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.
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.
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.
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
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
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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
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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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.”
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.
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
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
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This week, I'm joining forces with State Farm, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the US Postal Service and other organizations to promote National Dog Bite Prevention Week. Now more than ever, awareness needs to be raised about how to prevent dog bites from occurring. If you're like me and are concerned about this issue, then the latest statistics will Read More
Posted on: September 17, 2010 - 2 Comments
While dog parks are ace playgrounds for Rovers to romp and Spots to socialize, without proper supervision, squabbles can break out like pimples on a teenager. Luckily physical injury is relatively rare, but sometimes the damage delves deeper than skin. A few bad experiences in an impressionable pooch can progress to a lifelong fear of other Fidos.
Posted on: August 27, 2010 - 12 Comments
Local news reports, “A Mountain Ranch man was mauled to death by two pit bulls late Sunday afternoon.” The dogs belonged to a friend of the victim who was staying on his property. According to one newscast, the dogs were known to be territorial. They barked, growled and lunged at people from within their confined Read More