VSPDTs Offer Loose Leash Walking Course

Do you have a dog that pulls on the leash? It's a common problem facing dog owners today. Two Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Trainers (VSPDTs)--Dale Ward and Daniela Cardillo--have teamed up to offer a loose-leash walking course for both dog trainers and dog owners. Register Now. *Use promo code EARLY10 to receive a 10% discount Read More

VSPDT Holds Dog and Baby Safety Class

New Jersey-based VSPDT Dee Broton, founder of Holistic Behavior Solutions, is conducting an educational series next month to help child caretakers learn how to keep dogs and babies happy and safe before, during, and after a baby's developmental stages. The event will include refreshments and a prize raffle, and will take place on Thursday, May Read More

VSPDT Holds Dog and Baby Safety Class

New Jersey-based VSPDT Dee Broton, founder of Holistic Behavior Solutions, is conducting an educational series next month to help child caretakers learn how to keep dogs and babies happy and safe before, during, and after a baby's developmental stages. The event will include refreshments and a prize raffle, and will take place on Thursday, May Read More

VSPDTs Offer Loose Leash Walking Course

Do you have a dog that pulls on the leash? It's a common problem facing dog owners today. Two Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Trainers (VSPDTs)--Dale Ward and Daniela Cardillo--have teamed up to offer a loose-leash walking course for both dog trainers and dog owners. Register Now. *Use promo code EARLY10 to receive a 10% discount Read More

VSPDT

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

Book VSPDT Phone Consultation & Get Free Personalized Book!

For a limited time, book a phone or skype consulation with a VSPDT and receive a free personalized copy of Victoria's latest book, "Train Your Dog Positively." These consultations are a fantastic way to speak directly with one of the world's top dog trainers from the comfort of your own home. Book now to take Read More

Snowshoeing with VSPDT Trainer Louisa Morrissey and Her Dogs

I'm not much of a skier (learned too late, much too cautious, etc), but I do love being in ski-country during the winter. Last year, I visited Aspen, Colorado and spent some awesome days hanging out with avalanche dogs, sled dogs, the Aspen Animal Shelter, and learning about the very cool sport of ski-joring with Read More

Victoria’s Interview with Italian VSPDT Giorgio

Il Cane Norma’s Giorgio Guglielminotti Garmot is one of the first international members of Victoria’s exclusive global network of world-class positive reinforcement trainers – Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training (VSPDT).  We recently caught up with Giorgio to ask him about the movement towards positive reinforcement training in Italy, his training center outside of Rome, and Read More

Victoria Chats With Italian VSPDT Daniela Cardillo

Greendogs’ Daniela Cardillo is among the first international members of Victoria’s exclusive global network of world-class positive reinforcement trainers – Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training (VSPDT).   I recently caught up with Daniela to ask her about the movement towards positive reinforcement training in Italy, and her training business near Milan. Leggi in italiano   Victoria:  Read More

What Is VSPDT?

Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training (VSPDT) is the world’s first global network of professional dog trainers dedicated to providing the public with a humane, positive reinforcement-based option in dog training under the most trusted name brand in reward-based dog training. VSPDT's mission is to create a global network of professional dog trainers whose goal is Read More

Isn’t It Amazing?

I firmly believe that any decent trainer is always learning – we should never feel we know ‘enough’, and I thoroughly enjoy being inspired, educated and challenged by our amazing roster of presenters at this conference year after year. It has developed into one of the most sought-after dog behaviour experiences available in the UK, and I’m incredibly honoured to be able to bring such a diverse, passionate, educated, engaged, and dog-literate group of people together in the name of better understanding our canine companions each June.

No Cue November

We have a new game at my facility called “cue fasting” and we now require a “cue fast” for all of our clients when they begin training with us. We’ve decided to take the game up a notch in what we are calling “No Cue November.”

Help! My Puppy is Deaf. What Now?

Ultimately, what I’ve realized is that living with and training a deaf dog isn’t harder, it’s just different. Here are a few tips to help new deaf dog pet parents get started. I hope these help ease your anxiety and fears during this transition.

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Official Press Release: State Farm® and Victoria Stilwell Educate Children about Being K9 Safe and Smart

Positively Dog Training Episode 404

Victoria and Holly talk about Holly’s interesting experience sitting next to a military working dog on her flight. State Farm Arson Dog Program Coordinator Heather Paul joins the show to chat about Victoria’s ‘Arson Dogs’ series and upcoming Arson Awareness Week. And Victoria answers some tricky ‘Ask Victoria’ questions.

Can You Really Trust Your Dog Trainer?

A common theme I've heard from pet parents who fell victim to "bad egg" dog trainers is that they all had a feeling that something wasn't right. But they trusted their trainer (they were a professional after all, right?), and assumed they knew what they were doing.

The Dog Aggression Epidemic

Why is it that our pet dogs are struggling more than ever to cope in our domestic world? Resource guarding, leash aggression, aggression towards other animals, and aggression towards people are some of the most common aggression examples that dog trainers see on a daily basis.

Some Days Are Just Crazy Like That!

While she is a very smart, happy, and well behaved little girl (for the most part), I cannot expect my 16 month old to be the perfect child. Her behavior is going to be wild and crazy at times. That’s part of being a toddler. Her interactions with our dogs are not always going to be positive, but I can do things to make sure that we continue down a happy road as a “mixed” family of two and four legged animals.

Five Good Reasons to Call a Trainer (None of Which Are Failure)

If you're like me, you grew up thinking that to call a dog trainer was to admit defeat—you were capable of training your dog or you didn't deserve to have one. If you're like me, you're also wrong, because there are lots of good reasons to work with a certified dog trainer (none of which are Read More

The Post-Puppy Panic

Feeling overwhelmed after bringing home a new puppy? I'm going to call this phenomenon the "post-puppy panic."

Letting Go of Restraint

With a little bit of training any dog can work cooperatively with you at the vet. VSPDT Sara McLoudrey talks about how she trained her dog to cooperate at the vet without the use of restraint.