Choosing the Right Collar or Harness

Keeping a regular collar (also known as a flat collar) on your dog is must for any dog owner. In addition to a microchip, your dog should be wearing a collar and ID tags at all times. Even the most responsible pet owners might have to face the devastating situation of a lost dog, and Read More

Your new puppy – 9 steps to get it right from the start

“I wonder if I’ve done the wrong thing … Perhaps I’m not capable of looking after a dog.” I don’t know exactly what had caused such a devastating loss of confidence in what 30was clearly a capable individual. But Gwen voiced a sentiment I come across from time to time. Her family had left home Read More

Introducing the Newly-Redesigned Positively No-Pull Harness

The newly-redesigned Positively No-Pull Harness works by utilizing the dog’s natural center of gravity much the same way a harness on a horse does – effectively and painlessly allowing the handler to redirect the dog when she pulls during walks.

Is Adopting a Greyhound Right for You?

The Greyhound will always hold a special place in my heart. They are a regal, gentle, loving breed. While built for speed, their true gift is their ability to segue from athlete into loving companion and perfect pet!

Teaching a Dog Not to Be Scared of a Leash or Collar

Desensitisation and counter conditioning are valuable skills to use with fearful dogs and great care must be taken when using these tools in order to make sure that we don’t push dogs beyond their limits, making their fears worse

DIY Valentine’s Day Collar Scarf

Whip up a collar scarf for your pet in time for Valentine’s Day! We tend to do holiday-themed pictures with our dogs – and, occasionally, we can get the cat in on it – but I don’t like to spend money on embellishments for the photos. For this February 14, I made the easiest, cheapest Read More

What Dog Breed is Right for Your Fitness Style?

I joined a gym. It was a painful decision because I had to admit a) I was out of shape and b) parts of my body were heading towards my toes. Now I know this is the first blog I'm writing for Positively.com and realize it should be something more inspirational-- something with an epiphany.. Read More

Crack, Not Crackers: Choosing the right reinforcer

Recently, I was chatting with a friend whose dog Grace is a goofy, floppy lab mix. She’s well-behaved but goes bonkers when she sees other dogs in the park. It’s friendly but intense: She leaps and lunges and yips until she pulls her way to the other dog. “It’s the craziest thing,” Grace’s person told Read More

How To Choose The Right Dog Food

Finding the right food to feed your dog has never been more difficult. Ironically, this is because we live in an era when we have never had so much to choose from in the dog food aisle. Manufacturers both giant and small are producing more and more variations of foods theoretically targeted at everything from Read More

Choosing The Right Breeder

If you have decided that you definitely want to buy a puppy from a breeder, it’s critical that you find a breeder who sincerely cares about the puppies’ best interests, even long after they have gone to their new homes. Here are some tips about how to get a puppy from the right breeder. Never Read More

Choosing The Right Breed/Breed Mix

Whether you are buying from a breeder or adopting from a shelter/rescue group, you need to do a good bit of research on what breed or breed mix of dog you are looking for. The wrong pet in a family situation can be stressful on everyone. Pre-Selection To-Do List Do research online about dog breeds Read More

Finding The Right Rescue Dog

When considering where to get a new dog to add to your family, you should certainly consider adopting a dog from a shelter. Dogs end up in shelters for a variety of reasons. People who do not spay/neuter their pets may have unwanted litters, sometimes a dog’s owner becomes too sick to care for their Read More

Choosing The Right Dog

When looking to add a new four-legged addition to your family, there are many factors to consider. Before making this life-changing decision, you need to familiarize yourself with as much information about what type of dog will be the best fit for your household. Adopt or Shop? Whether to buy a dog from a breeder Read More

How To Pick The Right Puppy

Once you have decided that you want a puppy and not an adult dog, there are still many considerations you have to make in order to choose the right one. Bringing a puppy into your home is a 15-20 year commitment, so it’s important not to take the decision lightly. What To Look  For In Read More

Shock Collars

Shock or electric collars are devices placed around a dog's neck which connect to a handheld transmitter which remotely delivers varying levels of electric shocks to the dog's neck. Having already been deemed illegal as abusive tools by many countries such as Finland, parts of Canada and parts of the United Kingdom, shock collars theoretically Read More

Choke and Prong Collars

Choke and prong collars are still extremely popular with many dog owners. They are generally made of metal chain material which tightens around a dog’s neck when the handler pulls or jerks back on the leash. Aversive trainers will often use choke and prong collars to perform 'corrections', essentially causing the dog pain any time Read More

Choosing the Right Leash

What’s in a leash? These days, there are all kinds of leashes on the market. How do you choose the right leash for you? Standard Leashes Nylon leashes are relatively popular these days, and they are an easy and inexpensive option for most dog owners. If you have a strong puller or a leash reactive Read More

Head Collars & No-Pull Harnesses

Head collars and harnesses are two effective and humane options for teaching your dog to walk well on a leash, and can be a valuable part of your training toolbox when working with a leash reactive dog. Harnesses There are three main types of harnesses-those that clip on the dog’s back: those that connect to Read More

In Defense of Harnesses

As dog owners, we are constantly bombarded with product after product recommended for walking our dogs. I cringe when I see dogs choking, coughing, and essentially strangling themselves on walks as a result of their collars. While prong and choke collars are the most obvious offenders, even a flat collar can be damaging to a Read More

Picking the Right Dog for Your Health & Lifestyle

We're just beginning to understand the extent of the remarkable bond between dogs and humans. Adding a dog to your life can be a wonderful idea at any age, but it’s not a decision to take lightly. If you’re looking for a new dog for yourself or a family member, it’s important to take your time to find the right dog for your age, health, and lifestyle.

Teaching A Leash Reactive Dog To Make The Right Choices

When Sadie first came into my life four years ago, she was what I would call a reactive dog, lunging towards and barking viciously at any dog that walked past or came close to her. Fortunately I was able to temper her reaction and teach her a new way to cope and behave in similar situations. The techniques I used meant I could change her behavior without physically punishing or imposing my will upon her in any way. I just gave her choices.

Victoria Blasts Shock Collars in the Chicago Tribune

Victoria was featured in the Chicago Tribune, where she was interviewed by Pet World's Steve Dale. In the article, she discusses how to choose a good dog trainer and the details of her new book, but especially delves into the dangers of electronic collars.

Help Fight Rabies & Animal Cruelty via “Collars Not Cruelty” Campaign

Every year, 20 million dogs are brutally killed every year in failed attempts to fight rabies – that’s 38 every minute. The World Society for the Protection of Animals’ (WSPA) new campaign, Collars Not Cruelty, is not only calling attention to this horrific issue, but also providing a solution: mass vaccination. According to the organization, Read More

The Charge of the Right Brigade

Fortunately there’s lots of good news around these days about positive dog training methods.  Note: positive does not equate with permissive; it involves setting limits, having reasonable expectations, paying attention to and helping a dog achieve desired behaviors, rewarding such behaviors and ignoring (or tsk-tsking) unwanted or objectionable behaviors. Yes, the yin-yang approach of reward Read More

Happy New Year!

We resolve to remember, if only for a moment, to observe and appreciate the joy our dogs bring us simply by being alive. 

Positively Dog Training Episode 802

In this podcast, Victoria and Aly share great ideas on how to provide enrichment for your dog when it’s cold outside. Aly shares some great canine fitness ideas, how to play hide and seek with your dog and making meal times more enriching.

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

Love Is Ageless

Love truly is ageless. While this is the last day of Adopt A Senior month, we would say that every day is a great day to bring love and companionship into your life.