'Watch Me' is an important cue, but many owners never think about teaching it to their dog. This cue helps to get your dog’s attention when you’re out and about, especially if there are distractions around that might make him nervous. Having a reliable 'Watch Me' is also one of the building blocks needed to Read More
Have you missed seeing 'It's Me or the Dog' on TV? Do you want to get some great training advice from Victoria? Well, now's your chance! Discovery's Hub Network will be airing episodes of 'It's Me or the Dog' from August 17th-22nd. The feature comes as part of the network's 'Bark Week,' a week full of canine Read More
Get your tissues out! A 9-year-old rescued Irish Terrier named Duffy received the gift of a lifetime--his eyesight back. The incredible moment when Duffy awoke from surgery and was able to see his owners for the first time in two years was captured on video. Duffy had developed diabetes and had gone blind due to Read More
When a natural disaster strikes, American Humane's Red Star animal rescue team is always one of the first on the scene. The devastating tornado that hit Oklahoma this past May was no exception. In the aftermath of the storm, countless animals were left homeless, lost, or abandoned. American Humane recently released a short documentary by Read More
I have learned so much over the months I’ve been enrolled in VSA's Online Dog Trainer Course. My dog and I have both grown in confidence and I’ve been able to live my dream of helping adopted dogs stay at home by working with shelters and training dogs and their families in my community. I marvel often about how my dog has blessed my life with love, challenges and a new career. I could never have imagined that day I walked into the shelter that I’d be writing this today.
Heart dog. Say those two words to any dog lover and their eyes will go soft. They will look wistful. They will be fondly thinking of a dog they currently share their life with if they are lucky. If they are less than lucky, there will tears in their eyes. They will be thinking of Read More
There is no lack of division in the dog world; training methodologies, training tools, cropping and docking, spaying and neutering are but a few potentially explosive topics. Complementary therapies however, are way up on the list of hot buttons to discuss. One person mentions something that even *might* fall into that category and everyone else Read More
The Magic Hand game involves placing food in the palm of your hand and gently pushing individual treats through your fingers for your dog to catch. Focus and concentration win the day! The more your dog develops the ability to focus and concentrate, the more likely she will succeed in learning tasks involving moving Read More
I have a few tricks up my sleeve for maintaining sanity in a multi-dog household. The one I use most often is solid name recognition which I use to let individual dogs know it is their turn for reinforcement.
What would it mean to you if you could give one call, and your dog zoomed in and arrived at your feet? Every time! Hard to imagine? Maybe. Possible? Most definitely! Fun? Very much so. (If it’s not fun, your dog won’t do it. So there’s lots of fun!) Little by little The problem is Read More
I thought I knew how to train dogs. Then I adopted a Terrier/Chihuahua mix puppy and named her…..Tricky! People warned me when I named her Tricky, jokingly and affectionately telling me she would likely embody the name I gave her. They weren’t kidding.
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
Away from beach sports and tourist hustle and bustle, barking dogs greet visitors to the SPCA Puerto Vallarta in Mexico.
Is surprising a friend or family member with a puppy or dog really a good idea? Here are some alternative suggestions to ensure that you don't end up sticking them with a commitment they aren't ready for.
Looking for simple and fun indoor games for your dog? Check out this list of 10 easy games you can play inside to keep your dog entertained, exercised and busy.
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.
Of Dogs and Men is a powerful new documentary that explores the recent surge in law enforcement officials shooting dogs. I had to chance to chat with Director Michael Ozias about the film, and what went on both behind and in front of the camera.
With a little commonsense and mindfulness, our cats can enjoy summer as much as we do. There’s nothing like a cat on a lap to help us slow down to smell the roses. Have a safe, happy and healthy summer!
My dog's seizures are scary and painful to watch. I feel helpless. I had been with him through his seizures before without incidence until the day that everything changed.
Depending on what geographical location you are in, you may or may not think highly of your local Animal Control Officer.
The National Fire Dog Monument, a symbol of hope and honor for both law enforcement and citizens, was desecrated in a horrendous act of vandalism yesterday.
At Positively, we're lucky to have some really incredible contributors who share their amazing stories and insight with us. Many of them have their own blogs dedicated to training, nutrition, or just how to enjoy life with pets.
Some highly active dogs need a helping hand to settle down before going to sleep at night. I have a highly active sport dog, and we often do training, tricks, and play in the evening to engage his mind and body to keep him out of trouble. This helps to keep his active mind and Read More
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.
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.
When we hug our dogs we are sending out our affection and sharing our love. What we are giving out isn’t necessarily what the dog is receiving. To a dog, a hug is very bad canine etiquette, pushy behavior associated with establishing social status, an invasion of space, threatening.
Victoria was recently featured on the Weather Channel's morning show, AMHQ, where she talked about thunderstorm phobia.
Positively Contributor Travis Brorsen goes behind-the-scenes on week 8 of the hit CBS reality show 'Greatest American Dog. On this episode, the dogs were faced with a potentially scary challenge--coming face to face with an elephant.
WEEK 5 Here we are, four owners and their dogs gone, eight to go! The first challenge in this competition is a skills test. Can the owners guide their dogs across a beam approximately three to four inches wide without them jumping off into a mud pit. As far as Presley and I were concerned Read More
Who can resist getting your pup and family outdoors to catch the surf and rays and get some exercise this summer? Dog beach and dog parks can be wonderful places to exercise and play with your dog, however, they come with some built-in caveats as well. Make the right decisions at the right time for Read More
The Positively team has been working for over a year to identify what was missing from the online dog world and develop the best resource for dog lovers around the world. The end result is a complete web-based learning, sharing and entertainment platform about the world of dogs and dog behavior. We're very proud of what we're launching today and hope that you will find it engaging, educational, and helpful while learning to harness the unique power of the Positively Community to help you and your dog live a happier, healthier life and change the lives of others around the world at the same time.
As temperatures increase, pet owners must prepare for the numerous hazards and stressors associated with the temperature changes, sun exposure, holiday food consumption, and festive gatherings that summer brings. To ensure your pet has a safe and fun summer, take proactive steps to prevent potentially life-threatening illness and injury. Here are my Top 5 Summertime Read More
Imagine sitting in study hall, cramming for your math final the next period. You’re focused. Determined. Then, the boy behind you starts smacking his gum. You need to learn these equations! You try to shut out the noise, but then he starts tapping your shoulder with his pen. You whirl around – it was an Read More
I have been doing pet therapy with my labradoodle, Daisy, for going on two years now. It was always a dream of mine to do pet therapy, and I looked for months for the right dog. I adopted Daisy from a family who could no longer care for her, and I knew almost instantly she Read More
When Iraq veteran Sgt. Jason Bos had to leave the Army due to a back injury almost two years ago, he feared that he would never get the chance to see his canine partner, MWD Cila, again. Little did he know he would have the opportunity to adopt the labrador retriever, who he had nicknamed Read More
As reporter on the happenings at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show for five years running, I look forward to wearing all my best winter clothes during my time in New York City for the series of events (business networking, attending dog fashion shows, and more) surrounding Westminster. This year I had the privilege of Read More
Duncan is a beautiful boxer who was rescued by and eventually adopted by Amanda Geise, the founder of Panda Paws Rescue. As Duncan came to Amanda with two severely deformed back legs, she was faced with the choice of either euthanizing him or amputating both of his back legs. It's a decision that neither Amanda Read More
More than any other species, dogs have evolved to understand humans and to cope in our domestic environment. Researchers out of the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna have been the first to study the evolution of a dog's attentiveness over the course of their lives, and to investigate to what extent these changes in Read More
Victoria was recently featured on Hallmark Channel's morning show, Home & Family, where she and renowned veterinarian Dr. Kwane Stewart discussed the moral, behavioral, and health benefits of spaying and neutering. The two also talked about Zeuterin, the newest dog neutering procedure that has recently been approved for use in the United States. At the Read More
It may seem like a small step, but the implications of the newly passed Farm Bill will be far-reaching in the world of animal rights. Hosting any form of an animal fight has long been a federal crime, but it is now illegal to attend or bring a child to such a fight. Before the passage of Read More