Positively Dog Training Episode 106

In this episode, Victoria describes what it's like filming It's Me or the Dog in New York City, including visits to Frank Sinatra's boyhood bakery. Also discussed: Victoria's history as a dog walker in London during college Backstage at the Lion King on Broadway with Victoria's friend Fred Berman (playing Timon the meerkat) This year's Read More

Poop-Eating Pups

It’s one of the most disgusting predilections a dog can develop: poop-eating. You might think that such a foul habit points to a nutritional deficiency or that it means Fido's not getting enough to eat, but actually poop-eating (a.k.a. coprophagia) is a common pastime among dogs.

Modern Dog – Ask the Expert

Victoria was featured in the “Ask an Expert” section of the Spring 2010 issue of Modern Dog.   In the one-page feature entitled “Ask Victoria Stilwell”, Victoria answered a reader’s question about her need to have a lot of dogs and cats in her family. Victoria’s answer is focused on the importance of realizing that Read More

Can Spaying Make Dog Behavior Worse?

On an episode of “It’s Me or the Dog,” Victoria Stilwell tackled the problem of a bull terrier that exhibited mounting behavior. The first solution was to send the dog for a time-out when he mounted. However, the mounting was so severe that the trainer finally recommended neutering, which solved the problem. This case raises Read More

Christmas Dangers to Our Pets

With the Christmas holidays just around the corner please consider how your festive celebrations may affect your pets, so we can all enjoy a safe and happy Christmas and New Year together. Will you be spending your holidays at home or away? Leaving your pets at home will require the help of a responsible (and Read More

The “Easy” Dog

A tribute to a very special 10 year old dog who should have never been given up, but boy are we glad she was! I don’t deserve to have an “easy” dog because I can handle a difficult one. I love the scaredy dogs, the ones who don’t love to be touched at first, the ones Read More

Halloween Pet Costumes

It’s scary. And you’re not alone - over 4.2 million dog-owning households and nearly two million cat-caretakers will be treating their furry companions to ghoulish goodies and ghoulish toys this Halloween, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF). Also, according to the NRF, pet “moms” and “dads” will spend over $440 million on Halloween. That’s Read More

Terrie Hayward-Puerto Rico

“Are the conditions in Puerto Rico as bad as we’ve heard and seen? Terrie Hayward, certified dog behavior consultant and dog trainer in Rincon doesn’t hesitate for a half a second. “Yes, it is – desperate.” Prior to Hurricanes Maria and Irma impacted pummeling the island, life wasn’t easy, as residents were dealing with serious Read More

Beyond the Fairy Tale

And they all lived happily ever after… I’m a sucker for those stories too. I love to see the heroes and heroines overcome adversity and wander off into the sunset for their fabulous forever. Sadly we all know that happy ever after is just a fairy tale ending to a fairy tale. Neither are real, Read More

How We Can Make the Vet Office a Less Scary Place for Pets

Imagine being hung half way out a window by your suspenders 30 stories up, or being held up at gunpoint. That’s actually how I believe many of our pets feel at the vet office, or even before they arrive, as they realize that’s where they’re headed and fear begins to ramp up.

Is Adopting a Greyhound Right for You?

The Greyhound will always hold a special place in my heart. They are a regal, gentle, loving breed. While built for speed, their true gift is their ability to segue from athlete into loving companion and perfect pet!

How About a Little Love for Our Pet Sitters?

Professional Pet Sitters Week is coming up! I’ll have the honor of being the keynote speaker at this year’s National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS) Education and Networking Forum and Annual Conference. I know this will be a great conference with all the dedicated pet sitters attending and learning more about ways to better Read More

You Can’t Duct From Social Media!

The best twist that came out of this whole situation was a young man who photographed his Rottweiler being offered a peanut butter stuffed bone, with the caption that “this is what happens when you won’t shut up”. Win/win for both sides of the equation.

The Problem with the “Pack Leadership” Mentality

The "pack leader" label just won’t seem to die a natural death. Instead of analyzing why people are so attached to being pack leaders, I decided it would be easier for me to uncover why I dislike it so much. Here is my interview with myself.

This New Veterinary Test Could Save Your Pet’s Life

“We’re now discovering loss of kidney function in lots of middle aged cats before the cat becomes sick. This is extremely important to potentially slow the disease progression and help us to monitor kidney loss.”

An Update on the Canine Flu

"We don't live in a bubble, and our pets don't, either," notes Dr. Jerry Klein, supervising veterinarian at Chicago Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center in Chicago. "I'm not surprised about what's happening," he adds.

Positively Dog Training Episode 409

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.

Positively Success Story: Life in a Muttshell

My wife and I are proponents of positive reinforcement training, and our situation gives us a unique opportunity to practice and observe the results on a daily basis. One of the first questions people ask is "do you have to break up a lot of fights?" The answer is no. We've kept dogs of all shapes, sizes, and dispositions, and there's seldom more than a brief snark and deferral.

Positively Dog Training Episode 402

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.

What You Need to Know About Canine Influenza

A dog flu epidemic has blown into the Windy City, sickening over a thousand dogs and has been responsible for the death of at least five dogs since mid-March. Is your dog at risk?

Positively’s Pet Blogs to Watch

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.

Losing a Cat to Heart Disease

I had a cat named Ricky who suddenly collapsed as a result of feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) in 2002. HCM is by far the most common cause of sudden death in cats, and is the most common heart disease in cats.

Medical Before Behavioral

When veterinary behaviorists and well-schooled trainers are attempting to understand a behavioral issue, they will always be thinking "medical before behavioral". Why, you ask? Well, because our dogs are just like us. When we are uncomfortable or in pain, we tend to behave less appropriately then we might otherwise. Same for our pups.