How to pick a dog trainer, stop your dog's unpleasant habits, & more...
How to pick a dog trainer, stop your dog's unpleasant habits, & more...
Hello, Fellow Dog Lovers!
Can you believe that we're nearing the end of summer? I've had an incredibly busy July, and it's gearing up to be an even busier fall. Be sure to check my appearance schedule to see if I'll be coming to an area near you. I'm also looking forward to my Victoria Stilwell Academy courses that begin this fall in both the US and the UK. There are still a few slots left if you'd like to be one of my students!
In this edition of the Positively Newsletter, you'll find tips on choosing a good dog trainer, updates on the #SaveHank campaign, and more.  
As always, throughout this newsletter you'll find exclusive content and training tips that you won't find anywhere else. Hope you enjoy!
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P.S. Don't forget to check out my blog for more articles from me! 
How to choose a dog trainer
Choose Dog Trainer
Read Victoria's tips for choosing a good dog trainer.
A good trainer is a great listener and should be interested in your take on your dog's characteristics, tendencies, personal history, strengths and weaknesses. Rather than swooping into a situation and immediately dictating who and what needs to change, good trainers start by sitting down and talking through expectations, concerns and philosophies before starting any actual training or behavior modification work.
Positive trainers worth trusting with your dog's well-being will most likely:
  • Take a full behavioral history of your dog. Good trainers want to know everything possible about a dog's background so that they can more quickly and effectively identify root causes and implement a positive training protocol. Any trainer that discounts the importance of a dog's history should be avoided.
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Save Hank
Save Hank
Four years ago, a dog named Lennox was euthanized by the Belfast City Council because of the way he looked, despite public outrage. Now, an eerily similar case with a dog named Hank is unfolding yet again in Belfast. Hank was snatched from his home by officials while his family was out because he "looks like a pit bull." His owners have not been given any access to see him, and have received written confirmation that he has not been walked a single time since he was taken from them. 
Victoria is on the front lines of the #SaveHank case and is prepared to do whatever it takes to ensure that Hank does not have the same tragic end as Lennox did. You can sign the petition below to help send a message to the Belfast City Council that their cruel actions will not be tolerated. 
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Poop-Eating Dogs
Dog Eating Poop
Positively Contributor Steve Dale answers a question about a dog's unpleasant poop-eating habit. 
Question: Venus, our almost 2-year old German Shepherd dog enjoys eating her poop, or eats from the cat box. That doesn’t seem right. What can we do to stop this desire? K. L., Lake Zurich, IL
Answer: The problem described is surprisingly common. It even has a fancy name: coprophagia.
No one knows for sure why some dogs begin to sample their own feces, or for that matter relish in eating feces of other species. Of course, cat poo is especially enticing to many dogs (likely because cat food has so much protein). Once tasted, some dogs decide it‘s a delicacy. Some dogs even have preferences, such as frozen poopsicles in winter.
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Dog Science Terms
Science Terms
Many dog trainers and behaviorists use Counter-conditioning and Desensitization as part of a behavior modification program. The average dog owner often has no idea what this means. I say this because in my many years of private practice, most clients have said to me they are using food to distract or bribe their dog in tense situations when describing working with their dogs per my instruction.
There may be some truth to their statements depending on the context of the situation, but for the most part, the concept goes deeper than that. There is something primal being addressed when this form of behavior modification is being used.
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Things Trainers Want You to Know
What Trainers Want You to Know
Positively Contributor Debby McMullen of Pawsitive Reactions chats about some things dog trainers want you to know.   
 1) We LOVE when we see a dog parent walking their beloved dog on a front clip harness. Kudos to you! You have made the best choice for your dog as well as yourself.
But for your dog’s comfort sake and prevention of skeletal issues in the future, PLEASE make sure that you have a skilled professional fit that front clip harness so that it is not dipping and sagging below their shoulder blades on their chest. I see joint issues and leg fracture possibilities with every sagging front clip harness that crosses my path. It takes every ounce of impulse control that I possess to not approach you.
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Kindness is Powerful, Pass it On
In Case You Missed It
Did you miss it? Victoria's post about Libre, a puppy who survived terrible neglect and is making a full recovery, stirred up lots of comments and shares from Victoria's audience. 
Opinions were strong from Victoria's fans all over the world. See more on her official Facebook page.
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Secret Language of Dogs
Victoria's new book is now available for pre-order on Amazon! You can order it both in paperback as well as for Kindle. 
This latest book gives you the newest information about what your dog is really thinking - and saying - through his body language and other expressions. You're also sure to love the beautiful full-color photographs from some of Victoria's favorite pet photographers! 
Are you looking to start a career as a dog trainer? Look no further than the Victoria Stilwell Academy for Dog Training & Behavior. Dog Trainer Courses are available in both the US and UK, and new courses are beginning in the fall. Get your application in before all slots fill up!   
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Claire Staines
Claire Staines is the head of Lothlorien Dog Services in West Loriens, Scotland. Claire is a full member of the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers, Pet Professional Guild, and is a fully accredited Space Dogs Trainer for reactive and aggressive dogs. She and her training team pride themselves in using science-based, force-free training methods.
Need a dog behavior expert in Scotland? Get in touch with Claire today: 
Find a Victoria Stilwell-licensed trainer near you!
Victoria Stilwell in the Media
Save Hank
Victoria was featured in the Belfast Telegraph, which is covering the ongoing saga of the #SaveHank campaign. The article discusses Hank's case and Victoria's role in it as the battle continues. 
Positively Forum
Top Tip
Never exercise your pet in an excessively hot or humid environment. Dawn, dusk, and evening hours have the coolest temperatures, but such times should be avoided in areas with a heavy mosquito or other biting-insect population. 
Provide rest, shade, and hydration at least every 15 minutes during exercise to ward off hyperthermia and dehydration. If your pooch refuses to run or walk, never force him to continue and schedule an examination with your vet to explore underlying health problems.
Dog Bite Prevention
No Pull Harness
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