Victoria and Holly close Season 5 with a discussion on a disturbing video of Rottweiler growling at a child that is persistently trying to hug him, and they chat with award-winning working dog sculptor Austin Weishel.
Victoria and Holly chat about what they would do for animals if they won the lottery, Holly's annual "Regiftmas" party, and Victoria's upcoming trip to Villalobos Rescue Center.
Victoria and Holly get together on Christmas Eve for a special holiday edition of the Positively Podcast. They chat about a 100-year-old animal rescue volunteer, their holiday pet peeves, and the cringe-worthy Miss USA pageant night.
Victoria and Holly talk about the viral story of a military working dog and his handler that were injured during a building search and chat with founder of Mission K-9 Rescue, an organization helping similar dogs and handlers.
Victoria's mother stops by to discuss the history of Georgia, and the group discusses the Broadway musical Hamilton while being quizzed by Alex and a friend. Ask Victoria questions include a GSD who gets aggressive when owners leave the room, a Weimeraner mourning the passing of one of her owners, and a Pom who pees on the boyfriend.
Victoria and Holly recap this year's Reindog Parade and talk about dog costumes, the various Positively holiday contests, and the woman who taped her dog's mouth shut. They call W-Underdogs' founder, Gracie Hamlin to discuss the amazing work she does with Atlanta's underserved dogs and children.
OK, let’s be honest here: Can positive training really work with an 11-year-old feral dog? Yes. Yes, it can.
In this special Thanksgiving edition of the podcast, Victoria and Holly welcome back Dr. Paula Bloom, who peppers Victoria with questions about her new puppy, Suki. Victoria catches up with the Positively mailbag in Ask Victoria, and Alex makes a guest appearance to stump the grownups with some tough questions in the (not so) Animal Academy.
Victoria and Holly start Season 5 of the Positively Podcast off with a bang, including some great Ask Victoria questions and an interview with 'Of Dogs and Men' filmmaker Patrick Reasonover.
Victoria and Holly talk about their experiences in Greece, where there is a massive stray dog problem. They interview Victoria Stilwell Dog Training Academy Director Tia Guest, and Victoria answers some tough Ask Victoria questions.
At long last, I am thrilled to announce the official launch of the Victoria Stilwell Academy for Dog Training and Behavior!
I often find that people think using the word "cue" instead of "command" in dog training is just a semantic difference that doesn't have any implication on the training process. I disagree.
If you've got a good grasp on your dog's leash reactivity but feel you're still struggling sometimes, here are some tips for later stages of training that may help you really step things up.
We wrote previously about what you should start with when you're training a deaf dog, but now I want to touch on something I see many people doing wrong! It's something they don't even think about, but it's a critical mistake that's easy to fix.
When training your deaf dog, don't ever have the mentality that because she is deaf she can't do something. A deaf dog is capable of doing anything that a hearing dog can, except for hear!
You will see the returns of your effort by sticking with the program for the long haul. If we want to see a change in our dog’s behavior we have to do the work, simple as that.
On the first evening of the Hau Hau Champion Event, Victoria will be performing her live show. As an attendee, you have a rare opportunity to get your dog training question answered by Victoria, live!
Our clients were pleased, their dogs were happy, and our business was successful. Surprisingly, in the face of all this success, I was feeling unsatisfied, exhausted, and had what I learned to call “the burnout of compassion fatigue”.
On this special episode, Victoria and Holly dedicate the entire show to answering Ask Victoria dog training questions. From what to do if your dog bites someone to how to improve a dog's fear of loud noises, this episode covers all your most pressing training questions.
Victoria and Holly chat about a controversial new documentary that Victoria participated in with the police K-9 unit she has been filming with. They also chat with pet radio host Steve Dale about the unique behavioral and medical issues that senior cats may face.
Victoria and Holly talk about international dog welfare controversies, and get Canine Assistants founder Jennifer Arnold on the Positively Hotline to discuss her new concept for training both service dogs and companion dogs.
As Victoria wraps up her #poopandtell campaign, she and Holly read some of their favorite submissions. Radio host and pet journalist Steve Dale calls in to the Positively Hotline to chat about cat socialization and stress-free veterinary care for cats.
This podcast is all about Dog Bite Prevention Week! Victoria and Holly chat with State Farm's Heather Paul to discuss why being a responsible pet parent is much more important than a dog's breed.
Victoria and Holly celebrate 10 years of It’s Me or the Dog by recapping some of their favorite moments from the show. Just in time for warmer weather, they also discuss the dangers of keeping a dog in a hot car. And you won’t want to miss this episode’s guest caller – Ceva’s veterinary behaviorist, Valarie Tynes.
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.
Victoria and Holly talk about Holly’s interesting experience sitting next to a military working dog on her flight. State Farm Arson Dog Program Coordinator Heather Paul joins the show to chat about Victoria’s ‘Arson Dogs’ series and upcoming Arson Awareness Week. And Victoria answers some tricky ‘Ask Victoria’ questions.
Victoria and Holly (along with guest host, Positively Director of Digital Content Alex Andes) talk about Victoria’s new #poopandtell campaign, and Holly’s dog experiences in San Diego. This week’s Ask Victoria questions get her all fired up, and Alex stumps both Holly and Victoria with Animal Academy.
Victoria and Holly talk about their dogs’ recent health issues, including Jasmine’s dental and Kashmir’s major surgery. Victoria catches up on Ask Victoria questions. Dog trainer Nando Brown pops in for a chat about the upcoming Dog Bite Prevention Conference and their time at Crufts.
Victoria and Holly catch up on what they’ve been up to. They talk about Victoria’s two new web series, and what Holly’s been up to with CNN. Also on the topic list are dog shows and the various controversies at Crufts, and stress-relieving training tool Adaptil. And you won’t want to miss this episode’s Ask Victoria questions.
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.
I truly believe the only way for positive gun dog training to gain any kind of ground in this country is by developing good hunting dogs, strong hunt test results and some field trial wins. There are indeed positive trainers already making strides, but the numbers comparatively are very small. This must change, and it is fair for those who advocate traditional gun dog training to demand proof.
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I have a lot of habits to break and a lot of new behaviors to learn. This got me thinking about my work in animal behavior and how amazingly similar it is to what I am trying to accomplish with my diet.
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.
Dog is abused, abandoned, neglected. Dog is rescued. Dog has behavioral issues stemming from a difficult past. Rescue group calls in a trainer, who puts a shock collar on the dog to "fix" him and make him adoptable. While the above scenario may be oversimplified, it happens all too often in the rescue world. I worked on Read More
Paper training is a highly effective and popular way to housetrain puppies. When done correctly, paper training teaches the puppy to eliminate on progressively smaller areas of paper (or training pads) until you are able to direct the puppy to specific areas where you want him to toilet. For some rural or suburban households, this Read More
Victoria was featured on the Weather Channel's morning show, America's Morning Headquarters (AMHQ), where she had the chance to spend time with adoptable puppies from the Atlanta Humane Society. Many families choose to bring home a new puppy over the summer since the kids are home from school and everyone has more time to integrate Read More
I have been doing pet therapy with my labradoodle, Daisy, for going on two years now. It was always a dream of mine to do pet therapy, and I looked for months for the right dog. I adopted Daisy from a family who could no longer care for her, and I knew almost instantly she Read More
While past studies have shown that a dog is able to follow a pointed finger or a person's gaze in order to find food, new research is showing that their abilities don't stop there. The research shows that dogs, particularly puppies, are adept in following the direction of a person's voice in order to find Read More
Lure-reward training is a highly effective way to teach your dog new behaviors. It is easy and fun for both dog and human, and dogs can learn new behaviors quite quickly with this training. This type of training simply involves using a food reward to guide the dog into the desired position or behavior. If Read More