Train the Children, Says Canine Expert

May 24, 2014

CHILDREN should be given canine safety classes in Scottish primary schools, according to one of the world’s most respected dog trainers who says it would help prevent children being attacked and injured.

Victoria Stilwell, creator of Channel 4’s It’s Me or the Dog, said urgent action is needed to tackle a rise in dog attacks that in some cases have left children scarred for life…

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State Farm® Teams Up with Canine Expert Victoria Stilwell to Take a Bite Out of Dog Attacks

May 15, 2014

Dogs are a member of the family, so many owners think that their dog won’t bite. Unfortunately for the 4.5 million victims of dog bites and attacks each year, this isn’t true. Any dog can bite, regardless of the breed. State Farm and Victoria Stilwell, internationally renowned dog trainer, author and star of Animal Planet’s It’s Me or the Dog, have joined forces to teach people how to be responsible pet owners and reduce the number of dog bites…

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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…

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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…

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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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