It has become somewhat common for dog owners to leave music or TV's on when they leave the house in the hopes that the constant sound will help soothe their lonely pets. While the intention behind this technique is noble, behavioral science has now uncovered enough about the way our dogs process sounds to know Read More
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.
Away from beach sports and tourist hustle and bustle, barking dogs greet visitors to the SPCA Puerto Vallarta in Mexico.
It's that time of year when we start shopping for holiday gifts for our friends and family, but have you remembered your 4-legged friends?
Does your dog ever behave in what appears to be a jealous manner when you interact with a friend’s canine companion? How about his behaviors around toys or food? Does your dog suddenly become more interested in his playthings or meals in the presence of another pooch? I have certainly seen my own dog, Cardiff, Read More
Reiki (pronounced ray-key) energy healing is a gentle, painless, yet powerful modality that works on animals and humans alike. I use Reiki on many of my canine clients and have always seen wonderful results. Reiki can be used in conjunction with all other holistic medical or therapeutic techniques as well as with traditional medical treatments Read More
So you think your dog can dance? Then check out Canine Freestyle, a fascinating dog sport in which dog and handler perform a choreographed routine to music. If you are looking for a dog sport that also allows creativity on the part of the handler, Canine Freestyle could be a great fit. Known as 'Heel Read More
iCalmDog plays four hours of clinically tested calming music on automatic repeat and is the size of a Labrador’s paw. It’s a dog’s security blanket at home or can be taken to the groomers, vet clinic, dog sitter’s, on vacation, to the boarding facility and beyond.
Defining what aggression means is not easy, because there are so many variables associated with what is a highly complex behavior. But by investigating the function served by an aggressive act as well as why it occurs and what result it achieves from the dog’s point of view, we can begin to gain a better understanding.
I know I don’t always hit the mark for my dogs, but where enrichment is concerned, I do my best to make sure they have as many outlets as they need. That is why I waited so long before I had dogs of my own, because I wanted to give them the best life possible. Sure, my dogs complete me and make my life better, but I work as hard as I can to do the same for them.
Fireworks can be fun for humans, but dogs don't have the same reaction.
When she really puts her mind to it, my chocolate lab Sadie can whip up what I truly believe must be the most injured and woeful countenance any living being has ever forced another to look upon. It’s not that she thinks I don’t love her, or that she’s in any physical pain. It’s just Read More
Leaving your pet at home is not an easy part of any pet parent’s day, but here are some ideas to help make your absence a more positive experience for your pets.
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.
Thunderstorm phobia is a relatively common problem for dogs, particularly for those that live in areas where stormy weather is more frequent. Whether fear of thunderstorms is elicited by a singular traumatic experience or prolonged exposure, the result is often highly distressing for dogs and people. Without extensive behavioral therapy and management strategies, phobias become Read More
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
Keeping your dog physically stimulated and in shape is an important part of dog wellness, but it is also crucial to provide mental stimulation and enrichment for your dog. Thanks primarily to our collective commitment to better understanding our dogs through the study of behavioral science, modern dogs are very fortunate to live in a Read More
Victoria Stilwell’s 5th book entitled “The Ultimate Guide to Raising a Puppy: How to Train and Care for Your New Dog” will be released on October 1, 2019 in the US. The book is available to preorder now.
Some pups would bark “bah humbug!” if they could. They just don’t appreciate the Christmas spirit.
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.
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 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
Some quick & easy tips to make Christmas a safe, fun day for you and your pets.
The holidays can be an exciting and festive time for humans, but for many dogs, they can be a cause of anxiety. It’s important not to forget your dog’s behavioral health during this time.
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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
The goal in any training protocol is to reduce stress so that the dog remains one hundred percent, no-holds-barred OK in his environment.
Cue the wistful music before starting the video rolling and many dog lovers just see what they want to see in a video making the internet rounds. When you accompany sweet music with an overlay of words meant to convey what you want people to see, as long as the opposite isn’t glaringly obvious to Read More
People go to great lengths to try to achieve what they see as a "gold star level" of leash control using all kinds of questionable methods. But here's the thing: true leash control isn't about control at all.
Although walking with your dog seems like a routine activity, a good walk always starts with preparation and the right equipment. So here are some tips for having the best walk with your dog!
Does your dog pull you over in his eagerness to greet another dog? Here are 5 ways to change your hooligan to a well-mannered dog.
Dog Training Frustration? Here are 14 things you can do to relax instead of getting frustrated with your dog.
Victoria and Holly talk about their experiences in Greece, where there is a massive stray dog problem. They interview Victoria Stilwell Dog Training Academy Director Tia Guest, and Victoria answers some tough Ask Victoria questions.
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.
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.
Summing up twenty years of authoring Tribune Content Agency newspaper column is easy. I do have a wealth of memories to recall.
I’m not sure how it is at your house, but Christmas is sneaking up on me and I can always use help when it comes to brainstorming gift ideas. So I thought I’d share these five awesome gifts, all which are less than $20 and would make the perfect stocking stuffer or a small “thinking-of-you” gift. 1. Read More
One evening in December 2011, my wife, Karen, was picking up our lab Lily from day care and noticed a scruffy little black mutt in the corner of a pen. His name was Inky and he needed a home. Karen was told that Inky had been a stray puppy, that he and his brother had Read More