Tag Archives: dog bite prevention

Why Montreal’s Pit Bull Ban Won’t Reduce Dog Bites

Posted on: September 30, 2016 - No Comments

Breed bans do nothing to enhance public safety; they ignore the real reasons why dogs of any breed attack. So where there are breed restrictions and bans – bites happen anyway.

Setting Kids & Dogs Up for Success

Posted on: May 15, 2016 - No Comments

A wonderful relationship between kids and dogs can be facilitated by knowing what your dog is saying when interacting with kids, while teaching kids how to respectfully and safely interact with your dog.

JANUARY 2016 | AN EXCLUSIVE SNEAK PEEK AT VICTORIA’S NEW PROJECT

Posted on: January 28, 2016 - No Comments

Click here to read the January 2016 Edition of the Positively Newsletter. 

Register for the 2016 UK Dog Bite Prevention & Behaviour Conference

Posted on: January 27, 2016 - No Comments

For the third straight year, renowned TV dog behaviour expert Victoria Stilwell has enlisted the help of the world’s top canine behaviour experts, specialists and educators to create the National Dog Bite Prevention & Behaviour Conference.

Positively Dog Training Episode 510

Posted on: January 21, 2016 - No Comments

Victoria and Holly close Season 5 with a discussion on a disturbing video of Rottweiler growling at a child that is persistently trying to hug him, and they chat with award-winning working dog sculptor Austin Weishel.

Breed Specific Legislation: Why My Opinion Doesn’t Matter, and Neither Does Yours

Posted on: August 11, 2015 - 6 Comments

At a meeting about breed-specific legislation, I was struck by one very obvious conclusion. Not only does my opinion on Breed Specific Legislation not matter, neither does the opinion of anyone else.

Celebrity Dog Trainer Victoria Stilwell Introduces the UK’s First National Dog Bite Prevention Week, June 7th-14th

Posted on: May 28, 2015 - No Comments

In response to the reports of dog bites which continue to drive news cycles in cities across the country, renowned dog trainer and behaviour expert, Victoria Stilwell from Channel 4’s It’s Me or the Dog introduces the UK’s first National Dog Bite Prevention Week, June 7th-14th.

Victoria on Dog Bite Prevention

Posted on: May 22, 2015 - No Comments

Victoria was featured on HLN, where she talked about preventing dog bites, just in time for Dog Bite Prevention Week. With more than 4 million dog bites occurring just last year, it's critical that this important information becomes common knowledge.

MAY 2015 | MY INSIDE TIPS FOR PREVENTING DOG BITES

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Click here to read the May 2015 Edition of the Positively Newsletter.

Positively Dog Training Episode 406

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This podcast is all about Dog Bite Prevention Week! Victoria and Holly chat with State Farm's Heather Paul to discuss why being a responsible pet parent is much more important than a dog's breed.

Real Facts About Dog Bites – And How to Prevent Them

Posted on: May 21, 2015 - No Comments

When it comes down to it, the most common explanations for dog bites are either related to fear (perhaps as a result of a lack of socialization) or resource guarding, such as dogs guarding their toys, food or property.

The Day My Dog Attacked Me

Posted on: May 19, 2015 - 20 Comments

My dog's seizures are scary and painful to watch. I feel helpless. I had been with him through his seizures before without incidence until the day that everything changed.

Prevent dog bites by assigning age-appropriate pet care chores

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Kids should be able to take on pet-care chores, as long as the child and the dog have the appropriate maturity and training for the specific tasks.

Becoming a Bite-Free Nation

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This is National Dog Bite Prevention Week. The purpose of this week is twofold: to bring awareness to the problem AND to provide information on how to prevent dog bites from happening to you and those you love.

For Immediate Release

Posted on: May 14, 2015 - No Comments

Official Press Release: State Farm® and Victoria Stilwell Educate Children about Being K9 Safe and Smart

Register for the 2015 UK National Dog Bite Prevention & Behaviour Conference

Posted on: November 12, 2014 - No Comments

Renowned TV dog trainer, Victoria Stilwell has enlisted the help of the world’s top canine behaviour experts, lawyers, and educators to create the National Dog Bite Prevention & Behaviour Conference – a national event dedicated to finding practical and workable solutions to this universal problem through education and heightened awareness.

A Dog Died Today. Because of a Trainer.

Posted on: October 6, 2014 - 47 Comments

Or trainers. I can't clearly put this in any one person's lap. Let's back up and see where we are. First off, I am not going to identify the trainer(s), the dog, or the family. My purpose is not to belittle or attack anyone. Instead I want this to be a learning experience for other trainers and a warning to owners.

Forcing Hugs on Dogs Can Amount to Punishment

Posted on: September 29, 2014 - 5 Comments

When we hug our dogs we are sending out our affection and sharing our love. What we are giving out isn’t necessarily what the dog is receiving. To a dog, a hug is very bad canine etiquette, pushy behavior associated with establishing social status, an invasion of space, threatening.

When aggressive behavior does not mean an aggressive dog

Posted on: June 11, 2014 - No Comments

Imagine sitting in study hall, cramming for your math final the next period. You’re focused. Determined. Then, the boy behind you starts smacking his gum. You need to learn these equations! You try to shut out the noise, but then he starts tapping your shoulder with his pen. You whirl around – it was an Read More

What I’m Trying to Say

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Positively Contributor and Colorado-based VSPDT Louisa Morrissey discusses dog body language and communication, and how you can better understand what your dog is trying to tell you.

New Changes to the Dangerous Dogs Act: Are They Effective?

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New changes made to the UK's Dangerous Dogs Act could have far-reaching consequences for dogs and their owners. The law has previously made owners liable for dogs that are "dangerously out of control" on public property, but now the law will apply to dogs on private property as well. The law was changed in order to Read More

Jim Crosby Joins Victoria on BBC Radio London’s ‘Barking Hour’

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In London for this weekend's UK Dog Bite Prevention & Behaviour Conference, Victoria took fellow VSPDT, forensic dog bite investigator and good friend Jim Crosby along with her to her interview with Jo Good and Anna Webb on BBC Radio London's 'The Barking Hour' radio show. During  the 20 minute segment, they discussed the upcoming Read More

UK’s National Dog Bite Prevention & Behaviour Conference

Posted on: May 21, 2014 - No Comments

Registration is now open for the 1st National Dog Bite Prevention and Behaviour Conference. Presented by Victoria Stilwell Positively, this important 2-day event is open to the public and will be held May 31 - June 1, 2014 in Hampshire, UK. The United Kingdom is currently undergoing an epidemic of severe dog bites. Renowned TV Read More

VSPDT Holds Dog and Baby Safety Class

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New Jersey-based VSPDT Dee Broton, founder of Holistic Behavior Solutions, is conducting an educational series next month to help child caretakers learn how to keep dogs and babies happy and safe before, during, and after a baby's developmental stages. The event will include refreshments and a prize raffle, and will take place on Thursday, May Read More

Victoria Helps Kick off Dog Bite Prevention Week 2014

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May 18th-24th is Dog Bite Prevention Week, and Victoria is heading to Washington, D.C. to take part in a press conference at the National Press Club on Thursday, May 15th. She is teaming up with the National Dog Bite Prevention Coalition, which includes State Farm, the U.S. Postal Service, American Humane Association, American Society for Read More

When Pet Therapy Goes Wrong: Why Temperament Trumps Training

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I have been doing pet therapy with my labradoodle, Daisy, for going on two years now. It was always a dream of mine to do pet therapy, and I looked for months for the right dog. I adopted Daisy from a family who could no longer care for her, and I knew almost instantly she Read More

Four-Year-Old Girl Killed in Fatal Dog Attack: Who’s to Blame?

Posted on: April 7, 2014 - No Comments

Over the years I’ve written and talked about breed-specific legislation. I am a passionate owner of two pit-bull-type dogs, and I’ve taken every opportunity to write about the myths and misconceptions about the breed and the benefits of breed-neutral laws. But it was always from a theoretical perspective. Then, on March 24, an unspeakable tragedy Read More