Real facts about pit bulls, tips for swimming with dogs, & more....
Real facts about pit bulls, tips for swimming with dogs, & more....
Hello, Fellow Dog Lovers!
I don't know about where you live, but it's starting to feel like summer here in Georgia! I'm heading to England later this week with my family for our annual summer trip over there. I'm looking forward to seeing friends and family, enjoying some downtime, and speaking at my UK Dog Bite Prevention & Behaviour Conference on June 11-12. I hope to see many you there! 
In this edition of the Positively Newsletter, you'll find behind-the-scenes info on my Dog Trainer Course, tips on swimming with your dog, 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! 
Truth About PB
Truth About Pit Bulls
Victoria gives some real facts about pit bull-type dogs.
With the amount of fear mongering that exists currently regarding pit bull-type dogs, I feel it's important to publish the truth about these dogs. Although most dogs labeled as pit bulls are actually a mix of different breeds with similar physical characteristics, anything that has the appearance of an American Pitbull Terrier is incorrectly labeled as a pit bull, even when there is no relation to the APT at all. For the purpose of this article, therefore, I will call dogs with similar physical characteristics pit bull types, unless I am referencing the American Pitbull Terrier specifically.
Do All Pit Bull Types Have Similar Behavioral Traits?
No. Some have a tendency towards certain behaviors, but not all. Their range of behavior defies any singular label and is as complex and variable as any other breed type, crossing the spectrum from the gentle and even-tempered therapy dog used to help children read more fluently in school programs, to the dog labeled a liability for biting or even causing a human fatality.
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Dog Trainer Course
Our first class of students are past the halfway point in their Dog Trainer Course, registration is underway for VSA’s next US-based class this fall, and spaces are quickly filling up in our first UK-based class this September.
We’re excited to announce that our new VSA YouTube channel now includes lesson excerpts from recent in-person Intensives, Cyber Classes and Online Lessons so that you can peek behind the curtain and see how VSA really looks and feels. We’ve also included some truly humbling video testimonials from our fabulous current students.
Stay on the lookout for more big announcements from VSA, but for now, check out the newly enhanced VSA website to see more detailed descriptions of the student experience and learn more about how VSA can help you achieve your goals!
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Spatial Issues
Reducing Stress
Positively Contributor Debby McMullen of Pawsitive Reactions talks about giving your dog space to reduce stress. 
Civilization has contributed a great deal to our society as a whole, but it has also added a great deal of stress to our lives. Nowhere is that more evident than many beings living in a space built for few. This applies to all creatures, great and small.
Sadly, we humans don’t often allow dogs to have a say in how much they can choose to interact with other sentient beings. We force interactions onto them on a sometimes multiple times daily basis and then we are surprised when they object to this interaction.
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Kids & Dogs
Set up for success
Positively Contributor and VSPDT Bobbie Bhambree of DogCentric Training gives tips for child and dog safety. 
Whether or not you have children of your own, nieces or nephews, or kids of friends that are in your life, it is important to know how to best support your dog while around children. A wonderful relationship between kids and dogs can be facilitated by knowing what your dog is saying when interacting with kids, while teaching kids how to respectfully and safely interact with your dog.
The first thing I do with my puppy clients with kids is teach them to respect their new puppies are beings with their own thoughts and feelings and not to treat them like a stuffed toy, picking them up whenever they feel like.
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Positively Contributor Tim Link of Wagging Tales talks about the importance of microchipping.   
Each of my lost animal cases is unique as far as the type of animal, location, breed and the reason they went missing. I’m a big proponent of supplying your dogs with as much identification as possible just in case they go missing. However, many of my clients don’t provide any form of identification for their dogs. This, of course, adds to the challenge of trying to locate their dogs when they are missing.
One of the best and easiest forms of identification for your dog is a microchip.
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In Case You Missed It
Did you miss it? Victoria's post about a police department in Puerto Rico that adopted a homeless dog 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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Dog Bite Prevention
Victoria's UK Dog Bite Prevention and Behaviour Conference is just a few weeks away! The last two years have sold out, so grab one of the last remaining spots now!
Anyone is welcome to attend: the information shared will be valuable to both pet professionals and the general public. 
Positively Hats
Looking for the perfect hat to protect your face from the summer sun? This perfectly pink Positively Hat is stylish, comfortable, and a great way to show your dedication to positive dog training. 
VS Dog Academy
Click to Zen
Patrick is a certified VSPDT based in the Evans Mill, NY area. He uses only positive, humane-based training methods. Patrick believes that clicker training is a great way to bond and have fun with your canine. He doesn't use force, prong, shock, or choke collars or any aversive methods. He will set you and your dog up for success! 
Need a dog behavior expert in the Evans Mill, NY area? Get in touch with Patrick today: 
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Victoria Stilwell in the Media
Dog Bite Prevention
Victoria was featured in various media oulets for last week's Dog Bite Prevention Week, including State Farm's official Dog Bite Prevention Week press release that contains information about preventing dog bites and last year's bite statistics. 
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Top Tip
Swimming is one of the best forms of exercise for your dog, as it has low impact on joints while still having the benefits of aerobic exercise.  
Swimming is perfect for older dogs or dogs that are recovering from surgery. Working with your dog on swimming is best done under the supervision of a canine hydrotherapist that can help build up your dog's stamina slowly and knows what type of swimming is best for your dog's specific needs. 
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