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Victoria Stilwell's Positively Podcast - Changing Dogs' Lives... Positively

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. 

Episode 72 - Marc the Vet

Holly and Victoria tackle the tough subject of puppy mills and what's being done to stop them in both the US and the UK. They also talk about the surprising people and organizations that are inhibiting the progress of anti-puppy mill legislation, and the theories as to why they want commercial breeding to be allowed to continue.

Marc the Vet comes on the show to talk about his work campaigning against puppy mills in the UK, what the latest progress has been, and some very difficult challenges they have come across along the way.


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Episode 71 - Happy and Healthy for the Holidays

Victoria and Holly are gearing up for the holiday season, and chat about how the stress of the holidays affects both people and their pets. Victoria gives some tips for keeping your dogs happy and healthy over the holidays, and the pair chats about their thoughts on when one person tells them they prefer one of their dogs over the other.


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Episode 70 - Stuffed with Good Stuff

Victoria and Holly are stuffed after Thanksgiving! You're going to want to hear the story of how Holly ended up with a deer eating her dinner over the holiday. The pair talks about Holly's incredible travels for CNN, plus Victoria's appearance on Harry Connick Jr.'s talk show.  And of course, they've got to chat about the Reindog Parade and some of the fun experiences they enjoyed at the annual Atlanta-based event.s.


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Episode 69 - Working With Dog

On this special edition of the Positively Podcast, Holly and Victoria invite Working with Dog founder Nichole Smith to the show to talk about her list of reasons why you should consider working as a 'petrepreneur,' and some professional advice for anyone looking to break into the pet industry.


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Episode 68 - Dog Adoption Cafes

Victoria and Holly discuss whether "dog adoption cafes" are a good idea or not. They also chat about an unconventional dog sanctuary in Costa Rica where the dogs are allowed to roam freely, and why Victoria thinks matching humans and dogs is so important.  Victoria also gives listeners an inside scoop on how she taught a dog to fly an airplane as part of her latest TV project, Dogs Might Fly, which recently aired on Sky1 in the UK.


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Episode 67 - Thanksgiving with Pets

Victoria and Holly chat about the Thanksgiving holiday and what they're thankful for. They also talk about why the month of November is the month with the most amount of car collisions with deer, and how you can stay safe.  Victoria also chats about her trip to Lancaster, Pennsylvania and what she learned about puppy mills in the process.


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Episode 66 - Back with a Bang

Victoria and Holly are back with a bang for Season 6 of the Positively Podcast! The pair catches up on their latest travels and adventures across the globe, and Victoria talks about the first year of her dog training academy.

Next, Victoria answers some of her listeners' Ask Victoria dog training questions, including how to work with a leash reactive dog, and how to get a dog to focus in a distracting environment.  And to top it all off, Holly turns the tables on Victoria with a particularly tricky round of Animal Academy questions.


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Episode 65 - A Bit About Bites

Victoria and Holly chat about a variety of topics, including an update on Victoria's dog training academy, how positive training works and some common misconceptions about Victoria's training methods, and her upcoming UK Dog Bite Prevention & Behaviour Conference.

And exclusively in this podcast, you'll hear the firsthand account of Victoria's police dog bite accident: what happened, why it happened, and what she's doing to prevent another accident from happening in the future.


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Episode 64 - Working With Pets is Our Passion!

Victoria and Holly Firfer chat with Shannoncourt Pet Care founder Shannon Spooner about Victoria's seminar in Ontario.


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Episode 63 - Sculpting Out A Great Career!

On this final episode of Season 5 of the Positively Podcast, Victoria and Holly discuss a disturbing video of a Rottweiler growling at a young child who is being videotaped hugging and petting the dog. They talk about the importance of teaching parents and children about dog safety and dog bite prevention, and how you can prevent your child from being bitten by a dog.

They also chat with award-winning working dog sculptor Austin Weishel, who is best known for sculpting the National Fire Dog Monument in Washington, DC. They talk about his work, how he got started as a sculptor, and what we can expect to see from him in the future.


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Episode 62 - The Lottery

Victoria and Holly chat about the upcoming lottery drawing and what they would do to help animals if they win the jackpot. They also discuss Holly's annual 'Regiftmas' party that she hosts to help people get rid of their most terrible holiday gifts.

Victoria talks about Villalobos Rescue Center, the pit bull rescue featured on Animal Planet's Pit Bulls and Parolees and her upcoming visit to the center in New Orleans.


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Episode 61 - Happy Holidays

Victoria and Holly get together on Christmas Eve for a special holiday edition of the Positively Podcast. They chat about their holiday pet peeves, including people’s poor driving and the madness of holiday shopping. Victoria talks about one of her favorite online comedians, Matt Bellassai, who has a video about why he hates holiday shopping.


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Episode 60 - Military Working Dogs

Victoria and Holly talk about the viral story of a military working dog and his handler that were injured during a building search, and the incredible bond between military dogs and their handlers. The pair in this particular story has been recovering together, and both are expected to make a full recovery.

They also chat with Kristen Maurer, the co-founder of Mission K-9 Rescue, an organization dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating, and reuniting military working dogs with their handlers. Kristen explains how the group got started, what they do, and how people can help from anywhere in the world.


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Episode 59 - The History of Georgia

Victoria's mother stops by from England over the holidays to check in on Victoria and Holly, including a discussion about their recent trip to Savannah, Georgia. A brief history of the state of Georgia ensues, resulting in a mini-review of the new Broadway smash hit, Hamilton. Random enough?  Victoria's daughter, Alex, gets some help from her friend Sofia to try and stump Holly and Victoria with a new animal academy quiz.


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Episode 58 - It's the Annual Reindog Parade!

Fresh off their 6th straight appearance as the co-hosts of the Atlanta Botanical Garden's annual Reindog Parade, Victoria and Holly jump in the studio to discuss this year's entrants and how events where we put dogs into costumes are more for the human satisfaction than the dogs' benefit.

Positively's Director of Digital Content, Alex Andes, drops by to discuss this season's holiday promos and online events, including the 12 Dogs of Christmas contest. Also discussed was the viral story about the dog owner who duct-taped her Chocolate Lab's snout shut in order to stop it from barking.


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Episode 57 - Happy Thanksgiving

In this special Thanksgiving edition of the podcast, Victoria and Holly welcome back Dr. Paula Bloom, who peppers Victoria with questions about her new puppy, Suki, and how she's getting along (or not) with her existing dog.

Topics touched on include: whether you should train and raise different types of dogs differently,  what to do when the new puppy seems to like one person in the family more than another,  Victoria's thoughts on the concept of 'sibling rivalry' between multiple dogs in the same household, and how to deal with an existing dog who is showing her teeth to the new puppy in the house.


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Episode 56 - Diesel, Dr. Ruth and Vegemite

Dr. Paula Bloom joins Victoria and Holly in studio to talk through the aftermath of the Paris terror attacks and how we process tragedies:  integrating the information into our lives, how to talk to kids about tragedies, the way we’re wired for empathy, making it extra hard to process, and the concept of compassion fatigue.


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Episode 55 - Greece is the Word

On this episode of the Positively Podcast, Victoria and Holly discuss their travels to Greece, a country with a massive stray dog overpopulation problem. Holly shares her stories of rescuing several dogs off the streets, and Victoria talks about a crisis that's currently affecting an animal welfare group in Santorini.

They are joined on the podcast by Victoria Stilwell Academy for Dog Training and Behavior Director Tia Guest, who shares the latest information about Victoria's brand new school for aspiring dog trainers. They discuss what makes VSA different, and why it's so important that dog trainers invest in a great education.


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Episode 54 - Of Dogs and Men

Victoria and Holly start Season 5 of the Positively Podcast off with a bang, including some great Ask Victoria questions and an interview with 'Of Dogs and Men' filmmaker Patrick Reasonover.

Holly and Victoria are back with a new season of the Positively Podcast after a summer hiatus. They've got a lot of catching up to do, as they have both been traveling all over the world. Victoria catches everyone up on her new TV show that will be airing in the UK next year, and Holly tells the story of how she learned what "bear spray" is.


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Episode 53 - Ask Victoria!

On this special episode, Victoria and Holly wrap up Season 4 by dedicating the entire show to answering your Ask Victoria dog training questions. From what to do if your dog bites someone to how to improve a dog's fear of loud noises, this episode covers all of your most pressing training questions.


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Episode 52 - Of Dogs, Men & Senior Cats

On this episode, Victoria and Holly discuss a controversial new documentary, Of Dogs and Men. The documentary explores the recent epidemic of dogs being shot by law enforcement officials. Victoria participated in the documentary with the police K-9 unit that star with her in her upcoming web series, Guardians of the Night, and gives her take on the importance of the film. They also chat about this week’s Dog Bite Prevention Week in the UK.

On the Positively Hotline is pet expert and radio host Steve Dale, who revisits the podcast to share some important information on the unique behavioral and medical conditions that can afflict senior cats. He has some especially great insights to share on Feline Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome, which is similar to Alzheimer's in people.


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Episode 51 - Train Your Dog to Fit Your Life

Victoria and Holly talk about international dog welfare controversies, including the horrific dog meat trade and the amazing organizations that are working to stop it. They also discuss a recent international rescue of almost 40 Golden Retrievers.

Calling in to the Positively Hotline is Canine Assistants founder Jennifer Arnold, who is revolutionizing the way people train both service dogs and pet dogs. She discusses her new training techniques, and how pet parents can apply the concepts with their dogs at home.


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Episode 50 - Steve Dale Chats Cats

As Victoria’s #poopandtell campaign with Earth Rated comes to a close, she and Holly read some of their favorite submissions. One dog pooped his way into his forever home, and another even let one loose in the UK Prime Minister’s VIP carriage!

Radio show host and pet journalist Steve Dale calls the Positively Hotline to discuss cat socialization and the importance of stress-free veterinary care for cats. He talks about kitten socialization classes, and how they could benefit cats in the US. But as Steve explains, it’s extremely important that the kitties are within a very specific age window.


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Episode 49 - Dog Bite Prevention

Holly starts off the podcast with some great news about her dog, Kashmir. Victoria talks about her experience at the National Press Club as part of a Dog Bite Prevention press conference. She joined State Farm, American Humane, the AVMA, the US Postal Service, Prevent the Bite, Elle the Pit Bull, and other Dog Bite Prevention Coalition partners to help educate the public about how to prevent dog bites.

Victoria and Holly chat with State Farm's Heather Paul to talk about the company's dedication to dog bite prevention. They discuss the importance of not focusing on a dog's breed, but rather focusing on the pet parent's responsibility to prevent dog bites through responsible pet ownership. They also discuss that there is a difference between a dog bite and a dog-related incident, but that all dog-related incidents are classified under a dog bite claim, and how that can affect pet parents.


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Episode 48 - It's Me or the Dog ... a Decade!

Victoria and Holly celebrate 10 years of It’s Me or the Dog by recapping some of their favorite moments from the show. Just in time for warmer weather, they also discuss the dangers of keeping a dog in a hot car. 


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Episode 47 - Arson Dogs

In this episode, Victoria and Holly talk about Holly’s interesting experience sitting next to a military working dog on her flight. State Farm Arson Dog Program Coordinator Heather Paul joins the show to chat about Victoria’s ‘Arson Dogs’ series and Arson Awareness Week. And Victoria answers some tricky ‘Ask Victoria’ questions.


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Episode 46 - Poop and Tell

Victoria and Holly are joined by guest host Alex Andes to talk about Victoria’s new #poopandtell campaign, and Holly’s dog experiences in San Diego. This week’s Ask Victoria questions get her all fired up, and Alex stumps both Holly and Victoria with Animal Academy.


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Episode 45 - In The Doghouse

Victoria and Holly talk about their dogs’ recent health issues, including Jasmine’s dental and Kashmir’s major surgery.  Victoria catches up on Ask Victoria questions, and dog trainer Nando Brown pops in for a chat about the upcoming Dog Bite Prevention Conference and their time at Crufts.


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Episode 44 - Catching Up

They're back!  Victoria and Holly catch up on what they’ve been up to. They talk about Victoria’s two new web series, and what Holly’s been up to with CNN. Also on the topic list are dog shows and the various controversies at Crufts, and stress-relieving training tool Adaptil. And you won’t want to miss this episode’s Ask Victoria questions.


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Episode 43 - Itchy and Scratchy

Holly stumps Victoria with an Animal Academy after Victoria recaps her skiing trip. Dr. Duffy Jones of Peachtree Hills Animal Hospital calls the Positively Hotline to discuss allergies in pets, including Victoria's Chocolate Lab, Sadie, who suffers from extreme itching and licking on her foot during allergy season.


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Episode 42 - Dr. Marty Becker's Fear Free Vet Visits

Dr. Marty Becker calls the Positively Hotline to discuss his Fear Free vet visit protocol, which includes making the pet carrier part of the household fun furniture, the use of pheromones to create positive associations with the carrier, the use of certain green, organic petraceuticals, the use of Through A Dog's Ear music, specialized 'wait management', placement of pet carrier, clipnosis, Thundershirts and much more. Dr. Becker also talks about how he has time for all of his work as an author, web personality, TV personality, and how he ended up as America's Vet on Good Morning America and resident vet expert on Dr. Oz.


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Episode 41 - Red Carpet Looks and Global Pet Expo

Victoria and Holly dish the dirt on the Oscars' red carpet fashion hits and misses, then give their guesses for who will win the big categories. Victoria describes her high tea with the American Humane Association, and also her visit at the Global Pet Expo, including her talk for the American Pet Products Association's Professional Women's Networking breakfast. Also discussed, the great work being done by Dr. Marty Becker (America's Vet from Good Morning America) to help create fear-free vet visits, the interesting design characteristics of certain dog toy products, Victoria's Swedish dog training seminar, the Miami Dog Bite Prevention conference on April 26th, and Victoria's recent inclusion on the board of directors for Canine Assistants.

The Positively Hotline interview is with Channing Seideman, who has been paired with a Canine Assistants epilepsy seizure response dog.


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Episode 40 - Banana Joe

Victoria and Holly discuss Banana Joe, the Affenpinscher who won the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Victoria's time with the Guardian Angels when she did security for a Jane's Addiction concert, update on Dognition and the exclusive discount available to Positively Podcast listeners, cold weather tips for animal safety. The cue of the week is the 'Stay' or 'Wait' cue.


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Episode 39 - Dognition

Victoria and Holly discuss appropriate Valentine's Day gifts for long-married couples, Victoria recaps her recent trip to film in Ireland, the Pope's resignation, snowstorm Nemo in the Northeast US, Punxatawney Phil's prognostication, thoughts on the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Tonik, the human-looking dog. The winner of the big dog photo contest is announced, and the new small dog photo contest is revealed.

Also: Victoria's upcoming appearances from Florida to Sweden and beyond, the exciting launch of Dognition - described as a Myers-Briggs personality test for dogs with ongoing training and lifestyle support.  Victoria introduces a new regular segment of the podcast called 'Cue of the Week' and talks about the importance of recall (or the 'come cue'). Holly tries to stump Victoria with a new Animal Academy quiz.


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Episode 38 - Train Your Dog Positively

Victoria reveals her trip to Ireland to shoot for an upcoming secret project, while Holly describes how she lost her filter and says what's on her mind. Also, details about the upcoming VSPDT Miami Dog Bite Prevention Conference on April 26th and Victoria's new book, Train Your Dog Positively.

Tampa-based VSPDT trainer Amy Weeks of Amy's Canine Kindergarten calls the Positively hotline to discuss reasons behind the spike in severe aggression behavior issues, and to help answer this week's Ask Victoria questions.


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Episode 37 - Dogs and Storks

Victoria and Holly preview the Superbowl, then discuss the recent story from Houston where a child climbed over a fence and was killed by a dog that was chained up. Also: Victoria's upcoming Miami Dog Bite Prevention conference on April 26. Victoria and Holly talk to Family Paws Parent Education founder Jennifer Shryock on the Positively hotline about the Houston story, the National Canine Research Council, what makes tethered/chained dogs dangerous, the Dogs & Storks and Dog & Baby Connection programs, the Liam Perk Foundation, Doggone Safe, and how dogs give us clues about how they're feeling.


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Episode 36 - Eating Healthy and a Spirited Discussion!

Holly describes her CNN shoot in Jerome, Arizona, discussion of ghosts and spirits, Victoria's newfound dedication to eat more healthily, and how to feed your dogs a better diet.

On the Positively Hotline, Minneapolis-based VSPDT trainer Amy Sandmann talks about her work with Pet Partners (previously called the Delta Society) as she and her giant therapy mastiff, Howie, make the rounds at Twin Cities children's hospitals.


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Episode 35 - Military Hero Service Dogs

Recaps of New Year's Eve festivities, Holly's Re-Giftmas party, national bill requiring service dogs to be returned from overseas battlefields, not thought of as equipment, and allowed to return as military heroes. Victoria's interview with expert trainer Pia Silvani.


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Episode 34 - A Positively Great End of the Year

A Holiday-themed podcast for your end-of-year listening pleasure! (Warning: not a lot of dog talk here.)


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Episode 33 - Why Do They Do That?

Dr. Paula Bloom joins the podcast as Holly & Victoria discuss the Morrison's Christmas advert featuring a dog being fed raisin-filled Christmas pudding, the tradition of holiday card letters and family photos, Paula's new book, 'Why Does He Do That? Why Does She Do That?', the psychology behind the 'Christmas Puppy or Kitten' syndrome, and Dr. Bloom's take on why this time of year especially makes people feel the need to be the best.

Ask Victoria questions include a one-eye-blind Lab who has started barking at people and other dogs, a supposedly untrainable beagle mix whose sense of smell overtakes his willingness to listen to his owners, and more.


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Episode 32 - The Reindog Parade

Recap of Reindog Parade in the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Christmastime weather in Chicago, Victoria's daughter's thoughts about shock collars, Noah's Ark, Peter Emily Veterinary Dental Foundation, and the importance of animal dentistry.  Victoria also discusses the Behavior Adjustment Training (BAT) method with its creator, Grisha Stewart.


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Episode 31 - Dogs Today

Beverley Cuddy, Editor and Founder of Dogs Today magazine calls the Positively hotline to discuss what goes into editing Dogs Today magazine, how the battle between dominance and postive training relates to the book '50 Shades of Grey', how she feels about the debate over training methods, the Alan Titchmarch TV interview with Cesar Millan, the state of dog-related programming in the UK and more.

Ask Victoria questions include how to help a Pharaoh Hound who has started showing aggressive behavior since being attacked twice by other dogs in a dog park, a male Australian Shepherd originally trained using aversive methods who now sneaks out of the house at every opportunity, and an 8-year old Beagle rescue suffering from separation anxiety.


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Episode 30 - The Inner Dog

Recaps of Thanksgiving with Holly and Victoria's family, the upcoming Bail Bond program benefiting the Gwinnett County Jail Dogs program featured on Ehow Pets, and Holly hijacks Victoria's Animal Academy again with a tricky cat quiz for Victoria.

VSPDT trainer Sam Wike of The Inner Dog in Long Branch, NJ calls the Positively hotline to discuss how Hurricane Sandy affected people and their pets after the storm, including the amazing work being done by local and national shelter groups, airlines and other organizations. Also discussed, pet abandonment, Sam's history as a canine police officer and work in the military, the rarity of being a male positive reinforcement trainer, the disadvantages faced by female positive trainers, his crazy upcoming training session with a 220-pound dog.


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Episode 29 - Thanksgiving Animal Academy

A Thanksgiving-themed episode where Victoria and Holly are joined by their husbands (and Alex) and they all discuss what they're most thankful for. Holly quizzes the whole group with a new Animal Academy segment and Victoria's daughter Alex showcases her memorization skills by singing the 'Fifty Nifty United States' song.


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Episode 28 - Denver Dog Bite Prevention and Awareness Conference

Victoria describes the 40th birthday celebration she masterminded for her husband including a surprise party, 4-hour ziplining and city-wide adult scavenger hunts. A tribute to our war heroes on Veterans Day weekend as well as reviews of Lincoln, Argo and Skyfall and more. Victoria recaps her Denver Dog Bite Prevention and Awareness Conference and the first annual VSPDT member trainer retreat. Also, why Victoria decides to take her message of anti-BSL awareness to municipalities like Denver that currently have breed-specific legislation. Victoria plays her interview with expert trainer Sue Sternberg from last month's Association of Pet Dog Trainers conference..


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Episode 27 - Holding Out for a Hero

Victoria recaps the Hero Dog Awards, including the story of Jinx - a police dog who saved lives during a raid, the 2012 winner, Alex meeting Betty White and Kristin Chenoweth, and much more. Holly's trip to a high-powered wedding. Victoria discusses this week's Denver Dog Bite Awareness & Prevention Conference on November 2, 2012. Discussion of how to educate and talk to kids about dog bite prevention and safety, including her trip to Savannah to talk to dog victim Javon Roberson's school about safe dog handling. Also, the turnaround in Savannah about the public stance on BSL to avoid discrimination thanks to Javon's advocate, Cheryl Labon, and her group, Women of Wisdom. Holly describes the pizza she created for Max's Coal Oven Pizza which benefits the Victoria Stilwell Foundation.


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Episode 26 - Canine Forensic Investigation

Holly describes her work on stories for CNN with Jennifer Arnold and Silver Sneakers, while Victoria discusses her work with Jim Crosby as they investigate recent canine homicides and conduct canine forensic research into why dogs attack. Also: News and information about Victoria's upcoming National Dog Bite Prevention & Awareness Conference in Denver on November 2, Victoria's latest Ehow Pets video about herding dogs, description of Victoria's childhood memories of lambing on a farm in Wales, a call for fans to help RAF military working dogs in Afghanistan and their handlers in order to help raise morale.

Ask Victoria topics include: How to get dogs to stop digging up and eating plants in the garden, helping a previously abused dog too skittish to cope with sudden noises and changes in routine, When is the ideal time to enroll puppies in puppy classes, how to help a young dog who is sharing a household with kids that have multiple medical condition develop impulse control for, and how to get labs to settle down now that there are two new parakeets in the same house.


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Episode 25 - Detroit Dog Rescue

Van & Shawn hijack the opening of the show to discuss week 2 of the fantasy football season before Holly & Victoria restore order. They are then joined in studio by one of the producers and camera operators for Victoria's new Ehow Pets YouTube channel, as they discuss what it's like to shoot with Victoria and some of the new episodes they have coming up. The Positively Hotline guest is Hush, the founder and soul behind Detroit Dog Rescue. They discuss the history of Detroit Dog Rescue and its roots in a personal YouTube page. Also discussed: the problems involved in navigating the politics of trying to create a no-kill shelter and how quickly abandoned dogs have become feral packs wandering around Detroit.


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Episode 24 - Working Dogs

Victoria describes her attendance at the powerful opening ceremony launch event for the University of Pennsylvania's Vet School Working Dog Center on the eleventh anniversary of 9/11. Holly discusses her recent visit to Dallas, and Victoria recaps her shoot in and around Detroit for her eHow Pets YouTube channel. They are joined on the phone by Katrene Johnson, the owner and handler of Morgan, one of the few surviving search and rescue dogs who worked in New York during the aftermath of 9/11.

Also calling in on the Positively Hotline is Dr. Cynthia Otto, the Executive Director of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center to discuss the exciting new work being done at the Center, why positive training is the only truly effective tool to use with working dogs, and how to determine whether or not your dog would make a good working dog.


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Episode 23 - Marc the Vet

Victoria talks with Holly about her upcoming trip to Detroit to film with Ehow Pets, the trials and tribulations of writing her 3rd book, her support of the new Penn Working Dog Center preview, and 3 new trainers who recently joined the VSPDT network.

Marc Abraham, founder of Pup Aid and Where's Mum, is featured on the Positively Hotline to discuss the worldwide efforts to ban puppy farming (puppy mills).


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Episode 22 - Canine Assistants

Victoria recaps her recent trip to the UK, including her day in Parliament discussing the need to change breed standards.  Holly talks about her work this week on CNN covering the child abuse murder case in Canton, GA. Victoria's and Holly's husbands join them in studio to defend their dog-owning habits and shed light on the co-hosts' life beyond the camera.


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Episode 21 - Victoria Sings for the Holidays

Victoria opens this holiday episode by singing Silent Night and discussing how her holiday preparations are progressing, including recent mischievous acts by her daughter's elf. Holly puts in her requests for holiday gifts. Victoria's mother makes a very special guest appearance in studio and discusses what Victoria was like as a child, her mother's love of dogs, her history as a ballerina, and much more.  Victoria tries to stump her mother and Holly with her holiday trivia-themed quiz while Victoria's daughter provides some Christmas background music.


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Episode 20 - The Reindog Parade

Victoria and Holly recap their appearance at this year's Reindog Parade at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, which also included HGTV's Vern Yip, Victoria's mother, daughter and several other notable celebrity judges. Holly describes her experience covering the Penn State child molestation case in State College, PA. Victoria talks about her recent talk to several schools' Homeless Pets Club members and why the program is so important to her.

This week's special Positively Hotline guest is filmmaker Jemima Harrison of Passionate Productions, creator of the powerful documentary Pedigree Dogs Exposed. They discuss the current issues surrounding the current unhealthy breed standards as well as her work promoting awareness of physical and mental factors involved with the propagation many popular breeds in the UK, US and beyond. Ask Victoria questions include Victoria's recommendation for flying with small dogs as hand luggage, how she handled flying with Jasmine, and how to control excited dogs who run around in your car.


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Episode 19 - Pets Add Life

Victoria recaps her recent trip to the UK, including her day in Parliament discussing the need to change breed standards.  Holly talks about her work this week on CNN covering the child abuse murder case in Canton, GA. Victoria's and Holly's husbands join them in studio to defend their dog-owning habits and shed light on the co-hosts' life beyond the camera.


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Episode 18 - Delayed Gratification

Victoria and Holly recap their Thanksgiving holidays and discuss the concept of 'delayed gratification' as it relates to Black Friday. They are joined in studio by guest Dr. Paula Bloom to discuss what makes some people actually want to use dominance with their dogs and/or kids, how domination is about the need to control, why our culture celebrates machismo and more.  Also: Victoria runs away to the fair, corporal punishment with kids and dogs, and Animal Academy questions about interesting dog trivia.


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Episode 17 - Favorite Thanksgiving Traditions

In this Thanksgiving episode, Victoria and Holly talk about their favorite Thanksgiving traditions and why they love the holiday so much.  Also included: safety tips regarding foods, great pet paintings of rescue dogs in the 2012 'Rescue Dog to Therapy Dog' Calendar, a recap of Victoria's live show in New Bedford, MA including the great people at Forever Paws shelter in Fall River.  Accomplished VSPDT trainer Daphne Robert-Hamilton from Monroe, WA calls in on the Positively Hotline and answers a few Ask Victoria questions regarding cat-chasing, showdogs who don't like men, housetraining, and aggression.  In Victoria's Animal Academy, Holly takes a crack at trying to stump Victoria with some obscure doggie facts.


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Episode 16 - Pets Add Life

Victoria and Holly discuss a new study regarding how children are disciplined and how it relates to the most effective and humane methods to train your dog. American Pet Products Association CEO Bob Vetere calls in to the Positively Hotline to discuss Pets Add Life as well as Bob's new book and how positive training techniques can be used successfully in the business world.  Victoria's Animal Academy deals with dogs in show business.  Also: people as dog breeds, the perils of all-inclusive travel deals, updates on Victoria's live shows, why Holly & Victoria don't shop with their husbands, and more.


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Episode 15 - Pet Therapy

Victoria and Holly are joined again by Dr. Paula Bloom to discuss pets as therapeutic solutions for their owners.  Also discussed: Native American festivals, PAWS Atlanta 45th Anniversary, Victoria's live tour and Holly's trip to Mexico.  Ask Victoria questions include whether it's a good idea to add a rescued kitten to a home to alleviate your dog's boredom, how and whether to teach your dog not to fear fire, and dogs that chase moving cars.  Victoria also tries to stump Holly with her latest Animal Academy about dog breeds.


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Episode 14 - Teeth Talk

Victoria and Holly are joined on the Positively Hotline by Victoria's vet, Dr. Duffy Jones, as they talk about canine halitosis and why/how to brush your dog's teeth.  Also discussed, Holly's trip to the upper midwest, Victoria's emceeing of the Dog Jog, Halloween recap, upcoming live shows and more.  Ask Victoria questions include: potty training setbacks, treating the elderly as chew toys, and how to teach puppies not to chase other animals.


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Episode 13 - Changing Perceptions & Digging Dogs

Victoria and Holly are joined in studio by noted psychologist Dr. Paula Bloom as they discuss how to change perceptions about certain breeds of dogs including pit bulls.  Also discussed: Victoria's upcoming live tour dates (11/10 in York PA, 11/19 in New Bedford MA, and 12/3 in Shropshire, England).  Ask Victoria questions include how to stop dogs from digging in the back yard, how dogs' internal clocks work, whether it's better to put a dog in daycare or have someone come feed the dog at home, and whether Victoria will ever sing on the podcast.


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Episode 12 - Through A Dog’s Ear

In this episode, Victoria and Holly are joined by concert pianist and Through A Dog's Ear co-founder Lisa Spector to discuss the Canine Noise Phobia Series - the groundbreaking new desensitization tool Victoria developed in partnership with Through A Dog's Ear.  Also discussed: update on Kashmir's knee surgery, Victoria's trip to San Diego for the APDT conference, SD Pet Expo and VSPDT evaluation day, Lennox update, and more.  Ask Victoria questions included whether you can rush training, the music in It's Me or the Dog, and how to get puppies to stop barking at training classes.


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Episode 11 - The Hero Dog Awards

In the first episode of the new season, Victoria and Holly discuss what they've been up to for the past several months, including Victoria's filming of the 8th season of It's Me or the Dog, experiencing the recent earthquake and hurricane, Victoria on Anderson Cooper, the Hero Dog Awards, Holly's judging of Miss Tennessee, her dog Kashmir's knee surgery, and Victoria's development of her new Canine Noise Phobia series of desensitization products.

Also discussed, Victoria's upcoming trip to San Diego for a dog training conference and pet expo, her upcoming live tour dates, Holly's work as a correspondent for CNN, and the new podcast sponsor, Pets Add Life.


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Episode 10 - Thanksgiving

In this Thanksgiving episode, Victoria and Holly talk about their favorite Thanksgiving traditions and why they love the holiday so much.  Also included: safety tips regarding foods, great pet paintings of rescue dogs, a recap of Victoria's live show in New Bedford, MA including the great people at Forever Paws shelter in Fall River.  Accomplished VSPDT trainer Daphne Robert-Hamilton from Monroe, WA calls in on the Positively Hotline and answers a few Ask Victoria questions regarding cat-chasing, showdogs who don't like men, housetraining, and aggression.  In Victoria's Animal Academy, Holly takes a crack at trying to stump Victoria with some obscure doggie facts.


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Episode 9 - Ask Victoria

In this special 'Ask Victoria' episode, Victoria devotes the entire episode to answering listeners' questions


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Episode 8 - Pet Bereavement and Grief

Victoria and Holly discuss pet bereavement and grief, including anti-anxiety treatments for pets, raw BARF diets, how animals learn, Michael Vick and merengue dancing dogs.


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Episode 7 - Pig 'n Chicks

Victoria trains a piglet and chickens, discusses VSPDT and her influences as a dog trainer, answers fans' questions & talks about good friend and songwriter Elio Pace.


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Episode 6 - The Lion King

Victoria discusses her history as a dog walker, appearances on Regis & Kellly and the Today Show, Cats and Dogs, the AVMA Conference, AVSAB, American Humane, behaviorists vs trainers, and the Lion King on Broadway.


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Episode 5 - Alex's Career

Victoria is joined in studio by her daughter, who discusses her career plans.   Also discussed:  pit bulls, BSL, the AVMA conference, and how she met her husband  (who also joins her in studio) in London's West End.


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Episode 4 - Holly's New Coffeeshop

Victoria and Holly talk about anthropomorphizing dogs via painting contests, Victoria's early NYC episodes, dog senses, Holly's new coffeeshop, and Holly's career history.


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Episode 3 - It's Me Or The Dog

Victoria discusses her recent travels, the new season of It's Me or the Dog in NYC, a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into each episode of the show, and more.


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Episode 2 - PAWS Atlanta

In this episode, Victoria and Holly discuss her recent vacation, animal cruelty laws, the special PAWS Atlanta episode of It's Me or the Dog, and much more.


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Episode 1 - Introduction

In this inaugural edition of Victoria Stilwell's Positively Podcast, Victoria and her cohost Holly Firfer describe what the podcast series is all about.


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