Tag Archives: pit bulls

Positively Dog Training Episode 609

Posted on: February 13, 2017 - No Comments

On this jam-packed episode of the Positively Podcast, Holly and Victoria first  chat about Victoria's new book and some of the fascinating research that's being conducted on canine cognition. Here are a few of the questions they discuss: Do dogs dream? How can you tell if your dog is in pain? Why do small dogs Read More

Positively Dog Training Episode 606

Posted on: December 19, 2016 - No Comments

Victoria and Holly are gearing up for the holiday season, and chat about how the stress of the holidays affects both people and their pets. Victoria gives some tips for keeping your dogs happy and healthy over the holidays, and the pair chats about their thoughts on when one person tells them they prefer one of their Read More

We Are Not Who You Think We Are

Posted on: November 2, 2015 - No Comments

We ARE just like you. Our dogs are not monsters. They are just dogs, just like any other dogs. Just like people are all individuals, so are dogs.

The Bloodstained Terrible Towel

Posted on: September 10, 2015 - 35 Comments

This was not the kind of behavior that our beloved Steeler organization would support. This is not the value system that we expect from the Rooney family.

When Good Rescue Groups Make Bad Dog Training Decisions

Posted on: October 18, 2014 - 6 Comments

Dog is abused, abandoned, neglected. Dog is rescued. Dog has behavioral issues stemming from a difficult past. Rescue group calls in a trainer, who puts a shock collar on the dog to "fix" him and make him adoptable. While the above scenario may be oversimplified, it happens all too often in the rescue world. I worked on Read More

The Truth About Pit Bulls

Posted on: July 1, 2014 - 111 Comments

With the amount of fear mongering that exists currently regarding pit bull-type dogs, I feel it's important to publish the truth about these dogs. Although most dogs labeled as pit bulls are actually a mix of different breeds with similar physical characteristics, anything that has the appearance of an American Pitbull Terrier is incorrectly labeled as Read More

Victoria Helps Kick off Dog Bite Prevention Week 2014

Posted on: May 21, 2014 - No Comments

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

Merseyside Police Seize and Kill Legally Exempt Dogs

Posted on: April 27, 2014 - No Comments

I am appalled at this latest story coming from Liverpool.  This is Breed Specific Legislation at its worst and yet another example of innocent dogs being taken away from their owners and euthanised without due process.  I support law enforcement in many ways but this kind of policing is barbaric, especially when many of the Read More

Victoria on UK’s Dangerous Dog Laws

Posted on: April 17, 2014 - No Comments

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

Researchers Probe Into the Causes of Aggression

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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

Never Forget

Posted on: March 27, 2014 - 1 Comment

Bad news for animal loving New York Jets football fans - Michael Vick is playing for your team.  A man that just a few years ago was imprisoned for torturing, electrocuting,hanging and other despicable acts of cruelty towards the dogs he kept in his kennels for dog fighting, is still being celebrated by the NFL Read More

One-Woman Army Rallies Against Dogfighting

Posted on: March 18, 2014 - No Comments

Janet Frisco may just be one person, but she's taking on a major issue in her community with the determination of an army. Calling herself the "pit bull grandma," she has set out to eliminate dogfighting in her area. Frisco lives in Charleston, South Carolina, an area where she feels dogfighting is prevalent, but goes Read More

Aggressive Training Breeds Aggressive Dogs

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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

Attending a Dogfight Now a Federal Crime

Posted on: February 17, 2014 - No Comments

It may seem like a small step, but the implications of the newly passed Farm Bill will be far-reaching in the world of animal rights. Hosting any form of an animal fight has long been a federal crime, but it is now illegal to attend or bring a child to such a fight. Before the passage of Read More

My Take on the “Real Horror” of Beverly Hills

Posted on: November 15, 2013 - 44 Comments

Update 6/3/15: Kingsley has now been involved in another alleged attack, this time against a woman who was visiting the home. The woman says she will suffer permanent scarring as a result of the attack. I sincerely hope that Kim will consider using a trainer that utilizes science-based humane training methods who can attempt to reverse Read More

Massive Multi-State Dogfighting Operation Busted

Posted on: August 27, 2013 - 5 Comments

A multi-state raid on one of the largest dogfighting operation in history is sure to be sending a serious message to dogfighters everywhere. The raid uncovered close to 400 dogs living in horrific conditions; many were without food, water, or shelter. The dogfighting ring stretched from Georgia and Alabama into Texas, and authorities uncovered huge sums of cash, guns, narcotics, and dog fighting paraphernalia.

President Obama Speaks Out Against BSL

Posted on: August 22, 2013 - 10 Comments

The President himself has condemned BSL in an official White House response titled "Breed-Specific Legislation is a Bad Idea." Despite staggering research that shows BSL is ineffective and does not have a positive impact on public safety, there are still fierce proponents of such legislation. The White House has adopted the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's stance on BSL, which states that a community-based approach is more effective than breed bands.

The Fight For Lennox – A Year Later

Posted on: July 11, 2013 - 36 Comments

Lennox is the poster child against a law that is fatally flawed and needs to be changed. His family continues to fight against BSL so that other innocent lives can be protected and so that other families don’t have to experience the pain of having a beloved dog taken away from them, deemed guilty and killed just because of the way he looks.

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?

Victoria Talks Breed-Specific Legislation on MiamiNewTimes.com

Posted on: April 29, 2013 - No Comments

Victoria Stilwell was featured in the "Blogs" section of MiamiNewTimes.com. In the feature, Victoria talks about her new book, "Train Your Dog Positively," and also commented on how lives are being affected by breed-specific legislation.

Victoria Rebukes BCC Representative on the Radio

Posted on: July 11, 2012 - 566 Comments

Victoria joined host Wendy Austin on BBC Radio Ulster and sparred with Pat McCarthy, the head of Belfast City Council's (BCC) Environmental Health Committee, just hours after the BCC destroyed Lennox, an American Bulldog/Labrador mix with no history of aggression or behavior issues. The dog was confiscated 2 years ago due not to his aggressive nature, Read More

Victoria Discusses Lennox on HLN

Posted on: July 10, 2012 - 60 Comments

Victoria was a guest on HLN's Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell on July 10, 2012, where she discussed Lennox and BSL. Then she joined Jane again the next day, after Lennox was put to sleep by the Belfast City Council: Text link to story.

Lennox’s Last Chance

Posted on: July 4, 2012 - 153 Comments

Several months ago, I began working behind the scenes with Lennox’s legal team to begin the process of convincing the court system to allow Lennox to be rehomed in the US – a process which I personally am dedicated to overseeing and facilitating. I have personally received the Barnes family’s approval to take Lennox, and while I can only imagine the heartache they would feel at seeing him go, they have said they would prefer him to have a happy life elsewhere rather than see it end next week. My longstanding private offer to absorb all of the cost and organize all of the travel arrangements to transport him at no expense to the Belfast City Council has been with those responsible for making the final decisions regarding Lennox for some time. At this point, however, it appears that the court system is not inclined to accept this offer.

Snickers: A Year-End Happy Ending

Posted on: December 31, 2011 - 7 Comments

Snickers happens to be part Pit Bull. And the city of Aurelia banned Pit Bulls and “bully breeds” several years ago. Well, maybe Snickers is a Pit Bull, but who knows.

Victoria on BSL [video] for Unleash Magazine

Posted on: November 22, 2011 - 3 Comments

Victoria was interviewed by Unleash Magazine at last month's Boxerstock event outside Atlanta and discussed breed-specific legislation. Watch the interview: Visit Unleash Magazine (original link).

Positively Dog Training Episode 203

Posted on: October 28, 2011 - 4 Comments

Victoria and Holly are joined by Dr. Paula Bloom as they discuss how to change perceptions of pit bulls, dogs digging in backyards, doggie daycare and much more.