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Positively Dog Training - The Official Victoria Stilwell Podcast

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TV dog trainer Victoria Stilwell (from Animal Planet’s It’s Me or the Dog) talks pet news and updates plus dog training and behavior advice.

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TV dog trainer Victoria Stilwell (from Animal Planet’s It’s Me or the Dog) talks pet news and updates plus dog training and behavior advice.

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Very fun, entertaining, and family friendly

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iTunes Ratings

64 Ratings
Average Ratings
33
6
3
4
18

Great

By quinnlover31 - Jan 08 2012
Read more
Very fun, entertaining, and family friendly

Cool

By Sashazeus101 - Sep 24 2010
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What was da episode that u were in was called

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Positively Dog Training - The Official Victoria Stilwell Podcast

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TV dog trainer Victoria Stilwell (from Animal Planet’s It’s Me or the Dog) talks pet news and updates plus dog training and behavior advice.

Positively Dog Training Episode 511

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Victoria and Holly wrap up Season 5 of the Positively Podcast with a bang! They chat about a variety of topics, including an update on Victoria's dog training academy, how positive training works and some common misconceptions about Victoria's training methods, and her upcoming UK Dog Bite Prevention & Behaviour Conference.

And exclusively in this podcast, you'll hear the firsthand account of Victoria's police dog bite accident: what happened, why it happened, and what she's doing to prevent another accident from happening in the future.

Ask Victoria Questions include:

  • How do I stop my Cocker Spaniel from peeing in the house when left alone?
  • How can I help my dog be less afraid of my husband?
  • My Labrador puppy is afraid of water. Is there anything I can do to help him get over this fear?

May 18 2016

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Positively Dog Training Episode 410

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On this special episode, Victoria and Holly wrap up Season 4 by dedicating the entire show to answering your Ask Victoria dog training questions. From what to do if your dog bites someone to how to improve a dog's fear of loud noises, this episode covers all of your most pressing training questions.

Ask Victoria questions include:

  • How can you help a dog with severe noise phobias?
  • What should you do to stop a dog with strange licking habits?
  • When will Victoria be on TV again?
  • What should you do if your dog bites someone?
  • How can you stop a dog from crying when put in a crate?
  • What is the best collar or harness to use for a dog?
  • How can you help a dog that doesn't like to be handled, and bites when people try to put the leash on?

Listen to prior episodes of the Positively Podcast.

Jun 19 2015

32mins

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Positively Dog Training Episode 703

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This episode brought to you by Zukes.

Holly and Victoria catch up following Holly’s deployments to cover recent hurricanes for CNN and chat about the many dogs and cats that ended up in Atlanta area shelters following the Houston and Florida hurricanes. Also, Victoria highlights the viral video produced by Lifeline Animal Project’s #DismissTheMyth campaign which combats the misconception that behavioral problems and/or age are actually not the #1 reasons why people don’t want to adopt from shelters.

Watch the #DismissTheMyth video here.

Why Victoria and Holly have both been ‘foster failures’ by adopting rescued pets, and Victoria’s history of fostering dogs and cats both in New York and Atlanta. But what happens when fostering or adopting doesn’t work and isn’t a good fit?

Ask Victoria questions include:

  • A newly rehomed 9-month old mini-Dachshund was badly bullied in his original home and is now not only scared of other dogs, but nearly everything else in his world.
  • Large male European Doberman doesn’t snaps at and ‘doesn’t like’ kids – especially highly active young children.
  • Holly asks why Barnsley – her Black and Tan Coonhound – likes to lean on guests and friends’ legs.
  • GSD/Collie mix has problems going potty outside after being saved from an abusive situation.

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Oct 20 2017

35mins

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Positively Dog Training Episode 609

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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 live longer than larger dogs?

Also on this episode of the podcast is an interview with K-9 Ninja Roo Yori, who has become a household name both through his endeavors on American Ninja Warrior as well as his work promoting pit-bull type dogs.

And finally, a round of Ask Victoria questions and Animal Academy questions will both fascinate and entertain you!

Feb 13 2017

47mins

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Positively Dog Training Episode 103

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In this episode, Victoria and Holly discuss:

  • Victoria's recent travels to the UK for the Dogs Trust Awards.
  • Her trip to San Diego for Petapalooza.
  • Her upcoming plans to be in New York City for the upcoming season of It's Me or the Dog.
  • The inside scoop on the behind the scenes of what goes into each episode of It's Me or the Dog from casting through the final edit.
  • In Victoria's Animal Academy quiz, she grills Holly about dog breed trivia.
  • During the Ask Victoria segment, Victoria answers listeners' questions about:
    • separation anxiety
    • fear aggression in a rescued German Shepherd/Lab mix

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Dogs Trust
http://www.dogstrust.org.uk/

Jul 26 2010

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Positively Dog Training Episode 509

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Filming with Tia and Louise of Villalobos Rescue Center during "It's Me or the Dog."

Victoria and Holly chat about the upcoming lottery drawing and what they would do to help animals if they win the jackpot. They also discuss Holly's annual "Regiftmas" party that she hosts to help people get rid of their most terrible holiday gifts.

Victoria talks about Villalobos Rescue Center, the pit bull rescue featured on Animal Planet's Pit Bulls and Parolees and her upcoming visit to the center in New Orleans.

Ask Victoria questions include:

  • What is the right dog for a busy physician who works full time?
  • What can you do to work with a dog that's nervous around strangers and pees and growls when nervous?
  • How do you get a 9 month old puppy to stop pottying in the house?
  • How can a person get over their fear of pit bulls?

Jan 11 2016

33mins

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Positively Dog Training Episode 501

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Holly and Victoria are back with a new season of the Positively Podcast after a summer hiatus. They've got a lot of catching up to do, as they have both been traveling all over the world. Victoria catches everyone up on her new TV show that will be airing in the UK next year, and Holly tells the story of how she learned what "bear spray" is.

Calling in to the Positively Hotline this episode is filmmaker Patrick Reasonover, one of the creators behind the new documentary 'Of Dogs and Men.' The film covers the difficult topic of police shooting dogs, and Victoria was featured in the film along with several of the police officers she has been filming with for an upcoming project. Patrick talks about what inspired him to create the film, and steps people can take to prevent their pet from being a victim.

Holly and Victoria can't get enough of a funny video of a very loud Marmot. You can see it for yourself here.

This season's 'Ask Victoria' segment is sponsored by Zuke's. Ask Victoria questions include:

  • How can I stop by high-strung Weimaraner from acting fearful and aggressive?
  • How can I help my sound sensitive border collie overcome her fear of fireworks and other loud noises?
  • What can I do to stop my Dalmation from dragging me down the road?
  • How can I stop my Mastador puppy from peeing in the house and chewing things up when left alone?
  • Why is my Spaniel no longer making eye contact and spinning compulsively in circles?

This season of Ask Victoria is sponsored by Zuke's!

Listen to prior episodes of the Positively Podcast.

Nov 05 2015

45mins

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Positively Dog Training Episode 406

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Holly starts off the podcast with some great news about her dog, Kashmir. Victoria talks about her experience at the National Press Club as part of a Dog Bite Prevention press conference. She joined State Farm, American Humane, the AVMA, the US Postal Service, Prevent the Bite, Elle the Pit Bull, and other Dog Bite Prevention Coalition partners to help educate the public about how to prevent dog bites.

Victoria and Holly chat with State Farm's Heather Paul to talk about the company's dedication to dog bite prevention. They discuss the importance of not focusing on a dog's breed, but rather focusing on the pet parent's responsibility to prevent dog bites through responsible pet ownership. They also discuss that there is a difference between a dog bite and a dog-related incident, but that all dog-related incidents are classified under a dog bite claim, and how that can affect pet parents.

Ask Victoria questions include: 

  • How do you stop a dog from chasing cars?
  • Which basic cues should you teach a new puppy, and in what order?
  • What should you do to stop a puppy from guarding resources?

May 22 2015

42mins

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Positively Dog Training Episode 109

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In this special 'Ask Victoria' episode, Victoria devotes the entire episode to answering listeners' questions.

Topics include:

  • Removing urine odordogs walking while pooping
  • Dogs who are picky eaters, dog reactivity
  • Excessive licking
  • How to be apply to become a Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Trainer (VSPDT)
  • How to locate particular It's Me or the Dog episodes
  • Why dogs chew on sticks
  • Training older dogs without treats
  • Dog insecurity due to previous attacks
  • Anti-depressants for dogs

Victoria and Holly also reveal their podcast producer's turkey-roasting prowess and promise future video evidence of this marvel in honor of Thanksgiving.

Nov 24 2010

38mins

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Positively Dog Training Episode 305

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Holly describes her work on stories for CNN with Jennifer Arnold and Silver Sneakers, while Victoria discusses her work with Jim Crosby as they investigate recent canine homicides and conduct canine forensic research into why dogs attack. Also: News and information about Victoria's upcoming National Dog Bite Prevention & Awareness Conference in Denver on November 2, Victoria's latest Ehow Pets video about herding dogs, description of Victoria's childhood memories of lambing on a farm in Wales, a call for fans to help RAF military working dogs in Afghanistan and their handlers in order to help raise morale.

Ask Victoria topics include: How to get dogs to stop digging up and eating plants in the garden, helping a previously abused dog too skittish to cope with sudden noises and changes in routine, When is the ideal time to enroll puppies in puppy classes, how to help a young dog who is sharing a household with kids that have multiple medical condition develop impulse control for, and how to get labs to settle down now that there are two new parakeets in the same house.

Show Links:

Denver National Dog Bite Awareness & Prevention Conference
www.denverdogbiteseminar.com

Oct 03 2012

50mins

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Positively Dog Training Episode 409

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On this episode, Victoria and Holly discuss a controversial new documentary, Of Dogs and Men. The documentary explores the recent epidemic of dogs being shot by law enforcement officials. Victoria participated in the documentary with the police K-9 unit that star with her in her upcoming web series, Guardians of the Night, and gives her take on the importance of the film. They also chat about this week’s Dog Bite Prevention Week in the UK.

On the Positively Hotline is pet expert and radio host Steve Dale, who revisits the podcast to share some important information on the unique behavioral and medical conditions that can afflict senior cats. He has some especially great insights to share on Feline Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome, which is similar to Alzheimer's in people.

Ask Victoria questions include:

  • How can you stop a dog from jumping on and barking at people?
  • How should you interact with a dog that you've never met before?
  • What can you do to stop a puppy from constantly whining and pacing?

Jun 12 2015

39mins

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Positively Dog Training Episode 304

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Van & Shawn hijack the opening of the podcast to discuss week 2 of the fantasy football season before Holly & Victoria restore order. They are then joined in studio by one of the producers and camera operators for Victoria's new Ehow Pets YouTube channel, as they discuss what it's like to shoot with Victoria and some of the new episodes they have coming up. The Positively Hotline guest is Hush, the founder and soul behind Detroit Dog Rescue. They discuss the history of Detroit Dog Rescue and its roots in a personal YouTube page. Also discussed: the problems involved in navigating the politics of trying to create a no-kill shelter and how quickly abandoned dogs have become feral packs wandering around Detroit.

Episode Links:
www.detroitdogrescue.com
www.Facebook.com/detroitdogrescue

Sep 20 2012

49mins

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Positively Dog Training Episode 504 – Thanksgiving!

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In this special Thanksgiving edition of the podcast, Victoria and Holly welcome back Dr. Paula Bloom, who peppers Victoria with questions about her new puppy, Suki, and how she's getting along (or not) with her existing dog. Topics touched on include:

  • Whether you should train and raise different types of dogs differently
  • What to do when the new puppy seems to like one person in the family more than another
  • Victoria's thoughts on the concept of 'sibling rivalry' between multiple dogs in the same household
  • How to deal with an existing dog who is showing her teeth to the new puppy in the house.

Ask Victoria questions include:

  • How long is it ok to leave dogs on their own during the day? (Addie, NYC)
  • Do dogs recognize and develop prejudices against certain breeds? (Brooklyn from Chicago)
  • Whether it is ethical to buy breeds known to have health issues even if they come from responsible breeders? (David from Vancouver)
  • What makes a dog smart or intelligent? (Holly from Perth, Virgin Islands)

Victoria's Animal Academy returns with a twist: Victoria's daughter, Alex, stumps Holly, Victoria and Paula with some pretty random, difficult (and usually not particularly dog-related) quiz questions.

Ask Victoria is sponsored by Zukes - check 'em out this Thanksgiving!

Nov 26 2015

53mins

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Positively Dog Training Episode 309

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Recaps of Thanksgiving with Holly and Victoria's family, the upcoming Bail Bond program benefiting the Gwinnett County Jail Dogs program featured on Ehow Pets, and Holly hijacks Victoria's Animal Academy again with a tricky cat quiz for Victoria.

VSPDT trainer Sam Wike of The Inner Dog in Long Branch, NJ calls the Positively hotline to discuss how Hurricane Sandy affected people and their pets after the storm, including the amazing work being done by local and national shelter groups, airlines and other organizations. Also discussed, pet abandonment, Sam's history as a canine police officer and work in the military, the rarity of being a male positive reinforcement trainer, the disadvantages faced by female positive trainers, his crazy upcoming training session with a 220-pound dog.

Ask Victoria questions (featuring guest trainer Sam Wike) include a Pomeranian who bullies other dogs in the household and barks at the other dogs outside, one year old Collie who plays rough in the snow with the 5 and 7 year old kids in the house, how pharmacological tools may help a fostered one year-old Terrier mix who is terrified of everything, and how to help an 18-month old Beagle having trouble with housetraining.

Nov 30 2012

55mins

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Positively Dog Training Episode 104

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In this episode, Victoria and Holly discuss:

  • The first episode of the new season of It's Me or the Dog in New York City.
  • The toll of working away from her family
  • Holly's new coffeeshop - The Funky Monkey in Atlanta
  • Anthropomorphizing dogs in the form of dog painting and dog costumes.
  • Victoria's take on dog clothing.
  • The 2nd half of Victoria's dog senses quiz in Animal Academy.
  • Holly's background in the news and radio business - how she started, her history as a reporter with CNN, her work as a DJ on the radio, and what she's working on now.
  • Victoria answers listeners' questions about:
    • her dog Sadie
    • excessive salivation
    • the use of choke chains on leash-pulling dogs

Email the show.

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20/20 Show link to piece on dog painting/costumes

YouTube clip - Dramatic Stalking Cat

Holly at the Burt Reynolds Museum:

Aug 10 2010

40mins

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Positively Dog Training Episode 301

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In the first episode of the new season, Victoria and Holly catch up on what's been happening for the past several months including: Victoria's European tour recap, the recent season of It's Me or the Dog, Victoria's new Ehow Pets YouTube channel, Victoria's new book, and Holly back working at CNN. They are joined on the Positively hotline by Jennifer Arnold from Canine Assistants. Included in the discussion: how the organization was started, why they breed dogs instead of rescue, the difference between the US and Europe re dogs in public, Why Retrievers make the best service and working dogs, how much it takes to train a Canine Assistants dog, and how many dogs they train and place each year. Also, the story of a diabetic man who was asked to leave a restaurant because he had his service dog with him. Finally, Victoria recaps the battle to try and save Lennox in Belfast, including her trip to Belfast to visit the family and what's next in the fight against BSL.

Aug 27 2012

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Positively Dog Training Episode 307

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Victoria describes the 40th birthday celebration she masterminded for her husband including a surprise party, 4-hour ziplining and city-wide adult scavenger hunts. A tribute to our war heroes on Veterans Day weekend as well as reviews of Lincoln, Argo and Skyfall and more. Victoria recaps her Denver Dog Bite Prevention and Awareness Conference and the first annual VSPDT member trainer retreat. Also, why Victoria decides to take her message of anti-BSL awareness to municipalities like Denver that currently have breed-specific legislation. Victoria plays her interview with expert trainer Sue Sternberg from last month's Association of Pet Dog Trainers conference.

Ask Victoria questions include:

  • helping Holly find a way to stop her dogs from digging in the backyard, especially when next-door neighbor Cavalier King Charles Winnie instigates the hole-digging fun
  • how to get a 3-year old German Shepherd farm dog to stop aggressing at other dogs on the farm and refusing to listen to the owners
  • why a 4-year old Australian Shepherd continues semi-rough behavior after rough-housing with the father of the family
  • what books Victoria has available about dog training
  • and more....

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Nov 12 2012

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Positively Dog Training Episode 308

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A Thanksgiving-themed episode where Victoria and Holly are joined by their husbands (and Alex) and they all discuss what they're most thankful for. Holly quizzes the whole group with a new Animal Academy segment and Victoria's daughter Alex showcases her memorization skills by singing the 'Fifty Nifty United States' song.

Nov 21 2012

40mins

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Positively Dog Training Episode 503

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Dr. Paula Bloom joins Victoria and Holly in studio to talk through the aftermath of the Paris terror attacks and how we process tragedies:

  • integrating the information into our lives
  • how to talk to kids about tragedies
  • The way we’re wired for empathy, making it extra hard to process
  • The concept of compassion fatigue

Victoria recounts the story of Diesel, a police dog who was killed in the line of duty while apprehending the lead organizer of the terrorist attacks. Paula asks whether it is right to ask dogs to work in military and police settings, and whether dogs are capable of giving their ‘consent’ to go into dangerous situations. Do dogs feel and experience actual love, or is their affectionate behavior just a representation of their need for safety and pleasurable experiences.

Holly describes her recent interview experience with acclaimed psychologist Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Victoria talks about the need for women to have the opportunity to communicate with each other, and Paula opens up about a troubling experience she encountered with Vegemite.

Sponsored by Zuke's!

Nov 22 2015

41mins

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Positively Dog Training Episode 708

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This episode brought to you by Zukes.

It’s Christmastime, and everyone’s busy with the holiday season. Victoria shares things she’s celebrating during the holidays, including the huge response to #LucysLaw – helping to combat the practice of puppy farming and puppy mills, especially in the UK. The ban on third-party sales in the UK is drawing near, which is a great move forward for this issue. Also, California’s recent announcement that the sale of various pets in pet stores, and Victoria becomes the first state in Australia to ban puppy mills.

Holly tries to stump Victoria with a holiday-themed edition of the Animal Academy.

Ask Victoria questions include:

  • Pit bull doesn’t like going into her kennel when placed there while her family goes away on vacation.
  • 7-month old ‘Morky’ won’t leave his female owner’s side at work, in bed or anywhere else.
  • 11 year old lab constantly pulls on lead, meaning he can’t be taken out as much. What harness will help with his leash-pulling?
  • First-time dog owner asks how to establish safe barriers in the yard without adding a fence.

Dec 22 2017

48mins

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Aly and Victoria discuss how you can make your dog feel more comfortable during the holidays. Whether your dog is shy of people or a social butterfly, discover great ways to prevent overwhelm and set your dog up for success. How can you teach visiting children to understand what your dog needs and to respect your dog’s space? Can you feed your dog table scraps?

Ask Victoria questions include:

  • Training a German Shepherd without a prong or shock collar.
  • Stop leash puling with Victoria’s Positively No Pull Harness

Happy Howlidays!

Dec 25 2018

24mins

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Positively Dog Training Episode 802

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In this podcast, Victoria and Aly share great ideas on how to provide enrichment for your dog when it’s cold outside. Aly shares some great canine fitness ideas, how to play hide and seek with your dog and making meal times more enriching.

Ask Victoria questions include:

  • Golden Retriever with extreme energy levels
  • 16 week old puppy has developed bad habits including growling/biting when being handled. How can you rebuild trust and change growly behavior positively?

We finish with Aly’s five favorite holiday gifts for dog lovers and some great VS Academy course offers. Enjoy!

Dec 18 2018

37mins

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Positively Dog Training Episode 801

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Victoria is joined by Victoria Stilwell Academy's Curriculum Manager, Aly Lecznar, to talk about VSA's newly-launched Online Dog Trainer Course and the introductory Fundamentals of Dog Training & Behavior Course, including what makes VSA such a groundbreaking new learning opportunity both for dog owners and aspiring professional dog trainers.

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Dec 07 2018

29mins

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Positively Dog Training Episode 710

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This episode brought to you by Zukes.

Victoria and Holly ring in the new year by discussing several of the new projects and developments coming in 2018 in the Positively ecosystem. Also, a rundown of this year’s resolutions… including their pet resolutions (on behalf both of pets and their owners). The ladies are joined by Victoria’s husband, Van, to discuss the behind-the-scenes workings and passion behind the Positively brand and businesses like VSPDT and the Victoria Stilwell Academy.

Ask Victoria questions include:

  • Why a Miniature Schnauzer doesn’t eat very much.
  • How to get a puppy to live more harmoniously with three cats.
  • Four Basset Hounds bark every time the owner leaves the house.
  • Border Collie responds well to training, but is becoming obsessed with lights and reflections on the ceiling.

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Jan 01 2018

55mins

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Positively Dog Training Episode 709

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This episode brought to you by Zukes.

A special episode of the Positively Podcast finds Victoria educating Holly about the various possibilities for why December 26th is called Boxing Day in the UK. Plus, pantomimes! Victoria talks about her experience with avalanche dogs on Aspen mountain.

Victoria quizzes Holly on dog-related questions in the Animal Academy.

Ask Victoria questions include:

  • How to manage a dog whining when he’s in the car.
  • Is it a bad idea to re-home two puppies that are littermates?
  • Where do you begin trying to train a rambunctious pit-lab mix when you’re new to training?
  • How do you stop a 10-month old puppy constantly barks when left alone?

Dec 26 2017

33mins

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Positively Dog Training Episode 708

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This episode brought to you by Zukes.

It’s Christmastime, and everyone’s busy with the holiday season. Victoria shares things she’s celebrating during the holidays, including the huge response to #LucysLaw – helping to combat the practice of puppy farming and puppy mills, especially in the UK. The ban on third-party sales in the UK is drawing near, which is a great move forward for this issue. Also, California’s recent announcement that the sale of various pets in pet stores, and Victoria becomes the first state in Australia to ban puppy mills.

Holly tries to stump Victoria with a holiday-themed edition of the Animal Academy.

Ask Victoria questions include:

  • Pit bull doesn’t like going into her kennel when placed there while her family goes away on vacation.
  • 7-month old ‘Morky’ won’t leave his female owner’s side at work, in bed or anywhere else.
  • 11 year old lab constantly pulls on lead, meaning he can’t be taken out as much. What harness will help with his leash-pulling?
  • First-time dog owner asks how to establish safe barriers in the yard without adding a fence.

Dec 22 2017

48mins

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Positively Dog Training Episode 707

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This episode brought to you by Zukes.

Victoria talks about the newly-announced Victoria Stilwell Academy course dates for 2018 and walks through how the Academy works. Also, how to find a Victoria Stilwell-licensed VSPDT trainer in your area. Victoria discusses the challenge she set for herself to see if positive training can work when training high-drive working dogs like police dogs.

Officer Shawn Humphreys with his late partner, Eiko.

On the Positively Hotline, K9 handler and Guardians of the Night star Shawn Humphreys from the Lawrenceville (GA) police department calls in to talk about the police dog world, including how he’s training his new police dog, Ali, using more positive methods. Topics discussed

  • How officers go about getting matched with a police dog.
  • Shawn’s journey towards using more positive methods that are even more effective than the traditional, punitive methods he originally was trained to use as a K9 officer.
  • The importance of consistency when using humane training methods with working dogs.
  • The biggest differences in the characteristics of dogs trained aversively versus positive training.
  • The difficulty of K9 units training to go to work in the public and the pressures that K9 units face both from within and outside of their departments to ‘get it right.’

Ask Victoria questions include:

  • Lab is great with kids but doesn’t get along with other dogs, especially when going on walks with strangers.
  • Two-year old Rottweiler is leash reactive and needs to be muzzled.
  • Hound with history of separation anxiety beginning to shiver when being around new people and experiences.

Dec 19 2017

56mins

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Positively Dog Training Episode 706

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Victoria and Holly discuss the recent news story about people being sickened with campylobacter infections from puppies sold by Petland pet stores in over ten states throughout the U.S.  Most pet store puppies come from puppy mills where the best interest of the animals (not to mention their future owners), creating health hazards in pet store puppies like those in this outbreak as well as behaviorally-compromised dogs.

On the Positively Hotline, Finding Shelter Animal Rescue’s Grace Kelly Herbert joins Victoria and Holly to talk about her work combating the puppy mill industry in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania. Topics discussed:

  • Why the Amish community has embraced the puppy mill trade.
  • The current state of Pennsylvania’s laws concerning puppy mill legislation.
  • Why legislators don’t fight harder to shut down puppy mills.

 Ask Victoria questions include:

  • How to tell the body language differences between aggression and correction in adult dogs when dealing with puppies.
  • A dog that eats only from a fork, but not from the bowl.

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Dec 08 2017

42mins

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Positively Dog Training Episode 705

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Victoria and Holly talk about overweight pets, including Victoria’s ‘Fat Dogs’ specials on It’s Me or the Dog, as well as the struggle to keep weight off of pets.

On the Positively Hotline, Victoria and Holly welcome the star of the recent Animal Planet show, ‘My Big Fat Pet Makeover,’ Travis Brorsen, to discuss Travis’s new show and the issue of obesity in pets.

Ask Victoria questions include:

  • How to get your dog to focus on you, especially in distracting environments.
  • A 15-year old dog who suddenly developed a fear of sleeping at night.
  • A rescued Jack Russell who gets so excited while harnessing up for walks in the morning.

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Dec 02 2017

36mins

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Positively Dog Training Episode 704

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Victoria talks about her new projects, including the soon-to-be-launched Positively TV, then recaps her experience dressing as the Addams Family’s Morticia for Halloween. Also, why do people take their anxious dogs trick-or-treating?

Also discussed:

  • pet recognition days and holidays in the month of November (Adopt-a-Pet month, Pet Cancer Awareness month, National Shelter Awareness week, etc),
  • The case of Susie’s Senior Dogs.
  • Signs to look out for to help determine if your dog is in pain.

Holly hijacks Animal Academy and quizzes Victoria about Holly’s area of expertise – travel and world customs.

Ask Victoria questions include:

  • 11-week old pup is good at training basics, but having issues with consistency when puppy pad training at night.
  • Mouthing puppies.
  • Rescued collie barks constantly in moving cars, but not when standing still.
  • Adopted street dog is afraid of everything, including her new owner.
  • Whether keeping a dog in the back yard is enough exercise and stimulation.

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Nov 03 2017

44mins

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Positively Dog Training Episode 703

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Holly and Victoria catch up following Holly’s deployments to cover recent hurricanes for CNN and chat about the many dogs and cats that ended up in Atlanta area shelters following the Houston and Florida hurricanes. Also, Victoria highlights the viral video produced by Lifeline Animal Project’s #DismissTheMyth campaign which combats the misconception that behavioral problems and/or age are actually not the #1 reasons why people don’t want to adopt from shelters.

Watch the #DismissTheMyth video here.

Why Victoria and Holly have both been ‘foster failures’ by adopting rescued pets, and Victoria’s history of fostering dogs and cats both in New York and Atlanta. But what happens when fostering or adopting doesn’t work and isn’t a good fit?

Ask Victoria questions include:

  • A newly rehomed 9-month old mini-Dachshund was badly bullied in his original home and is now not only scared of other dogs, but nearly everything else in his world.
  • Large male European Doberman doesn’t snaps at and ‘doesn’t like’ kids – especially highly active young children.
  • Holly asks why Barnsley – her Black and Tan Coonhound – likes to lean on guests and friends’ legs.
  • GSD/Collie mix has problems going potty outside after being saved from an abusive situation.

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Oct 20 2017

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Positively Dog Training Episode 702

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In the wake of the recent natural disasters (hurricanes, fires, etc.), Holly and Victoria talk through the importance of disaster preparedness, especially as it relates to looking after your pets. How to pack a pet-friendly emergency bag. Victoria also describes her experience documenting evidence and serving as a behavior analyst for a recent bust of a dogfighting facility in Georgia.

Heather Paul from State Farm calls in on the Positively Hotline to discuss the dogfighting ring she helped Victoria document. They discuss the issue of what happens to fighting dogs once they’re rescued from situations like this. Victoria also asks Heather about State Farm’s longtime Arson Dog Training Program – the subject of a web series Victoria produced a couple years prior – and discusses the importance of not discriminating by dog breed when writing insurance policies.

Ask Victoria is sponsored by Zukes

Questions include:

  • Figuring out why a 6-year old dog doesn’t want to go outside for walks.
  • A dog who will not come back inside from the backyard after potty time in the morning.
  • A volunteer at a local shelter finds that a certain dog barks at every dog he sees.
  • Whether it’s a good idea to get two littermates (brothers) – what about potential fighting issues?

Oct 16 2017

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Positively Dog Training Episode 701

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This episode of the Positively Podcast is brought to you by  Zukes.

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Victoria and Holly reconnect after a few months away during which they used social media to stay connected both personally and professionally. Follow them online at:

They discuss older dogs such as Victoria’s 15 year-old Chocolate Lab Sadie and Holly’s pit bull mix Kashmir who has been undergoing her second round of chemotherapy. Also: how to recognize signs of pain in your older dog, including Louise Swindlehurst’s 5 ways show they’re in muscular pain (via the Canine Massage Guild).

Ask Victoria questions include:

  • Newly adopted dog is an avid humper who needs help learning curbing overly rambunctious play.
  • A single dog is great during the day but “naughty” at night – squeaking throughout the night. Would another dog to keep him company help manage this behavior?
  • 1 ½ year old Golden Retriever knows basic cues, but gets very anxious when guests come to the house to visit.
  • How to get a dog used to water so that they can have stress-free baths.

Oct 06 2017

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Positively Dog Training Episode 610

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Season 6 ends with a bang as Holly and Victoria chat about two huge new releases that listeners will be able to enjoy.

The first is a CNN segment about Victoria that focuses on how and why she has remained at the top of her game in the dog training world. Watch the segment here or see below.

And at long last, Victoria's brand new web series, Guardians of the Night, launched yesterday, February 21st. A new episode will be released every Tuesday at 2pm ET for eight straight weeks. The series follows a police K-9 unit through their trials and tribulations, including criminal apprehensions, puppy rescues, and even the tragic loss of one of their own. Prepare for a wild ride jam packed with action, emotion, and some incredible working dogs.

To listen to the entire season of the podcast, click here.

Feb 22 2017

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Positively Dog Training Episode 609

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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 live longer than larger dogs?

Also on this episode of the podcast is an interview with K-9 Ninja Roo Yori, who has become a household name both through his endeavors on American Ninja Warrior as well as his work promoting pit-bull type dogs.

And finally, a round of Ask Victoria questions and Animal Academy questions will both fascinate and entertain you!

Feb 13 2017

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Positively Dog Training Episode 608

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On this episode of the Positively Podcast, Victoria and Holly chat about the Victoria Stilwell Academy for Dog Training & Behavior. VSA Mentor Coordinator Aly Lecznar joins the show to chat about the latest updates from the program.

Ask Victoria questions include:

  • What are the advantages of reward-based training vs. compulsion or punishment-based training?
  • How do you get your dog to pay attention to you on walks?
  • How can you get a dog and baby to get along?
  • What's the best way to stop a puppy's nipping?

Feb 06 2017

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Positively Dog Training Episode 607

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Holly and Victoria tackle the tough subject of puppy mills and what's being done to stop them in both the US and the UK. They also talk about the surprising people and organizations that are inhibiting the progress of anti-puppy mill legislation, and the theories as to why they want commercial breeding to be allowed to continue.

Marc the Vet comes on the show to talk about his work campaigning against puppy mills in the UK, what the latest progress has been, and some very difficult challenges they have come across along the way.

And finally, the trio discusses ways in which the general public can help put a stop to this cruel industry,

Feb 02 2017

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Positively Dog Training Episode 606

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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 dogs over the other.

Another feel-good holiday story the ladies cover is a young boy who is willing to give up everything he has to help a dog in need.

Ask Victoria questions include:

  • Is getting a new puppy a good idea for a grieving older dog?
  • Do pit bulls need to be treated differently from other dogs?
  • Why does my dog nip at guests when they come over?
  • How can you teach a blind dog to negotiate stairs?
  • How can you stop a dog from biting people's feet?
  • What's the best way to stop a dog from jumping on people?

Dec 19 2016

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Positively Dog Training Episode 605

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Victoria and Holly are stuffed after Thanksgiving! You're going to want to hear the story of how Holly ended up with a deer eating her dinner over the holiday. The pair talks about Holly's incredible travels for CNN, plus Victoria's appearance on Harry Connick Jr.'s talk show.

And of course, they've got to chat about the Reindog Parade and some of the fun experiences they enjoyed at the annual Atlanta-based event.

Ask Victoria questions include:

  • Is there a better alternative to a prong collar for a dog that pulls on leash?
  • How can you stop a puppy from barking when left alone?
  • Is it a bad idea to get two sibling puppies?

Dec 12 2016

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Positively Dog Training Episode 604

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Nichole of WorkingwithDog.com

On this special edition of the Positively Podcast, Holly and Victoria invite Working with Dog founder Nichole Smith to the show to talk about her list of reasons why you should consider working as a "petrepreneur," and some professional advice for anyone looking to break into the pet industry.

Ask Victoria questions include:

  • How can I get my dog to take treats more gently?
  • Will it traumatize my new puppy to leave her with a pet sitter while I go on a trip?
  • What's the best way to introduce two new puppies to my household routine?

Dec 05 2016

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