Halloween Anxiety

No one wants their pets to feel afraid – even on Halloween. The good news is that you can do something about it, which is what the international Fear Free initiative is all about.

Halloween Pet Costumes

It’s scary. And you’re not alone - over 4.2 million dog-owning households and nearly two million cat-caretakers will be treating their furry companions to ghoulish goodies and ghoulish toys this Halloween, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF). Also, according to the NRF, pet “moms” and “dads” will spend over $440 million on Halloween. That’s Read More

Dog Boredom vs Anxiety

Many people return home after a day at work to a household of destruction and mayhem, and their first assumption is that their dog suffers from acute separation anxiety. Sometimes this can be the case, but in many cases, the dog has destroyed the house as a cure for another very common problem in the Read More

Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety is one of the most difficult behavior problems to deal with in dogs because successful modification relies on people being present at all times during what can be a long training process. It is a hugely important problem to solve, both for dog and owner, as separation anxiety is one of the main Read More

Separation Anxiety? What You Can Do

Separation Anxiety? What You Can Do. Dogs are social creatures and can over-attach to a pet parent or canine housemate and become habituated to continual contact. When left alone these dogs may experience what is akin to a panic attack in humans. A well-structured change in routine may break the cycle of anxiety if practiced Read More

Victoria Stilwell’s Top Ten Halloween Pet Safety Tips

Halloween is an awesome holiday, but most of our pets don’t necessarily enjoy fright night quite as much as we do, and there can be extra dangers lurking for them that we should help them avoid. Here are my top ten tips for keeping your pets happy and healthy on Halloween.

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

Separation Anxiety article from The Bark

In my recent article for The Bark magazine (available on newstands now), separation anxiety was the question of the day: Reader's Question:  Charley, a rescued three year-old Lab who’d spent his entire life in an outdoor kennel, was scared of everything when we first got him. He’s been with us for eight months and now, Read More

The Challenge of Separation Anxiety

Canine behavior specialists deal with fear issues, aggression issues, and everything in between. Most would agree, however, that separation anxiety can be one of the most difficult behavior problems to solve. Not only do separation issues present in challenging ways and sometimes to a severe degree, but the success of any rehabilitation program depends largely Read More

Positively Dog Training Episode 707

K9 officer Shawn Humphreys talks with Victoria and Holly about the world of police dog training, its challenges, and the changes he’s noticing with his move towards more positive training. Also, new VSA course dates, how to find a licensed trainer as well as leash-walking and separation anxiety issues.

Positively Dog Training Episode 701

Victoria and Holly reconnect after a few months away and discuss how to recognize signs of pain in your older dog, keys to curbing rambunctious dog play, managing noisy nighttime behavior, overcoming anxiousness when guests visit your dog, and how to get dogs used to water.

Consent: It’s Not Just for People!

Consent is a right of every living being. We expect to be asked prior to being touched. But we give consent to strangers to touch our dogs without asking the dog.

Sundowner Syndrome In Dogs

Sundowner Syndrome, a disorder that can affect older dogs with dementia, causes anxiety and other behavioral issues that get worse toward the end of the day.

Welcoming Your Shelter Dog Into Their New Home

You know that life for your newly adopted dog has just taken a turn for the better, but your dog needs you to demonstrate it for her. Here are a few tips for helping to make the transition from shelter dog to a adored member of your family.

What To Do When a Dog Hates Being Contained

Some dogs may whine, cry, or bark in the crate, while others may go so far as causing real damage to a crate or a room. This type of behavior is often attributed to separation anxiety. But is that always the issue? Here are some training tips for dogs that don't do well being contained.

Positively Success Story: Aaro

I hope Aaro's story gives hope and inspiration to all who struggle with a more demanding dog. Positive methods DO work.

Top 10 Clues to Decipher Cat Moods

1)    Purring. The soothing low rumble of a cat's purr often signals happiness but not always. Cats purr to self-sooth from stress, illness or injury. Look for other clues. A happy purring cat will have relaxed muscles and closed or half closed eyes.   2)    Happy tail or angry tail. Cats speak volumes with their Read More

The Post-Puppy Panic

Feeling overwhelmed after bringing home a new puppy? I'm going to call this phenomenon the "post-puppy panic."

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.

Positively Success Story: Libby

I adopted Libby in May of this year from our local animal shelter. She initially showed up last December at approximately a year old as a stay that no one claimed. She was adopted once but was returned because she continued to scale a six-foot fence and roam the neighborhood. My husband and I are 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.

Top 5 Summertime Pet Safety Tips

As temperatures increase, pet owners must prepare for the numerous hazards and stressors associated with the temperature changes, sun exposure, holiday food consumption, and festive gatherings that summer brings. To ensure your pet has a safe and fun summer, take proactive steps to prevent potentially life-threatening illness and injury. Here are my Top 5 Summertime Read More

Dangers To Your Pet

Keeping your dog safe is a critical part of dog ownership. While there are all kinds of dangers your pet could be exposed to, here are some of the most common dangers that often go overlooked: Retractable Leashes This type of flexible leash has become widespread and extremely popular, but they can pose a significant Read More

Behavior Problems

While nuisance behaviors like barking, jumping, and nipping can be troublesome, they generally do not carry the same damaging potential of some more serious behavior problems like aggression and separation anxiety. If you have a dog that suffers from a more severe behavioral issue, the best thing you can do is to avoid the use Read More

“Unemployed Dogs” Are a Growing Trend

I often use the term "unemployed dogs" to describe four-legged friends who live their lives with little exercise or mental stimulation. While most dogs don't need to be actual "working" dogs, it's a real tragedy when dogs are left alone most of their lives and are rarely given the chance to exercise--mentally or physically. 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.

Positively Dog Training Episode 315

Holly's CNN shoot in Jerome, AZ, Victoria's resolution to for eat more healthily, how to feed your dogs a better diet, animal cruelty, MN-based VSPDT trainer Amy Sandmann talks about her therapy dog work with Pet Partners & more.

Positively Dog Training Episode 310

Dogs Today editor Beverley Cuddy calls the Positively hotline to discuss everything from how the book 50 Shades of Grey relates to dog training to the battle between dominance positive training. Also, new Ask Victoria questions.

An Interview With Nicole Wilde

I love Nicole Wilde.  She is such a lovely woman and a true powerhouse in our collective quest to promote positive training at the expense of dominance and fear-based methods.  I first met her several years ago when she stopped by our house in Atlanta for some dinner while she was in town for one Read More

FEARS (and trees!)

There are not a lot of things that “scare” me, but falling trees are one of the things that I worry about.  As I write this, I am sitting in a pitch dark room at 2am in the morning listening to the sound of roaring wind gusts outside.  We just had tornado producing storms with Read More

Fireworks are not only for the 5th November (sadly!)

After another long strung out period of loud bangs, fireworks night has thankfully been and gone for another year, but not before it affected many of our household pets.  Standby for one of my soapbox moments; Fireworks(or Guy Fawkes) Night seems to be developing into Fireworks Fortnight, as the celebrations begin a week early and Read More

Positively Dog Training Episode 108

Victoria gives us an update on the new season of IMOTD while discussing her role as a counselor to humans on the show as well as dogs. The hot topic is pet bereavement and grieving: how pets grieve for each other and how animals have a greater capacity than we're aware of. Victoria discusses the Read More