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
Since It’s Me or the Dog first aired back in 2005, I have received thousands of emails, letters, social media messages and phone calls from dog lovers around the world who saw me working with dogs on TV and wanted to do the same (but usually not on TV).
In a shabby, litter strewn, overgrown neighborhood in south Atlanta stands an old, white house with peeling paint and rotting wood.
“Should I send previous clients thank you cards?” “How often should I send them?” “What should I say in a thank you card?” I often hear these questions from new or even experience dog trainers. While they are well intentioned, we can and should strive to create better ways of showing our support than a thank you card every once in a while.
In 2013, a NYC shelter began an innovative co-sheltering program called URIPALS, which allows victims to shelter with their pets. New York resident Jasmine Rivera says URIPALS saved her life, literally.
For the third straight year, renowned TV dog behaviour expert Victoria Stilwell has enlisted the help of the world’s top canine behaviour experts, specialists and educators to create the National Dog Bite Prevention & Behaviour Conference.
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!
Our clients were pleased, their dogs were happy, and our business was successful. Surprisingly, in the face of all this success, I was feeling unsatisfied, exhausted, and had what I learned to call “the burnout of compassion fatigue”.
Celebrity Dog Trainer Victoria Stilwell Introduces the UK’s First National Dog Bite Prevention Week, June 7th-14th
In response to the reports of dog bites which continue to drive news cycles in cities across the country, renowned dog trainer and behaviour expert, Victoria Stilwell from Channel 4’s It’s Me or the Dog introduces the UK’s first National Dog Bite Prevention Week, June 7th-14th.
I've received many dog flu questions, and have enlisted the help of some fantastic experts to help answer those questions.
A large part of summer fun for many lucky people includes spending time on a boat. Dogs and cats are often a part of this aspect of summer. There are a few important things to note about boating with your pets.
It’s an epidemic out there – seriously, some veterinary and human parisitologists warning that the ticks are taking over. And where there are ticks, there’s tick disease.
Dogs like Mick, retired from military service, and retired police dogs receive no financial support for their care (unless the owner happens to have pet insurance), until now.
Clients frequently ask me what to do when their dog is humping. First, look at the situation. Why is your dog humping? The whys becomes important, because it will determine how we will work with the behavior.
Understandably we don’t like our dogs to growl and it can be embarrassing, but growling is GOOD. Growling tells us what our dog is feeling. Growling gives us the key to open the door to the dog’s emotions. When we know what he is feeling, we then know what to do about it. Colin is Read More
Positively Contributor Alex Andes tells the amazing story of how a stroke of luck reunited two dogs that bonded amid the chaos of a high-kill shelter.
Dallas nurse Nina Pham was released from quarantine after surviving the potentially deadly Ebola virus, and was able to be reunited with her beloved dog, Bentley.
It took 2 years, 1,000 miles, a dash of fate--and a microchip--to reunite a lost fox terrier named Nika with her owner.
Or trainers. I can't clearly put this in any one person's lap. Let's back up and see where we are. First off, I am not going to identify the trainer(s), the dog, or the family. My purpose is not to belittle or attack anyone. Instead I want this to be a learning experience for other trainers and a warning to owners.
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.
As the lead judge and a featured presenter, Victoria Stilwell plays a key role in the fourth annual American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards.
A guide to Doggy Daycare. How to choose a safe, fun, behaviorally sound, doggy daycare so your dog will have a Positively good time!
Reiki (pronounced ray-key) energy healing is a gentle, painless, yet powerful modality that works on animals and humans alike. I use Reiki on many of my canine clients and have always seen wonderful results. Reiki can be used in conjunction with all other holistic medical or therapeutic techniques as well as with traditional medical treatments Read More
The memory of Joshua Kelly was alive and well as his service dog took the stage. Joshua was a student at Idaho State University, and was studying for a Bachelor of Sciences degree. Despite suffering from epilepsy, he was determined to complete his degree and was set to graduate this month. By his side through Read More
TV dog trainer is teaming up with the National Dog Bite Prevention Coalition, which includes the U.S. Postal Service, State Farm, American Humane Association, American Society for Reconstructive MicroSurgery, Insurance Information Institute and Prevent the Bite, to raise awareness about the importance of educating the public about responsible dog ownership and dog safety.
As reporter on the happenings at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show for five years running, I look forward to wearing all my best winter clothes during my time in New York City for the series of events (business networking, attending dog fashion shows, and more) surrounding Westminster. This year I had the privilege of Read More
In an instant, countless lives were changed forever. The Boston Marathon bombings left a country in shock, and sixteen people lost limbs in the explosion. Two of those people were newlyweds Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes, who each lost a leg in the bombing. Jessica and Patrick's injuries were among the most severe of the Read More
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
Trick training is a lot of fun and is a great way to enhance communication between you and your dog. From teaching your dog to 'wave' at you or give you a 'high five' to having the dog roll over on cue, the possibilities for dog tricks are almost endless. As with all training, though, Read More
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
For the majority of modern dog owners, choosing the right dog trainer is one of the most important decisions they will have to make regarding their dog. Unfortunately, it can also be one of the most difficult decisions to get right. Assuming you have already determined that you need the help of a trained professional Read More
Karen Shirk has spent much of her life matching service dogs for people in need. She had a German Shepherd named Gabriel ready for disabled war veteran Derek McConnell, but he sadly passed away due to complications from his injuries before he could meet Gabriel. Jake Murphy was the next veteran matched for Gabriel, and Shirk was stunned at the link between the two soldiers. Unbeknownst to Shirk, the two veterans served in the same unit and were injured on the same day. It seems it was truly fate that a dog united these two heroes.
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Scientists around the world have confirmed that for some conditions a wagging tail might help more than a pharmaceutical. One such condition is post traumatic stress disorder syndrome (PTSD). There are scientific studies which do support the positive affects of dogs paired with veterans diagnosed with PTSD, not to mention literally thousands of real-life anecdotal instances.
Just because someone starts the process correctly by asking the question, 'May I pet your dog' doesn't mean that they will follow through with good results or even listen to the answer. I think it's vital that we not only teach our kids to ask first before petting, but also that we encourage them to listen to and respect the answer that the dog's owner provides.
The American Humane Association inaugural Hero Dog Awards, presented by Cesar Canine Cuisine airs on the Hallmark Channel on November 11. Ordinary dogs achieving the extraordinary are being honored, as well as heroes on two legs on the other end of the leash. “At the taping, there wasn’t a dry in the house,” says Robin Read More
This week, I'm joining forces with State Farm, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the US Postal Service and other organizations to promote National Dog Bite Prevention Week. Now more than ever, awareness needs to be raised about how to prevent dog bites from occurring. If you're like me and are concerned about this issue, then the latest statistics will Read More
I first met Victoria last year while we were both working on a network reality show that featured dog-owners competing with their respective dog-children for the honor of being top dog. Working on a reality show was a new challenge for me. The pace and objectives are entirely different from clinical medicine. Once I figured Read More
Dogs are less reliant on their visual system than humans are. However, certain breeds (including retrievers, sighthounds, and sheepdogs) were bred to detect moving prey and retrieve game, so they are more visually adept than most other breeds. It is important to remember that dogs see the world from an entirely different perspective than people. Read More
The Human-Animal Bond is the connection between a human and a pet and includes the development of emotional attachment to that pet, with genuine feelings of affection and a sense of responsibility for their well-being.