It seems like every few weeks, a fresh news story about a family pet seriously injuring or killing a baby hits the airwaves. And every time, we all say and hear the same well-meaning and accurate but tired talking points about how devastating it is, how it could have and should have been avoided, who Read More
We resolve to remember, if only for a moment, to observe and appreciate the joy our dogs bring us simply by being alive.
Following years of development, renowned dog behavior expert Victoria Stilwell and her Victoria Stilwell Academy for Dog Training & Behavior educational arm announce the launch of the Online Dog Trainer Course – a game-changing new online-only course designed to teach those aspiring to become professional dog trainers.
Preparation is key. Start by picking up any toys or chew items from common areas. Then decide where the puppy will be during rest times or times in which you cannot supervise. Depending on the size of the puppy, this can be a repurposed playpen or an ex-pen with a crate inside, or even a small room.
The future of dog videos online has arrived! Positively TV – Victoria Stilwell’s exciting new premium subscription video-on-demand service – has officially launched and is available worldwide. Positively TV is a new subscriber-based platform which contains the entire library of Victoria’s Positively video content plus exclusive new videos that will be released only to subscribers Read More
As the urbanization sprawls reach into places with wildlife, confrontations are more numerous, from skunk to coyotes to moose. Sometimes these confrontations may be potentially dangerous to us, but more often potentially dangerous to companion animals – unless we make a few easy adjustments. Arguably the most successful of all non-bird species is the coyote. Read More
You’ve been planning for months, and at last your new puppy is here! Your expectations are enormous: this is going to be the perfect dog you’ve always wanted. And maybe that’s right, and your little puppy will become your Brilliant Family Dog. But for many of us - and for many of our puppies - Read More
“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
Victoria Stilwell has launched her first publicly-available online course entitled "Inside Your Dog's Mind." Available worldwide on Udemy, this 3-hour course follows Victoria as she delves deep into the way our dogs think, feel and learn.
Veterinarians have known about the increasing instances of many tick diseases, including Lyme, for years. In fact, many veterinary parasitologists call the situation at epidemic or near epidemic proportions.
Click here to read the April 2017 Edition of the Positively Newsletter.
As a trainer I have helped many clients prepare for their coming baby, but in going through this myself, I have adjusted my expectations, and also what I will be teaching from now on.
Imagine being hung half way out a window by your suspenders 30 stories up, or being held up at gunpoint. That’s actually how I believe many of our pets feel at the vet office, or even before they arrive, as they realize that’s where they’re headed and fear begins to ramp up.
The bad news is that diabetes is way up in dogs and cats. The good news is that diabetes is considered treatable (as mentioned, cats may even go into remission). However, in order to treat, appropriate diagnosis is necessary.
Click here to read the November 2016 Edition of the Positively Newsletter.
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.
“The winner is always that dog sitting on the couch with you while you’re watching the dog show. Your dog is always Best in Show.”
Adopting a dog can be a wonderful and challenging experience. The dog will be confused, excited, anxious, worried, fearful and/or elated. Here are a 9 tips to help you through the first month.
Increasingly, human and veterinary medicine are working in tandem. This year, I began a one health campaign called Stop Lyme in conjunction with the American Veterinary Medical Association and the non-profit Global Lyme Alliance.
While the flames of controversy are fanned regarding the potential danger of e-cigarettes to people, it’s clear e-cigarettes may be lethal to dogs.
Residents fleeing abuse overwhelmingly said that URIPALS not only allowed a way out, the program provided families a way to stay together, as pets are considered members of the family. Having their pets with them serve as a kind of therapy.
Veterinary experts give their tips on keeping your pets safe and happy during the cold winter months, including how to prevent frostbite and special tips for senior pets.
Click here to read the January 2016 Edition of the Positively Newsletter.
Pet parents offer their reflections from 2015 as they begin a new year with their pets.
Parties and other celebrations can be overwhelming and ultimately fail to meet expectations. However, our dogs never disappoint us when we chose to spend time with them. So today I would like to share with you 5 ways you can ring in the New Year with your dog!
Holidays are generally a wonderful time for both people and pets but also may bring unanticipated situations. By abiding by the following “Do’s” and “Don’ts,” you and your exotic pet will hopefully have a happy, safe, and enjoyable time!
Making sure the turkey is cooked in time is stressful enough. The last thing anyone wants on Thanksgiving is to deal with an emergency, especially one dealing with your pups!
I work in "the dog world." I eat, live, and breathe dog body language, behavior and training. So why was it that when I was faced with a large loose dog charging at me and my leashed dogs, I felt completely and utterly helpless?
At long last, I am thrilled to announce the official launch of the Victoria Stilwell Academy for Dog Training and Behavior!
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.
“I wanted to shine a light on those who don’t make it out."
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.
“We’re now discovering loss of kidney function in lots of middle aged cats before the cat becomes sick. This is extremely important to potentially slow the disease progression and help us to monitor kidney loss.”
Annual pet exams aren’t just for administering vaccines; they also provide an important opportunity to develop a customized veterinary wellness plan for our pets.
Common household alkaline batteries can pose a real danger to pets if they are accidentally chewed or swallowed. Here’s what to do if your pet ever ingests a battery.
Today, July 15, is National Pet Fire Safety Day. An estimated 500,000 pets are affected by fires each year and nearly 1,000 of those fires are started by the pets themselves. The goal of this day is to spread awareness about how pets can cause fires, how to prevent them, and what to do in the event of a fire emergency.
The numbers are so shockingly small that the president of the American Heartworm Society calls it “frightening.” Only just over a third of all dogs leave a veterinary practice with heartworm preventive.
Should you take your pets on vacation with you? In what cases is it a good idea to leave them at home? Victoria and four-legged friend Daisy were featured on HLN's The Daily Share, where Victoria gave tips for safely traveling with pets, both by car and by plane. She also discusses some special precautions that pet Read More
Yes, your pet could be affected by vaccinosis. Yet, not all pets that receive vaccinations will develop any form of Vaccine Associated Adverse Event (VAAE) or vaccinosis.
Here in the United States, the number of cats and other domestic animals per household continues to grow. So does the number of food options for domestic animals. Premium and so-called holistic foods are showing some of the biggest increases in sales compared to more basic brands.