Simple tips to stop unwanted barking, leash walking tips, and more....
Simple tips to stop unwanted barking, leash walking tips, and more....
Hello, Fellow Dog Lovers!
Happy fall, y'all! (Have I been living in Georgia for too long?) I hope you have all had a wonderful summer and that those of you with kids are settling into the school year routine. Next month I'll be wrapping up filming for my new TV show that will air next year in the UK. I can't wait to share it with you all!
This month has also been exciting because Animal Planet has been airing reruns of "It's Me or the Dog." I recommend checking your local listings each week -- you never know when it will be back on!
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! 
Train Dog Not to Bark at Neighbors
Teach Dog Not to Bark at Neighbors
Neighbors simply don’t phase some dogs. However, for other dogs, a neighbor walking by provides the perfect opportunity to show off their communication skills. For many houses and neighbors, a little dog barking is no big deal. However, if you live in an apartment complex, townhome, or a condo, dog barking can become an issue quickly. Not to mention, living in a complex increases the chances that someone will walk by your front door and, therefore, cause your dog to bark. So let's discuss a few ways to train your dog not to bark at the neighbors.
First, let’s break down the potential reasons WHY your dog is barking at your neighbors. Barking is a primary form of communication for dogs, but what exactly are they trying to say?
Teaching Dog Cues Instead of Commands
Cues Instead of Commands
I often find that people think using the word "cue" instead of "command" in dog training is just a semantic difference that doesn't have any implication on the training process. I disagree. 
As modern behavioral and cognitive science teaches us more about the complexity of dogs' minds and the way that they think, learn, and explore the world around them, it's becoming increasingly clear that the old-school methods that encourage you to "command your dog to obey" are outdated and downright inhumane. 
Rescued Puppy Mill Dogs Get a Second Chance
Puppy Mill Dogs Rags to Riches
Have you ever seen what it's really like inside a puppy mill? This new Positively video takes you deep inside a major puppy mill bust with Victoria. 
Don't worry, this video has a happy ending! But there are so many other dogs and puppies suffering in similar situations. You can help by speaking up if you see something suspicious, and by participating in your town's events for National Puppy Mill Awareness Day this Sunday. Here's where I'll be this Sunday. Say no to puppy mills! 
Training Tips for Leash Reactive Dogs
If you've got a good grasp on your dog's leash reactivity but feel you're still struggling sometimes, here are some tips for later stages of training that may help you really step things up.
1) Keep moving.
This is a tip that I wouldn't recommend for every dog, but it's something that worked well for me. I found that Penny's anxiety when approaching other dogs dramatically increased when I asked her to sit or stop. The feeling of helplessness that she feels on a leash is only made worse by feeling that she can't escape the situation by moving along. So we never stop moving forward. It helps relieve the frustration and panic she experiences, and it might help your dog as well.
Embracing the Journey with an Imperfect Dog
Embracing the Journey with an Imperfect Dog
Positively Contributor Bobbie Bhambree talks from a dog trainer's point of view about embracing a dog with behavioral issues.   
Sometimes when you have a dog with behavioral issues, such as reactivity, you can’t always do what you want to do…sometimes you have a picture in your mind about how you think things will go with your dog and what your life together will look like.
And then your dog develops behavioral issues and that changes things. 
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Kindness is Powerful, Pass it On
In Case You Missed It
Did you miss it? Victoria's post about a petition to get the lone canine victim of 9/11 included on the memorial stirred up lots of emotion.
Opinions were strong from Victoria's fans all over the world. See more on her official Facebook page.
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Positively Fundraiser
Today (September 24th) only, we'll be donating 50% of profits from the Positively Store to The Grey Muzzle Organization, a nonprofit that provides care to homeless senior pets. This one-day fundraiser is taking place in celebration of Adopt-a-Less-Adoptable Pet Week. 
If you've had your eye on something in the store, tomorrow is the perfect day to snag some items and benefit a great cause all at once.
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Restock alert! This stylish and comfy Follow Me Ladies tee is back in stock in all sizes in the Positively Store. 
With this tee, you'll spread the message that we should want our dogs to follow us because they want to, not because they're afraid of what will happen to them if they don't. 
Dog Training Myths and Truths
Karen's Dogs
Karen Stanfield is the first VSPDT in Scotland.
Karen has a veterinary nursing degree and gained her BSc Honours in May 2010. She is a member of the UK Association of Pet Dog Trainers and the Pet Professional Guild.
She is currently studying for a Diploma in Canine Aggression and can handle both basic training as well as more severe behavioral cases. 
Need a dog behavior expert in the Kirknewton, Scotland area? Get in touch with Karen today:
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Victoria Stilwell in the Media
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Victoria's dog behavior tips were recently featured in an article for the Huffington Post. The article centers around understanding your dog's body language and vocal language. 
Top Tip
Some adult dogs, especially those that have come from neglectful situations like a hoarding or puppy mill case, can be difficult to housetrain. 
The key to housetraining any dog, but especially a dog from a compromised situation, is to create a consistent toileting schedule that initially allows the dog access to the outdoors every hour.
Remember that if your dog has already had an accident and you were not there to catch him, you are too late to redirect him.   
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