You can have hot fun in the summertime with your pets, but if the heat is on, your pets may potentially be in danger. In general, dogs aren’t able to deal with the heat as well as people, that’s mostly because for all intents and purposes they don’t perspire – they pant, Darker colored dogs Read More
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
Consent is a right of every living being. We expect to be asked prior to being touched. But we give consent to strangers to touch our dogs without asking the dog.
As a dog trainer, what I can do is teach you how to set your dog up so that the right choice becomes more obvious and comfortable to him. What I need for this is your help.
We’ve heard the phrase “work like a dog” but how many of us really understand what that means? I know and from my first-hand experience I’ll tell you why.
Many dog trainers and behaviorists use counter-conditioning and desensitization as part of a behavior modification program. The average dog owner often has no idea what this means.
If reactive dog owners come off as crazy, understand it's only because we've got a lot on our minds. Here's what we'd like you to know about reactive dog owners before you meet us.
“He’s always leaping about like a mad thing,” Jan said, as her large young labrador Jimmy thudded her in the stomach with his paws and jumped to try and nip her nose. Jan dodged her face just out of his reach, so he resigned himself to scraping her arm and chewing her cuff. She squawked, waved her hands about, pushed and pulled, shouted …
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.
We humans do like nagging our dogs! Whether or not the dog has been trained to 'obey commands' or 'respond to cues' depends upon the method of training, but some people can't drop it once the word has been learnt. They seem unable to resist constantly directing their dog.
This was not the kind of behavior that our beloved Steeler organization would support. This is not the value system that we expect from the Rooney family.
“If it’s too hot for a person, it’s too hot for a dog." While I survived being locked in a hot car, your dog likely wouldn't be so lucky.
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.
Integrative care is the practice of combining natural or holistic therapies with conventional care to take advantage of the strengths of each method.
This is not about dog training and behavior. This is about human sympathy. And a mission. And justice. A couple of days ago, I was forwarded a public YouTube video of a dog trainer working with a dog who had previously bitten and shown aggression, especially while being bathed and groomed. I'm writing this to express my sympathy for the trainer. I mean that without an ounce of insincerity – I truly feel bad for him and what he has gone through since the video of him working with that dog has gone viral.
Dallas nurse Nina Pham was released from quarantine after surviving the potentially deadly Ebola virus, and was able to be reunited with her beloved dog, Bentley.
It took 2 years, 1,000 miles, a dash of fate--and a microchip--to reunite a lost fox terrier named Nika with her owner.
An extraordinary Canine Assistants service dog named Casper had to say goodbye to his best friend, a little boy named Creed. But Creed's legacy will live on as his beloved dog goes on to help another child in need. Casper and Creed spent countless hours at the hospital together, where Casper visited as a service dog. Read More
They are the silent partners of brave soldiers, risking their lives daily without a moment's hesitation. And yet many of them spend their last days in an animal shelter or in a government facility, often times not even in the United States. Veterans are fighting for U.S. military working dogs to be given greater respect and Read More
A pit bull named Ace is being hailed a hero after saving his two-legged sibling's life when a devastating fire broke out in their home. When firefighters arrives at the scene, flames were already coming out of the garage. 13-year-old Nick Lamb, who is deaf, was asleep with his cochlear implants turned off when the fire Read More
Victoria was featured on the Weather Channel's morning show, America's Morning Headquarters (AMHQ), where she had the chance to spend time with adoptable puppies from the Atlanta Humane Society. Many families choose to bring home a new puppy over the summer since the kids are home from school and everyone has more time to integrate Read More
Victoria Stilwell weighs in on the viral video of Tara the 'Hero Cat' saving a young boy from a vicious dog attack.
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
We’ve all become so used to seeing pictures of the Taliban and war torn Afghanistan that many people have become desensitized to the fact that young men and women have died there and continue to put their lives at risk to keep us safe in all parts of the world. To see this video though Read More
A recent study revealed that over two-thirds of all American pet owners have left their TVs or radios on for their pets. The problem is that the television channels our pets end up watching or listening to often do more harm than good, because constant talk becomes an overpowering irritant, or the programming contains loud Read More
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
Everything about this story is sure to leave you feeling just a little bit better about the world. 7-year-old dachshund Willie was found paralyzed and abandoned at a dumpster in Tampa. An employee at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay discovered Willie in a box by the trash bin, and took him back to the Read More
One little girl had a four-legged guardian angel watching over her as she underwent kidney surgery. 7-year-old Kaelyn Krawczyk was born with mast cell activation disorder, which causes her to have reactions ranging from mild discomfort to life-threatening symptoms when she gets too hot, too cold, or stressed. Her service dog, 2-year-old rescue dog JJ, Read More
Trick training is a lot of fun and is a great way to enhance communication between you and your dog. From teaching your dog to 'wave' at you or give you a 'high five' to having the dog roll over on cue, the possibilities for dog tricks are almost endless. As with all training, though, Read More
Teaching your dog tricks or getting involved in dog sports are two great ways to bond with your dog and to ensure that he is getting the physical and mental stimulation he needs. Tricks are fun and easy to teach using positive training methods, and they are sure to impress when you have guests over. Read More
I have always had a special fondness and appreciate for service dogs, and this story is a beautiful reminder of the difference they make in our community. 61-year-old Cecil Williams was headed to a routine visit to the dentist with his guide dog, Orlando, when the unthinkable happened. As the pair stood on the platform Read More
With the holidays rapidly approaching, many dog owners are going to be faced with GREAT opportunities to work on counter-surfing with their dogs. As we have family over to celebrate the holiday season, there will inevitably be mouthwatering treats and other great smells out on the countertops. It’s so important to remember that our dogs Read More
9-year-old border collie "Chaser" may know more words than the average toddler. Chaser has a profound conceptual understanding of words and the meaning behind them. Even with more than a thousand words under her belt, Chaser and her owner, emeritus professor of psychology John W. Pilley, haven't stopped there.
The United States military has dedicated the first national monument for combat dogs, honoring the hard work and sacrifice of the working dogs of war. The bronze statue was erected at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, the hub for military dog training since 1958.
As a country burdened with poverty, war, and immense suffering, it's rare to find a beacon of hope in Afghanistan. And yet the Nowzad Animal Shelter in Kabul is just that. The shelter was founded by Louise Hastie, a former British soldier. She has operated the shelter for six years with a team of Afghan nationals, and has saved thousands of animals during that time.
Xena is a pitbull mix whose amazing transformation from a neglected, emaciated puppy to a thriving companion dog for Jonny, a boy with autism, has made national headlines. The bond between Jonny and Xena is incredible.
Karen Shirk has spent much of her life matching service dogs for people in need. She had a German Shepherd named Gabriel ready for disabled war veteran Derek McConnell, but he sadly passed away due to complications from his injuries before he could meet Gabriel. Jake Murphy was the next veteran matched for Gabriel, and Shirk was stunned at the link between the two soldiers. Unbeknownst to Shirk, the two veterans served in the same unit and were injured on the same day. It seems it was truly fate that a dog united these two heroes.
This is a truly amazing story of how a Labrador Retriever/Husky mix saved the life of a young girl who fell in an icy river. It's a video you have to see to believe!
I am horrified by this interview with a man who has made headlines by elaborately tattooing his dogs. As if one man doing this weren't disgusting enough, the worldwide attention he is garnering is only going to encourage others to do the same. This is a result of the same "macho" mentality that keeps people Read More