Positively Expert Blog

positve_blog_btnVictoria Stilwell Positively is honored to have the following distinguished guest bloggers contributing regularly to this site.  World-class behaviorists, trainers and veterinarians are among those blogging, as well as some amazing individuals representing organizations and movements helping to make the world a better place for both dogs and people.  Here you will get a unique perspective directly from those scientists and behaviorists who are shaping the debate regarding positive reinforcement, along with fantastic health and behavior advice from some of the world’s leading veterinarians.  You’ll also find the latest news from those on the front lines of the fight against dogfighting, puppy mills, and animal welfare around the world, along with some fun articles by some well-known dog people you may recognize.  Enjoy!

Below is a list of contributors to the Positively Expert Blog:

Dr. Nicholas Dodman Nicole Wilde Patricia McConnell Jana Kohl Kim Alboum Beverley Cuddy
Ian Dunbar Wayne Pacelle James O'Heare Cathy Bruce Emma Collings Emma Judson
Trish King Sophia Yin Marc Abraham Duffy Jones Bill & Star Travis & Presley
Lisa Spector Steve Dale Judy Luther Susan Kendrick Linda Michaels Scott Amsel
Karen Pryor Scott Miller Amy Sandmann Jennifer Arnold J. Nichole Smith Laurie Hess
Sam Wike Patrick Mahaney Paula Bloom  Kevin Ballance Tim Link  Dale Ward 
Maggie Marton Alex Andes Sarah Lukemire  Linda Case  Louisa Morrissey

Dr. Nicholas H. Dodman

Dr. Dodman is one of the world's most noted and celebrated veterinary behaviorists, an acclaimed author of four books and a regular lecturer.
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Nicole Wilde

Nicole-Wilde-thumbNicole is an internationally recognized dog trainer, author and lecturer.
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Lisa Spector

Lisa Spector is the co-founder of Through a Dog’s Ear, the first music clinically demonstrated to relieve anxiety issues in dogs, as well as the pianist on the music series.
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Steve Dale

Steve is a certified dog and cat behavior consultant who has written several books, writes several syndicated newspaper columns, hosts two nationally syndicated radio shows, and has appeared on numerous TV shows.
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Patricia McConnell, Ph.D., CAAB

Patricia-McConnell-thumbPatricia McConnell is an Ethologist and Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist who has consulted with cat and dog lovers for over twenty two years.
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Ian Dunbar PhD, BVetMed, MRCVS

Ian-Dunbar-thumbCurrently, Dr. Dunbar is TopDog of the Center for Applied Animal Behavior and Scientific Director for Dog Star Daily.
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Karen Pryor

Karen-Pryor-thumbKaren Pryor is the CEO of Karen Pryor Clickertraining and Karen Pryor Academy.
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Wayne Pacelle

Wayne-Pacelle-thumbWayne Pacelle is the president and chief executive officer of The Humane Society of the United States
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James O’Heare

James-OHeare-thumbJames O’Heare, CABC, PABC, is the President of The Companion Animal Sciences Institute, Director of the Association of Animal Behavior Professionals and editor of the Journal of Applied Companion Animal Behavior.
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Sophia Yin


Dr. Yin is a veterinarian and applied animal behaviorist who lectures and teaches workshops internationally to dog trainers, shelter workers and veterinary staff and is the author of three books including a veterinary textbook and DVD set on behavior.
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Trish King, CPDT, CDBC

Trish-King-thumbTrish King is the Director of the Animal Behavior & Training Department at the Marin Humane Society in Marin County, California, and the author of a critically acclaimed book for dog owners, Parenting Your Dog.
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Cathy Bruce

Cathy-Bruce-thumbCathy Bruce has been training her own dogs and studying dog behavior long before becoming a Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Trainer and a CPDT.
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Marc Abraham

Marc-Abraham-thumbMarc was recently awarded the UK's veterinary industry’s prestigious Special Recognition Award and voted the UK’s Favourite Vet.
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Duffy Jones, DVM

Duffy-Jones-thumbDr. Jones currently serves as the veterinary consultant for It’s Me or the Dog episodes filmed in Atlanta.
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Judy Luther

Judy is the owner of St. Louis' Dog Star Training, LLC and is a member of the VSPDT dog training team.
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Susan Kendrick

Susan is the owner of Orlando's Bowser College and is a member of the VSPDT dog training team.
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Jana Kohl, Psy.D

Jana-Kohl-thumbJana is a psychologist, animal welfare advocate and author of A Rare Breed of Love.
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Scott Miller BVSc MRCVS

Scott-Miller-thumbScott has become a household name in Britain as a leading TV vet and wildlife conservationist, appearing on BBC Breakfast News, This Morning, Crufts, The Paul O’Grady Show, Blue Peter, GMTV and CBBC.
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Emma Collings

Emma-Collings-thumbEmma Collings is a Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Trainer, an Associate Member of the British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers and a Full Member of The Guild Of Dog Trainers.
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Scott Amsel, D.V.M.

Scott-Amsel-thumbSince receiving his veterinary degree in 1984, Scott has studied epidemiology and preventive medicine and experienced a wide variety of fascinating veterinary adventures.
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Bill & Star

Bill-Star-thumbStar and Bill are the National Spokesman for the American Brittany rescue, and we were contestants on the CBS reality show Greatest American Dog.
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Travis and Presley

Travis-Presley-thumbTravis and Presley are best known for winning CBS’ Summer Reality Hit Greatest American Dog.
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Beverley Cuddy

Beverley-Cuddy-thumbBeverley has been the Editor of Dogs Today magazine since 1990.
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Emma Judson

Emma-Judson-thumbEmma Judson has over a decade’s experience resolving behaviour problems in dogs through her extensive work with foster, rescue and her own dogs.
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Kim Alboum

Kim-Alboum-thumbKim Alboum is North Carolina state director for The Humane Society of the United States.
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Linda Michaels

Linda Michaels is a VSPDT trainer, dog training columnist and the owner of Wholistic Dog Training in San Diego, CA.
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Amy Sandmann

Amy Sandmann is a VSPDT trainer and lover of the outdoors whose mission is to get people re-connected with their pets thru +R training and exercise.
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Jennifer Arnold

Jennifer-Arnold-ThumbJennifer is the CEO and founder of Canine Assistants. She has written two best-selling books and appeared in a PBS special about Canine Assistants.
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J. Nichole Smith

J.Nichole Smith is an author, photographer, designer and consultant specializing in the pet-industry. While in college she co-founded the brand Dog is Good®. Recently, Nichole packed up her dogs and re-located to London where she is currently completing her Masters in Marketing.
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Laurie Hess, DVM

Dr. Hess is an internationally recognized veterinarian in the field of bird & exotic animal medicine and is one of 150 veterinarians worldwide board-certified as an avian specialist..
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Patrick Mahaney

Dr. Patrick Mahaney is a Los Angeles-based holistic house call veterinarian and certified veterinary acupuncturist.  As a certified veterinary journalist, Dr. Mahaney’s shares his perspective on current events, public health, and animal welfare.
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Sam Wike

Sam is a retired police officer, explosives detection K9 handler and unit supervisor, a CPDT-KA since 2009, a VSPDT member since 2010, a Best Friends Animal Society Community Training Partner and Recommended Trainer and owns and operates his own business, The Inner Dog.
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Paula Bloom

Paula-Bloom-ThumbDr. Paula Bloom is a practicing clinical psychologist, speaker, author, and TV commentator.
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Kevin Ballance

Kevin-Ballance-ThumbKevin Ballance is a positive reinforcement trainer, dog training columnist, and service dog trainer at Canine Assistants.
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Tim Link

Tim-LinkTim Link is the host of the nationally syndicated radio show, Animal Writes, on Pet Life Radio. He is an internationally recognized animal expert, communicator and consultant.
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Dale Ward

DaleWard-ThumbDale Ward is owner of Dale’s Dog Training Academy LLC serving southeast VA and northeast NC. She is a Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Trainer, an AKC/CGC Evaluator, CBATI (Certified Behavior Adjustment Training Instructor - in progress), and a full member of the Pet Professional Guild and APDT. Dale also works with Lab Rescue and other rescue and shelter organizations on behavior issues.
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Maggie Marton

Maggie-Marton-ThumbMaggie Marton is an award-winning pet journalist who focuses on the animal-human bond in her writing and her advocacy.
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Alex Andes

Alex-Andes-thumbAlex Andes works directly for Positively, writing and managing website content as well as traveling and filming alongside Victoria. She has a background in broadcast journalism and a passion for dog training and behavior.
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Sarah Lukemire

Sarah-Lukemire-thumbSarah Lukemire is a pet blogger at LolaThePitty.com where she is raising positive awareness and fighting the negative stereotypes associated with pit bull type dogs, networking bully breed dogs in need of adoption or rescue, as well as sharing recipes and tips for dog owners.
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Linda Case

Linda Case, MS is a dog trainer and canine nutritionist and owns AutumnGold Consulting and Training Center (www.autumngoldconsulting.com) in central Illinois. She is the author of “Dog Food Logic” and other books.

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Louisa Morrissey


Louisa is a member of Victoria Stilwell's Positively Dog Training Team, a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), a member of the Pet Professionals Guild of Non-Force Trainers and a professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers.
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The Truth About Pit Bulls

Since I came to the US fifteen years ago, I have worked with American Pitbull Terriers and pit bull types and have treated everything from minor to major behavioral issues in these dogs, including aggression. For the past 3 years I have also been working with my colleague and friend Jim Crosby, canine aggression expert and forensic dog bite investigator, on investigations where people – including children – have been mauled or killed by dogs. I’m not an American Pitbull Terrier or pit bull type advocate. I’m an advocate for all dogs. I’m also a realist and these are my observations...