Victoria Stilwell
Hello Fellow Dog Lovers!
September is Responsible Dog Ownership month, and that has gotten me thinking about what it means to be a truly responsible dog owner. From the big things, like keeping your dog up-to-date at the vet, to little things, like a walk in the park, dedicated dog owners like you are truly the light of your dog's life.
In this edition, you'll find a lot of info about what responsible ownership means to me, especially how positive training fits into that message. As always, you'll find exclusive content and training tips that you won't find anywhere else. Hope you enjoy!
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5 Things Responsible Dog Owners Do
September is Responsible Dog Ownership Month. Do you fit the bill of a responsible dog owner? Here are five ways you can spot a responsible dog owner.
#5: They don't contribute to pet overpopulation. 
Spaying or neutering your dog is the easiest way to guarantee that they will not contribute to the overpopulation problem. While there is debate in the veterinary community on the best time for the procedure, having your pet spayed or neutered is one of the most responsible decisions you can make as a dog owner. This is especially true if you live in the United States, where millions of unwanted dogs are euthanized every year.
If you choose not to spay or neuter, you can still be equally as responsible of a pet owner by keeping your dog safely contained at all times, and by choosing not to breed your dog.
Shock Collar Study
A new study has found that the use of shock collars (also known as electronic collars or e-collars) can cause symptoms of distress in dogs, and the effects only worsen as the level of shock is increased.
The study, entitled "The Welfare Consequences and Efficacy of Training Pet Dogs with Remote Electronic Training Collars in Comparison to Reward-Based Training" was published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Plos One and was conducted by researchers at the University of Lincoln in the UK.
The study examined 63 dogs that had poor recall or other related problems. The dogs were divided into three groups--one group was trained using shock collars, while the other two groups were controlled groups that were not trained using shock collars. The shock collar group used trainers that were industry approved, to test the efficacy and welfare consequences of these collars when following training guidelines published by collar manufacturers. 
The Shock Collar Study Every Dog Owner Should Know About
Arson Dogs Episode 1 - The Arrival
ARSON DOGS: Episode 1 |  The Arrival
Are you all caught up on ‘Arson Dogs’? If not, now’s the time to join Victoria in Alfred, Maine as she meets the dogs, handlers, and trainers that make these exceptional K-9 teams a reality. You'll get an exclusive look at their intensive training, and will find out who will join the ranks as a true arson dog handler, and who will go home empty-handed.
Positively Success Story: Piper
Check out the awesome Positively Success Story of Piper, a therapy dog trained using positive methods.
"My APBT Piper is a certified Therapy Dog. Her work with special needs children, mostly with Autism, has proven that these children CAN and WILL respond socially.
Piper has a calmness and kindness about her that these children are drawn to, they trust in her, and know that with her by their side they can accomplish any task given to them..."
5 Simple Dog Treat Recipes
Positively Contributor Sarah Lukemire shares her amazing homemade dog treat recipes.
Let’s face it, dog treats can get pretty expensive and many of us (myself included) have dogs that deal with sensitivities or allergies to certain foods.
I began making homemade dog treats a couple years ago; and while I’m a big fan of making treats from scratch, I’m not a big fan of slaving over complicated recipes. All of the recipes you’ll find below are simple, grain-free and easily modified!
It’s almost as if our pups realize when I’m making a treat for them versus myself – they’ll be patiently eyeing me from start to finish! Plus, it’s a fun activity and once you have a couple base recipes, you can start modifying and creating your own version of treats.
The first idea is the perfect treat for a hot day - and who knows, your pup might even share this one with you!

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In Case You Missed It
Did you miss it? Infamous socialite Paris Hilton spent $13,000 on a tiny Pomeranian puppy. Opinions were strong from Victoria's fans all over the world. See more on her official Facebook page.
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Positively Training Treats
Looking for delicious and nutritious training treats for your dog? You'll love these Positively Training Treats!
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Patrick Danforth VSPDT

Patrick has been working with and training animals for more than 25 years. He graduated with distinction from Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior, and is dedicated to using only force-free, humane methods.
Need a dog behavior expert in the Evans Mill, NY area? Get in touch with Patrick today:
CALL PATRICK:  (315) 629.9133
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Victoria Stilwell in the Media
Victoria was recently featured on the Weather Channel's morning show, AMHQ, where she talked about thunderstorm phobia and breakthroughs in pet nutrition.
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Top Tip
One of the biggest myths about positive training is that dogs only respect leaders who 'assert their dominance'. 
While dogs do need effective leadership from us, the whole idea of dominance is a very complex and widely misunderstood concept which almost always takes dog owners down the wrong path when applying it to their dogs' behavior.
Most dogs simply want safety, security, and those things which generally make them feel good. So do not get caught up in whether or not you or your dog has the upper hand in the battle for dominance. Focus instead on building a common language, rewarding the good behavior, redirecting the bad behavior, and instilling confidence in your dog to live successfully within the boundaries you set for your household.
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