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Join Victoria and her co-host (and It's Me or the Dog alum) Holly Firfer as they discuss everything from the hottest dog-related topics of the day to the inside scoop from the set of It's Me or the Dog and everything in between. A fun, informative and lighthearted look into Victoria's life and work, the Positively Podcast series also offers fans the opportunity to have Victoria answer their questions on the air... on Pet Life Radio.
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Join Victoria and Dr. Robert Hewings, author of best selling books, "Scent Training for Every Dog" and "Tracking for Every Dog", as well as founder of The College of Scent Dogs. This podcast follows up on questions from Dr. Hewings' wonderful presentation at the Dog Behavior Conference: Creating the Feel-Good Factor. Dr. Hewings emphasizes the emot…
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Join Victoria as she speaks with Sindhoor Pangal, a Certified Canine Behaviour Consultant, Canine Myotherpist, independent ethological researcher, Director of BHARCS, and author of Dog Knows. Sindhoor and Victoria dive into lessons we can learn from dogs and Sindhoor's study of free living dogs. You will gain valuable insights into the lives of dog…
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Join Victoria as she welcomes Zazie Todd, PhD, an award-winning author, animal behavior expert, and founder of Companion Animal Psychology. Zazie's acclaimed books, Wag and Purr, demystify the science of animal behavior and provide practical insights on how to apply this knowledge in our everyday lives with our pets. In this engaging discussion, Vi…
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In this Roundtable Discussion, Victoria and the Positively team discuss the Harmony Model. The Harmony Model serves as a guide to the essential elements of living with our dogs. These elements include: Training Safety and Wellness Socialization Communication and Enrichment To learn more about the Harmony Model, visit Positively.com or enroll in our…
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Victoria is joined by Positively team member and published author, Wendy Lyons Sunshine. Wendy has co-authored many parenting books and brings this expertise to her new book, Tender Paws: How Science Based Parenting Can Transform Our Relationship with Dogs. Join Victoria and Wendy as they discuss the science, their personal experiences, and the exp…
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In this roundtable discussion, Victoria and her team talk about what aggression is, what it looks like, why it happens, and what we can do to help ourselves and our dogs. Living with a dog that displays aggressive behaviors can feel overwhelming, scary, and sometimes embarrassing. Many of the team have shared these same feelings and are here with s…
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In this episode, Victoria is joined by Anna Webb, a broadcaster, and behavior and nutrition expert. She is the host of A Dog's Life podcast where she explores all levels of modern dog ownership and brings to life why every dog is extraordinary. Stay tuned for nuggets of information, on topics including: Sniffing out truffles Differences between the…
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In this episode, we are joined by the Sarah Fisher, who delves into why movement is the foundation for all behavior. Sarah passionately explains her philosophy that understanding and facilitating movement can significantly help animals find their natural flow. This conversation sheds light on the importance of meeting the needs of the beings in fro…
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Join Victoria and her team as they discuss strange behavior dogs do in the latest roundtable discussion. From cleaning out the cupboards to obsessive licking, no behavior was left out. Learn why dogs might engage in these behaviors and how Victoria and her team work through them. You will be surprised by what you learn in this entertaining and eye …
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On this episode, Victoria and Andrew talk about his upcoming presentation for the Dog Behavior Conference. Andrew shares his mantra with us: "learn, support, and teach. Learn from the dog first, support what you have learned, and teach things that are likely to be intrinsically valuable for that dog. After that, train what you like." C.A.K.E. is ab…
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In this episode, Victoria talks with Jo Pay about her upcoming presentation at the Dog Behavior Conference: Understanding Why Dogs Chase and What You Can Do About It. For dogs, chasing is an enriching activity. It's not wrong to the dog, but it certainly can be a problem in our human world. Stay tuned for a sneak peak into what Jo will be talking a…
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Join Victoria and her team in this roundtable discussion about changes that we and our dogs face as we travel through life together. The team leaves nothing unsaid as they explore past and current planned and unplanned changes, plan for future changes, and talk about building resilience in our dogs to help them accept and recover from change. Find …
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In this episode, Victoria and Steve Dale talk about his upcoming presentation at the Dog Behavior Conference, Dogs weren’t Bred to be Couch Potatoes: Why We Must Enrich their Lives. Enrichment is for all animals: from those living in the zoo to our companions (dogs and cats too). Enrichment is individual. We need to know and understand our animal’s…
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In this episode, Victoria talks with Michael Shikashio about his upcoming presentation at the Dog Behavior Conference, Hostility in the Home: Dog Aggression Directed at Family or Visitors. Victoria and Michael discuss the importance of understanding dog behavior and body language, the role of empathy in training, and innovative approaches to managi…
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Join Victoria and her team in this roundtable discussion about building resilience in puppies and give them the tools they need to be successful in all stages of life including adolescence and as an adult. The team opens up about the importance of providing safety, understanding that there are important milestones in their lives, and what each pupp…
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In this roundtable discussion, Victoria and her team share valuable insights and tips for creating effective training habits that benefit both dogs and their owners. They stressed the importance of considering a dog's individual needs and tailoring training methods accordingly. They discussed various training hacks and habit loops, emphasizing the …
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On this episode, Victoria is joined by Brad and Lisa Waggoner, owners and founders of Cold Nose College. Brad and Lisa share their individual journeys into dog training, stories of their dogs, and the secret sauce to achieving a fast and joyful recall. Lisa's book, Rocket Recall, is helping trainers and people grow their relationship with their dog…
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The fabulous Holly Firfer is back on the podcast and talking puppies! Holly is the VP of programming and Development for ReachTV and Scripps News Anchor. She is a former radio DJ, news correspondent and Victoria's podcast companion for many years, but recently she has taken on a new role - mum to Artemis, a rescued pitbull puppy. What has Holly's e…
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In this episode, Victoria Stilwell hosts Justine Schuurmans from the Family Dog and author of The Dial Method, the busy parent’s shortcut to raising a family dog right. They share personal stories and experiences that emphasize understanding dogs’ needs, improving relationships, and the importance of accessible resources for families and profession…
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In this episode, Victoria Stilwell hosts Sean Brown, owner of Petsercise UK and a former rugby player. He's featured on "Dog Academy,” a show which can be viewed on Channel4.com. Sean is working with Pawsable Assistance Dogs, helping household pets become therapy or assistance dogs. Victoria and Sean dive into positive training, emphasizing the imp…
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In this roundtable discussion, Victoria and her team discuss the exciting newly launched Positively website and give you tips to help you during the holidays with your dog. As we head into the holidays, we reflect on how much our dogs mean to us. How can we learn to be better listeners? How can we help them to understand our world? How can we help …
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In this episode, Victoria talks with Niki Tudge, founder of Pet Professional Guild. Learn more about Niki and what led her to create this amazing organization. How do you find a good trainer for your dog? What should you look for? Victoria and Niki take a deep dive into these questions and more. They help you learn to advocate not only for dog, but…
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In this episode, Victoria talks with Beverley Cuddy, editor of Dogs Today Magazine, about the XL Bully ban that will take effect in the UK on January 1st unless something is done to prevent it. Beverley and Victoria dive into the reason for the legislation, what constitutes an XL Bully dog, and how the legislation will affect families, veterinarian…
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In this roundtable discussion, Victoria and her team discuss whether we should be ignoring behavior we don’t like. Is there a more effective approach that considers what the dog is trying to communicate with the behavior? How can we meet their needs and create a solution that works for us?Av Victoria Stilwell
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Victoria is joined by world renowned reinforcement-based dog sports coach, Kamal Fernandez. With over 25 years of dog training experience, Kamal is a well-known face in the dog training world, both on and off the television. A much-celebrated trainer on TV shows like Dogs Might Fly and The Dog Academy, Kamal shares his extensive knowledge working w…
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You may have seen her on the hit online show Guardians of the Night, or watched her popular training videos online, but trainer Alex Sessa, also runs Peach on a Leash, a highly successful dog training business in Atlanta and the surrounding area. In this episode Alex and Victoria recount what it was like filming and working with police dogs for Gua…
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Pet Abduction is an ever-growing problem in the UK and as it stands now, by law, if your pet is abducted, the crime is treated no better than if a piece of furniture was stolen. Pet Theft Reform aims to change all that and the group has been campaigning since 2018 to make pet abduction a specific offense with access to proper custodial sentences fo…
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TV Presenter, Radio DJ and host of the BBC’s hit show, Long Lost Family, Nicky Campbell, is back to talk all things family, music and dogs. What do the Rolling Stones, finding long lost family members, elderly Labradors and West Highland Terriers have in common? Nicky Campbell of course! Nicky has had a long and distinguished career as a radio DJ, …
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Join Victoria and Standish Dog Trainer, Jo Pay, as they take you behind the scenes of Channel 4’s hit TV show, The Dog Academy. Training dogs is challenging at the best of times, but training dogs on TV adds another layer of difficulty that is not for the faint of heart. Victoria and Jo share their experiences working on Channel 4’s popular show, T…
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Victoria is joined by dog trainer and behaviourist Carolyn Menteith to discuss why the UK government’s commitment to ban shock collars in England starting in February 2024 needs to be upheld and why there is a possibility the government could renege on this commitment. The pair discuss how shock collars (e-collars) work, why these devices are so po…
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There's a reason Animal Centred Education founder and dog genius Sarah Fisher has joined Victoria on the podcast perhaps more than any other guest - she's one of Victoria's favorite people to talk to about dogs and how we can serve them better. This week, Sarah talks with Victoria about her upcoming 2023 Dog Behavior Conference presentation, "Patte…
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There’s nothing more important than keeping babies and children safe around the family dog. Victoria talks with #DogBehaviorConference presenter and Family Paws founder Jennifer Shryock about critical steps needed to help guardians create and maintain a safe environment in the home and beyond to avoid catastrophe.…
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Dr. Kristina Spaulding joins Victoria for a deep dive into the world of her #DogBehaviorConference presentation, “The Neurobiology of Aggression” and why understanding what that is helps guardians and trainers better serve aggressive dogs. Geek out about the processes behind how behavioral scientists approach this all-important topic and how it app…
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The art of raising well-adjusted assistance dogs - specifically Golden Retrievers - is a passion of this week’s guest, VSPDT trainer and #DogBehaviorConference presenter Abigail Witthauer. Victoria and Abigail share thoughts on what goes into her unique approach at her Alabama-based Roverchase Foundation as well as what she’ll be discussing during …
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Victoria geeks out chatting to one of the most formative influences on her life and career as a dog trainer: Suzanne Clothier. Suzanne shares her fascinating background as a groundbreaking thinker in the world of animal training and behavior, especially surrounding the concept of what she coined Relationship-Centered Training and the unique journey…
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Good Morning Britain's Pip Tomson joins Victoria to talk about her work fighting the dog meat trade in South Korea. Victoria compares her experience shutting down a dog meat farm with Pip’s, and the two celebrat e dogs’ adaptability and resilience in the face of the worst that mankind can sometimes impart. Victoria offers advice regarding how to he…
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How can we make training our dogs easier? Most dog trainers know about functional assessments and the ABC’s of dog training, but DBC speaker, VSA Faculty Advisor and PhD in Philosophy Maia Huff-Owen shares a new way of considering the ‘C’ in ABC’s (consequences). Maia and Victoria discuss Maia’s upcoming Dog Behavior Conference topic, “After the Cl…
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Acclaimed author, speaker, researcher and professor Dr. Alexandra Horowitz of Barnard College, Columbia University’s Dog Cognition Lab joins Victoria to dig deep into the fascinating world of the anatomy, physiology and behavior-related wonder of the canine nose. What makes dogs’ noses so powerful and different from ours? Can they smell fear? Why d…
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Victoria shares plans for the upcoming season of the Positively Podcast, including celebrity guests, expert advice and more! Plus details about the upcoming online 2023 Dog Behavior Conference. Get dog training solutions at Victoria’s official Positively website. Become a dog trainer with the Victoria Stilwell Academy.…
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After a second ‘nipping’ incident in the White House, Victoria is joined by Veterinary Behaviorist Sarah Heath to discuss why some dogs like Major Biden show conflict behavior, and why understanding dogs’ emotional experience is the first step to helping them acclimate to new environments.Av Victoria Stilwell
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