Victoria Gives Thanksgiving Pet Tips on HLN

Victoria gives her top tips for keeping pets healthy and happy during the holiday season. Included: giving dogs Thanksgiving table scraps, nipping pups, antisocial cats, biting rabbits and more.

One Month, Two Great Losses in Veterinary Behavior

Dr. Sophia Yin, an applied animal behaviorist, was one of the first to join my public outcry of a popular dog trainer's emphasis on forceful, aversive dog training as well as conveying misleading messages regarding dog behavior. Yin was never afraid to speak her him, particularly if animals benefited.

Are Pets a Luxury Item?

Here in the United States, the number of cats and other domestic animals per household continues to grow. So does the number of food options for domestic animals. Premium and so-called holistic foods are showing some of the biggest increases in sales compared to more basic brands.

Watch ‘It’s Me or the Dog’ on Hub Network!

Have you missed seeing 'It's Me or the Dog' on TV? Do you want to get some great training advice from Victoria? Well, now's your chance! Discovery's Hub Network will be airing episodes of 'It's Me or the Dog' from August 17th-22nd. The feature comes as part of the network's 'Bark Week,' a week full of canine Read More

Top 5 Summertime Pet Safety Tips

As temperatures increase, pet owners must prepare for the numerous hazards and stressors associated with the temperature changes, sun exposure, holiday food consumption, and festive gatherings that summer brings. To ensure your pet has a safe and fun summer, take proactive steps to prevent potentially life-threatening illness and injury. Here are my Top 5 Summertime Read More

Never Forget

Bad news for animal loving New York Jets football fans - Michael Vick is playing for your team.  A man that just a few years ago was imprisoned for torturing, electrocuting,hanging and other despicable acts of cruelty towards the dogs he kept in his kennels for dog fighting, is still being celebrated by the NFL Read More

Breed-Specific Rescues

I’ve been a big proponent of animal rescue organizations for more years than I can remember. Like many, my involvement started off with my financial assistance and donating items that were on the rescue organizations’ wish list. Then, my wife and I decided to get more involved by volunteering our time. This included spending time Read More

Finding The Right Rescue Dog

When considering where to get a new dog to add to your family, you should certainly consider adopting a dog from a shelter. Dogs end up in shelters for a variety of reasons. People who do not spay/neuter their pets may have unwanted litters, sometimes a dog’s owner becomes too sick to care for their Read More

Rescue Dog Becomes a Surprise Internet Sensation

When Japanese kindergarten teacher Atsuko Sato rescued her Shiba Inu, Kabosu, from a puppy mill bust several years ago, she never imagined that the dog would rise to internet stardom. In fact, she had nothing to do with it. Sato posted pictures of Kabosu and her cats on her blog, which she has dedicated to Read More

Victoria’s Top 10 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Adopting a Dog

October is "Adopt a Shelter Dog" month, and you're likely hearing all the reasons why you should bring home a new addition to the family. But are you ready for the commitment and responsibility of a new dog? Have you done your research yet? Check out Victoria's top ten questions to ask yourself before you add a new dog to your home.

Respect the Fear, Change the Perception

We all have fears. Every single person has them, even the toughest of the tough and the baddest of the bad. We're supposed to have fears, it's what allows us as a species to survive. The problem is that many of us are mocked, or worse, for our fears, which only begets a higher level of fear or creates new ones. However, if we had the opportunity to work with someone we TRUST, who could TEACH us how to CHANGE our perception of what we fear, we could lessen or overcome that fear, thereby ENJOYING life even more.

Positively Success Story: Dr. Phillips

I love to hear success stories about how positive training has impacted the lives of people and their dogs. Check out this wonderful story I received about how positive training methods truly saved a life.

California Squirrels Infected with Plague Could Spread the Disease to Pets & People

Have you heard of the plague? It’s not a disease that we modern day dwellers frequently consider, but it still exists and could potentially affect your pet.

The plague is a disease caused by a bacterium called Yersinia pestis. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):

Humans usually get plague after being bitten by a rodent flea that is carrying the plague bacterium or by handling an animal infected with plague. Plague is infamous for killing millions of people in Europe during the Middle Ages. Today, modern antibiotics are effective in treating plague. Without prompt treatment, the disease can cause serious illness or death. Presently, human plague infections continue to occur in the western United States, but significantly more cases occur in parts of Africa and Asia.

New San Diego Law Moves Against Puppy Mills Via Pet Store Ban

Just this week, the city of San Diego joined the ranks of the enlightened by passing a law banning the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores throughout the city. Beginning one month from now, commercial retailers can only sell animals that come from city and county shelters or other rescue organizations. This is another victory for the anti puppy mill movement who campaign tirelessly to stop the sale of pets from mass commercial breeding facilities.

Behavior enrichment for rodents: how to have a happier, healthier pet

Enrichment is a big buzz word in the field of animal behavior. According to the Encarta Dictionary,” enrichment” is defined as “to enhance or improve the quality of something usually by adding something else to it.” Whether this term is applied to the behavior of a dog, cat, bird, fish, or other animal, the notion Read More

Dr. Patrick Mahaney’s Top Five Holistic Pet Cancer Prevention Tips

Cancer is a disease that we veterinarians are diagnosing more frequently in pets. According to the Morris Animal Foundation, “1 in 2 dogs will develop cancer and 1 in 4 dogs will die of the disease.” As there is no guarantee for a cure, we should strive to prevent our pets from developing cancer in the first place.

Meet Wolfdog Journey!

If the thought of interacting with a wolflike creature makes your heart leap, meet wolfdog Journey, A cross of a wolf and a domestic dog several generations removed, Journey was selectively bred for social-butterfly abilities and wolflike appearance.

Positively Dog Training Episode 319

The stay cue, Banana Joe the Affenpinscher, Dognition exclusive discount, cold weather tips, indoor scent marking, eating before your dogs, bad bedtime behavior and Jane's Addiction.

Our Pets Deserve Better

Our pets deserve better. Overwhelmingly, Americans want to do the right thing for their pets -- or at least that's what they say. After all, according to all surveys, most pet owners consider their four-legged or even feathered friends as members of he family. Yet, despite our love for our pets, veterinary visits are on the decline, especially when it comes to preventive care. As a result, pets and their owners are paying a significant price. Preventive illness is on the rise, and the price is also paid in dollars and cents. My resolution for 2013 will be to play whatever role I can in reversing this alarming trend.

The Ricky Fund

Even today, I miss my best friend. Ricky and I had one of those special relationships – he could look at me and know what I was thinking. I believe if my name happened to be Timmy, and if I feel into a well – he would have been there to rescue me. Most people Read More

Positively Dog Training Episode 303

Victoria & Holly talk to the director of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center & the handler of a 9/11 working dog. Also discussed: the eleventh anniversary of 9/11, resource guarding, nipping, play drive in dogs and coexisting cats.

Positively Dog Training Episode 302

TV vet Marc Abraham joins the podcast to discuss his Where's Mum and upcoming Pup Aid benefits, and Holly has a new batch of Ask Victoria fan questions.

Victoria on Fox & Friends

Victoria appeared in a Fox & Friends segment on July 19, 2012 to discuss tips for walking dogs and getting cats into carriers to visit the vet.

Tips for Dealing With the Summer Heatwave

You can have hot fun in the summertime with your pets, but if the heat is on, your pets may potentially be in danger. In general, dogs aren’t able to deal with the heat as well as people, that’s mostly because for all intents and purposes they don’t perspire – they pant, Darker colored dogs Read More

Bret Michaels Talks Dog…

Bret Michaels says he owes his life to rock ‘n roll and to a Husky named Nicholas. The year was about 1990, Michaels recalls. "It was overnight. I was having a very bad low blood sugar drop, around the high 20s or low 30s. I don't know if Nicholas picked up on a scent or Read More

Daniel’s Law

A sweet beagle named Daniel made national news back last fall when he and 17 other dogs were placed together in a carbon monoxide chamber in Florence, AL. Sixteen dogs died that day. When a shelter worker opened the chamber door, a wagging tail was on the other side. The amazed shelter worker thought the pup would still die overnight, but the dog refused to succumb.

Victoria to Lead New eHow Pets YouTube Channel

Victoria Stilwell has been tapped to lead the content development and creation of eHow Pets - a brand-new YouTube channel to be launched on April 1, 2012. In an exclusive partnership with premier online digital media company Demand Media, Stilwell will be featured in the majority of the new channel's web video series, providing viewers with a wide-ranging array of training videos, pet-related featurettes, how-to segments, and fascinating reports from the world of dogs, cats and more.

Victoria Talks With Steve Dale

Victoria Stilwell:  Hey Steve! We last met up at American Humane Association’s Hero Dog Awards in L.A. – What have you been up to since then? Steve Dale:  I emceed an American Humane Association animal assisted therapy dinner, celebrating the work of many dogs and their volunteer handlers in Denver. I’ve contributed to a couple Read More

Victoria’s Interview With Dr. Sophia Yin – Part II

Part two of my interview with Dr. Sophia Yin about her new book, Perfect Puppy in 7 Days:   Victoria:  Perfect Puppy in 7 Days really focuses a lot on early learning and socialization. In fact, John Bradshaw, author of Dog Sense, says “Worth buying for the socialization advice and checklist alone.”  Can you explain Read More

What Our Pets Are Really Saying…

Ever wonder what dogs are saying to each other while they chill out in the laundry room? Or our cats when they tire of the scratching post.  How about why lizards lie around on rocks all day? I think these videos from Pets Add Life really hit the nail on the head. Of course, I'm Read More

Lennox Update – Statement from Sarah Fisher

In a few days Lennox is scheduled to be destroyed.  More and more people are calling for his release and we can only hope that somehow this might happen.  There have been numerous legitimate offers from sanctuaries in Southern Ireland and the United States willing to take Lennox, with the knowledge and funding to do Read More

Dealing With Fireworks Anxiety

Here comes the big one! I get tons of emails from people asking how to deal with dogs (and cats) that are terrified of fireworks, especially near the 4th of July.  Like early November in the UK (Guy Fawkes Night) and New Year’s Eve everywhere, Independence Day can be a fantastic time for us humans, Read More

What to Do if Rover Raids the Litter Box

Newsflash! National pet food marketing firm reports, “Next to week old fish, decaying road kill, and napkins from a woman’s monthly you know what, dogs vote cat poop favorite flavor.”

How Important Are Vaccines?

In our industry, the discussion about vaccines has been raging.  The debate is centered on which vaccines to use and how often to vaccinate pets to ensure that they be protected against many deadly diseases.  Even though there is controversy surrounding vaccines, few will debate the benefit that vaccines have brought to the veterinary field.  Read More

Fireworks are not only for the 5th November (sadly!)

After another long strung out period of loud bangs, fireworks night has thankfully been and gone for another year, but not before it affected many of our household pets.  Standby for one of my soapbox moments; Fireworks(or Guy Fawkes) Night seems to be developing into Fireworks Fortnight, as the celebrations begin a week early and Read More

Does having a bigger brain really mean your dog is smarter?

New study says that dogs have bigger brains relative to their body compared to cats. But does that mean that dogs are actually smarter? Or that cats are dumb? The study published by researchers at Oxford University charted the evolution of mammal brains over the last 60 million years. They scientists found that mammals such Read More

How to Greet a Dog

“My dog is great with people most of the time but sometime when strangers rush up to him when we’re on our walks, he backs off and growls. The behavior seems to be getting worse. Why does he do this?”

Positively Dog Training Episode 108

Victoria gives us an update on the new season of IMOTD while discussing her role as a counselor to humans on the show as well as dogs. The hot topic is pet bereavement and grieving: how pets grieve for each other and how animals have a greater capacity than we're aware of. Victoria discusses the Read More