How can you intervene when you see someone using dangerous or cruel methods with their dog so that not only does it stop then and there, but the future of the dog with their human looks much more promising?
Just as I think that humans as a society who love dogs are progressing into a more modern knowledge mindset, I get my placidity kicked right out from under me by witnessing so vile a hatred against a certain type of dog, that I struggle to breathe normally. So many cities that once enforced BSL Read More
Does it surprise you to know that too much fear, anxiety or stress can cause health problems in dogs? Some dogs are terrorized frequently, such as attending inappropriate aversive dog training classes, or even a sick dog who needs to see the veterinarian frequently. Some caretakers have no clue their dog is even fearful. “From Read More
There is no lack of division in the dog world; training methodologies, training tools, cropping and docking, spaying and neutering are but a few potentially explosive topics. Complementary therapies however, are way up on the list of hot buttons to discuss. One person mentions something that even *might* fall into that category and everyone else Read More
I firmly believe that any decent trainer is always learning – we should never feel we know ‘enough’, and I thoroughly enjoy being inspired, educated and challenged by our amazing roster of presenters at this conference year after year. It has developed into one of the most sought-after dog behaviour experiences available in the UK, and I’m incredibly honoured to be able to bring such a diverse, passionate, educated, engaged, and dog-literate group of people together in the name of better understanding our canine companions each June.
Family dog shows can be wonderful events to attend. They are great places to meet up with friends, spend time around lots of other dogs, show your own dog off and hopefully win some rosettes. Some dogs really enjoy these events and walk round the show ring with a relaxed body, bright eyes and a Read More
Is it possible that that today’s elephant species – long persecuted by man – will one day go the way of the mastodon? Sadly, the answer is yes.
According to a press release issued by Travis J. Koehn, criminal district attorney of Austin County, “The Grand Jury examined all the evidence and determined there was insufficient proof to charge Kristen Lindsey with a crime.”
Summing up twenty years of authoring Tribune Content Agency newspaper column is easy. I do have a wealth of memories to recall.
I had a cat named Ricky who suddenly collapsed as a result of feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) in 2002. HCM is by far the most common cause of sudden death in cats, and is the most common heart disease in cats.
This is not about dog training and behavior. This is about human sympathy. And a mission. And justice. A couple of days ago, I was forwarded a public YouTube video of a dog trainer working with a dog who had previously bitten and shown aggression, especially while being bathed and groomed. I'm writing this to express my sympathy for the trainer. I mean that without an ounce of insincerity – I truly feel bad for him and what he has gone through since the video of him working with that dog has gone viral.
Dr. Patrick Mahaney discusses the celebrity trend of owning brachycephalic breeds like the pug and the bulldog, and the downfalls of choosing a brachycephalic breed.
Therapy dogs are seen in all kinds of places--hospitals, nursing homes, and schools are some of the most common. But a new kind of therapy dog is sweeping America: the courthouse dog.
We all have our stories to tell. On that bright September morning when the world changed before our eyes, our collective experience was etched into our personal histories in the way that only those truly transformative historical occasions can imprint us: Pearl Harbor, JFK, 9/11. Having moved to Manhattan the year before the attacks, I Read More
An adoption event in Newnan, GA went horribly wrong last weekend. A pit bull named Clara was stabbed to death in a horrific incident at a PetSmart adoption event. Clara, an adoptable dog with the Newnan-Coweta Humane Society, slipped out of her collar during the event, and reportedly got into a scuffle with a West Highland Read More
Victoria's new multi-episode web series, Arson Dogs, launches today exclusively on her YouTube channel and the Positively Media Center. In the first episode, Victoria arrives in Alfred, Maine to begin her exploration of State Farm's arson dog training program. The 8 handlers in the new class arrive from all over the US and describe their Read More
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.
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
I’ve been working as a house-call veterinarian in the greater Los Angeles area since 2008. Having done general and emergency practice in a variety of hospital settings, and in multiple states (D.C, VA, MD, WA, and now CA), I've happily discovered that providing veterinary medicine on a house-call basis best suits my holistic perspective to Read More
The family of a man with Alzheimer's was stunned when he briefly regained his speech while sitting with the family dog. Their beautiful moment together was captured on video. Lisa Abeyta says her father, Charles Sasser, was diagnosed with the disease about five years ago, but he has started to lose his speech in the Read More
Positive training is not a scientific term. You will not find it in any scientific journals, and you will regularly hear it being mischaracterized by those who do not fully understand it. When we at Positively refer to the power of positive training or you hear Victoria describe herself as a positive trainer, we are Read More
For the last eight months I have been filming with the officers and dogs of an incredible Georgia based police k9 unit for my new upcoming web series Guardians of the Night, and this has given me first-hand experience of what these brave men and their dogs do on a daily basis to keep the Read More
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
Whether or not to have a dog spayed (removing the ovaries and uterus) or neutered (removing the testicles) is an important decision you must make with the help of your veterinarian and the collective advice of other animal care professionals. There are many different opinions when it comes to spaying and neutering, and some people Read More
Even though dog bites are relatively common, full-blown attacks are not. It is important to know, however, what to do in the unlikely event an attack happens. What type of behavior do dogs normally exhibit before attacking? There is no one size fits all when it comes to the signals a dog gives before attacking, Read More
Are you considering breeding your dog? Perhaps your breeder told you that your dog came from a champion bloodline, or maybe you want your kids to see the miracle of birth. Perhaps you imagine that letting your dog have just one litter will not make that much of a difference. Have you been holding back Read More
The power of positive training is undeniable both in terms of scientific proof and when considering the countless dog owners who have contacted Victoria and many other positive trainers over the years to express their relief that they discovered positive training. Both for their own and for their dogs' well being, many people may have Read More
Jump to: Forum Positively Podcasts Positively Pledge Positively Success Stories Positively Contributors Social Media Poop & Tell The Positively Community is a unique and inspiring mix of people from all over the world who have one thing in common: they want the best for their dogs. Whether they are from our distinguished roster of Positively 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
Sgt. Paul Corso is a seasoned law enforcement officer. As a K-9 handler, he has served the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department for over 20 years. Corso has seen a dark side of our world that most of us will never see or understand. It would have been easy for him to walk away when we Read More
A picture may speak a thousand words, but can it save a life? North Carolina-based photographer Shannon Johnstone is doing just that with her "Landfill Dogs" photography project. Johnstone is a photography professor who is using her gift to capture the essence of unwanted and abandoned dogs at her local animal shelter. Johnstone takes dogs Read More
Update 6/3/15: Kingsley has now been involved in another alleged attack, this time against a woman who was visiting the home. The woman says she will suffer permanent scarring as a result of the attack. I sincerely hope that Kim will consider using a trainer that utilizes science-based humane training methods who can attempt to reverse Read More
iCalmDog plays four hours of clinically tested calming music on automatic repeat and is the size of a Labrador’s paw. It’s a dog’s security blanket at home or can be taken to the groomers, vet clinic, dog sitter’s, on vacation, to the boarding facility and beyond.
Lennox is the poster child against a law that is fatally flawed and needs to be changed. His family continues to fight against BSL so that other innocent lives can be protected and so that other families don’t have to experience the pain of having a beloved dog taken away from them, deemed guilty and killed just because of the way he looks.
Ever wonder what happens to all those pets whose owners are deployed overseas for extend periods of time with the military? Through her nonprofit organization, Dogs on Deployment, Military Spouse of the Year nominee Alisa Johnson matches military pet families with foster families needing homes.
I don’t know why, but October always seems to be one of the busiest months of the year for me. It’s also one of the most fun and rewarding, and this October has not let me down! Between my filming schedule, the Hero Dog Awards in LA, my trip to Savannah for a school and jail dog program visit, a cat training session in Denver for the winner of the InFURvention contest, the APDT conference, ongoing development of new projects, my work with VSPDT, and of course being a wife and mom, it’s been a pretty full few weeks.
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.
This summer I had the great fortune to travel around Europe with my family while delivering a series of live shows, training seminars and other appearances. In part one of this blog, I described the incredibly enriching experiences and people I encountered during the first half of the trip while in Finland and Italy. After Read More