Posted on: May 13, 2015 - 2 Comments
If I had to think of an example of a dog that was truly "balanced," it would be a dog that - regardless of age, breed or drive - was confident, had been guided into making the right choices, and was allowed to think and learn without constantly being corrected.
Posted on: May 11, 2015 - No Comments
I'm a huge proponent for giving your dog proper exercise. As a dog trainer and pet behavior expert, I see firsthand the negative consequences that ensue when dogs aren't adequately exercised both mentally and physically. But the reality is that not every dog is born to run.
Posted on: April 27, 2015 - 1 Comment
A common theme I've heard from pet parents who fell victim to "bad egg" dog trainers is that they all had a feeling that something wasn't right. But they trusted their trainer (they were a professional after all, right?), and assumed they knew what they were doing.
Posted on: April 21, 2015 - No Comments
It's Earth Day! This is the one day of the year that we collectively think and talk about how to better care for our planet, and that includes caring for our four-legged friends! Here are some fun ideas on how to celebrate Earth Day in a pet-friendly way.
Posted on: March 19, 2015 - No Comments
The National Fire Dog Monument, a symbol of hope and honor for both law enforcement and citizens, was desecrated in a horrendous act of vandalism yesterday.
Posted on: March 4, 2015 - No Comments
It seems the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department has gone to the dogs.
Posted on: March 2, 2015 - No Comments
Starring myself and dog trainer/heartthrob Nando Brown, my new Crufts web series takes you inside the dog show, and will test how much you know about dogs and the history of Crufts.
Posted on: February 26, 2015 - No Comments
My "Ms. Manners" column in this month's edition of Dogster Magazine has all my best training tips --and this month we're talking about jumping.
Posted on: February 24, 2015 - No Comments
Pet overpopulation is a very real crisis all over the world, and a huge part of the solution is spaying and neutering.
Posted on: February 17, 2015 - No Comments
For many of us, an official "Love Your Pet Day" might seem a little unnecessary. We love our pets every day! But every year on February 20th, Love Your Pet Day serves as a little reminder to give our beloved pets some special attention.
Posted on: February 6, 2015 - 5 Comments
A recent dolphin training video has the public outraged. While it seems to be an accepted fact that dolphins are highly intelligent and worthy of humane training, I think the general public is still in the process of accepting the same about their dogs.
Posted on: January 31, 2015 - 4 Comments
Why is it that our pet dogs are struggling more than ever to cope in our domestic world? Resource guarding, leash aggression, aggression towards other animals, and aggression towards people are some of the most common aggression examples that dog trainers see on a daily basis.
Posted on: January 16, 2015 - No Comments
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.
Posted on: January 14, 2015 - 24 Comments
Every now and then a video crosses my desk from people either amazed, dismayed or generally seeking my opinion on something. Such was the case when I was shared this video, and I felt it was a great learning opportunity to highlight some of the misconceptions and ‘teaching moments’ of what should not be done when teaching a dog with a history of biting while being groomed.
Posted on: December 19, 2014 - No Comments
Joy and Guerry Wise, the couple who owned and operated a massive puppy mill in Cherokee County, GA have now pled guilty to 25 counts of animal cruelty as part of a plea deal. They'll be on probation for the next 25 years, and were required to pay $1,305 each in court fines. The Wises must not Read More
Posted on: December 17, 2014 - No Comments
Did you bring home a new four-legged family member over the holidays? More dogs are surrendered to shelters in January than at any other time of year. Why? The post-puppy panic.
Posted on: December 4, 2014 - 5 Comments
I was saddened, but not surprised, to hear the story of a mall Santa turning away an autistic child because he was afraid of her service dog, a pit bull. Abcde Santos and her service dog, Pup-cake, waited in line for over half an hour for a chance to meet Santa. Children on the autism Read More
Posted on: December 3, 2014 - No Comments
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.
Posted on: November 19, 2014 - No Comments
The iCalmDog music player for dogs is now available in the Positively online store. This paw-sized portable music player comes with 4 hours of Through A Dog's Ear's clinically-tested music and is designed to reduce anxiety. Also available is a library of music and training protocols designed by Victoria Stilwell to combat separation anxiety, aggression and noise phobias.
Posted on: November 17, 2014 - 1 Comment
Don't despair, future pet owners! Here's why the process is such a hassle, and why that's a good thing.
Posted on: November 11, 2014 - No Comments
November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month, and I can't think of a better time to talk about the benefits of adopting an older dog. So many families are convinced that adopting an 8 week old puppy is the only route when getting a new dog, but the truth is that senior dogs often make a much easier transition into your home.
Posted on: November 3, 2014 - No Comments
I'm so excited to be heading to Bloomington, IL this month. On November 15th, you can find me at the Barnes and Noble on E. Empire Street, where I'll be hanging out with some incredible two-legged and four-legged heroes.
Posted on: October 19, 2014 - No Comments
I was forwarded an article which basically claimed that while positive reinforcement was a nice tool for training nice pups, it was not a strong enough or effective enough tool to deal with aggression or so-called 'red zone' dogs. It is time once and for all to put an end to this myth, especially when the arguments being used to support it are so painfully inaccurate and the supposed claims are so completely at odds with what behavioral science has already proven to us time and time again.
Posted on: September 22, 2014 - 4 Comments
The leaves are changing, the cool air is drifting in, and the dog days of summer are making way for a beautiful autumn. As the holiday season approaches, it's important to keep your dog happy, healthy, and safe.
Posted on: September 15, 2014 - 10 Comments
September is Responsible Dog Ownership Month. Do you fit the bill of a responsible dog owner? Check out Victoria Stilwell's article highlighting five ways you can spot a responsible dog owner.
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The infamous Paris Hilton has made headlines again--this time because of her purchase of a $13,000 puppy. The puppy is claimed to be the smallest Pomeranian in the world. Should Paris be proud or ashamed of her decision to buy this pup?
Posted on: September 8, 2014 - 7 Comments
We all have our stories to tell. On that bright September morning thirteen years ago 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 Read More