Tag Archives: dog safety

Nine Things That Dog Trainers Want You to Know [Part 2]

Posted on: September 8, 2016 - 4 Comments

Those of us who help modify dog behavior for a living have to try and not see things during the course of our daily life.

Not All Dogs Are Born To Run

Posted on: May 11, 2015 - 1 Comment

I'm a huge proponent for giving your dog proper exercise. As a dog trainer and pet behavior expert, I see firsthand the negative consequences that ensue when dogs aren't adequately exercised both mentally and physically. But the reality is that not every dog is born to run.

Ten Dog Safety Tips for Autumn

Posted on: September 22, 2014 - 5 Comments

The leaves are changing, the cool air is drifting in, and the dog days of summer are making way for a beautiful autumn. As the holiday season approaches, it's important to keep your dog happy, healthy, and safe.

Top 5 Summertime Pet Safety Tips

Posted on: July 14, 2014 - No Comments

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

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

Victoria’s Hot Weather Tips

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Summer is here, which brings with it beautiful weather, warm temperatures, and lots of fun in the sun. While summertime is a great season for dogs and humans to relax and enjoy the outdoors, there always seem to be too many terrible heat-related tragedies that occur. Check out my top tips for keeping your dog Read More

Electronic Cigarettes Connected to Canine Fatalities

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New and emerging pet toxicities are a topic I always find intriguing in the realm of veterinary medicine. After all, I’ve treated my fair share of unusual toxic exposures while working in emergency veterinary hospitals and also in my own Los Angeles-based holistic house call practice. I have treated poisonings from dietary supplements, marijuana and Read More

VSPDT Holds Dog and Baby Safety Class

Posted on: April 27, 2014 - 1 Comment

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

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

Car Safety

Posted on: January 20, 2014 - 2 Comments

You would not put your child in the backseat without a seat belt on, and it is equally important that you provide the same level of restraint for your dog. For the safety of your dog and for the people riding in the car, you should never allow your dog to ride loose in the Read More

Dangers To Your Pet

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Keeping your dog safe is a critical part of dog ownership. While there are all kinds of dangers your pet could be exposed to, here are some of the most common dangers that often go overlooked: Retractable Leashes This type of flexible leash has become widespread and extremely popular, but they can pose a significant Read More

Cold Weather Tips

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Some dogs are more tolerant of the cold than others, but it is important to keep any dog safe and warm during cold winter months. Above all else, you should never leave any dog outside for extended periods during inclement weather. Top Five Tips to Keep Your Dogs Healthy in Cold Weather Bundle Up!  Dogs Read More

Hot Weather Tips

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Dogs generally do not tolerate the heat well. While the warm summer months can be fun for humans and dogs alike, it is important to keep your dog from getting overheated. Regardless of the size or breed of dog, you should never leave any dog outside for extended periods in the heat. Top 10 Tips Read More

Victoria Talks Dog and Baby Safety on HLN

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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

Family Paws

Posted on: January 19, 2014 - No Comments

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Dog Bite Prevention

Posted on: January 18, 2014 - No Comments

In Her Own Words: Victoria on Dog Bite Prevention: As a mother and a dog trainer, I am dedicated to raising awareness about responsible pet ownership and preventing dog bites. My public platform helps put a spotlight on the issue and my Dog Bite Prevention Task Force, comprised of veterinarians, lawyers, canine bite investigators and Read More

Dog Safety

Posted on: January 15, 2014 - No Comments

As a dog owner, you are responsible for your dog’s safety. From knowing how to safely restrain your dog in a car to staying aware of the dangers of extreme weather, we must be prepared for a whole range of potential scenarios with our dogs. Even your household is full of potential dangers and toxins Read More

Dog Wellness

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The health and general wellness of our dogs plays a huge role in their behavior and the nature of our relationship with them. An integral part of responsible ownership, dog wellness is a commitment to the health and the highest level of nutrition in their lives as well as an understanding of how to properly Read More

National Animal Abuse Registry in the Works

Posted on: November 26, 2013 - 23 Comments

Plans are in motion to create the first national "Do Not Adopt" registry for convicted animal abusers in the United States. The database is under construction through the Animal Legal Defense Fund out of Cotati, California, and its goal is to prevent abusers from acquiring more animals, whether from a shelter, breeder, or off the Read More

Dogs May Be Used to Make Schools Safer

Posted on: November 12, 2013 - 6 Comments

In light of the tragic school shootings that have taken place across the country, one organization is sniffing out a new level of security: the use of specially trained gun and drug detection dogs.

K9s4Kids is a new branch of a K9s4Cops, a company that provides trained K9s to law enforcement agencies. K9s4Kids is seeking to create a safer learning environment for children by providing approved schools with a fully trained dog, free of charge.

Teaching Dog Safety

Posted on: August 15, 2013 - No Comments

Victoria was featured in the August 2013 issue of New York Resident. The one-page editorial feature, written by Victoria, entitled “Teaching Dog Safety” discussed why children are more likely to be bitten by dogs than adults and provided simple rules and signals to keep yourself safe when interacting with dogs. Victoria stated, “In general dogs make Read More

How to Safely Introduce Your Dog to Your New Baby

Posted on: July 16, 2013 - 5 Comments

Preparing your dog for your incoming bundle of joy begins long before you give birth. Introducing your new baby to the existing pets in your home is much less stressful if you start to prepare early, and if done properly you can ensure the safety and well-being of your baby. The sooner you begin to prepare your dog, the better chance you will have a successful and easy transition once baby arrives.

Victoria Chats About Child Safety with Dogs

Posted on: July 5, 2013 - No Comments

Victoria was featured in a live segment on the Mr. Mom with David Marin Show KSCO, which aired on June 28, 2013.

During the segment, Victoria gave advice on safety precautions to take when owning a dog and having young kids. Victoria stated, “You have to see what you as a parent can deal with and how you can educate your children to be safe around dogs. Parents and kids need to be able to understand K-9 language. There should always be active supervision.”

Dog Bite Prevention & Awareness Conferences

Posted on: January 9, 2013 - No Comments

The Dog Bite Prevention and Awareness Conference presented by VSPDT (DBC) is a one or two-day multi-speaker seminar designed for and open to all animal industry professionals, child educators, shelter workers, medical professionals, first responders, police  and animal control officers, lawyers, lawmakers, public safety professionals,  delivery personnel, trainers and dog lovers. The DBC is a Read More

Positively Dog Training Episode 207

Posted on: November 24, 2011 - No Comments

Victoria & Holly discuss Thanksgiving traditions and safety tips in this holiday episode. They're also joined by VSPDT trainer Daphne Robert-Hamilton for Ask Victoria, and Holly tries to stump Victoria in Animal Academy.

The Safety Guide to Children and Dogs

Posted on: May 5, 2011 - 13 Comments

Dogs make wonderful companions and need to be treated with care and respect.  Most dogs are very friendly and will not bite.  However there are some dogs that will bite for reasons such as fear, anger, frustration or protection.  It is vital that you recognize not just the signs that a dog is uncomfortable and Read More

Dog Bite Prevention – Part II

Posted on: May 4, 2011 - 8 Comments

Read Part I of this blog here. Parents and guardians need to be responsible for their dog at all times, without exception, and especially around children.  A child should NEVER be left unsupervised with any dog at any time and dog and child should only be together when a responsible adult can actively supervise.  This Read More