A Boy and His Dog

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

The “Easy” Dog

A tribute to a very special 10 year old dog who should have never been given up, but boy are we glad she was! I don’t deserve to have an “easy” dog because I can handle a difficult one. I love the scaredy dogs, the ones who don’t love to be touched at first, the ones Read More

Don’t Overlook Your “Easy” Dog

Have you ever seen a parent in the supermarket with two children - one perfectly behaved, and one throwing a tantrum? Which one is typically getting the attention while the other stands quietly by?

Can My Dog Be Stressed? [Part 1]

Those of us who have a reactive, anxious, or fearful dog, work very hard to make life easier for them (and us!). We try this idea and that technique, perhaps with distressingly little success. Some days our dog just seems worse! Here is the first of three excerpts from my next book - Building Confidence Read More

5 Ways You Make Deaf Dog Parents Crazy

It’s Because of You that We Need to Drink For some pretty obvious reasons, living with a deaf dog is different than living with a hearing dog. Communication is an important example. Humans instinctively depend on our voice to communicate but since our deaf dogs can’t hear us, we forge ahead and learn to use Read More

Positively Dog Training Episode 506

Victoria's mother stops by to discuss the history of Georgia, and the group discusses the Broadway musical Hamilton while being quizzed by Alex and a friend. Ask Victoria questions include a GSD who gets aggressive when owners leave the room, a Weimeraner mourning the passing of one of her owners, and a Pom who pees on the boyfriend.

Training A Deaf Dog

When training your deaf dog, don't ever have the mentality that because she is deaf she can't do something. A deaf dog is capable of doing anything that a hearing dog can, except for hear!

Balanced Dog Training: There’s Nothing “Balanced” About It

If I had to think of an example of a dog that was truly "balanced," it would be a dog that - regardless of age, breed or drive - was confident, had been guided into making the right choices, and was allowed to think and learn without constantly being corrected.

Prince & Princess Poppers for Dogs

Let's be honest: we all think of our dogs as little princes and princesses in fur coats. Am I right? So it's only fitting that we'd want to treat them like royalty, and there's no better way to do that than with a special treat that's not only delicious but also wholesome, healthy, and easy to Read More

The Legacy of an Arson Dog

"These dogs put everything they've got into their job and they don't ask a thing for it. It's about him, it's not about me."

Dog Training vs. Dolphin Training: Why the Double Standard?

A recent dolphin training video has the public outraged. While it seems to be an accepted fact that dolphins are highly intelligent and worthy of humane training, I think the general public is still in the process of accepting the same about their dogs.

5 Traits That Will Make You A Good “Leader” For Your Dog

Dogs are animals. Without proper training, (teaching) a dog will act, for lack of a better way to describe it, like a dog. This means that they will jump on counters, run away from home, eliminate where they please, bark, chew things, and the list goes on. When we bring dogs into our homes, we Read More

Forcing Hugs on Dogs Can Amount to Punishment

When we hug our dogs we are sending out our affection and sharing our love. What we are giving out isn’t necessarily what the dog is receiving. To a dog, a hug is very bad canine etiquette, pushy behavior associated with establishing social status, an invasion of space, threatening.

Reality Check for Carers/Owners of Dogs with ‘Issues’

LOSING HEART Why do so many clients with fearful or reactive dogs, who often have started off so well, lose heart? The reason is because they just don’t fully accept the time and work that changing fear-based or guarding behaviors in particular can take. Teaching people is the easy bit. A large part of my Read More

Hero Dog Nominee – Xena

Xena is a nominee for the 2014 American Hero Dog Award, presented by the American Humane Association. Xena has made headlines as a dog that was found near death, and who is now the best friend of Jonny, her human sibling. Together, Xena and Jonny are raising awareness about animal cruelty, the kindness and gentleness of pit bulls, Read More

Service Dog Carries on Boy’s Legacy

An extraordinary Canine Assistants service dog named Casper had to say goodbye to his best friend, a little boy named Creed. But Creed's legacy will live on as his beloved dog goes on to help another child in need. Casper and Creed spent countless hours at the hospital together, where Casper visited as a service dog. Read More

When aggressive behavior does not mean an aggressive dog

Imagine sitting in study hall, cramming for your math final the next period. You’re focused. Determined. Then, the boy behind you starts smacking his gum. You need to learn these equations! You try to shut out the noise, but then he starts tapping your shoulder with his pen. You whirl around – it was an Read More

Family Dog Keeps Lost Boy Safe

When 3-year-old Carson Urness went missing, his family feared the worst. But when they realized that the family dog was missing too, there was hope that maybe the two were still together. Seven hours after a two hundred-person search party scoured the area around the Urness's property, a volunteer spotted Cooper, the Urness's dog. And Read More

Mr. Peabody & Sherman – Not Just a Dog Movie

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

Introducing New Dog To Existing Dogs

Tension between dogs that live together is very common, especially when a new dog is introduced into the mix.  Existing dogs are not able to choose their new ‘brothers and sisters’, so it is up to you to ensure introductions go as smoothly as possible by following some general guidelines. Tips for Safe Dog-to-Dog Introductions: Read More

Introducing Dog To Children

Dogs and children can make great companions, and children can learn a lot about responsibility by caring for the family dog. At the same time, there is an alarming increase in the number of dog bites in certain parts of the world. Most victims of those bites are from dogs the children know. Why are Read More

Understanding Dog Play

All too often, dog owners misread the language of dogs interacting with one another. Whether it's incorrectly defining innocent play as dangerous fighting or taking too lightly what is actually aggressive behavior, it is important to learn what dogs are saying to each other through their play. Dog-to-dog play is a series of active and Read More

Why Should I Train My Dog?

People used to think that dog training was only about teaching dogs obedience commands, usually through the use of heavy-handed punishment-based techniques. It was viewed as somewhat of a luxury for pet parents and was often wrongly considered to be something so straightforward and simple to achieve that anyone could do it on their own without Read More

Giddyup! The Differences Between Horses and Dogs

Even though I spent a good portion of my younger years around horses, I don’t know them as well as I know dogs. Dogs have been my life’s work, while horses were my hobby, but while I was out west spending so much time on horseback, I found myself wondering how the relationship between human and horse differs to that of a human and domestic dog, if at all.

Hero Dog Toby – Sherman Oaks, CA

Toby is a 6-year old Yorkshire Terrier, a 7-pound bundle of joy with a wonderful temperament, who truly loves giving to others. He exemplifies the true meaning unconditional love. For two years Toby has been a registered therapy dog, regularly visiting children at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. As we reach the hospital, Toby Read More

Why Dogs Bite Children: A Lesson in Preventing Dog Bites in Kids

This animation may seem shocking to some; however according to studies published in the journals American Surgeon and Pediatrics a majority of injuries in kids are to the neck and face. Furthermore dog bites are not uncommon. Nearly a million people—both adults and kids—are bitten badly enough to require a hospital visit. To some people Read More