June 16, 2015
I was very fortunate to be able to attend PPG Special Council member Victoria Stilwell’s second Annual Dog Bite Prevention and Behaviour Conference, held earlier this month at the University of Lincoln in England.
The conference is a national event dedicated to finding practical and workable solutions to the issue of dog bites through education and heightened awareness. It began with a welcome introduction by Victoria Stilwell, which had us all eagerly awaiting the presentations that were to follow.
A view of the University of Lincoln.
Three of the presenters hailed from the University of Lincoln itself. These included Daniel Mills, professor of veterinary behavioural medicine, who gave an in depth presentation titled: “Not All Dogs That Bite Are Scared! Insights into the Emotional Basis of Aggressive Behaviour in Dogs”; Kerstin Meints, professor of developmental psychology, who gave a lecture titled: “Children and Dogs – Risks and Interventions”; and Todd Hogue, professor of forensic psychology, who gave a very interesting presentation titled: “A Forensic Psychology Approach to Managing Dog Bite Risk.”…
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December 10, 2014
TV dog trainer Victoria Stilwell is registering an official complaint: “Dogs aren’t allowed to be dogs anymore,” she says. “It’s great they’re living in our homes, but they have less freedom.”
Stilwell, best known from the Animal Planet show “It’s Me or the Dog,” explains that all dogs were all bred to do something, but today most are unemployed with no outlet to express natural behaviors.
“Dogs share our bedrooms. We love them. But how often are we there for them? We’re so busy now,” she says.
All these factors combined explain why today’s dogs are suffering from more behavior problems, according to Stilwell…
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October 29, 2014
NEW YORK (CNN) – According the ASPCA half of all kids will be bitten by a dog before they turn 12. Now, not all dog bites are severe, some are just “nips”, but nearly 800,000 people require medical attention because of a dog bite, each year.
Animal trainer and behaviorist, Victoria Stilwell, teaches kids and their parents the right way to interact with dogs, “Children are naturally gregarious. They are loud; they have their body movements their arms, running around with high pitched voices. This could all really elicit a negative reaction from a dog.”…
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August 28, 2014
RANCHO SANTA FE — Art for Barks, a relatively new nonprofit founded in Rancho Santa Fe, is garnering celebrity status attention and support.
This online nonprofit mobilizes animal theme artists, authors, and educators to assist animal rescue charities and service dogs. Its recent emergence is unique, and described by many, as magnetic.
Dr. Marty Becker, “America’s Veterinarian,” and world regarded pet training professional, Victoria Stilwell, have climbed on board Art for Barks and support its mission…
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