Tag Archives: dog bites

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.

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.

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.

Prevent dog bites by assigning age-appropriate pet care chores

Posted on: May 19, 2015 - No Comments

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.

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

Posted on: June 11, 2014 - No Comments

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

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

Researchers Probe Into the Causes of Aggression

Posted on: April 7, 2014 - No Comments

Researchers in the UK are looking more closely than ever to try to get to the root of aggression in dogs. By looking at the DNA of dogs, they are hoping to get a more objective picture of what causes aggressive behavior and how to prevent it. The University of Lincoln says that this type Read More

Aggressive Training Breeds Aggressive Dogs

Posted on: March 18, 2014 - No Comments

A new study out of the UK sought to find the key factors that contribute to dog aggression. While breed-specific legislation and other discriminatory practices focus on the belief that a dog's breed is the primary factor that causes a dog to be aggressive, the results of this study point otherwise. Check out the top Read More

Victoria Talks Dog and Baby Safety on HLN

Posted on: January 20, 2014 - No Comments

Victoria was featured on a segment with HLN's Mike Galanos, where she interacted live with a dog and a baby in the studio. She gave her top tips for keeping your new baby out of harm's way when you have an existing pet in your home, as well as how and when to safely introduce Read More

Breed Specific Legislation

Posted on: January 18, 2014 - 4 Comments

Breed-specific legislation is being proposed and enacted all over the world, and targets so-called 'aggressive breeds.' German Shepherds, Rottweilers, and pit bull type dogs are common victims of this discriminatory and ineffective legislation. Why Doesn’t BSL Work? Banning specific breeds fails to get to the root of the dog bite problem—irresponsible ownership. Any dog can Read More

‘Red Zone’ Dogs

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Positive training does not only work on small dogs with minor obedience issues – it is also by far the most effective way to treat severe anxiety and so called ‘red zone’ aggression cases. (The term ‘red zone’ has become synonymous when describing severely aggressive or reactive dogs.) On It’s Me or the Dog, her Read More

Fatal Dog Bites Share Common Factors

Posted on: December 5, 2013 - 69 Comments

The Journal of the American Veterinary Association has released the most comprehensive study to date regarding fatal dog bites and the common factors that link them. The authors of the study found that there were some significant errors reported by the media in certain stories, so rather than relying on a potentially biased media source, Read More

Victoria Discusses Dealing with Aggressive Dogs on Examiner.com

Posted on: June 27, 2013 - No Comments

Victoria was featured in the “Pets” section of Examiner.com, which went live on June 21, 2013. In the feature entitled, “Victoria Stilwell speaks out about dog attacks and more,” Victoria gave her expert advice on to how to deal with aggressive dogs following a recent fatal dog attack on June 18, 2013.

A Fatal Dog Attack – How Missing Key Signs Led to Tragedy

Posted on: June 20, 2013 - 27 Comments

Who was to blame for the recent fatal attack by a pitbull on a six year old boy in California? The dog, the child or the parent or relatives that were responsible for the child’s care?

Why Are Dogs Aggressive

Posted on: May 23, 2013 - 22 Comments

Defining what aggression means is not easy, because there are so many variables associated with what is a highly complex behavior. But by investigating the function served by an aggressive act as well as why it occurs and what result it achieves from the dog’s point of view, we can begin to gain a better understanding.

May I Pet Your Dog?

Posted on: March 14, 2012 - 36 Comments

Just because someone starts the process correctly by asking the question, 'May I pet your dog' doesn't mean that they will follow through with good results or even listen to the answer. I think it's vital that we not only teach our kids to ask first before petting, but also that we encourage them to listen to and respect the answer that the dog's owner provides.

Why Dogs Bite Children: A Lesson in Preventing Dog Bites in Kids

Posted on: May 17, 2011 - 29 Comments

This animation may seem shocking to some; however according to studies published in the journals American Surgeon and Pediatrics a majority of injuries in kids are to the neck and face. Furthermore dog bites are not uncommon. Nearly a million people—both adults and kids—are bitten badly enough to require a hospital visit. To some people Read More

It Doesn’t Have to Happen

Posted on: November 8, 2010 - 27 Comments

Last week I did an interview with CNN's Headline News regarding a four day old infant that had just been killed by the family’s pit bull in Jacksonville, Florida. Baby Justin was lying on the bed while his mother went to take a shower when the attack happened. The baby was taken to hospital where he died of his injuries and the pit bull was seized by animal control and euthanized the next day.