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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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59 Ratings
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Great

By quinnlover31 - Jan 08 2012
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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

iTunes Ratings

59 Ratings
Average Ratings
31
6
3
3
16

Great

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

Cool

By Sashazeus101 - Sep 24 2010
Read more
What was da episode that u were in was called
Cover image of Positively Dog Training - The Official Victoria Stilwell Podcast

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.

Rank #1: 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
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #2: 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
55 mins
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Rank #3: Positively Dog Training Episode 803

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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
24 mins
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Rank #4: 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.

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www.detroitdogrescue.com
www.Facebook.com/detroitdogrescue

Sep 20 2012
49 mins
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Rank #5: 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
1 hour 1 min
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Rank #6: 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.

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Nov 22 2015
41 mins
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Rank #7: Positively Dog Training Episode 206

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Victoria and Holly discuss a new study regarding how children are disciplined and how it relates to the most effective and humane methods to train your dog. American Pet Products Association CEO Bob Vetere calls in to the Positively Hotline to discuss Pets Add Life as well as Bob's new book and how positive training techniques can be used successfully in the business world.  Victoria's Animal Academy deals with dogs in show business.  Also: people as dog breeds, the perils of all-inclusive travel deals, updates on Victoria's live shows, why Holly & Victoria don't shop with their husbands, and more.

Nov 18 2011
52 mins
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Rank #8: 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
35 mins
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Rank #9: Positively Dog Training Episode 209

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Victoria recaps her recent trip to the UK, including her day in Parliament discussing the need to change breed standards.  Holly talks about her work this week on CNN covering the child abuse murder case in Canton, GA. Victoria's and Holly's husbands join them in studio to defend their dog-owning habits and shed light on the co-hosts' life beyond the camera.

Dec 10 2011
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #10: Positively Dog Training Episode 204

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Victoria and Holly are joined on the Positively Hotline by Victoria's vet, Dr. Duffy Jones, as they talk about canine halitosis and why/how to brush your dog's teeth.  Also discussed, Holly's trip to the upper midwest, Victoria's emceeing of the Dog Jog, Halloween recap, upcoming live shows and more.  Ask Victoria questions include: potty training setbacks, treating the elderly as chew toys, and how to teach puppies not to chase other animals.

Victoria with Anderson Cooper and Susie Essman

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Holly in Deadwood

Nov 04 2011
55 mins
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Rank #11: Positively Dog Training Episode 205

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Victoria and Holly are joined again by Dr. Paula Bloom to discuss pets as therapeutic solutions for their owners.  Also discussed: Native American festivals, PAWS Atlanta 45th Anniversary, Victoria's live tour and Holly's trip to Mexico.  Ask Victoria questions include whether it's a good idea to add a rescued kitten to a home to alleviate your dog's boredom, how and whether to teach your dog not to fear fire, and dogs that chase moving cars.  Victoria also tries to stump Holly with her latest Animal Academy about dog breeds.

Nov 11 2011
52 mins
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Rank #12: Positively Dog Training Episode 202

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In this episode, Victoria and Holly are joined by concert pianist and Through A Dog's Ear co-founder Lisa Spector to discuss the Canine Noise Phobia Series - the groundbreaking new desensitization tool Victoria developed in partnership with Through A Dog's Ear.  Also discussed: update on Kashmir's knee surgery, Victoria's trip to San Diego for the APDT conference, SD Pet Expo and VSPDT evaluation day, Lennox update, and more.  Ask Victoria questions included whether you can rush training, the music in It's Me or the Dog, and how to get puppies to stop barking at training classes.

Oct 21 2011
38 mins
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Rank #13: 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
37 mins
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Rank #14: Positively Dog Training Episode 203

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Victoria and Holly are joined in studio by noted psychologist Dr. Paula Bloom as they discuss how to change perceptions about certain breeds of dogs including pit bulls.  Also discussed: Victoria's upcoming live tour dates (11/10 in York PA, 11/19 in New Bedford MA, and 12/3 in Shropshire, England).  Ask Victoria questions include how to stop dogs from digging in the back yard, how dogs' internal clocks work, whether it's better to put a dog in daycare or have someone come feed the dog at home, and whether Victoria will ever sing on the podcast.

Oct 28 2011
38 mins
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Rank #15: Positively Dog Training Episode 303

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Victoria describes her attendance at the powerful opening ceremony launch event for the University of Pennsylvania's Vet School Working Dog Center on the eleventh anniversary of 9/11. Holly discusses her recent visit to Dallas, and Victoria recaps her shoot in and around Detroit for her eHow Pets YouTube channel. They are joined on the phone by Katrene Johnson, the owner and handler of Morgan, one of the few surviving search and rescue dogs who worked in New York during the aftermath of 9/11. Also calling in on the Positively Hotline is Dr. Cynthia otto, the Executive Director of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center to discuss the exciting new work being done at the Center, why positive training is the only truly effective tool to use with working dogs, and how to determine whether or not your dog would make a good working dog.

Ask Victoria questions include:

  • How to stop a dog from nipping (resource guarding).
  • How to encourage a non-play-driven dog to play more.
  • How to get unfamiliar cats to coexist peacefully.

Show Links:

Katrene Johnson (Morgan), Sirius K-9 Solutions
www.siriusk9solutions.net

Dr. Cynthia Otto, Executive Director of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center
www.pennvetwdc.org

Sep 13 2012
1 hour 12 mins
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Rank #16: Positively Dog Training Episode 707

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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
56 mins
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Rank #17: 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
29 mins
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Rank #18: Positively Dog Training Episode 709

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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
33 mins
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Rank #19: 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
36 mins
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Rank #20: Positively Dog Training Episode 210

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Sadie & Jasmine waiting patiently for the podcast recording to finish.

Victoria and Holly recap their appearance at this year's Reindog Parade at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, which also included HGTV's Vern Yip, Victoria's mother, daughter and several other notable celebrity judges. Holly describes her experience covering the Penn State child molestation case in State College, PA. Victoria talks about her recent talk to several schools' Homeless Pets Club members and why the program is so important to her.

This week's special Positively Hotline guest is filmmaker Jemima Harrison of Passionate Productions, creator of the powerful documentary Pedigree Dogs Exposed. They discuss the current issues surrounding the current unhealthy breed standards as well as her work promoting awareness of physical and mental factors involved with the propagation many popular breeds in the UK, US and beyond.

Ask Victoria questions include Victoria's recommendation for flying with small dogs as hand luggage, how she handled flying with Jasmine, and how to control excited dogs who run around in your car.

Dec 16 2011
1 hour 2 mins
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