Tag Archives: positive training

Positively Dog Training Episode 707

Posted on: December 19, 2017 - No Comments

K9 officer Shawn Humphreys talks with Victoria and Holly about the world of police dog training, its challenges, and the changes he’s noticing with his move towards more positive training. Also, new VSA course dates, how to find a licensed trainer as well as leash-walking and separation anxiety issues.

Letter From The Dog

Posted on: May 21, 2017 - 1 Comment

Since when does “just a minute” only apply to humans? We dogs say it too, except when we do, you humans get angry. You let us off the rope thing to go run around and play and then you ask us to come back at the most inconvenient of times, just when we are having the best fun – playing with other dogs or chasing small fluffies. When we don’t respond, you get mad and tell us how bad we are, but apparently you don’t understand that when we hear our name, look back at you and then continue with our game, we’re also saying “just a minute”. By the way…..how long is a minute?

Why I’m Not (and never have been) a Purely Positive Dog Trainer

Posted on: March 1, 2017 - 10 Comments

First of all, I’ve certainly never referred to myself as a ‘purely positive’ dog trainer, but I’ve heard many others – usually pretty vocal opponents of humane modern dog training – label me and others with that description. It seems to be somewhat of a dog training unicorn, in that there are those who still Read More

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.

Akila, a feral beauty once thought to be a wolf, learns how to love through positive training

Posted on: November 30, 2015 - 3 Comments

OK, let’s be honest here: Can positive training really work with an 11-year-old feral dog? Yes. Yes, it can.

Five Good Reasons to Call a Trainer (None of Which Are Failure)

Posted on: January 12, 2015 - 2 Comments

If you're like me, you grew up thinking that to call a dog trainer was to admit defeat—you were capable of training your dog or you didn't deserve to have one. If you're like me, you're also wrong, because there are lots of good reasons to work with a certified dog trainer (none of which are Read More

So Much Work To Do…

Posted on: October 19, 2014 - No Comments

I was forwarded an article which basically claimed that while positive reinforcement was a nice tool for training nice pups, it was not a strong enough or effective enough tool to deal with aggression or so-called 'red zone' dogs. It is time once and for all to put an end to this myth, especially when the arguments being used to support it are so painfully inaccurate and the supposed claims are so completely at odds with what behavioral science has already proven to us time and time again.

When and How to Train Your Puppy or New Rescue

Posted on: August 25, 2014 - No Comments

Q. What are some of the benefits of training my dog? A. Training makes home life more manageable and fun for you and your dog. Next to basic health care, it’s the most important thing you can do for your pup. Best of all, training the dog you love is one of the best ways Read More

What Is Positive Training?

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

The Truth Behind Positive Training

Posted on: March 27, 2014 - 1 Comment

On Sunday 23rd March 2014 there was a great article about dog training in the Sunday Telegraph as well as in the Telegraph online.  The article highlighted a study that found pets trained using aversive methods were 15 times more likely to exhibit symptoms of stress than those trained using "positive" techniques and that training Read More

Study Shows Lower Stress Levels in Dogs Trained Positively

Posted on: February 20, 2014 - No Comments

A new study released in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior reveals what many of us in the dog behavior field have long known to be true: that positive reinforcement training is beneficial for a dog's overall well-being and the canine-human bond, and that aversive training has detrimental effects on both. For the first time, trained Read More

New Study Suggests Re-Thinking How You Train Your Dog

Posted on: January 21, 2014 - No Comments

Those of us who know and love dogs don't need scientific proof that dogs love us. But the results of a recent study may provide hard evidence that dogs are capable of feeling complex emotions, particularly love and attachment. Emory University neuroscientist Gregory Burns and his colleagues analyzed the results of brain scans on dozens Read More

Submit Your Positively Success Story!

Posted on: January 20, 2014 - No Comments

Has your life or your dog's life been changed using Victoria's positive dog training methods? Submit your success story and you could be featured on the upcoming brand new Positively website. Join the Positively movement, and your voice can help encourage others to take the leap and commit to using only force-free methods with their Read More

Positive vs Punitive

Posted on: January 18, 2014 - 2 Comments

If you treat fire with fire, you will get burned. This concept is not rocket science, but it is still science. A study published in the Journal of Applied Animal Behavior concluded that confrontational training methods such as hitting dogs, intimidating them with punitive force and using techniques of restraint like the 'alpha roll' actually Read More

A Positively New Year (pssst, it’s not just for dog training)

Posted on: January 6, 2014 - 4 Comments

  Victoria Stilwell has the most awesome fans. You are passionate about animals, care deeply about promoting positive approaches to animal training, and want to make this world a more compassionate place. Take a moment and congratulate yourself (in our culture, it isn’t always easy to follow the positive path.) Many of my clients (I’m Read More

Top 10 New Year Do’s and Dont’s

Posted on: January 3, 2014 - 1 Comment

If you're adopting a dog this new year or choosing a puppy, think carefully about how you will select, socialize and train the new addition to the family.                                                       Read More

Do Some Dogs Need a Heavier Hand?

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.

Positively Success Story: Dr. Phillips

Posted on: August 13, 2013 - 3 Comments

I love to hear success stories about how positive training has impacted the lives of people and their dogs. Check out this wonderful story I received about how positive training methods truly saved a life.

Xena the Abused Puppy Trained Positively

Posted on: July 27, 2013 - 1 Comment

Xena is a pitbull mix whose amazing transformation from a neglected, emaciated puppy to a thriving companion dog for Jonny, a boy with autism, has made national headlines. The bond between Jonny and Xena is incredible.

Victoria Demonstrates Positive Training on Good Day New York

Posted on: April 9, 2013 - No Comments

Victoria Stilwell was featured in a live segment on Good Day New York, which aired on March 22, 2013. In the segment, Victoria discusses and demonstrates her success with using positive reinforcement to train dogs. Victoria stated, "I don’t believe you need to dominate your dog into submission, you just have to motivate your dog Read More

Martin Luther King – How to Lead Without Force

Posted on: January 21, 2013 - 6 Comments

Like Dr. King, the battle to change people's perceptions of how we should interact with our dogs is an uphill fight. But as the evidence from the scientific community continues to mount and our collective willingness allow others to treat pets more like livestock than cherished family members erodes, it becomes clearer and clearer that there is no alternative in sight but to win the fight.

Positively Dog Training Episode 206

Posted on: November 18, 2011 - 4 Comments

Discussion of new study regarding the way kids are disciplined & how it relates to dog training. Also: author Bob Vetere on how +R training applies to business.

The Charge of the Right Brigade

Posted on: February 16, 2010 - 3 Comments

Fortunately there’s lots of good news around these days about positive dog training methods.  Note: positive does not equate with permissive; it involves setting limits, having reasonable expectations, paying attention to and helping a dog achieve desired behaviors, rewarding such behaviors and ignoring (or tsk-tsking) unwanted or objectionable behaviors. Yes, the yin-yang approach of reward Read More

Positive Training

Posted on: December 11, 2009 - No Comments

Do you want your dog to follow you because she wants to or because she’s scared of what will happen to her if she doesn’t? To most people, the answer to that question is clear. Positive training is the only way to develop a common language based on mutual trust, respect and love which guides Read More