Marking

Scent marking is a very normal and common behavior (particularly in male dogs), but it becomes a big problem when marking occurs in the home. Both sexes scent mark, but unneutered males are the worst offenders because the presence of testosterone stimulates signaling of sexual availability and claiming of territory. Resources such as toys, food Read More

Victoria’s article in The Bark – Scent Marking

Victoria's article on scent marking for The Bark magazine is now available online.  Excerpt: Q:   We had two questions for Victoria on the sensitive issue of marking and inappropriate defecation. One involved a young male dog adopted from a shelter who, the owner wrote, “is an ideal playmate for our female dog and is perfect Read More

Can You Dig It?

Let's start with why dogs dig. Dogs belong to the family Canidae, which includes domestic dogs, fox, coyotes, wolves and a few others. What do they all have in common? Well, plenty, including digging as an innate behavior.

Beyond the Fairy Tale

And they all lived happily ever after… I’m a sucker for those stories too. I love to see the heroes and heroines overcome adversity and wander off into the sunset for their fabulous forever. Sadly we all know that happy ever after is just a fairy tale ending to a fairy tale. Neither are real, Read More

Mighty Middle Game: Safety, Confidence, Control!

Protecting our dogs from the world and the world from our dogs can sometimes feel like a full-time operation. Not with middle! It’s the portable safe place that you can take anywhere and it’s the mainstay of our Leash Off, Game On off-leash reliability games that we show in our free DVD: https://game.absolute-dogs.com/leashoffgameon The benefits of Read More

Teaching Your Dog Calmness & Focus

In part one of this blog series, I introduced you to what a “Naughty But Nice” dog is and shared with you the first tip to training and living harmoniously with them! Now, the next tip - calmness!

“Information Seeking” in Dogs

Information seeking behavior in dogs has many forms. Every dog can help us to become better trainers if we adapt what we do to help them learn. So... what is your dog asking?

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

How to Clicker Train Your Dog

Have you ever thought about using clicker training with your dog, but didn't know how it worked? Here are some great tips and videos from a dog trainer about how to start clicker training.

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

Positively Success Story: Maggie

Maggie came into my life almost six years ago, when I was hired by her owners, of that time, to teach her basic obedience. Maggie was an untrained dog, who had already been adopted by several other families and she eventually proved to be “too much” to handle for her then adopted family. I was Read More

Choice Training

Choice training involves catching actions and behaviors that you like in your dog and marking them with rewards your dog finds motivating. These actions and behaviors can then become your dog’s ‘default’ behaviors that he or she can choose to use in certain situations. A default behavior gives your dog an alternative to unwanted behavior Read More

Positively Success Story: Magic

I adopted an 11- month old Yorkshire terrier from a rescue group in March 2009. The rescue group warned me that she was very shy and had not had the best of starts for a puppy. I had trained several dogs and was confident that with a little patience, she would be fine. After only Read More

Does Your Dog Point North When Pooping?

If you find yourself in need of a compass, you may not need to look further than your dog. Years of research by German and Czech scientists has shown that when dogs defecate, they tend to align themselves along a north-south axis, and they prefer to face north. Although this might seem like a unique Read More

Spay/Neuter

Whether or not to have a dog spayed (removing the ovaries and uterus) or neutered (removing the testicles) is an important decision you must make with the help of your veterinarian and the collective advice of other animal care professionals. There are many different opinions when it comes to spaying and neutering, and some people Read More

Hot Weather Tips

Dogs generally do not tolerate the heat well. While the warm summer months can be fun for humans and dogs alike, it is important to keep your dog from getting overheated. Regardless of the size or breed of dog, you should never leave any dog outside for extended periods in the heat. Top 10 Tips Read More

Potty Problems

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

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.

Positively Dog Training Episode 319

The stay cue, Banana Joe the Affenpinscher, Dognition exclusive discount, cold weather tips, indoor scent marking, eating before your dogs, bad bedtime behavior and Jane's Addiction.

Positively Dog Training Episode 306

Recaps of the Hero Dog Awards and preview of the Denver Dog Bite Conference, child/dog safety tips, the opposition to BSL in Savannah, Holly's pizzas for charity and Ask Victoria questions.

How to Become an Animal Communicator!

Ever get the feeling your dog is talking to you? You’re right. If you’ve longed to know what’s going on in your dog’s heart and mind, and to communicate back, here’s a surefire way to connect. Learn to read what your dog is saying to you, and speak to your dog in a language your Read More

Nevermind the Bollocks

Since last week's episode of It’s Me or the Dog aired in the US featuring Eric and his Presa Canario Caspar, I have been inundated with people asking if Eric listened to my advice and finally had Caspar neutered.   For those of you in other parts of the world who haven’t seen the episode yet, here is Read More

Positively Podcasts

Join Victoria and her co-host (and It's Me or the Dog alum) Holly Firfer as they discuss everything from the hottest dog-related topics of the day to the inside scoop from the set of It's Me or the Dog and everything in between. A fun, informative and lighthearted look into Victoria's life and work, the Read More

Can Spaying Make Dog Behavior Worse?

On an episode of “It’s Me or the Dog,” Victoria Stilwell tackled the problem of a bull terrier that exhibited mounting behavior. The first solution was to send the dog for a time-out when he mounted. However, the mounting was so severe that the trainer finally recommended neutering, which solved the problem. This case raises Read More

Episode Guide

Below is a list of all It's Me Or The Dog episodes, and their descriptions: Territory Season Ep# Title Air Date Description UK 1 101 Jimi & Duke 8/31/2005 Victoria helps a family of desperate pet owners get their misbehaving dogs Jimi and Duke under control.  She meets a couple whose house has been taken Read More