The Heartwarming Adoption of a Dog Named “No Name”

December 14, 2013

From BeHumane.Org:

Victoria Stilwell here—wishing you a happy holiday season and sharing a wonderful story to warm your heart!

As you know, when American Humane Association’s Red Star team rushes to the scene of a natural disaster or other emergency, our #1 goal is to rescue lost pets, keep them safe, and reunite them with the families that have lost them. We do all this thanks to your caring support!

But what happens when the family can’t be located, and the lost animal is left homeless? This is the story of one such dog. I’m going to call him “No Name.”

No Name was rescued after a severe tornado hit Moore, Oklahoma earlier this year. We didn’t know where he came from, and we didn’t know his name. We only knew he was sweet and loving, with a beautiful face and big brown eyes to melt your heart.

We all hoped his family would come to claim him…but no one did. So AHA worked with the local shelter to stage a huge adoption event, hoping to find loving forever homes for No Name and the other rescued animals…

Read More HERE

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Positive Training Motivates a Dog to Love Learning

December 6, 2013

Victoria Stilwell is the famous face of “positive” dog-training and the star of Animal Planet’s show “It’s Me or the Dog.” At a recent lecture in Pittsburgh, she shared some tricks of her trade.

Stilwell believes that kids and dogs “should be raised in a force-free way.” Positive training “does not mean we do not say ‘no’ to a dog. It does not mean there are no boundaries,” she said.

“If you like a dog’s behavior, reward it. Positive training is about motivating a dog to love learning. Whatever your dog likes, use it — food, toys,” praise and petting, she said. “When you go to work, do you get paid? Food is not bribery. It’s powerful. Just don’t use it all the time. Use it sometimes.”

Confrontational methods and abusive handling don’t work in the long run, she believes, and they may make dogs behave aggressively. Training tools she dislikes include prong and shock collars, electric fences, long hours on a chain or tie-out and the “alpha roll,” in which trainers force a dog down onto the ground and hold it there to prove they are in charge…

Read More HERE

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How to Turn a “Bad Dog” into a “Good Boy”

November 13, 2013

From HLN:

We love our dogs, but they’re not always easy. Some relieve themselves inside the house. Others jump on you or your house guests.

Celebrity dog trainer Victoria Stilwell of Animal Planet’s “It’s Me Or the Dog” says don’t discipline your dog with an iron fist: Train them with love instead. Plus, she answers your doggie questions!

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Pet Tales: Saying ‘No’ Positively

November 2, 2013

Victoria Stilwell is the famous face of “positive” dog training and the star of Animal Planet’s show “It’s Me or the Dog.” For two hours last Sunday, Ms. Stilwell charmed, entertained and informed 200 people who paid $40 to $125 to learn the tricks of her trade.

I think we also learned why Ms. Stilwell is a star. She is pretty, with long brown hair swept up atop her head. She speaks calmly with one of those English accents that enchant so many of us. She’s a lot smaller than she appears to be on her TV shows, and she is oh so enviably thin. Her bio mentions a background in acting, and that shows. She is not only at ease in front of an audience, but also she is very funny.

Ms. Stilwell believes that children and dogs “should be raised in a force-free way.” Positive training “does not mean we do not say ‘no’ to a dog. It does not mean there are no boundaries,” she said at Duquesne University’s Union Ballroom, Uptown.

“If you like a dog’s behavior, reward it. Positive training is about motivating a dog to love learning. Whatever your dog likes, use it — food, toys,” praise and petting, she said. “When you go to work, do you get paid? Food is not bribery. It’s powerful. Just don’t use it all the time. Use it sometimes.”…

Read More HERE

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‘Positive Training’ Will Be Dog Trainer’s Topic

October 22, 2013

Dog trainer Victoria Stilwell is dogged in her belief in the importance of strengthening the canine-human connection.

The star of Animal Planet’s “It’s Me or the Dog” will explore that link in her “Power of Positive Training” talk Oct. 27 at Duquesne University. The talk is being put on by the Coalition to Adopt, Rehome and Match Abandoned Animals and the Duquesne School of Law’s Animal Law Society, a forum for education, advocacy and advancing interest on laws concerning animals.

Stilwell, from England, is the author of five books on dog training and was a judge on CBS’s “Greatest American Dog.”…

Read more HERE
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CARMAA Presents Victoria Stilwell

October 21, 2013

VIP Luncheon and Lecture with Victoria Stilwell

The Power of Positive Training

Sunday, October 27, 2103
VIP Luncheon: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
VIP Luncheon Cost: $125
(includes admission to lecture)

Lecture: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Lecture Cost: $40

Location:Duquesne University
Union Ballroom
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
(parking available in Duquesne’s Forbes Avenue garage)

Click here for more information

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Reading Dog’s Body Language Helps Prevent Bites

October 18, 2013

Dogs bite more than 4.7 million Americans each year and about 800,000 of these require medical attention.

However, there are steps we can take to help prevent dog bites.

We’ve all heard the expression, a dog is a man’s best friend. But to make this relationship work, people need to learn to read a dog’s body language to help prevent dog bites.

“Most dogs that bite are only doing so because they are scared and want to warn you to back away. That’s what aggression achieves – distance,” dog trainer Victoria Stilwell said.

So if you’re meeting a dog for the first time the most important thing to remember is give it space. Do not go into that dog’s space.

Let the dog come to you, Stilwell said. Turn your body to the side so that you look less threatening, put your hand in a fist and hold your hand down so the dog can sniff your fist.

“When you meet a dog as well, don’t stare in its eyes. Don’t smile at it. Because staring at its eyes is a challenge, is a threat,” she said.

Pet the animal on the back of the neck or on his back and not on the top of the head, she said.

Yawning and lip licking may be signs that the dog feels uncomfortable and wants you to back away.

Try not to run from a dog or scream. If you do get knocked over, roll into a ball, lie still and cover your head.

When it comes to avoiding dog bites, knowing what to look for in our 4-legged friends can help both man and dog stay safe.

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