Tag Archives: Canine Assistants

Humility in Dog Training: The Burnout and the Fire From the Ashes

Posted on: June 30, 2015 - 3 Comments

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”.

Positively Dog Training Episode 408

Posted on: June 5, 2015 - No Comments

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.

A Service Dog for Two

Posted on: May 13, 2014 - No Comments

Opal isn't your average service dog. He leads not only his blind owner, but also his owner's former service dog. Graham Waspe and his first service dog, Edward, were an unstoppable pair for six years before Edward had to have both eyes removed due to inoperable cataracts. Graham and his family were devastated, but when Read More

Therapy Dogs Help Ease College Stress

Posted on: December 20, 2013 - 1 Comment

When you think of a therapy dog, you may picture a dog that visits hospitals or nursing homes. But these incredible dogs are taking on a whole new job--relieving the stress of college students during their final exams. Exam week at any university is a tense and stressful time. Students can be found in just Read More

Making Manners Fun Series: Loose-Leash Edition

Posted on: November 19, 2013 - 17 Comments

As a dog trainer, one of the most common problems I get asked for help with is getting a dog to walk without pulling on the leash. Loose-leash walking is just like any other trick we may teach our dogs. It’s about finding a way to make it fun for the dog. Walking with a Read More

Positively Dog Training Episode 320

Posted on: February 28, 2013 - 2 Comments

Global Pet Expo, the Oscars, Dr. Marty Becker's fear-free vet visit protocol, Victoria's Swedish dog training seminar, the Miami Dog Bite Prevention conference on April 26th, and Victoria's recent inclusion on the board of directors for Canine Assistants.

Victoria Discusses Positive Training vs Dominance / Punishment with Jennifer Arnold

Posted on: October 2, 2012 - 2 Comments

Positively Dog Training Episode 301

Posted on: August 26, 2012 - 6 Comments

Victoria & Holly's new podcast season includes a recap of the past several months, a chat to Canine Assistants founder Jennifer Arnold, and a report on the Lennox case.

American Dog With Victoria Stilwell – Canine Assistants

Posted on: August 15, 2012 - 7 Comments

Canine Assistants trains and provides service dogs to people with medical conditions and disabilities. The results are nothing short of amazing. Recipients experience a freedom that would be otherwise impossible. The dogs change peoples lives. And all of it free of charge. Founded in 1991 by Jennifer Arnold, Canine Assistants now places 75 to 100 dogs annually.

The Value of Redirection

Posted on: July 18, 2012 - 16 Comments

My eight-year old daughter loves school so much that when the last day of school arrived a couple of weeks ago, she and her friends were borderline devastated to face the fact that there would be no regular contact with each other and their beloved teachers for a few months. We knew from previous years Read More