Fourth of July and Fireworks

It’s not that dogs aren’t patriotic, but many dogs, and also some cats are terrified of the loud and sudden bangs we call fireworks. It’s actually adaptive to be hard-wired to be afraid of sudden loud sounds. We jump at such surprising sounds, and we might also run the other way or hide if we Read More

The Hand That Feeds: There Are Better Options Than Hand Feeding

It used to be standard operating procedure for some dog professionals to advise new rescue dog parents to hand feed said dog in order to effectively create a bond. In some cases, it still is standard. It depends on who you ask. The same protocol is also suggested by some trainers for dogs who resource Read More

Reality Check: Nine Things That Your Dog Wants You to Understand

Knowledge in all forms seems to wax and wane according to the dynamics of the times that we live in. This is consistent on all subjects but in particular, with dog behavior knowledge. We have come so far with an understanding of dog behavior and how to modify it, yet old school techniques and thought Read More

The Fireworks Have Begun

The fireworks have begun, now what? Yes, I know you realize that by thinking in advance more might have been done to help your scared dog or cat. At this point, obviously anti-anxiety medication taking weeks to kick in won’t help. And it’s exceedingly unlikely that a gradual counter conditioning and desensitization program to the Read More

Teaching A Deaf and Blind Dog to Sit

When it comes to training a deaf and blind dog, there is very little information available. This video is a simple how-to for training a deaf and blind dog to sit.

My Husband is NOT a Dog Trainer

Living with him has been a great learning lesson for me. He is helping me to gain a better understanding of what a typical dog owning couple deals with.

How Well Do Our Dogs Understand Us? (Part 1 of 2)

So, how much do dogs know? Humans have lived side-by-side with dogs for thousands of years, yet even today this big question continues to baffle science – even as dogs have become family members.

Why I Don’t Use “Commands” In Dog Training

I often find that people think using the word "cue" instead of "command" in dog training is just a semantic difference that doesn't have any implication on the training process. I disagree.

How to Keep Your Dog Calm During Fireworks

Dogs have no way to understand what the those unpredictable explosions are all about. If the fireworks happen to be nearby, dogs may be able to smell them and even feel their vibrations, adding to their fear factor.

Will Your Dog #PoopandTell?

Will your dog #poopandtell? Submit your dog's picture and tell us the most embarrassing place he has ever pooped, and you could win some awesome prizes from Positively and Earth Rated!

National Fire Dog Monument Vandalized

The National Fire Dog Monument, a symbol of hope and honor for both law enforcement and citizens, was desecrated in a horrendous act of vandalism yesterday.

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.

On Dieting and Dog Training

I have a lot of habits to break and a lot of new behaviors to learn. This got me thinking about my work in animal behavior and how amazingly similar it is to what I am trying to accomplish with my diet.

Science Shows Similar Love Between Moms and Their Babies, Dogs

Many people describe their dogs as their 'kids.' But a new scientific study out of the Massachusetts General Hospital for Comparative Medicine showed early signs that mothers feel a similar bond with their dogs as the bond they feel with their babies.

Positively Success Story: Ferdinand & Diva

I am the proud mum to two enormous newfoundland dogs, aged 8 and 6. My eight year old I have had since he was three months old and he has always been treated almost as an equal. I learned very early on that with a dog that size, and a working breed as well, if I Read More

DogTV Lands Celebrity Composer

Andrew Dost is a multi-instrumentalist for the band 'fun.', a rock trio that has topped the charts with songs like 'We are Young' and 'Some Nights'. The Grammy winner is now performing and composing music specially created for DogTV.

The Value of Understanding Value

Our four legged companions have a much simpler value system based on the most basic aspects of life: food, water, shelter, territory, a mate. Then there are the secondary aspects: chasing things that move just because, following their nose because they can, shredding our belongings because it's fun, and on and on.

Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society – A Model Shelter and a Great Fundraiser

I had the pleasure of visiting the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society in Cashiers, NC, and was also the featured presenter at their annual fundraising event, "A Celebration of Humane Heroes." I was so impressed by the facility itself, the incredible staff and volunteers, and especially their commitment to serving the needs of the surrounding community. I have been Read More

Reckless Abandon

Dogs deserve to run with reckless abandon, these were my thoughts early this morning as I watched two doodles run free in the yard as I sipped my coffee. As I watched them run I wished that all dog owners could have a physical fence for their dogs as it is a vital part of Read More

Program Benefits At-Risk Youth and Shelter Dogs

There are few bonds stronger than the one between a child and a dog. EPIC Pals (standing for Early Prevention Impacts Community) is a program that's taking advantage of that special relationship and helping both at-risk youth and shelter dogs. The program helps the kids improve their communication skills and better manage their emotions, preparing them Read More

Tennis Player Andy Murray Rescues Dog On Way to Wimbledon

It's not every day you see a tennis star chasing a dog down the middle of a busy road. And you especially wouldn't expect to see that during the Wimbledon tournament. But that's exactly what happened when Scottish tennis player Andy Murray spotted a loose dog heading towards oncoming traffic while heading to practice on Sunday. Read More

Comparing the “Cat Person” and the “Dog Person”

Are you a cat person or a dog person? According to new research out of Carroll University in Wisconsin, your answer to this question may say something about your personality, your interests--even your intelligence. The researchers polled 600 college students, and researched their dog vs. cat preference as well as their personalities, interests, and hobbies. Read More

VSPDT Holds Dog and Baby Safety Class

New Jersey-based VSPDT Dee Broton, founder of Holistic Behavior Solutions, is conducting an educational series next month to help child caretakers learn how to keep dogs and babies happy and safe before, during, and after a baby's developmental stages. The event will include refreshments and a prize raffle, and will take place on Thursday, May Read More

The Remarkable Connection Between Dogs and Autistic Children

New research shows that children with autism tend to develop strong bonds with dogs. This is particularly remarkable when you consider that many children with autism spectrum disorders have a hard time with social interactions and making friends. The judgment-free, pressure-free love of a dog can help autistic children form a bond not only with Read More

Must Watch: Veteran and Bomb-Sniffing Dog Reunited

When Iraq veteran Sgt. Jason Bos had to leave the Army due to a back injury almost two years ago, he feared that he would never get the chance to see his canine partner, MWD Cila, again. Little did he know he would have the opportunity to adopt the labrador retriever, who he had nicknamed Read More

VSPDT Holds Dog and Baby Safety Class

New Jersey-based VSPDT Dee Broton, founder of Holistic Behavior Solutions, is conducting an educational series next month to help child caretakers learn how to keep dogs and babies happy and safe before, during, and after a baby's developmental stages. The event will include refreshments and a prize raffle, and will take place on Thursday, May Read More

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