As a dog owner, there are many decisions you have to make related to your pet’s health. Should I get my dog spayed or neutered? Should I keep my dog on monthly preventatives? How should I groom my dog? Which vaccinations should my dog receive? These are just a few of the common questions pet Read More
Bringing home a new puppy is a fun and exciting time, but in order to avoid problems down the line and to ensure a lifetime of happiness and enrichment, you must do your research first! A puppy is a major responsibility and it is important to arm yourself with as much puppy knowledge as possible Read More
Jump to: Dog Safety Dog Enrichment Exercise Nutrition Health Issues Health Knowledge The health and general wellness of our dogs plays a huge role in their behavior and the nature of our relationship with them. An integral part of responsible ownership, dog wellness is a commitment to the health and the highest level of nutrition Read More
Limiting animals allowed on airplanes. This was bound to happen and has begun with Delta Airlines because so many people are taking advantage of the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regarding service animals. The law is a bit ambiguous because when the ADA was created the terms comfort animal or emotional support animal (ESA) Read More
Saving cats claws may also save their lives. There’s increasing data to demonstrate that once declawed, cats wind up at animal shelters due to behavioral problems. Or they may wind up in animal shelters because they do have their claws and are scratching in all the wrong places. To declaw remains an emotional issue, and Read More
I’ve been keeping an eye on and educating myself on the changes and improvements in the pet food industry. I’m seeing more premium brands being introduced, raw foods, grain free, limited ingredients, organic and many more options I believe this is a good for our animals but, can be a bit overwhelming. There seems to Read More
Should you be concerned about toxoplasmosis in your cat? Steve Dale debunks common myths about the disease and where the real concerns lie.
First of all, I’ve certainly never referred to myself as a ‘purely positive’ dog trainer, but I’ve heard many others – usually pretty vocal opponents of humane modern dog training – label me and others with that description. It seems to be somewhat of a dog training unicorn, in that there are those who still Read More
Say the phrase "animal rescue" in any given circle of people and watch for a variety of reactions. Some people’s eyes will light up with hope and delight and others will start backing away with narrowing eyes, faces drawn with suspicion. The latter is unfortunate, but the truth cannot be denied that some of the Read More
Every dog behavior professional keeps a mental list of other dog care professionals such as dog walkers, pet sitters, boarding facilities, groomers, etc. that meet their own personal care standards. Those standards will likely mirror their own philosophy of how dogs should be treated. Those who practice behavior modification with modern scientific-based methods in their Read More
Why do so many parrots end up in shelters or have to be euthanized? Certainly, there are many reasons. But here are perhaps the top five...
If hugs counted for $1 apiece, the U.S. government could balance their budget on the number of free hugs technicians give to clients. Veterinary technicians do it for love.
Pets that are considered by society as “less adoptable” are just as loving, sweet, and kind as all of the other pets. However, they aren’t blessed with the natural poster child adoptability as the other pets in the shelter.
Marketing is there to make you buy something- in this case, the training services of any given trainer. When trainers that use punitive methods advertise their services, they are going to be really good at selling them to you. They have to. Think about it: “We shock your dog into compliance!” is not exactly the best tag line.
Breed traits are important. But these breed traits certainly don’t mean that only a very small segment of society should parent those particular breeds.
How do you feel about someone who MAKES you do anything? Warm and loving or resentful and wary? Which way would you prefer that your dog feel about you?
Official Press Release: State Farm® and Victoria Stilwell Educate Children about Being K9 Safe and Smart
Anyone who loves or has loved a dog fiercely understands the intense loss when a person's dog passes away.We love fiercely and completely and we need to view that as enough and not feel regrets for what we might have done differently to have our dogs in our lives longer. Dog’s lives are precious but they are far too brief and grief is the price that we pay to have so much happiness in our lives.
I recently became the proud owner of a 10 week old Border Collie. Having had two previous Border Collies that passed away at the age of 14 I surmised I was savvy enough to do it again. The reality of my decision bit me pretty hard!
VSPDT Laura Brody discusses the topic of dog socialization and why modern domesticated dogs are showing more signs of dog-dog aggression than ever before.
September is Responsible Dog Ownership Month. Do you fit the bill of a responsible dog owner? Check out Victoria Stilwell's article highlighting five ways you can spot a responsible dog owner.
As soon as a puppy is born, it relies on touch to find its mother, to stimulate milk flow for feeding, and as a source of comfort. Mothers in turn lick and nuzzle their puppies from birth, improving the puppies’ circulation and encouraging them to eliminate waste in order to stay healthy. Touch helps form Read More
I have often wondered which side I would take in the greatest historical injustices throughout history. Would I have been for slavery or against it? Would I have fought for civil equality or against it? If I had grown up in an upbringing that encouraged immorality, would I have gone with the social norm or Read More
Taking care of a pet for her entire lifespan is a huge responsibility, but there are a few ways to ensure her well-being. 10 Tips for General Animal Care: Physical examination. A veterinarian should examine your dog at least once every 12 months. Do not miss yearly checkups, and keep your dog up-to-date on Read More
Cancer is a frightening word in any scenario, and unfortunately it can also occur in our pets. Dogs are susceptible to many forms of cancer, and it is the leading disease-related cause of death in dogs. What are warning signs my dog might have cancer? Routinely check your dog for unusual lumps and bumps, and Read More
People have an ethical responsibility to raise and treat animals with care and respect. The evidence is overwhelming – puppy mills (farms) are no better than factory farms for dogs. Apart from being cruel and abusive places there are many reasons why a consumer must stay away from purchasing a puppy from a pet store, flea 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
Why should you consider 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 animals, and far to often people are not willing to take the time to Read More
You may have seen a sad commercial on TV or walked the aisles of an animal shelter and thought, “I wish I could save them all!” We've all been there, but fortunately, you do not have to 'save them all' to make a huge impact. Rescue dogs are often prime examples of a dog’s ability Read More
Breed-specific legislation is being proposed and enacted all over the world, and targets so-called 'aggressive breeds.' German Shepherds, Rottweilers, and pit bull type dogs are common victims of this discriminatory and ineffective legislation. Why Doesn’t BSL Work? Banning specific breeds fails to get to the root of the dog bite problem—irresponsible ownership. Any dog can Read More
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
One of the biggest decisions you will make is whether to adopt a dog from a shelter or rescue group or buy a puppy from a breeder. Please choose not to support pet stores by purchasing a puppy from them – learn more about pet stores and puppy mills. If you have already decided you Read More
It is vital to habituate a puppy to human touch as soon as the puppy is born. A new pup relies on touch to find its mother, to stimulate milk flow for feeding, and as a source of comfort. Mothers in turn lick and nuzzle their puppies from birth, improving the puppies’ circulation and encouraging Read More
One of the most difficult challenges a dog owner may have to deal with is a problem with their dog’s potty training. From potty training an adult dog to dealing with marking or submissive urination, there are all kinds of potty problems that you might be facing with your dog. The first thing to do Read More
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
Dogs are not on a quest for world domination. They are not socialized wolves who are constantly striving to be ‘top dog’ over us, and they are not hard-wired to try and control every situation. Contrary to what traditional training ideologies and much modern media would have you believe, most canine behavior problems stem from Read More
People used to think that dog training was only about teaching dogs obedience commands, usually through the use of heavy-handed punishment-based techniques. It was viewed as somewhat of a luxury for pet parents and was often wrongly considered to be something so straightforward and simple to achieve that anyone could do it on their own without Read More
While her filming and professional schedule unfortunately prevent her from making private house calls, Victoria has responded to the dog-owning public's ever-growing need for more positive training professionals by creating a global network of hand-picked, world-class positive trainers – Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training (VSPDT). Victoria herself personally oversees the recruitment of the very best 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