Victoria Stilwell
Hello Fellow Dog Lovers!
Happy Fall! Hope you are all enjoying these beautiful autumn months like I am. Every October, I'm reminded how important it is to talk about pet safety during the runup to the holiday season. While Halloween is a fun holiday for people of all ages, it can be an especially frightful night for your dog.
In this edition, you'll find information about how you can help your dog have a safe and stress-free Halloween. As always, you'll find exclusive content and training tips that you won't find anywhere else. Hope you enjoy!
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Top Ten Halloween Pet Safety Tips
Victoria's Halloween Pet Safety Tips
Halloween is an awesome holiday, especially for chocoholics like me! But most of our pets don’t necessarily enjoy fright night quite as much as we do, and there can be extra dangers lurking for them that we should help them avoid. Here are a few tips for keeping your pets happy and healthy on Halloween:
#1: Keep the candy bowl away from your pets. 
Candy is never a good idea for any pet, and chocolate in particular can be very dangerous for dogs and cats thanks to a toxic chemical called theobromide. Put the candy bowl where your pets can’t reach it and be sure to lock the cupboard door so they can’t do some scary scavenging.
#2: Careful with the costumes. 
We may love dressing ourselves up, but I’m pretty sure that if we asked our dogs and cats, they’d agree that they’d just as soon not wear that canine superman outfit you think is so cute.
Top Halloween Pet Safety Tips
The dog training world lost a legendary voice this month with the death of Dr. Sophia Yin. Dr. Yin was a strong proponent of force-free training methods, and will be dearly missed by all the people she touched. Steve Dale wrote about the profound effect she had on him personally. 
"Dr. Sophia Yin, an applied animal behaviorist, was one of the first to join my public outcry of a popular dog trainer's emphasis on forceful, aversive dog training as well as conveying misleading messages regarding dog behavior. Yin was never afraid to speak her mind, particularly if animals benefited."
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Arson Dogs Episode 8 - Meet the Arson Dog Trainers
ARSON DOGS: Episode 8 |  Meet the Trainers
Are you all caught up on ‘Arson Dogs’? This bonus episode takes you behind-the-scenes to meet the trainers that make these incredible arson dogs so exceptional. You'll hear from Mike, Paul, and Billy about their experiences as arson dog trainers, and what it's like for them to run the training school.   
Positively Success Story: Scarlett
Positively Success Stories: Scarlett
Check out the awesome Positively Success Story of Scarlett, an extremely fearful dog whose life was changed by positive training and VSPDT Sam Wike.  
"After losing my longtime canine companions, I decided to bring a new dog into our home when the time was right. I was looking for an older pup who was already trained and a breed that did not have many well-known health issues.
I like to say that I found Scarlett but I really think she found us. We brought her home when she was 7 months old. The first day or two that we had her in our home she was perfect – calm, friendly towards strangers, friendly towards any/all animals, obedient. However, after about three days of having her she nipped my young cousin. From that day on she began exhibiting extreme fear and stress based behaviors..."
Choosing the Right Reinforcer
Choosing the Right Reinforcer
Positively Contributor Maggie Marton talks about the importance of high-value rewards.
Recently, I was chatting with a friend whose dog Grace is a goofy, floppy lab mix. She’s well-behaved but goes bonkers when she sees other dogs in the park. It’s friendly but intense: She leaps and lunges and yips until she pulls her way to the other dog.

“It’s the craziest thing,” Grace’s person told me. “She loves food, but I hold cookies under her nose to distract her from dogs and she doesn’t eat them!”

They’re the same cookies that Grace gets at home, in her puzzle toy, and for backyard training. Those cookies aren’t valuable enough when faced with other dogs.

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In Case You Missed It
Did you miss it? Jim Crosby's article about a dog who lost his life due to irresponsible training methods reached a record-breaking amount of people. Opinions were strong from Victoria's fans all over the world. See more on her official Facebook page.
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Positively No-Pull Harness
Victoria's new Positively No-Pull Harness is a humane, effective tool to stop your dog's pulling. Victoria designed this special no-pull harness to help you solve your leash-walking problems once and for all. 
It's available in size small all the way up to 2XL, so you're sure to find the perfect fit in the Positively Store!
Train Your Dog Positively
Have you read Victoria's latest book, 'Train Your Dog Positively'? With all the latest information about dog behavior and training, plus step-by-step tips for dealing with behavior problems, this is a must read for any dog lover.
VSPDT Abigail Witthauer

Abigail has devoted her life to animal behavior and cognition. She has been training dogs professionally for over 10 years. Abigail holds a number of animal behavior accreditations, including Certified Pet Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA). She is the exclusive VSPDT in  Alabama. 
Need a dog behavior expert in the Birmingham, AL area? Get in touch with Abigail  today:
CALL ABIGAIL:  (315) 629.9133
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Victoria Stilwell in the Media
2014 Hero Dog Awards
Victoria was a featured presenter at this year's American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards show, airing October 30th on the Hallmark Channel.
Arson Dogs
Understanding Dogs
Bringing a new puppy into your home is a big commitment, so it's important not to take the decision lightly.
When you look at a litter or walk down the aisles of a shelter, look for a puppy that is actively seeking out your attention and does not seem overly shy or wary of you. 
Some people are naturally drawn to pups that are gregarious and playful while others tend to go toward the shy or frightened pup. 
Be aware, however, that the decision you make will impact your life in many different ways, so take your time. Pups that are shy may continue to exhibit shyness as they grow and this could develop into fear behavior as an adult that is hard to manage.
Spend time observing a puppy in her environement and watch how she interacts with other pups, adult dogs, and people around her. 
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