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Nice Dogs Don’t Growl

Posted on: February 23, 2021 - No Comments

So often we hear that 'bad dogs’ or 'aggressive dogs’ growl.  'Nice dogs’ don't growl, surely? Well, that's a bit like saying that only 'bad' people shout in frustration when someone drives inconsiderately and nearly causes an accident or only 'aggressive' people have disagreements with their partners/ family.  For some reason, it’s considered normal and Read More

That’s Cheating!

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'That's cheating!’  ‘That’s cheating!’.  I looked up to see a man shouting over to me.  He continued: ‘When your puppy came back to you then, you gave it a treat.  That’s just bribing: they should do things because they want to please you.’  He walked off saying: ‘A pat on the head should be enough’. Well, Read More

Reality Check, Part 2: Five More Things That Your Dog Wants You to Understand!

Posted on: February 17, 2021 - No Comments

Knowledge is a fluid thing. We move forward regularly, only to move backwards occasionally, when inaccurate information becomes suddenly popular. We can only continue to repeatedly educate, with the hope that our parroting of the facts, helps them to remain solidly in the public eye. So here we are back in the saddle with more Read More

Episode 833 – Dogs and Wolves

Posted on: February 15, 2021 - No Comments

Dogs share a common ancestor – the wolf – but how did wolves turn into dogs and what can we learn from wolves that might help us with the relationship we have with our dogs? Behavioral scientist Clive Wynne joins the podcast to talk about the similarities and differences between dogs and wolves.

Episode 832 – Dogs and Aggressive Behavior

Posted on: February 8, 2021 - No Comments

Aggression is a serious behavior issue that is all too common in our domestic dogs. Aggression expert Michael Shikashio joins Victoria and Holly to talk about why dogs aggress and what dog lovers can do about it.

Episode 831 – How to Treat Separation Anxiety

Posted on: February 1, 2021 - No Comments

Why do dogs become anxious when home alone and how can this be prevented? Dog trainer Lisa Waggoner joins Victoria and Holly for this podcast on a common behavior problem that is hard to treat.

Episode 830 – Rescue and Pitbull Type Dogs

Posted on: January 25, 2021 - No Comments

Do people respond differently to Pitbull type dogs? Holly and Victoria are joined by Heather Paul to start off this new year of podcasts to explore how people react to their dogs when out in public.

2021 Dog Behavior Conference Announced

Posted on: November 16, 2020 - No Comments

The DBC is an interactive online 3-day virtual conference experience which brings together experts and leaders in the field of animal training & behavior with dog lovers, dog trainers, groomers, pet sitters, dog walkers, veterinary professionals, animal shelter workers and other animal care specialists from all over the world.

Episode 829 – Advocating for Animals with Peter Egan

Posted on: September 29, 2020 - No Comments

Advocating for Animals – Victoria and Holly are joined by actor and animal activist, Peter Egan to discuss dogs, moon bears and how animals can make us more compassionate human beings.

Why I’m Not a Purely Positive Dog Trainer

Posted on: September 22, 2020 - No Comments

First of all, I have certainly never referred to myself as a ‘purely positive’ dog trainer, but I have heard many others – usually pretty vocal opponents of humane modern dog training – label me and others with that description.

Becoming a Dog Trainer

Posted on: September 20, 2020 - No Comments

Since It’s Me or the Dog first aired back in 2005, I have received thousands of emails, letters, social media messages and phone calls from dog lovers around the world who saw me working with dogs on TV and wanted to do the same (but usually not on TV).

Social Bullying

Posted on: September 15, 2020 - No Comments

Have you ever received negative comments or been bullied on social media? If you have then you understand how bad it can make you feel and how damaging it can be. This week’s post is not about dogs, but this is a conversation we all need to be having right now, and that is why I am sharing what has happened to me since I became known in the media world.

Does Your Dog Respect You?

Posted on: September 13, 2020 - No Comments

“R-E-S-P-E-C-T, find out what it means to me.” In the film ‘The Blues Brothers,’ Aretha Franklin sings about her need for some respect. The words of the song are as applicable today in human relationships as they were then, but what does the word actually mean?

Differences Between Male and Female Dogs

Posted on: September 8, 2020 - No Comments

I’ve only ever had female dogs. This has never been a conscious choice on my part, I just fell in love and adopted dogs that happened to be female. I don’t know if things would be any different if I had a male dog in the house, but people often ask me what the behavioral differences between male and female dogs are and if gender either influences or suits one lifestyle over another.

The Reactive Dog

Posted on: September 6, 2020 - No Comments

Do you have a dog that becomes restless in certain situations? Does she bark, whine, urinate, defecate, or vocalize inappropriately? Does she excessively lick herself, spin in circles or chase her tail? Does she jump up at you or other people, lunge towards other dogs or run up and down the perimeter of your fence?

Today I Was Called a Snowflake

Posted on: September 1, 2020 - No Comments

A new study led by biologist Ana Catarina Viera de Castro of the Universidae do Porto in Portugal reveals that shouting at dogs and using punitive methods to train them does short and long term damage, while using reward based methods yields better results both for learning and emotional health.

The Dog Meat Farms of South Korea

Posted on: August 30, 2020 - No Comments

I won’t ever forget the faces that stared at me as I approached them; faces of dogs that had been subjected to a life of neglect and abuse at the hands of a cruel, relentless industry.

How IMOTD Changed Me As a Dog Trainer

Posted on: August 25, 2020 - No Comments

We all have dreams. For a long time, my two dreams were to be a good actor and to have the opportunity to make a living as a dog trainer.

The W-Underdogs – Kids Save Dogs, Dogs Save Kids

Posted on: August 23, 2020 - No Comments

In a shabby, litter strewn, overgrown neighborhood in south Atlanta stands an old, white house with peeling paint and rotting wood.

The Allure of the Damaged Dog: Why We Rush Towards Danger

Posted on: August 21, 2020 - 2 Comments

Aggressive dogs. What a trigger topic for so many! Humans, as a species, are so often attracted to danger. You see it in our hobbies and our choices of heroes. For many dog lovers there is so often nothing more attractive than an aggressive dog. This scenario not only appeals to our nurturing instinct, but Read More

Episode 828 – A Fresh Take on the Debate About Shock Collars

Posted on: August 18, 2020 - No Comments

Victoria is joined by dog behaviour expert and a driving force behind the UK Dog Behaviour & Training Charter Andrew Hale to discuss the interesting results to come out of the latest dog shock collar studies.

The Power of Management

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A trainer’s most important job is to help people live harmoniously with their dogs and sometimes the only thing that is needed to create harmony is effective management.

Labeling Dog Behavior

Posted on: August 16, 2020 - No Comments

Every dog lover uses labels to describe their dog’s personality – my dog is ‘aggressive’, ‘stupid’ ‘highly driven,’ ‘lazy,’ ‘stubborn,’ ‘happy,’ or ‘dominant,’ but labels can be misleading and limit a dog’s potential.

Episode 827 – How to Transition Dogs from Crisis into Care

Posted on: August 11, 2020 - No Comments

The rescue of 180 Chihuahuas sparks a larger conversation on how to transition dogs from crisis situations into homes.

Using Aversives

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If you ask a group of dog trainers to define what an aversive means, you will get many different answers as well as some spirited discussion. Regarding behavior modification techniques, an aversive is ‘the avoidance of a thing, situation, or behavior that is achieved by using an unpleasant or punishing stimulus.’

Avoiding Bites In Shelters

Posted on: August 9, 2020 - No Comments

Working or volunteering in a shelter is a rewarding but sometimes challenging job. No matter how lovely a shelter might be in terms of design, the animals housed within its walls will still experience the stress that comes from abandonment and transition.

Needs and Wants

Posted on: August 5, 2020 - No Comments

The Human-Animal Bond is the connection between a human and a pet and includes the development of emotional attachment to that pet, with genuine feelings of affection and a sense of responsibility for their well-being.