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: April 29, 2014 - 6 Comments
Positive training is not a scientific term. You will not find it in any scientific journals, and you will regularly hear it being mischaracterized by those who do not fully understand it. When we at Positively refer to the power of positive training or you hear Victoria describe herself as a positive trainer, we are Read More
Posted on: January 18, 2014 - 12 Comments
Many people assume that since dogs evolved from their wolf-like ancestors, we can and should easily draw parallels between the two, and use what we see in wolf behavior to help explain how to understand our domesticated dogs. Bad idea. Even though dogs and wolves are genetically similar, they are separated by at least fifteen Read More
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Dogs are not on a quest for world domination. They are not socialized wolves who are constantly striving to be ‘top dog’ over us, and they are not hard-wired to try and control every situation. Contrary to what traditional training ideologies and much modern media would have you believe, most canine behavior problems stem from Read More
Posted on: November 8, 2013 - 4 Comments
It never fails—someone always says it. In a recent online discussion about a trainer known for using less-than-gentle methods, someone made a comment that sounded a lot like this: “Positive training is fine for smaller dogs and puppies, and maybe even some adults, but there are some dogs that need a heavier hand.” Really? Because that sounds an awful lot like justification for jerking, yanking, shocking, and other things done to dogs in the name of training.
Posted on: August 5, 2013 - 4 Comments
During my younger years I worked as a pizza delivery driver, during the course of which “career” I was bitten several times and developed a fear of dogs. But I have always had a dog; as long as I raised them from a puppy, there was never a problem. Four years ago, we adopted Cobie as a nine-week-old puppy, a husky-boxer Heinz mix, pick of a large accidental litter out of my daughter’s dog. Mama was a good dog. Cobie was horrible. He bit and bit and bit. He was my worst nightmare, and growing larger by the day. My arms were black and blue. My clothing was in tatters. He once ran along the back of the sofa, bit my ponytail, and leapt over my head, injuring my neck, and all this while he was still small.
Posted on: June 22, 2013 - 17 Comments
Even though I spent a good portion of my younger years around horses, I don’t know them as well as I know dogs. Dogs have been my life’s work, while horses were my hobby, but while I was out west spending so much time on horseback, I found myself wondering how the relationship between human and horse differs to that of a human and domestic dog, if at all.
Posted on: June 21, 2013 - 2 Comments
Victoria recently conducted her very first webinar, a 1.5 hour webinar with Dogington Post. She discussed her positive training philosophy, the science behind positive training, and debunks the "alpha dog" myth. In addition, you'll get the answers to commonly asked questions about positive training and learn the important differences between positive training methods and the more traditional punitive methods.
Posted on: February 23, 2013 - 1 Comment
The stay cue, Banana Joe the Affenpinscher, Dognition exclusive discount, cold weather tips, indoor scent marking, eating before your dogs, bad bedtime behavior and Jane's Addiction.
Posted on: February 21, 2012 - 7 Comments
There's a raging controversy in the field of dog training centered around dog training collars and methods--Reinforcement vs Correction and Treats vs No Treats. What's a pet parent to do? If your dog could talk, your dog would surely ask you to listen to the experts in animal behavior. As it turns out, it’s scientifically Read More
Posted on: January 19, 2012 - 31 Comments
There are many different terms used to describe dog behavior and training methods and so much confusion as to what they actually mean. I posted a few already this week on my Facebook page and asked for your comments. The feedback was really interesting and showed how these terms can be interpreted in such a Read More
Posted on: December 2, 2011 - 3 Comments
Why do some people choose domination with their dogs and/or kids? Victoria, Holly, and Dr. Bloom discuss this, interesting dog trivia and more.
Posted on: December 23, 2009 - 2 Comments
Cooper was a 2 year old male Boxer that responded aggressively towards other dogs. His owners had tried many different methods in an attempt to modify Cooper's behaviour, but his reactions towards other dogs just got worse. He displayed threatening behaviour when he was being walked on and off the lead except at doggy day Read More