but goes Read More

Aggressive Training Breeds Aggressive Dogs

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A new study out of the UK sought to find the key factors that contribute to dog aggression. While breed-specific legislation and other discriminatory practices focus on the belief that a dog's breed is the primary factor that causes a dog to be aggressive, the results of this study point otherwise. Check out the top Read More

Mr. Peabody & Sherman – Not Just a Dog Movie

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I'm a big Modern Family fan. And I've built a career and a life around dogs. So when I heard that Ty Burrell - one of my favorite cast members from Modern Family - and at least one other were the voices behind several of the main characters in the soon-to-be-released movie, "Mr. Peabody & Read More

A Boy and His Dog

Posted on: February 24, 2014 - No Comments

This is one incredible story of a boy and his dog. Owen has a rare disease called Schwartz-Jampel Syndrome which keeps his muscles in a constant state of tension.  Owen's family adopted a three-legged Anatolian Shepherd who survived being hit by a train, and the bond between Owen and his dog truly changed both of Read More

Study Shows Lower Stress Levels in Dogs Trained Positively

Posted on: February 20, 2014 - No Comments

A new study released in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior reveals what many of us in the dog behavior field have long known to be true: that positive reinforcement training is beneficial for a dog's overall well-being and the canine-human bond, and that aversive training has detrimental effects on both. For the first time, trained Read More

Shelter Dog Spotlight: Maya

Posted on: February 19, 2014 - No Comments

Last week, I highlighted a shelter dog named Marley who I met at the SPCA of Central Florida. This week, I want to tell you about another adoptable dog I met at the same shelter. Maya is a beautiful pit bull mix who has waited for her forever home for quite some time. Being a Read More

Attending a Dogfight Now a Federal Crime

Posted on: February 17, 2014 - No Comments

It may seem like a small step, but the implications of the newly passed Farm Bill will be far-reaching in the world of animal rights. Hosting any form of an animal fight has long been a federal crime, but it is now illegal to attend or bring a child to such a fight. Before the passage of Read More

Shelter Dog Spotlight: Marley

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When I visited the SPCA of Central Florida in Orlando last weekend, I had the opportunity to spend several hours there looking for adoptable dogs to join me during my presentation at their yearly fund raising event, Paws in the Park. The criteria I was looking for was simple, but not always easy to find Read More

Pets and Furniture: Everything You Need to Know

Posted on: February 12, 2014 - No Comments

We love our pets and want them to be close to us, but there are just some places that need to be off-limits. In order to understand how to teach your pets to stay off furniture you must first understand why they climb onto it. You may have heard that dogs like to be up Read More

Funding From Sochi Billionaire Helps Save Strays

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It may not look like much, but Sochi's new makeshift animal shelter is a beacon of hope for the city's stray dogs. When word got out that a pest removal company had been hired to eliminate Sochi's extensive stray dog population, animal lovers and activists around the world were outraged. A Russian billionaire was so Read More

Breeder Regrets Creating the Designer Dog

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In an interview that sounded eerily like the story of Victor Frankenstein, the creator of the Labradoodle expressed deep regret in creating the breed, the original "designer dog" that started the modern day trend. Wally Conron developed the Labradoodle when he was working for the Royal Guide Dog Association of Australia. He needed to develop Read More

U.S. Military Dog Captured in Afghanistan

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We’ve all become so used to seeing pictures of the Taliban and war torn Afghanistan that many people have become desensitized  to the fact that young men and women have died there and continue to put their lives at risk to keep us safe in all parts of the world.  To see this video though Read More

War Veteran Finds Hope in Abandoned Dog

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The healing and helping potential of dogs never ceases to amaze. Joseph is a veteran of the Korean War, and is still active in veteran's organizations 60 years after his service. Another steadfast part of Joseph's life has been his dogs. Joseph adopted his first dog shortly after getting married, and his home had not Read More