Canine Noise Phobia Series

The Canine Noise Phobia Series (CNP) is a 4-CD compilation of specialized audio recordings and innovative training protocols specifically designed to reduce and prevent noise phobias and anxiety in dogs. “In my work as a dog trainer both on TV and in private practice over the past 15 years, I have seen countless dogs suffer Read More

Introducing the Canine Noise Phobia Series!

My husband often asks me, “Do you really get new ideas from hearing other trainers speak at seminars and conferences? How much more can there possibly be to learn about how to be a better dog trainer?”  After having been married to me for the past 11 years, he fully understands that the field of Read More

An Update on the Canine Flu

"We don't live in a bubble, and our pets don't, either," notes Dr. Jerry Klein, supervising veterinarian at Chicago Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center in Chicago. "I'm not surprised about what's happening," he adds.

What You Need to Know About Canine Influenza

A dog flu epidemic has blown into the Windy City, sickening over a thousand dogs and has been responsible for the death of at least five dogs since mid-March. Is your dog at risk?

New Arson Dogs Series Launches

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

Is Jealousy a Canine Emotion?

Have you ever wondered if your dog feels jealous? Little research has been done to validate whether or not jealousy is an emotion experienced by dogs, but a new study shows that it just may be. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego found that dogs showed jealous behaviors like snapping and pushing when their Read More

Canine Freestyle (Heel to Music)

So you think your dog can dance? Then check out Canine Freestyle, a fascinating dog sport in which dog and handler perform a choreographed routine to music. If you are looking for a dog sport that also allows creativity on the part of the handler, Canine Freestyle could be a great fit. Known as 'Heel Read More

Baby Crying Phobia

Just as the cries of a new baby may make a new parent anxious, they often have the same effect on dogs. This can cause anxiety-related behaviors such as chewing, toileting accidents, and sometimes aggressive behavior. There are things you can do, however, to minimize the stress your dog feels when your baby cries. How Read More

Thunderstorm Phobia

Thunderstorm phobia is a relatively common problem for dogs, particularly for those that live in areas where stormy weather is more frequent. Whether fear of thunderstorms is elicited by a singular traumatic experience or prolonged exposure, the result is often highly distressing for dogs and people. Without extensive behavioral therapy and management strategies, phobias become Read More

Fireworks Phobia

The sight and sound of fireworks can be terrifying for dogs. Whether you celebrate the 4th of July or November 5th, any occasion that calls for fireworks can be severely traumatizing for your dog. The good news is that there are many ways you can reduce your dog’s anxiety. How to Help Your Dog Overcome Read More

Noise Phobias

Noise phobia is very common in dogs and may be triggered by a single experience or prolonged exposure to sounds that overwhelm the dog, causing anxiety, stress and fear. Sounds and experiences which may develop into phobias for dogs range from thunderstorm and fireworks to the sound of a baby crying. Regardless of the type Read More

Fears and Phobias

Fears and phobias are relatively common and can affect dogs of all ages and all breeds. But there is a difference between fear and phobia. Fear is a normal response to an actual or perceived threat or situation, while a phobia is an exaggerated fear response that can completely overwhelm a dog. Some dogs are Read More

Canine Emotion

There is much debate on whether a dog’s experience of emotion is similar to that of a human’s or if a dog’s behavior is simply influenced by an inner drive to survive. While we cannot claim to have all the answers yet, science is helping increase our understanding of how the dog’s brain works, producing Read More

Canine Vocal Language

Dogs communicate with the world around them in all kinds of ways. An especially important aspect of canine communication to understand is how they vocalize, which can include barking, growling, and whining. While a dog’s reason for vocalizing in these ways may vary, it's crucial to understand how and why dogs are communicating. Barking Dogs Read More

Canine Body Language

Because dogs don't speak our language, the only way to truly comprehend and communicate with them is for us to understand and appreciate what they are telling us through their body and vocal language. Often, gestures or actions that we assume mean one thing are actually the dog telling us the exact opposite, and determining Read More

Canine Senses

From the almost other-worldly capabilities of the dog's amazing sense of smell to their ears' powerful ability to hear as well as their laser-like sense of sight;  to truly understand how dogs perceive the world it's crucial to first understand the overall canine sensory experience. Senses are closely linked to emotions, and emotions are the Read More

Making Manners Fun Series: Loose-Leash Edition

As a dog trainer, one of the most common problems I get asked for help with is getting a dog to walk without pulling on the leash. Loose-leash walking is just like any other trick we may teach our dogs. It’s about finding a way to make it fun for the dog. Walking with a Read More

Overcoming Thunderstorm Phobia

Thunderstorm phobia is a relatively common problem for dogs, particularly for those that live in areas where stormy weather is commonplace. Whether fear of thunderstorms is elicited by a singular traumatic experience or prolonged exposure, the result is often highly distressing for dogs and owners. Without extensive behavioral therapy and management strategies, phobias become deeply ingrained and even harder to overcome.

American Dog With Victoria Stilwell – Canine Assistants

Canine Assistants trains and provides service dogs to people with medical conditions and disabilities. The results are nothing short of amazing. Recipients experience a freedom that would be otherwise impossible. The dogs change peoples lives. And all of it free of charge. Founded in 1991 by Jennifer Arnold, Canine Assistants now places 75 to 100 dogs annually.

Canine Influenza

This winter there has been considerable talk regarding the Canine Influenza Virus, also known as H3N8. Although it is present in 30 states, this virus is not common in most pets and only a few isolated areas of the country have experienced major problems. The virus thrives in shelters, kennels and other environments where dogs Read More

iCalmDog Now Available in Positively Store!

The iCalmDog music player for dogs is now available in the Positively online store. This paw-sized portable music player comes with 4 hours of Through A Dog's Ear's clinically-tested music and is designed to reduce anxiety. Also available is a library of music and training protocols designed by Victoria Stilwell to combat separation anxiety, aggression and noise phobias.

Hearing

We all know that the modern dog's sense of hearing is far more powerful than our own, but when attempting to develop and maintain a positive relationship with your dog, it's critical to put the importance of this incredibly powerful tool in perspective. In short, a dog’s auditory system is amazingly effective. The human ear Read More

Music for Dogs

It has become somewhat common for dog owners to leave music or TV's on when they leave the house in the hopes that the constant sound will help soothe their lonely pets. While the intention behind this technique is noble, behavioral science has now uncovered enough about the way our dogs process sounds to know Read More

Victoria Develops New Training Products

Victoria Stilwell constantly promotes the power of positive training methods through the many platforms she has developed during her career as a well-known dog trainer. Now she is taking her commitment to helping people and their dogs to a whole new level with the announcement of a new line of dog training products specifically designed by Victoria herself to help dog owners around the world. With her Positively Training Treats, Positively No-Pull Harness, and Positively Double-Connection Leash, Victoria aims to help dog owners tackle some of the most commonly-encountered dog behavior problems.

Huge Holiday Savings in the Positively Store

        We're going big this year for Black Friday! Check out the discounts and deals available throughout this holiday season, then head over to the Positively store to take care of all your holiday shopping for your dog-loving family and friends.   Victoria's 12 Days of Christmas Celebrate the 12 days of Read More

A Great New Way To Play Music For Your Dog

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.

Dognition Is Here!

               SPECIAL LIMITED-TIME OFFER EXCLUSIVELY FOR POSITIVELY BLOG READERS!                *Offer valid through July 31, 2013*   I receive a lot of calls, emails and letters from companies and people asking for my opinion or endorsement of their new product or service. Very often, the idea behind what’s being pitched Read More

TV Channel for Dogs Launches in San Diego

When she really puts her mind to it, my chocolate lab Sadie can whip up what I truly believe must be the most injured and woeful countenance any living being has ever forced another to look upon.  It’s not that she thinks I don’t love her, or that she’s in any physical pain.  It’s just Read More

Positively Dog Training Episode 202

In this episode, Victoria and Holly are joined by concert pianist and Through A Dog's Ear co-founder Lisa Spector to discuss the Canine Noise Phobia Series - the groundbreaking new desensitization tool Victoria developed in partnership with Through A Dog's Ear.  Also discussed: update on Kashmir's knee surgery, Victoria's trip to San Diego for the Read More

Victoria on San Diego’s KUSI

Victoria was featured in a segment on KUSI's local San Diego popular morning show on Friday, October 14th.  In the segment, she was joined by San Diego  VSPDT trainer Linda Michaels as she discussed positive training, her training network (including La Mesa VSPDT trainer Julie Schmitt of Out n' About Dog Training), her upcoming appearance Read More

Positively Dog Training Episode 201

In the first episode of the new season, Victoria and Holly discuss what they've been up to for the past several months, including Victoria's filming of the 8th season of It's Me or the Dog, experiencing the recent earthquake and hurricane, Victoria on Anderson Cooper, the Hero Dog Awards, Holly's judging of Miss Tennessee, her Read More

Dealing With Fireworks Anxiety

Here comes the big one! I get tons of emails from people asking how to deal with dogs (and cats) that are terrified of fireworks, especially near the 4th of July.  Like early November in the UK (Guy Fawkes Night) and New Year’s Eve everywhere, Independence Day can be a fantastic time for us humans, Read More