What Is Positive Training?

Positive training is not a scientific term. You will not find it in any scientific journals, and you will regularly hear it being mischaracterized by those who do not fully understand it. When we at Positively refer to the power of positive training or you hear Victoria describe herself as a positive trainer, we are Read More

Positively Dog Training Episode 707

K9 officer Shawn Humphreys talks with Victoria and Holly about the world of police dog training, its challenges, and the changes he’s noticing with his move towards more positive training. Also, new VSA course dates, how to find a licensed trainer as well as leash-walking and separation anxiety issues.

Positively Dog Training Episode 706

The widespread outbreak of campylobacter infections due to poor practices on the part of Petland pet stores. A chat with Finding Shelter’s Grace Kelly Herbert in her fight against Amish puppy mills, the state of anti-puppy mill legislation, and how people can get involved locally to fight the puppy mill trade.

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

Announcing the Victoria Stilwell Positively Cruise

Victoria is hosting dog lovers from around the world on an exclusive 7-day Caribbean cruise this December where she will meet, mingle and share her experiences and expertise with fellow cruise guests.

Why I’m Not (and never have been) a Purely Positive Dog Trainer

First of all, I’ve certainly never referred to myself as a ‘purely positive’ dog trainer, but I’ve heard many others – usually pretty vocal opponents of humane modern dog training – label me and others with that description. It seems to be somewhat of a dog training unicorn, in that there are those who still Read More

Positively Dog Training Episode 608

Victoria and Holly chat about the Victoria Stilwell Academy and the latest news from the program. They also answer your most pressing dog training questions!

Positively Black Friday/Cyber Week Sales on Now!

Save up to 25% on everything in the Positively online store. With the 'Buy More, Save More' sale (through Cyber Monday, November 28), the more you add to your cart, the more your savings grow!

Introducing the Newly-Redesigned Positively No-Pull Harness

The newly-redesigned Positively No-Pull Harness works by utilizing the dog’s natural center of gravity much the same way a harness on a horse does – effectively and painlessly allowing the handler to redirect the dog when she pulls during walks.

Positively Dog Training Episode 602

Victoria and Holly chat about the Thanksgiving holiday and what they're thankful for. They also talk about why the month of November is the month with the most amount of car collisions with deer, and how you can stay safe.

Positively Success Story: Tia

When I lost my husband 4 years ago, I turned to my 2 yr Boxer Tia for comfort and to share my overwhelming sense of loss. We both grieved together.

Why I Went Positive

Almost 17 years ago, I adopted a Pit bull. Her name was Claire. She came into my life like a cannon shot and left this world the same way. BOOM! Claire made such a significant impact on me that I created a whole career out of my experiences with her.

Positively Dog Training Episode 510

Victoria and Holly close Season 5 with a discussion on a disturbing video of Rottweiler growling at a child that is persistently trying to hug him, and they chat with award-winning working dog sculptor Austin Weishel.

Positively Dog Training Episode 508

Victoria and Holly get together on Christmas Eve for a special holiday edition of the Positively Podcast. They chat about a 100-year-old animal rescue volunteer, their holiday pet peeves, and the cringe-worthy Miss USA pageant night.

Positively Dog Training Episode 507

Victoria and Holly talk about the viral story of a military working dog and his handler that were injured during a building search and chat with founder of Mission K-9 Rescue, an organization helping similar dogs and handlers.

Positively Dog Training Episode 503

Dr. Paula Bloom joins Victoria and Holly in studio to talk through the aftermath of the Paris terror attacks and their effect on how we deal with it. Also discussed: Diesel, the French police dog who died while apprehending one of the terrorists, Holly’s recent interview with Dr. Ruth, and Paula’s troubling experience with Vegemite.

Positively Dog Training Episode 501

Victoria and Holly start Season 5 of the Positively Podcast off with a bang, including some great Ask Victoria questions and an interview with 'Of Dogs and Men' filmmaker Patrick Reasonover.

10 Things to Consider When You Hire a Positive Dog Trainer

Working with a positive trainer is one of the best things that you will ever do for your dog. Below is a list of 5 things that may surprise you about your trainer followed by a list of 5 things you may want to remember when you hire a positive trainer.

A Positive Take On Deaf Dogs

When I attempt to research about deaf animals, either for articles or for my own information, there are always numerous sources that only show the negative side of caring for a deaf dog. So let's look at the positive side.

Positively Success Story: Clawsewitz

As a lifelong dog lover who lives in a flat and works every weekday, I can't own a dog – my lifestyle wouldn't allow it. Instead, I make do with a cat. But I love amateur animal training, and a little thing like species won't stop me!

Positively Success Story: Marley

We rescued Marley, a double merle deaf Australian Shepherd, when she was just under a year old. She was one of several available puppies at a rescue, and we were the only ones that considered her.

Positively Dog Training Episode 410

On this special episode, Victoria and Holly dedicate the entire show to answering Ask Victoria dog training questions. From what to do if your dog bites someone to how to improve a dog's fear of loud noises, this episode covers all your most pressing training questions.

Positively Dog Training Episode 409

Victoria and Holly chat about a controversial new documentary that Victoria participated in with the police K-9 unit she has been filming with. They also chat with pet radio host Steve Dale about the unique behavioral and medical issues that senior cats may face.

Positively Dog Training Episode 408

Victoria and Holly talk about international dog welfare controversies, and get Canine Assistants founder Jennifer Arnold on the Positively Hotline to discuss her new concept for training both service dogs and companion dogs.

Positively Success Story: Life in a Muttshell

My wife and I are proponents of positive reinforcement training, and our situation gives us a unique opportunity to practice and observe the results on a daily basis. One of the first questions people ask is "do you have to break up a lot of fights?" The answer is no. We've kept dogs of all shapes, sizes, and dispositions, and there's seldom more than a brief snark and deferral.

Positively Success Story: Aaro

I hope Aaro's story gives hope and inspiration to all who struggle with a more demanding dog. Positive methods DO work.

Positively Success Story: Maize

A success story of how positive training helped an abused dog overcome her fears and blossom into a wonderful family pet.

Positively Success Story: Duke

We adopted Duke, our Staffordshire Bull Terrier crossbreed, when he was 10 weeks old. His mother had been adopted and the family shortly after adopting her found out she was heavily pregnant! Along came Duke! I'd like to tell you taking on a beautiful puppy was easy, but the truth is it was not! Duke Read More

The State of Positive Gun Dog Training: Who Will Take Up the Gauntlet?

I truly believe the only way for positive gun dog training to gain any kind of ground in this country is by developing good hunting dogs, strong hunt test results and some field trial wins. There are indeed positive trainers already making strides, but the numbers comparatively are very small. This must change, and it is fair for those who advocate traditional gun dog training to demand proof.

Positively Success Story: Mushu

I adopted Mushu (a patterdale terrier cross) when he was just 8 months old. He had been abused by the first family and given to another family who didn't have the patience for him and abused him also. He was given to a third family who could not take his aggressive behavior around their children. Read More

Positively Success Story: Loki

This is my baby, Loki the Gentle Mischievous Pittie. As an Animal Control Officer in 2009, I was patrolling the local State Park in the area with the Park Rangers when we came across a cardboard box left on a picnic table in a camp ground. As we approached the box we could hear small Read More

Positively Success Story: Maggie

Maggie came into my life almost six years ago, when I was hired by her owners, of that time, to teach her basic obedience. Maggie was an untrained dog, who had already been adopted by several other families and she eventually proved to be “too much” to handle for her then adopted family. I was Read More

Positively Success Story: Chevy

Until Wednesday, walking Chev was like walking a plow horse. There's no indication she's had much, if any loose-leash training. We decided to take the time to do it right.

Positively Success Story: Chief

This is Chief, a German Shepherd I rescued March 30, 2012 when he was about 3. I got him from an abusive home. How I knew of the person that had him is somewhat complicated, but the woman offered him to me because she said she hated him. Someone else that lived in the home Read More

Positively Success Story: Sammy

I rescued my dog Sammity Sam in 2010 from a shelter. After having been born there, he was adopted once & surrendered back into the same shelter again. He was a 2 yr old German Shepard cross that had some very difficult issues. One of which was complete panic & destruction every time I left Read More

Positively Success Story: Seeley

In August this year, I adopted Seeley, a 1-1/2 year old Great Pyrenees. He was purchased as a puppy by a young couple who beat him with a steel flashlight. Once, they knocked him unconscious and the woman's father stepped in and took Seeley away. Seeley grew too big to stay in his apartment, so he Read More

Positively Success Story: George

Fifteen years ago when I trained my first puppy of my own the training classes were all about choke collars and rough training. Now I have a new puppy and while puppy classes are gentler and more positive there still have been some questionable techniques we opted out of. The leave it command for example Read More