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
Victoria Stilwell Positively has made its global network of world-class dog trainers available to every person in the world who is looking for science-based, professional help with their dogs via the new VSPDT Phone Consultation Program.
After falling in love with a dog that melted your heart at the local shelter or carefully selecting a puppy from the breed-specific rescue, you’re now faced with some very real challenges at home. What’s the quickest path to making your new bundle of joy a member of the family with whom it’s a joy Read More
The ageism that causes seniors to be passed over is a prejudice without merit, as oftentimes it’s the older dog that is best suited for a happy household and a lasting marriage of dog and family. Here’s why...
I spent the first two articles of this three-part series talking about Tricky’s drive, what I did that caused her to lose it, and the things I did to build it back. Now I will talk about what I’ve done to keep it and suggestions to help others to do the same.
This is Part 1 of Bobbie Bhambree's agility series. Check out Part 2 here and Part 3 here. One of the main reasons I am an effective dog trainer and have strong mechanical skills when teaching and handling dogs is because of my many years as an student of agility. This dog performance sport takes the Read More
Raising my puppy has been hard work. It has also been well worth the effort.
It's no use trying to suppress your dog's instinctive drives! Here's how you can accommodate digging, chewing, chasing, and barking, while enjoying your dog all the more.
Clients frequently ask me what to do when their dog is humping. First, look at the situation. Why is your dog humping? The whys becomes important, because it will determine how we will work with the behavior.
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.
OUT OF A MILLION MOMENTS SHARED, IT IS ALWAYS ONE THAT MATTERS MOST Pet photography provides the impossible: a lifetime with your pet Photography is everywhere. We are faced with millions of images every day, most of them selling us something, implying who we should be, how we should look or what we should buy. Read More
Part two of my interview with Dr. Sophia Yin about her new book, Perfect Puppy in 7 Days: Victoria: Perfect Puppy in 7 Days really focuses a lot on early learning and socialization. In fact, John Bradshaw, author of Dog Sense, says “Worth buying for the socialization advice and checklist alone.” Can you explain Read More
I recently connected with my friend, Dr. Sophia Yin, to discuss training young dogs and her new book, Perfect Puppy in 7 Days. Victoria: There are a lot of puppy books already out there. What made you decide to write this book? Sophia: I wrote this book because I needed a resource that would Read More
To some dog owners, the issue of vaccination is controversial—should it even be done? But to anyone living in developing country where most dogs and cats are not vaccinated or to anyone unlucky enough to see an outbreak, the issue is a no brainer. Take the following historical case in point. Unknown infectious agent drops Read More
As much as we love our dogs, there’s no doubt we can always use more safe and effective tips to make caring for them easier and less expensive. There are hundreds of ideas that people can use to do this - everything from cutting shedding by 90% to keeping dogs calm during thunderstorms. These and Read More
While dog parks are ace playgrounds for Rovers to romp and Spots to socialize, without proper supervision, squabbles can break out like pimples on a teenager. Luckily physical injury is relatively rare, but sometimes the damage delves deeper than skin. A few bad experiences in an impressionable pooch can progress to a lifelong fear of other Fidos.
Have you ever heard the analogy that dogs are like two-year-old children? Having had both, I can assure you there is some validity to this statement. Both require simple logic and commands, immediate praise, both get into things you never dreamed they would, and both can knock you over with their unabashed exuberance. (And we Read More