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Mirror Image: How Your Energy Affects Your Dog’s Behavior

Posted on: March 4, 2019 - No Comments

Those of us who get paid to help dog parents with their dog’s behavior issues need to be able to accurately and understandably convey to those dog parents that how they respond to each situation helps determine the outcome.

Happy New Year!

Posted on: December 31, 2018 - No Comments

We resolve to remember, if only for a moment, to observe and appreciate the joy our dogs bring us simply by being alive. 

Positively Dog Training Episode 803

Posted on: December 25, 2018 - No Comments

Aly and Victoria discuss how you can make your dog feel more comfortable during the holidays. Whether your dog is shy of people or a social butterfly, discover great ways to prevent overwhelm and set your dog up for success. How can you teach visiting children to understand what your dog needs and to respect your dog’s space? Can you feed your dog table scraps?

Positively Dog Training Episode 802

Posted on: December 18, 2018 - No Comments

In this podcast, Victoria and Aly share great ideas on how to provide enrichment for your dog when it’s cold outside. Aly shares some great canine fitness ideas, how to play hide and seek with your dog and making meal times more enriching.

Relieving Dog Anxiety over Howlidays

Posted on: December 14, 2018 - No Comments

Some pups would bark “bah humbug!” if they could. They just don’t appreciate the Christmas spirit.

Positively Dog Training Episode 801

Posted on: December 6, 2018 - No Comments

Victoria is joined by Victoria Stilwell Academy's Curriculum Manager, Aly Lecznar, to talk about VSA's newly-launched Online Dog Trainer Course and the introductory Fundamentals of Dog Training & Behavior Course, including what makes VSA such a groundbreaking new learning opportunity both for dog owners and aspiring professional dog trainers.

The “Easy” Dog

Posted on: December 1, 2018 - No Comments

A tribute to a very special 10 year old dog who should have never been given up, but boy are we glad she was! I don’t deserve to have an “easy” dog because I can handle a difficult one. I love the scaredy dogs, the ones who don’t love to be touched at first, the ones Read More

It’s Time To Get Serious About Puppy Mills

Posted on: November 29, 2018 - No Comments

It's time we start talking seriously about puppy mills.

Love Is Ageless

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Love truly is ageless. While this is the last day of Adopt A Senior month, we would say that every day is a great day to bring love and companionship into your life.

Change Happens

Posted on: November 25, 2018 - No Comments

Once upon a time, I was contemptuous of positive trainers. Not because I knew anything about positive training, mind you. At the time, I had two Siberian huskies, both ma...

Do What You Love

Posted on: November 24, 2018 - No Comments

The Victoria Stilwell Academy just celebrated its third birthday, and we couldn't be prouder of the place it has quickly earned as an elite learning institution for aspiring dog trainers. VSA allows me the opportunity to scratch my teaching itch, and I truly love it.

When Disaster Strikes

Posted on: November 16, 2018 - No Comments

Pets, livestock, and wildlife are particularly vulnerable when disaster strikes.

New Industry-Changing Online Professional Dog Trainer Course Launched

Posted on: October 31, 2018 - No Comments

Following years of development, renowned dog behavior expert Victoria Stilwell and her Victoria Stilwell Academy for Dog Training & Behavior educational arm announce the launch of the Online Dog Trainer Course – a game-changing new online-only course designed to teach those aspiring to become professional dog trainers.

Halloween Pet Costumes

Posted on: October 26, 2018 - No Comments

It’s scary. And you’re not alone - over 4.2 million dog-owning households and nearly two million cat-caretakers will be treating their furry companions to ghoulish goodies and ghoulish toys this Halloween, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF). Also, according to the NRF, pet “moms” and “dads” will spend over $440 million on Halloween. That’s Read More

Halloween Anxiety

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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.

The Hand That Feeds: There Are Better Options Than Hand Feeding

Posted on: October 18, 2018 - No Comments

It used to be standard operating procedure for some dog professionals to advise new rescue dog parents to hand feed said dog in order to effectively create a bond. In some cases, it still is standard. It depends on who you ask. The same protocol is also suggested by some trainers for dogs who resource Read More

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Posted on: September 28, 2018 - No Comments

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Why Is My Dog Peeing On My Pillow? (Or Revenge Of The Turds)

Posted on: August 30, 2018 - No Comments

Improper elimination in the home stirs up lots of emotion in humans. Bafflement, anger, frustration, are a few that come to mind. But for some, the explanation that comes to mind is revenge on the part of the dog. Once this explanation enters our thoughts, it becomes our nature to defend our view. We create stories around other events that seem to confirm our perspective and it can be very difficult to unlearn what we think we know.

Introducing An Older Dog To A Puppy

Posted on: August 12, 2018 - No Comments

Preparation is key. Start by picking up any toys or chew items from common areas. Then decide where the puppy will be during rest times or times in which you cannot supervise. Depending on the size of the puppy, this can be a repurposed playpen or an ex-pen with a crate inside, or even a small room.

Can You Dig It?

Posted on: August 11, 2018 - No Comments

Let's start with why dogs dig. Dogs belong to the family Canidae, which includes domestic dogs, fox, coyotes, wolves and a few others. What do they all have in common? Well, plenty, including digging as an innate behavior.

Tell It To My Heart: What Heart Dogs Mean To Us.

Posted on: August 1, 2018 - No Comments

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

Shocking Answers to Shocking Questions

Posted on: July 31, 2018 - No Comments

After an article about the use of shock collars in dog training appears, the same questions inevitably come up. Usually, the person asking the question is not really seeking an answer. Instead, they are posing the question as a rebuttal to our position, which is that shock has no place in dog training. Here are a few of the actual questions we receive, edited for clarity, with answers.

Delta Airlines Bans Pitbulls

Posted on: July 4, 2018 - No Comments

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

Food Issues

Posted on: July 3, 2018 - No Comments

Follow a positive trainer around for a few days and you will quickly come to realize that we humans have food issues. Of course he is doing what you ask. You have food in your hand! (As in, I am paying you for this?) You’re sure giving a lot of treats. (Usually said in a Read More

2019 UK Dog Behaviour Conference – May 18-19, 2019

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Registration is now open for the sixth annual UK Dog Behaviour Conference which will be held in Sheffield, England on May 18-19, 2019.

Fourth of July and Fireworks

Posted on: June 18, 2018 - No Comments

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