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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.

Dogs and Exercise

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The benefits of good exercise for dogs and people are well known. Exercise improves physical fitness and releases endorphins and opioids in the brain, promoting an overall feeling of wellbeing.

The Most Important Job

Posted on: August 2, 2020 No Comments -

When I first started training dogs I was thrown into the deep end. I had run a successful dog walking business in Wimbledon, but didn’t handle many dogs who had a bite history.

Night Time Vocals

Posted on: July 29, 2020 No Comments -

If you have ever raised a puppy you know what it’s like to have sleepless nights. It’s inevitable that to begin with, some puppies have a hard time adjusting to a new home and vocalize their discomfort and loneliness, particularly at night.

Why We Love Dogs

Posted on: July 26, 2020 No Comments -

I have just returned from walking my dogs, which is always a social experience, judging by the amount of people I talk to while I’m out. I usually walk in the local park, which takes me past a playground.

Confusing Cues

Posted on: July 22, 2020 No Comments -

“Sit! Sit! Sit!” Have you ever asked your dog to ‘sit’ and when she does not respond you repeat the cue again and again, getting louder and louder each time you say it?

Damned if You Do, Damned if You Don’t

Posted on: July 19, 2020 No Comments -

There are many hot button issues in the dog world that cause spirited conversations and disagreements, including what training methods you should use and when you should or shouldn’t use words such as ‘dominance’ and ‘pack.’

How To Not Be a Rude Dog Owner

Posted on: July 15, 2020 No Comments -

I’m a dog lover and I want everyone to be as passionate about these amazing animals as I am. I would also like to take my dogs with me to more places, and I believe if people were a little more responsible, dogs might be accepted in more public areas than are currently allowed.

Managing Your Overwhelmed Dog

Posted on: July 12, 2020 No Comments -

As the modern dog’s role continues to evolve from that of working dog to companion animal, there is more pressure on all dogs to cope and behave well in an increasingly busy human world.

Obedience

Posted on: July 8, 2020 No Comments -

I don’t participate in competitive dog sports or obedience trials, but I do love watching dogs and their handlers having fun, and appreciate how much time it takes on both sides to become proficient.

Coping With Fear

Posted on: July 5, 2020 No Comments -

I’m flying to Portland, Oregon, from Los Angeles and the pilot has just told us that there will be turbulence the closer we get to Portland. It is 53 degrees at our destination with rain and gusty winds. He tells us that our descent is likely to be very bumpy.

The Emergency Drop It

Posted on: July 1, 2020 No Comments -

I lived with a Labrador. She was a hungry hound who was on a constant mission to find food wherever and whenever she could get it. When she reached the grand old age of 16 I thought her food obsession might diminish a little, but it remained as strong as ever.

Why I Marched

Posted on: June 7, 2020 No Comments -

I marched today in peaceful support of the change needed regarding the lack of true justice and equality for people of color and minorities. Here's my message to the haters.

Dog Behaviour Conference Now A Global Online Event

Posted on: March 26, 2020 No Comments -

The International Dog Behaviour Conference is a global online event bringing together the most influential, progressive and inspirational pet industry experts with dog lovers, owners, trainers, and professionals from around the world.

Free Webinar: Supercharge Your Relationship With Your Dog

Posted on: December 6, 2019 No Comments -

Renowned pet behavior expert Victoria Stilwell will share her #1 secret to getting the most out of your relationship with your dog. Attend this free webinar to get Victoria's top tips on the dog/human connection as well as a powerful special offer just for webinar attendees.

Are You A Good Pet Neighbor?

Posted on: October 2, 2019 No Comments -

With well over half of all US households having one or more pets, it is more important than ever to be a good pet neighbor. We've collaborated with State Farm®  in creating a  free 35-minute online course that educates both new and experienced pet owners in how to read dog body language and safely interact Read More

Malcolm’s Story

Posted on: September 23, 2019 No Comments -

Malcolm the golden retriever is a young active dog who just needed a bit of structure in his life. Victoria Stilwell Academy graduate Deb Norris was there to provide it. We love seeing our graduates change the world for dogs and their people!  Do you live with a Malcolm? Take a look at Malcolm's story Read More

How My Dog Inspired Me to Learn to Become a Dog Trainer

Posted on: August 28, 2019 No Comments -

I have learned so much over the months I’ve been enrolled in VSA's Online Dog Trainer Course. My dog and I have both grown in confidence and I’ve been able to live my dream of helping adopted dogs stay at home by working with shelters and training dogs and their families in my community. I marvel often about how my dog has blessed my life with love, challenges and a new career. I could never have imagined that day I walked into the shelter that I’d be writing this today.

Victoria’s New Puppy Book Now Available!

Posted on: July 29, 2019 No Comments -

Victoria Stilwell’s 5th book entitled “The Ultimate Guide to Raising a Puppy: How to Train and Care for Your New Dog” will be released on October 1, 2019 in the US. The book is available to preorder now.

Happy New Year!

Posted on: December 31, 2018 No Comments -

We resolve to remember, if only for a moment, to observe and appreciate the joy our dogs bring us simply by being alive. 

It’s Time To Get Serious About Puppy Mills

Posted on: November 29, 2018 No Comments -

It's time we start talking seriously about puppy mills.

Love Is Ageless

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Love truly is ageless. While this is the last day of Adopt A Senior month, we would say that every day is a great day to bring love and companionship into your life.

When Disaster Strikes

Posted on: November 16, 2018 No Comments -

Pets, livestock, and wildlife are particularly vulnerable when disaster strikes.

What To Do If Your Pup Goes Missing

Posted on: May 18, 2018 No Comments -

What can you do now to ensure finding your pet should they go missing?

DogTV Launches Season 2 of Adoption Show

Posted on: April 24, 2018 No Comments -

By partnering with over 100 animal shelters throughout the United States, the Adoption Show promotes pet adoption and showcases adoptable dogs in various locations around the country.

Penis crowning (don’t worry, it’s all G – rated!)

Posted on: April 11, 2018 No Comments -

Here’s everything you want to know but didn’t want to ask about the dog penis.

Positively’s Pet Blogs to Watch

Posted on: March 4, 2015 21 Comments -

At Positively, we're lucky to have some really incredible contributors who share their amazing stories and insight with us. Many of them have their own blogs dedicated to training, nutrition, or just how to enjoy life with pets.