What To Do When A Dog Attacks

Even though dog bites are relatively common, full-blown attacks are not. It is important to know, however, what to do in the unlikely event an attack happens. What type of behavior do dogs normally exhibit before attacking? There is no one size fits all when it comes to the signals a dog gives before attacking, Read More

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.

The Legacy of an Arson Dog

"These dogs put everything they've got into their job and they don't ask a thing for it. It's about him, it's not about me."

Why I Sympathize With the Grooming Dog Trainer

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.

Greatest American Dog Recap – Week 6

FUNNY VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Presley attacks dog bed Link http://youtu.be/53xPgA2lVPU Challenge This week’s challenge was an IQ test or the closest thing to it for a dog. There wasn’t much preparation for this challenge. Basically, our dogs where supposed to smell and find the their favorite food. Then, without our instructions, navigate their way Read More

Service Dog Turns Veteran’s Life Around

After three tours of combat duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, Captain Jason Haag returned home a broken man. The Purple Heart recipient suffered from severe PTSD that left him with nightmares and panic attacks, and he took out his frustrations and anxieties on his wife and children. Haag admits that he was slowly killing himself Read More

Victoria Helps Kick Off Dog Bite Prevention Week 2014

TV dog trainer is teaming up with the National Dog Bite Prevention Coalition, which includes the U.S. Postal Service, State Farm, American Humane Association, American Society for Reconstructive MicroSurgery, Insurance Information Institute and Prevent the Bite, to raise awareness about the importance of educating the public about responsible dog ownership and dog safety.

The Science Says: Don’t Hit Your Dog

The term "discipline" is thrown around loosely in the dog training world. You'll find all kinds of opinions about when and how to discipline a dog, but how do you know what to believe? While you may not believe a trainer's advice not to hit your dog, it's hard to ignore the scientific research that Read More

Dog Bite Prevention

In Her Own Words: Victoria on Dog Bite Prevention: As a mother and a dog trainer, I am dedicated to raising awareness about responsible pet ownership and preventing dog bites. My public platform helps put a spotlight on the issue and my Dog Bite Prevention Task Force, comprised of veterinarians, lawyers, canine bite investigators and Read More

Fatal Dog Bites Share Common Factors

The Journal of the American Veterinary Association has released the most comprehensive study to date regarding fatal dog bites and the common factors that link them. The authors of the study found that there were some significant errors reported by the media in certain stories, so rather than relying on a potentially biased media source, Read More

Victoria Discusses Dealing with Aggressive Dogs on Examiner.com

Victoria was featured in the “Pets” section of Examiner.com, which went live on June 21, 2013. In the feature entitled, “Victoria Stilwell speaks out about dog attacks and more,” Victoria gave her expert advice on to how to deal with aggressive dogs following a recent fatal dog attack on June 18, 2013.

Why Are Dogs Aggressive

Defining what aggression means is not easy, because there are so many variables associated with what is a highly complex behavior. But by investigating the function served by an aggressive act as well as why it occurs and what result it achieves from the dog’s point of view, we can begin to gain a better understanding.

Miami Dog Bite Prevention Conference

The Dog Bite Prevention Conferences are igniting a conversation about that need for education. We don't want to preach to the choir - we need teachers, doctors, lawyers, animal control officers, parents, and dog owners all to come together to begin to understand what does (and what does not) constitute a dangerous dog in order to stop these heartwrenching tragedies from occurring.

Positively Dog Training Episode 320

Global Pet Expo, the Oscars, Dr. Marty Becker's fear-free vet visit protocol, Victoria's Swedish dog training seminar, the Miami Dog Bite Prevention conference on April 26th, and Victoria's recent inclusion on the board of directors for Canine Assistants.

Dog Bite Prevention & Awareness Conferences

The Dog Bite Prevention and Awareness Conference presented by VSPDT (DBC) is a one or two-day multi-speaker seminar designed for and open to all animal industry professionals, child educators, shelter workers, medical professionals, first responders, police  and animal control officers, lawyers, lawmakers, public safety professionals,  delivery personnel, trainers and dog lovers. The DBC is a Read More

The Hero Dog Awards – A Magical Evening

What a amazing night! I knew it would be powerful, I knew I would shed some tears, and I knew it would be emotional.  But I don’t think any of us who attended the American Humane Association’s first annual Hero Dog Awards were prepared for just how special this event would be. The Hero Dog Read More

Victoria to Honor 9/11 Service Dogs

Victoria will join Whoopi Goldberg, Rin Tin Tin and others in saluting the amazing hero dogs who served as search and rescue, therapy, and service dogs in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. On September 8th, 2011, Victoria will commemorate the 10th anniversary of their extraordinary service by helping to kick off American Humane's Read More

Victoria Helps Launch Dog Bite Prevention Week

Victoria joined veterinarians, the USPS, pediatricians, plastic surgeons and members of the insurance industry in Houston, TX yesterday to help launch this year's National Dog Bite Prevention Week.  Tired of seeing the continual stream of devastating stories of tragic dog bites on children, Victoria was prompted to join this annual initiative in an effort to help Read More

Rin Tin Tin Named National Spokesdog for Hero Dog Awards

As the contributions of military working dogs are being recognized for their accomplishments around the globe, American Humane Association proudly announced today that RIN TIN TIN, possibly the most recognized dog in the world, has become its first national spokesdog. RIN TIN TIN will serve as a national ambassador for the American Humane Association’s Hero Read More

Dog Bite Prevention – Part II

Read Part I of this blog here. Parents and guardians need to be responsible for their dog at all times, without exception, and especially around children.  A child should NEVER be left unsupervised with any dog at any time and dog and child should only be together when a responsible adult can actively supervise.  This Read More

Why BSL Doesn’t Work

I am a mother. I am also a dog owner and dog trainer who has committed my life to helping people find the most effective, humane and responsible way to live in harmony with their dogs while also affording them the respect they deserve. Over thousands of years, these beautiful creatures have gradually been domesticated Read More

It Doesn’t Have to Happen

Last week I did an interview with CNN's Headline News regarding a four day old infant that had just been killed by the family’s pit bull in Jacksonville, Florida. Baby Justin was lying on the bed while his mother went to take a shower when the attack happened. The baby was taken to hospital where he died of his injuries and the pit bull was seized by animal control and euthanized the next day.

Delta Airlines Bans Pitbulls

Delta Airlines is banning service or comfort dogs identified as pit bulls. According to Delta’s own website: Delta, which led the industry in March by updating its service and support animal policy, says it will further enhance its restrictions, effective July 10. The enhancements include introducing a limit of one emotional support animal per customer per 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.

Beyond Food and Water

While laws against chaining are present in many cities and counties, the majority of places still allow dogs to be chained for long periods of time. What local laws fail to address is that dogs have physical and emotional needs that go way beyond food and water.

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

AVSAB Position Statement on BSL

Communities seeking to enhance community safety, deter dog bites and dog attacks sometimes believe than an “easy fix” is to ban specific breeds. It turns out this strategy never works, according to a new position statement from the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) Breed specific legislation or BSL occurs when communities ban specific Read More

9/11: A Look Back

We all have our stories to tell. On that bright September morning when the world changed before our eyes, our collective experience was etched into our personal histories in the way that only those truly transformative historical occasions can imprint us:  Pearl Harbor, JFK, 9/11. Having moved to Manhattan the year before the attacks, I Read More