Create a pawprint ornament, holiday dog training tips, & more....
Create a pawprint ornament, holiday dog training tips, & more....
Hello, Fellow Dog Lovers!
'Tis the season for delicious food, gifts under the tree, and hopefully lots of quality time spent with loved ones. I look forward to Christmas every year because I get to spend some much-needed downtime with my husband and daughter. I wish you all a wonderful holiday and a Happy New Year as well!    
For this special holiday edition of the Positively Newsletter, we're focusing on everything Christmas and holiday-related, so that the next week is as stress-free as possible for you and your pets.  
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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DIY Paw Print Ornament
DIY Pawprint Ornament
Christina Berry of The Lazy Pit Bull shares a fun and simple DIY holiday project you can do with your pet. 
After losing our precious Sadie Mae earlier this year, the importance of having keepsakes and little reminders has never been more clear to me. I treasure every tiny memory of my sweet girl, and I stop and smile every time I happen upon something that makes me think of her.
This adorable DIY paw print ornament is one of those things. At the time we did this little project together, I never stopped to imagine the joy it would someday bring me when she was no longer by my side.
Christmas Puppies
Christmas Puppies - Witthauer
VSPDT Abigail Witthauer of Roverchase talks about the responsible way to bring home a Christmas puppy or dog. 
I’ll admit it. I start to get a little giddy around the beginning of December. One of the great joys of my career is that I know, come January, I will have oodles and oodles of puppies at my dog training facility in Birmingham, Alabama. Here are a few tips for bringing a new dog home for the holidays. If each and every one of my clients followed these tips, we would all have a much more peaceful New Year!
Holiday Do's and Don'ts Exotic Pets
Do's and Don'ts for Exotic Pets
Holidays are generally a wonderful time for both people and pets but also may bring unanticipated situations. By abiding by the following “Do’s” and “Don’ts,” you and your exotic pet will hopefully have a happy, safe, and enjoyable time!
  1. Don't give a bird or other exotic pet as a holiday gift!
Birds and other exotic pets should not be purchased or adopted on a whim but require research and planning to ensure that they’re a good match to your family, schedule and lifestyle. All potential exotic pet owners should educate themselves before getting the animal about what it takes to keep that particular species happy and healthy. No one wants a holiday gift that results in disappointment and frustration.
Alternatives to Giving a Puppy
Christmas Puppy Alternatives
Surprising an adult friend or family member with a dog may cause them to run the other way. Raising a puppy is not an endeavor that should be taken lightly. They need to be trained, walked frequently, require almost constant attention and, oh yes, be potty trained. 

It's best to let friends or family members decide for themselves whether or not they can handle the obligation and commitment that it takes to handle a puppy’s needs, and not surprise them with a decades-long commitment that they may or may not be ready for.
 Countless dogs are returned to breeders and shelters all over the world after the holidays because they were given as gifts to families who weren't prepared for them. It's a tragedy that's entirely preventable. Many rescue groups have policies against giving their animals as gifts for this very reason.
Go to Shelter for Christmas
Local Shelter Christmas
Positively Contributor Janetta Harvey discusses alternatives to discouraging people to adopt over the holidays.   
Instead of trying to find new ways to stop people buying puppies as presents, a message the public resolutely fails to take on board, what if we change our thinking and put the focus on helping people source what they want in time for the holidays? Not from the puppy mills via the stores and dealers, but from decent, responsible shelters. Radical it may be to grasp the nettle, but if we accept the fact that people want to bring a dog into their lives, and the holiday season might be a good time for them to do so, we can educate them on finding their perfect one in rescue. 
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Did you miss it? Victoria's post about a military working dog recovering after an IED blast stirred up a record amount of shares and comments. 
Opinions were strong from Victoria's fans all over the world. See more on her official Facebook page.
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Looking for a last minute Christmas gift for a dog lover? Grab an electronic gift certificate from the Positively Store. Your loved one will be able to choose from awesome training tools, cool apparel, and more.
Canada Seminar
Victoria is coming to Canada! She's bringing her "Inside a Dog's Mind" live show to Ontario for a one-day seminar in April 2016. 
If you're a pet professional or a pet parent who wants to learn more about how your dog thinks and learns, you're not going to want to miss this rare opportunity to see and interact with Victoria live and in person. 
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Victoria Stilwell in the Media
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Victoria was featured on HLN's The Daily Share, where she discussed the highly controversial case of a woman duct taping her dog's mouth. 
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Top Tip
If you know you're going to be having guests over for the holidays, whether for a few hours or a few weeks, plan ahead. 
If your dog is nervous around strangers in your home, set up a safe space for her to go to when she's feeling overwhelmed. This may be a small room away from guests, or a crate with her favorite toys. 
Ask your guests not to bother your dog when she's in her safe place. For more extended visits, you can build a positive association between your shy dog and your guests. Ask guests not to directly interact with your dog; instead, they can drop treats on the ground when your dog comes around. 

If your dog has shown any aggression towards strangers, manage the situation by keeping your dog in another room anytime guests come over. Consult a trainer to help you work through these issues.
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