Author Archives: Victoria Stilwell

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Positively Expert: Victoria Stilwell

Victoria Stilwell is a world-renowned dog trainer best known as the star of the internationally acclaimed TV series, It’s Me or the Dog. A bestselling author, Stilwell frequently appears in the media as a pet expert and is widely recognized and respected as a leader in the field of animal behavior.


An Exclusive Interview with the Director of “Of Dogs and Men”

Posted on: August 17, 2015 - 2 Comments

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Of Dogs and Men is a powerful new documentary that explores the recent surge in law enforcement officials shooting dogs. I had to chance to chat with Director Michael Ozias about the film, and what went on both behind and in front of the camera.

What To Do When a Dog Hates Being Contained

Posted on: August 6, 2015 - No Comments

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Some dogs may whine, cry, or bark in the crate, while others may go so far as causing real damage to a crate or a room. This type of behavior is often attributed to separation anxiety. But is that always the issue? Here are some training tips for dogs that don't do well being contained.

Truth Wins

Posted on: August 1, 2015 - 2 Comments

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People know they get great information from my Facebook page and my site and I will never abuse that trust. Thanks to everyone who stood up for the freedom to speak the truth and not be squashed by powerful commercial entities or individuals that want to cover up the truth and silence those of us who speak out.

Beloved Family Dog Dies in Careless Grooming Accident

Posted on: June 2, 2015 - 8 Comments

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When Allison Marks dropped off Colby, her 2-year-old Golden Retriever, for a routine grooming, she never could have imagined the tragedy that would ensue.

Balanced Dog Training: There’s Nothing “Balanced” About It

Posted on: May 13, 2015 - 6 Comments

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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.

Not All Dogs Are Born To Run

Posted on: May 11, 2015 - No Comments

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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.

Can You Really Trust Your Dog Trainer?

Posted on: April 27, 2015 - 1 Comment

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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.

How to Have a Pet-Friendly Earth Day

Posted on: April 21, 2015 - No Comments

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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.

National Fire Dog Monument Vandalized

Posted on: March 19, 2015 - No Comments

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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.

Georgia Sheriff Fights for Animal Rights

Posted on: March 4, 2015 - No Comments

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It seems the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department has gone to the dogs.

Behind the Scenes at Crufts

Posted on: March 2, 2015 - No Comments

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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.

Meet “Ms. Manners”!

Posted on: February 26, 2015 - No Comments

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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.

How to “Fix” Pet Overpopulation (Video)

Posted on: February 24, 2015 - No Comments

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Pet overpopulation is a very real crisis all over the world, and a huge part of the solution is spaying and neutering.

5 Fun Ways to Celebrate “Love Your Pet” Day

Posted on: February 17, 2015 - No Comments

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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.

Dog Training vs. Dolphin Training: Why the Double Standard?

Posted on: February 6, 2015 - 5 Comments

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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.

The Dog Aggression Epidemic

Posted on: January 31, 2015 - 7 Comments

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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.

Why I Sympathize With the Grooming Dog Trainer

Posted on: January 16, 2015 - No Comments

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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.

How Not To Groom a Biting Dog

Posted on: January 14, 2015 - 24 Comments

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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.

Case Closed in Cherokee County Puppy Mill Bust

Posted on: December 19, 2014 - No Comments

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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

The Post-Puppy Panic

Posted on: December 17, 2014 - 1 Comment

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Feeling overwhelmed after bringing home a new puppy? I'm going to call this phenomenon the "post-puppy panic."

Fears Are Not Facts

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

Beyond Food and Water

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.

iCalmDog Now Available in Positively Store!

Posted on: November 19, 2014 - No Comments

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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.

Why Pet Adoption is Worth the Hassle

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.

5 Reasons to Adopt a Senior Dog

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.

A Chance to Meet the Heroes of the Dog World

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.

So Much Work To Do…

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.