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
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.
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
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
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
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
“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
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
In addition to daily over-the-counter antihistamines, which I’m not a big fan of, here are a few tips to controlling allergies to animals that have worked for us...
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.
Some quick & easy tips to make Christmas a safe, fun day for you and your pets.
Feral cats aren’t a new issue; they existed for thousands of years – likely since the domestication of cats somewhere between 5,300 to 9,000 years ago.
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!
Why do dogs seem to want to eat everything in sight, whether they’re hungry or not? Science has the answer.
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
Veterinary experts give their tips on keeping your pets safe and happy during the cold winter months, including how to prevent frostbite and special tips for senior pets.
It's no use trying to suppress your dog's instinctive drives! Here's how you can accommodate digging, chewing, chasing, and barking, while enjoying your dog all the more.
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.
Dog Training Frustration? Here are 14 things you can do to relax instead of getting frustrated with your dog.
If hugs counted for $1 apiece, the U.S. government could balance their budget on the number of free hugs technicians give to clients. Veterinary technicians do it for love.
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.
“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.”
One more candidate for President of the United States has just tossed his hat - or his little sparkle ball - into the ring.
"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.
The numbers are so shockingly small that the president of the American Heartworm Society calls it “frightening.” Only just over a third of all dogs leave a veterinary practice with heartworm preventive.
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.
I've received many dog flu questions, and have enlisted the help of some fantastic experts to help answer those questions.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.