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2021 Dog Behavior Conference Announced

2021 DOG BEHAVIOR CONFERENCE ANNOUNCED

The 8th annual Dog Behavior Conference will be held online from April 16-18, 2021. This past May, we shifted our favorite event of...

EPISODE 829 - ADVOCATING FOR ANIMALS WITH PETER EGAN

In this episode Victoria and Holly are joined by actor and animal activist Pete Egan. Peter is a beloved British actor noted for his...

 
 
 
Why I'm Not a Purely Positive Dog Trainer

WHY I'M NOT A PURELY POSITIVE DOG TRAINER

First of all, I have certainly never referred to myself as a ‘purely positive' dog trainer, but I have heard many others - usually...

Becoming a Dog Trainer

BECOMING A DOG TRAINER

Since It's Me or the Dog first aired back in 2005, I have received thousands of emails, letters, social media messages and phone calls...

 
 
 
Social Bullying

SOCIAL BULLYING

Have you ever received negative comments or been bullied on social media? If you have then you understand how bad it can make you feel...

Does Your Dog Respect You?

DOES YOUR DOG RESPECT YOU?

“R-E-S-P-E-C-T, find out what it means to me.” In the film ‘The Blues Brothers,' Aretha Franklin sings about her need for some respect....

 
 
 
Differences Between Male and Female Dogs

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN MALE AND FEMALE DOGS

I've only ever had female dogs. This has never been a conscious choice on my part, I just fell in love and adopted dogs that happened...

The Reactive Dog

THE REACTIVE DOG

Do you have a dog that becomes restless in certain situations? Does she bark, whine, urinate, defecate, or vocalize inappropriately?...

 
 
 

TODAY I WAS CALLED A SNOWFLAKE

A new study led by biologist Ana Catarina Viera de Castro of the Universidae do Porto in Portugal reveals that shouting at dogs and...

The Dog Meat Farms of South Korea

THE DOG MEAT FARMS OF SOUTH KOREA

I won't ever forget the faces that stared at me as I approached them; faces of dogs that had been subjected to a life of neglect and...

 
 
 
How IMOTD Changed Me As a Dog Trainer

HOW IMOTD CHANGED ME AS A DOG TRAINER

We all have dreams. For a long time, my two dreams were to be a good actor and to have the opportunity to make a living as a dog trainer....

The W-Underdogs - Kids Save Dogs, Dogs Save Kids

THE W-UNDERDOGS - KIDS SAVE DOGS, DOGS SAVE KIDS

In a shabby, litter strewn, overgrown neighborhood in south Atlanta stands an old, white house with peeling paint and rotting wood....

 
 
 
The Allure of the Damaged Dog: Why We Rush Towards Danger

THE ALLURE OF THE DAMAGED DOG: WHY WE RUSH TOWARDS DANGER

Aggressive dogs. What a trigger topic for so many! Humans, as a species, are so often attracted to danger. You see it in our hobbies...

The Power of Management

THE POWER OF MANAGEMENT

A trainer's most important job is to help people live harmoniously with their dogs and sometimes the only thing that is needed to create...

 
 
 

EPISODE 828 - A FRESH TAKE ON THE DEBATE ABOUT SHOCK COLLARS

Victoria is joined by dog behaviour expert and a driving force behind the UK Dog Behaviour & Training Charter Andrew Hale to discuss...

Labeling Dog Behavior

LABELING DOG BEHAVIOR

Every dog lover uses labels to describe their dog's personality - my dog is ‘aggressive', ‘stupid' ‘highly driven,' ‘lazy,' ‘stubborn,'...

 
 
 
Using Aversives

USING AVERSIVES

If you ask a group of dog trainers to define what an aversive means, you will get many different answers as well as some spirited discussion....

EPISODE 827 - HOW TO TRANSITION DOGS FROM CRISIS INTO CARE

The rescue of 180 Chihuahuas from a hoarding situation in Georgia has made news headlines nationwide. Alynn Lecznar joins Victoria...

 
 
 
Avoiding Bites In Shelters

AVOIDING BITES IN SHELTERS

Working or volunteering in a shelter is a rewarding but sometimes challenging job. No matter how lovely a shelter might be in terms...

Dogs and Exercise

DOGS AND EXERCISE

The benefits of good exercise for dogs and people are well known. Exercise improves physical fitness and releases endorphins and opioids...

 
 
 



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DogMag has great information about dogs care and training, not to mention the best stories ever about dogs. The Designer Breed Registry looks forward to checking DogMag out... Read more ...

Introducing The Biewer Terrier: The 197th AKC-Recognized Breed

Introducing The Biewer Terrier: The 197th AKC-Recognized Breed

Dogs come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, each as adorable and unique as the last. However, as far as official “breeds” of dogs go, the AKC recognizes 197, as of this year... Read more ...

Blind And Deaf Dog Smells Dad, Dances Right To Him

Blind And Deaf Dog Smells Dad, Dances Right To Him

People often try to argue that a dog who can't see or hear has no real quality of life. But as someone who lived with a blind dog who was also hard of hearing, I can tell you... Read more ...

Footage Shows Doberman Fake Death To Survive Brutal Mountain Lion Attack

Footage Shows Doberman Fake Death To Survive Brutal Mountain Lion Attack

California is no stranger to the happenings of wildlife. With a vast array of landscapes and sprawling neighborhoods taking over much of the area, Tujunga, California sits... Read more ...

Calm Your Dog's Separation Anxiety

Calm Your Dog's Separation Anxiety

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One-Eyed Pit Bull Returns To First Home After 12 Years

One-Eyed Pit Bull Returns To First Home After 12 Years

Sherrie Smith and her daughter Ashley had a one-eyed Pit Bull named Zoe over a decade ago. They often spent time reminiscing about the pup and wondering how she was doing. But... Read more ...

Spot Got Potty Problems? We've Got Answers to Common Dog Potty Issues

Spot Got Potty Problems? We've Got Answers to Common Dog Potty Issues

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Dedicated Rescuer Spends 15 Months Earning Abandoned Mama Dog's Trust

Dedicated Rescuer Spends 15 Months Earning Abandoned Mama Dog's Trust

A Pit Bull named Mama was abandoned in the moment she needed someone most. After just giving birth to a litter of healthy puppies, her cruel owners no longer found use for her... Read more ...

Jonah Hill Adopts Grateful Rescue Pit Bull Named Fig

Jonah Hill Adopts Grateful Rescue Pit Bull Named Fig

Pit Bulls often wait the longest to find a loving family, and not all of them reach that happily ever after. So, whenever we see a story about a Pit Bull adoption, it warms our... Read more ...

Injured Dog Seeks Love After Family Removes His Eyes And Surrenders Him

Injured Dog Seeks Love After Family Removes His Eyes And Surrenders Him

Louis thought life was great. He had a family who seemed perfect to him despite their flaws. But they weren't everything he dreamed them to be. When the going got tough, Louis'... Read more ...

Man Takes Battle To Court After Former Employer Demands Return Of Working Dog

Man Takes Battle To Court After Former Employer Demands Return Of Working Dog

When Barry Myrick began working for M & M Environmental, a pest-control company in Queens, New York he was assigned an unusual piece of equipment - a bedbug sniffing dog named... Read more ...