Welcome to the New & Improved Positively.com!

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.

The New White House Dog, “Sunny”

First Dog Bo ha now been joined by newcomer Sunny, and the Obama family's decision to welcome a second Portuguese Water Dog into their home will certainly generate interest in the breed. Although these dogs are beautiful and can make wonderful pets, it's important to consider a few variables before following in the Obamas' footsteps.

Victoria Announces New Season of It’s Me or the Dog!

Victoria is excited to announce that she will be filming a new season of It's Me or the Dog later this summer in and around New York City.  After shooting 4 UK seasons and with the 3rd US season currently airing on Animal Planet in the US, Victoria is thrilled to be returning to the New York Read More

Our Newest (little) Addition

I love Springtime. It begins for me as soon as the dreary winter months of January and February are over. March is my favorite month not just because things feel new and fresh but because it was the month when my daughter was born. March was also the time when Sadie came into our lives and now three years later it is again the month that marks yet another big change in our household: Jasmine.

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Welcome to Positively!

Hello and welcome to the new online home of positive reinforcement dog training!  I’ve been planning the development of this website ever since it became clear to me that a unified voice was needed to help let the public know that there’s a better way to train their dogs… Positively! For the past five years, Read More

A New Arrival

I’m very happy to announce that we have a new addition to our family. She is overweight, snores at night and has some pungent gas problems but we love her and she’s here to stay. Sadie the chocolate Labrador came into our lives at the beginning of February. She is five years old with the Read More

Halloween Anxiety

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.

Positively Dog Training Episode 705

This episode brought to you by Zukes. Victoria and Holly talk about overweight pets, including Victoria’s ‘Fat Dogs’ specials on It’s Me or the Dog, as well as the struggle to keep weight off of pets. On the Positively Hotline, Victoria and Holly welcome the star of the recent Animal Planet show, ‘My Big Fat Read More

California VS AKC

California appears set to ban sales of dogs, cats and rabbits at pet stores, just as hundreds of communities and some counties have done around the country. The California bill is aimed at changing how cats, dogs and rabbits become family pets, and has cleared the California Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee with Read More

Building Tolerance To Frustration

As a behavior specialist, I am always thinking ahead: how does what is happening today influence how the dog may behave in the future? An always-important aspect of dog training is to teach tolerance to frustration and to build impulse control.

Consent: It’s Not Just for People!

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.

How and Why to Adopt a Senior Pet

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...

See the Victoria Stilwell Academy In Action!

Our first class of students are past the halfway point in their Dog Trainer Course, registration is underway for VSA’s next US-based class this fall, and spaces are quickly filling up in our first UK-based class this September. And we’re just getting started!

5 Ways You Make Deaf Dog Parents Crazy

It’s Because of You that We Need to Drink For some pretty obvious reasons, living with a deaf dog is different than living with a hearing dog. Communication is an important example. Humans instinctively depend on our voice to communicate but since our deaf dogs can’t hear us, we forge ahead and learn to use Read More

Positively Dog Training Episode 504 – Thanksgiving!

In this special Thanksgiving edition of the podcast, Victoria and Holly welcome back Dr. Paula Bloom, who peppers Victoria with questions about her new puppy, Suki. Victoria catches up with the Positively mailbag in Ask Victoria, and Alex makes a guest appearance to stump the grownups with some tough questions in the (not so) Animal Academy.

Give Your Dog an Instant Safe Haven On Walks

We’ve all seen a small child clinging to Mom’s neck while he safely views the world from under her hair. A little puppy has the same need for a safe haven. You may have seen your own puppy hurtle in from the garden when there’s an alarming noise, and dive into her bed. Plunging into the Read More

The Bloodstained Terrible Towel

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.

Mourning a Dog

Anyone who loves or has loved a dog fiercely understands the intense loss when a person's dog passes away.We love fiercely and completely and we need to view that as enough and not feel regrets for what we might have done differently to have our dogs in our lives longer. Dog’s lives are precious but they are far too brief and grief is the price that we pay to have so much happiness in our lives.

The Benefits of Adopting a Senior Dog

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.

Study Proves Dogs Can Feel Jealousy

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

Family of Fallen Marine Adopts His Beloved K-9 Partner

When a bomb-sniffing dog named Dino was retired by the United States Marine Corps, there was only one family who was meant to adopt him. Dino's handler, Staff Sgt. Christopher Diaz, was killed in Afghanistan in 2011 when he was struck by an IED while helping a fellow soldier. Dino was with Diaz during the Read More

18 Months Later, Family Reunited with Dog Lost in Hurricane

It wasn't a typical reunion story. There was no miraculous phone call or a coincidental sighting. Just a stroke of luck with a dash of fate. Chuck and Elicia James lost their pit bull mix, Reckless, in the devastating destruction of Hurricane Sandy. After 18 months, they had little hope of every seeing their beloved Read More

Researchers Probe Into the Causes of Aggression

Researchers in the UK are looking more closely than ever to try to get to the root of aggression in dogs. By looking at the DNA of dogs, they are hoping to get a more objective picture of what causes aggressive behavior and how to prevent it. The University of Lincoln says that this type Read More

Mr. Peabody & Sherman – Not Just a Dog Movie

I'm a big Modern Family fan. And I've built a career and a life around dogs. So when I heard that Ty Burrell - one of my favorite cast members from Modern Family - and at least one other were the voices behind several of the main characters in the soon-to-be-released movie, "Mr. Peabody & Read More

What is Animal Communication?

If you’ve not ever worked with an animal communicator you may be asking, what exactly is animal communication? The broad definition of animal communication is the ability to communicate telepathically with animals of all types. It is sometimes referred to as interspecies communication. Telepathy is the acquiring of information from another living thing (animals, people, Read More

Retiring Police Dogs to Receive Pensions

In the UK, some retiring police dogs are getting special recognition for their lifetime of service. In its first three years of retirement, each Nottinghamshire police dog will receive up to 500 euros a year. The pension was created to help with medical costs related to injuries or illnesses. In the coming years, nine police dogs are expected to retire. The dogs' handlers generally keep the dogs after their retirement, will certainly welcome the much-deserved pension for their four-legged partners.

Tips For a Successful Adoption

As we continue to celebrate October as Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog month, many people will head to their local shelter in the hopes of finding their new four-legged friend. For most adopters, the hardest part of the adoption process isn't picking out their dog--it's sticking with that dog for life. If you work for a shelter or rescue group, or if you're considering adoption, it's vital to set yourself up for a successful match.

Change is Powerful

I still find it hard to comprehend how anyone can justify teaching a dog through pain, force and fear, when decades of research and a mountain of scientific and observational evidence continues to prove how destructive these methods can be. Teaching people to train their dogs in a humane way is not just a moral issue; it has become an issue of public health and safety.

Introducing the Canine Noise Phobia Series!

My husband often asks me, “Do you really get new ideas from hearing other trainers speak at seminars and conferences? How much more can there possibly be to learn about how to be a better dog trainer?”  After having been married to me for the past 11 years, he fully understands that the field of Read More

A Conversation with Victoria Stilwell

In my recently published interview, Victoria Stilwell discusses the major differences in dog training methods... and explains why "methods matter" to all pet parents and to every dog. Victoria goes directly to the heart of a "hot" issue in dog training that is too often misrepresented to people searching for help with their beloved pup. 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