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.


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 - 4 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 - No Comments

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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.

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.

Ten Dog Safety Tips for Autumn

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.

5 Things Responsible Dog Owners Do

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.

Paris Hilton Buys $13,000 Pomeranian Puppy

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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?

9/11: A Look Back

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

Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society – A Model Shelter and a Great Fundraiser

Posted on: August 20, 2014 - No Comments

I had the pleasure of visiting the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society in Cashiers, NC, and was also the featured presenter at their annual fundraising event, "A Celebration of Humane Heroes." I was so impressed by the facility itself, the incredible staff and volunteers, and especially their commitment to serving the needs of the surrounding community. I have been Read More

Welcome to the New & Improved Positively.com!

Posted on: July 16, 2014 - 4 Comments

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The Positively team has been working for over a year to identify what was missing from the online dog world and develop the best resource for dog lovers around the world. The end result is a complete web-based learning, sharing and entertainment platform about the world of dogs and dog behavior. We're very proud of what we're launching today and hope that you will find it engaging, educational, and helpful while learning to harness the unique power of the Positively Community to help you and your dog live a happier, healthier life and change the lives of others around the world at the same time.

Arson Dogs

Posted on: July 14, 2014 - No Comments

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Victoria Stilwell discovers the power of Arson Dogs - amazing detection dogs trained to sniff out accelerants like gasoline and propane, and to alert their handler to the presence of the accelerant.