Positively Contributors

Read the latest articles by Positively ExpertsVictoria Stilwell Positively is honored to have the following distinguished guest bloggers contributing regularly to this site.  World-class behaviorists, trainers and veterinarians are among those blogging, as well as some amazing individuals representing organizations and movements helping to make the world a better place for both dogs and people.

Here you will get a unique perspective directly from those scientists and behaviorists who are shaping the debate regarding positive reinforcement, along with fantastic health and behavior advice from some of the world’s leading veterinarians.  You’ll also find the latest news from those on the front lines of the fight against dogfighting, puppy mills, and animal welfare around the world, along with some fun articles by some well-known pet bloggers and dog people you may recognize.  Enjoy!

Below is a list of contributors to the Positively Expert Blog:

Dr. Nicholas Dodman Nicole Wilde Patricia McConnell Jana Kohl Kim Alboum Beverley Cuddy
Ian Dunbar Wayne Pacelle James O'Heare Cathy Bruce Rachel Sheppard Emma Judson
Trish King Sophia Yin Marc Abraham Duffy Jones Bill McFarlin Travis & Presley
Lisa Spector Steve Dale Judy Luther Susan Kendrick Linda Michaels, MA Scott Amsel
Karen Pryor Scott Miller Amy Sandmann Jennifer Arnold J. Nichole Smith Laurie Hess
Sam Wike Patrick Mahaney Paula Bloom  Kevin Lowery Tim Link  Dale Ward 
Maggie Marton Alex Andes Sarah Lukemire  Linda Case  Louisa Morrissey  Abigail Witthauer 
Holly Firfer Theo Stewart  Laura Brody  Kari Bastyr  Amy Weeks  Laura Clawson
Lorena Patti Sara McLoudrey  Kevin Duggan Mary Phillips  Thomas Aaron  Alix Mitchell
Mary Haight Jen deHaan Layla Morgan Wilde Tia Guest  Jessica Shipman  Jennifer Kachnic
Christina Berry  Debby McMullen  Donna Elliott  Kelsie McKenzie  Debbie Jacobs  Juliana Willems

Dr. Nicholas H. Dodman

Dr. Dodman is one of the world's most noted and celebrated veterinary behaviorists, an acclaimed author of four books and a regular lecturer.
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Nicole Wilde

Nicole is the author of ten books and lectures worldwide on canine behavior. She is a columnist for Modern Dog Magazine, runs Gentle Guidance Dog Training in southern California, and donates her time to photographing rescue dogs to improve their chances of adoption.
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Lisa Spector

Spector-Thumb-NewLisa Spector is a concert pianist, Juilliard graduate, and canine music expert. By combining her passion for music with her love of dogs, she co-created Through a Dog's Ear, the first music clinically demonstrated to relieve anxiety issues in dogs.
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Steve Dale

Steve is a certified dog and cat behavior consultant who has written several books, writes several syndicated newspaper columns, hosts two nationally syndicated radio shows, and has appeared on numerous TV shows.
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Patricia McConnell, Ph.D., CAAB

Patricia-McConnell-thumbPatricia McConnell is an Ethologist and Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist who has consulted with cat and dog lovers for over twenty two years.
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Ian Dunbar PhD, BVetMed, MRCVS

Ian-Dunbar-thumbCurrently, Dr. Dunbar is TopDog of the Center for Applied Animal Behavior and Scientific Director for Dog Star Daily.
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Karen Pryor

Karen-Pryor-thumbKaren Pryor is the CEO of Karen Pryor Clickertraining and Karen Pryor Academy.
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Wayne Pacelle

Wayne-Pacelle-thumbWayne Pacelle is the president and chief executive officer of The Humane Society of the United States
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James O’Heare

James-OHeare-thumbJames O’Heare, CABC, PABC, is the President of The Companion Animal Sciences Institute, Director of the Association of Animal Behavior Professionals and editor of the Journal of Applied Companion Animal Behavior.
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Sophia Yin


Dr. Yin is a veterinarian and applied animal behaviorist who lectures and teaches workshops internationally to dog trainers, shelter workers and veterinary staff and is the author of three books including a veterinary textbook and DVD set on behavior.
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Trish King, CPDT, CDBC

Trish-King-thumbTrish King is the Director of the Animal Behavior & Training Department at the Marin Humane Society in Marin County, California, and the author of a critically acclaimed book for dog owners, Parenting Your Dog.
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Cathy Bruce

Cathy-Bruce-thumbCathy Bruce has been training her own dogs and studying dog behavior long before becoming a Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Trainer and a CPDT.
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Marc Abraham

Marc-Abraham-thumbMarc was recently awarded the UK's veterinary industry’s prestigious Special Recognition Award and voted the UK’s Favourite Vet.
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Duffy Jones, DVM

Duffy-Jones-thumbDr. Jones currently serves as the veterinary consultant for It’s Me or the Dog episodes filmed in Atlanta.
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Judy Luther

Judy is the owner of St. Louis' Dog Star Training, LLC and is a member of the VSPDT dog training team.
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Susan Kendrick

Susan is the owner of Orlando's Bowser College and is a member of the VSPDT dog training team.
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Jana Kohl, Psy.D

Jana-Kohl-thumbJana is a psychologist, animal welfare advocate and author of A Rare Breed of Love.
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Scott Miller BVSc MRCVS

Scott-Miller-thumbScott has become a household name in Britain as a leading TV vet and wildlife conservationist, appearing on BBC Breakfast News, This Morning, Crufts, The Paul O’Grady Show, Blue Peter, GMTV and CBBC.
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Rachel Sheppard

Rachel Sheppard is the author and founder of My Kid Has Paws. She is a Social Media Manager, blogger, animal lover, volunteer, graduate student, and shoe collector.

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Scott Amsel, D.V.M.

Scott-Amsel-thumbSince receiving his veterinary degree in 1984, Scott has studied epidemiology and preventive medicine and experienced a wide variety of fascinating veterinary adventures.
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Bill McFarlin

Bill-Star-thumbBill McFarlin and his dog Star are the National Spokesman for the American Brittany rescue, and were contestants on the CBS reality show Greatest American Dog.
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Travis and Presley

Travis-Presley-thumbTravis and Presley are best known for winning CBS’ Summer Reality Hit Greatest American Dog.
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Beverley Cuddy

Beverley-Cuddy-thumbBeverley has been the Editor of Dogs Today magazine since 1990.
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Emma Judson

Emma-Judson-thumbEmma Judson has over a decade’s experience resolving behaviour problems in dogs through her extensive work with foster, rescue and her own dogs.
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Kim Alboum

Kim-Alboum-thumbKim Alboum is North Carolina state director for The Humane Society of the United States.
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Linda Michaels, MA

Linda Michaels specializes in the psychological aspects of dog behavior and treatment, is a VSPDT trainer in Del Mar, CA, canine behavior modification columnist, and ardent practicer of Do No Harm training.
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Amy Sandmann

Amy Sandmann is a VSPDT trainer and lover of the outdoors whose mission is to get people re-connected with their pets thru +R training and exercise.
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Jennifer Arnold

Jennifer-Arnold-ThumbJennifer is the CEO and founder of Canine Assistants. She has written two best-selling books and appeared in a PBS special about Canine Assistants.
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J. Nichole Smith

J.Nichole Smith is an author, photographer, designer and consultant specializing in the pet-industry. While in college she co-founded the brand Dog is Good®. Recently, Nichole packed up her dogs and re-located to London where she is currently completing her Masters in Marketing.
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Laurie Hess, DVM

Dr. Hess is an internationally recognized veterinarian in the field of bird & exotic animal medicine and is one of 150 veterinarians worldwide board-certified as an avian specialist..
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Patrick Mahaney

Dr. Patrick Mahaney is a Los Angeles-based holistic house call veterinarian and certified veterinary acupuncturist.  As a certified veterinary journalist, Dr. Mahaney’s shares his perspective on current events, public health, and animal welfare.
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Sam Wike

Sam is a retired police officer, explosives detection K9 handler and unit supervisor, a CPDT-KA since 2009, a VSPDT member since 2010, a Best Friends Animal Society Community Training Partner and Recommended Trainer and owns and operates his own business, The Inner Dog.
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Paula Bloom

Paula-Bloom-ThumbDr. Paula Bloom is a practicing clinical psychologist, speaker, author, and TV commentator.
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Kevin Lowery

Kevin-Ballance-ThumbKevin Lowery is a positive reinforcement trainer, dog training columnist, pet photographer, and service dog trainer at Canine Assistants.
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Tim Link

Tim-LinkTim Link is the host of the nationally syndicated radio show, Animal Writes, on Pet Life Radio. He is an internationally recognized animal expert, communicator and consultant.
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Dale Ward

DaleWard-ThumbDale Ward is owner of Dale’s Dog Training Academy LLC serving southeast VA and northeast NC. She is a Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Trainer, an AKC/CGC Evaluator, CBATI (Certified Behavior Adjustment Training Instructor - in progress), and a full member of the Pet Professional Guild and APDT. Dale also works with Lab Rescue and other rescue and shelter organizations on behavior issues.
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Maggie Marton

Maggie Marton is an award-winning pet journalist who focuses on the animal-human bond in her writing and her advocacy.
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Alex Andes

Andes-thumb-newAlex Andes works directly for Positively as the Director of Digital Content, as well as traveling and filming alongside Victoria. She has a background in broadcast journalism and a passion for dog training and behavior.
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Sarah Lukemire

Sarah Lukemire is a pet blogger at LolaThePitty.com where she is raising positive awareness and fighting the negative stereotypes associated with pit bull type dogs, networking bully breed dogs in need of adoption or rescue, as well as sharing recipes and tips for dog owners.
Read more about Sarah.
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Linda Case

Linda Case, MS is a dog trainer and canine nutritionist and owns AutumnGold Consulting and Training Center (www.autumngoldconsulting.com) in central Illinois. She is the author of “Dog Food Logic” and other books.
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Abigail Witthauer

Witthauer-ThumbAbigail resides in Birmingham, Alabama where she owns Roverchase, a large dog training and care facility.  Abigail has been training dogs professionally for 15 years and resides with several animals, most famously, Mr. Big the Chihuahua (Instagram @MrBigChihuahua).
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Holly Firfer

Holly is an Emmy-nominated journalist and a correspondent for CNN. She is active in many charities and actively raises money for cancer research and animal shelters. Holly co-hosts the Positively Podcast and was featured in an episode of 'It's Me or the Dog'.
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Theo Stewart

Theo is a Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Trainer and a full member of the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers. She is also a qualified schoolteacher.
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Laura Brody

Laura is a Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Trainer and the owner of Denver's Good Family Dog-- Kind, Purposeful, Force-Free Dog Training and Behavior.
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Kari Bastyr

Bastyr-thumbKari Bastyr, MS, VSPDT, CDBC is a certified VSPDT trainer with Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training. Kari is the founder of Wag and Train Animal Behavior Specialists in Denver, CO.
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Amy Weeks

Amy Weeks, M.A. (VSPDT, CPDT-KA, CAP-1, CGC Evaluator, Family Pet Paws Presenter) is owner of “Amy’s Canine Kindergarten”, a dog training company based out of Tampa, Florida which provides in-home and group training as well as bite prevention presentations.
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Laura Clawson

Laura Clawson is the owner of Unleash the Pawsitive Dog Training and Pet Sitting in Carrollton, GA and is a proud member of the Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training team.
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Tia Guest

Tia Guest is the Executive Director for the Victoria Stilwell Academy, as well as a professional animal trainer.

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Lorena Patti

Lorena Patti is a Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Trainer out of Orlando, FL. A Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner and Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed. She provides training and behavior modification consultations in the southwest area of Orlando.

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Sara McLoudrey

Sara McLoudrey, CPDT-KSA, CNWI, TAG-L2, VSPDT is the founder of ROOT Dog Training, in the Northern Chicago Suburbs. She prides herself on providing positive dog training no matter what the challenge.

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Kevin Duggan

Kevin is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers and is a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator through the American Kennel Club. He currently resides in Ohio, where he operates All Dogs Go To Kevin, LLC, specializing in helping build positive relationships between humans and their canine companions using clear communication, not pain and fear.

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Mary Phillips

Mary Phillips has a Psychology degree and is a certified Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Trainer. She resides with her husband and 2 IG’s, Diamond & Toby in Florida.

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Thomas Aaron

Thomas Aaron is a positive gun dog trainer who runs FetchMasters in Denver, CO, and is the founder of the Positive Gun Dog Training Program and the Positive Gun Dog Association.

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Alix Mitchell

Alix Mitchell is a veterinary technician, pet blogger and animal lover. She is dedicated to raising awareness for better nutrition and R+ training on her blog Fetch for Me, Human.

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Mary Haight

Haight-thumbMary is a professional blogger and content marketing consultant, specializing in the pet industry. Her Dancing Dog Blog & Animal Cafe sites offer useful, entertaining information.

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Jen deHaan

deHaan-thumbJen deHaan is graphic designer, writer, and dog person living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She enjoys learning about dog training and behavior, and training her two dogs.

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Layla Morgan Wilde

Morganwilde-thumbLayla Morgan Wilde, founder of Cat Wisdom 101, holistic cat expert and award-winning writer/photographer/speaker is the official cat behaviorist for Tara the Hero Cat.

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Jessica Shipman

Jessica Shipman is a bargain hunter, food lover, and software engineer figuring out how to be a pet parent for the first time. She shares her journey on Beagles & Bargains.

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Jennifer Kachnic

Jennifer Kachnic is president of The Grey Muzzle Organization, a nonprofit providing grants to animal shelters and rescues nationwide for senior dog programs. She is also author of a manual on senior dog care.

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Christina Berry

Christina Berry is a wife, mom, Virtual Assistant and Social Media Strategist, movie lover, and Diet Dr. Pepper addict. She blogs about pet-friendly living, responsible dog ownership, and Pit Bull advocacy at The Lazy Pit Bull.

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Debby McMullen

Debby is a certified behavior consultant and the author of the How Many Dogs? Using Positive Reinforcement Training to Manage a Multiple Dog Household. She also owns Pawsitive Reactions, LLC in Pittsburgh, PA.

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Donna Elliott

Donna Elliott is the owner of Mutts With Manners in Atlanta, Ga. Donna is a VSPDT and a certified dog trainer through the Association of Professional Dog Trainers.

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Kelsie McKenzie

Kelsie McKenzie is a dog blogger and marketing grad student with a mild Great Pyrenees obsession. She enjoys learning about canine health and behavior and social media marketing.

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Debbie Jacobs

Debbie Jacobs CPDT-KA, CAP2, created the Fearful Dogs website to help owners and trainers learn about fear-based behaviors in dogs. She is the author of “A Guide To Living With & Training A Fearful Dog."

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Juliana Willems

Juliana Willems (KPA CTP) is a senior trainer with Washington, D.C. based company Dog Latin Dog Training. She writes about her experiences fostering and training dogs in her blog Peace, Love & Fostering

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