The Association of Pet Dog Trainer’s (APDT) has declared January National Train your Dog Month. The purpose is to bring awareness to the importance of socialization and training, and most of all, to inform the public that training your dog can be easy and fun! Their goal is to promote the use of training methods that are kind, gentle and have an emphasis on building a relationship with your dog.
I had the pleasure of meeting Victoria Stilwell a year ago at Clicker Expo. She is the dog training star of Animal Planet’s It’s Me or the Dog. Recently, I was fortunate to enjoy a telephone phone interview with Victoria:
L.S. What inspired you to first become a dog trainer?
V.S. I have always been fascinated with the ways that dogs learn. How is it that two different species can live together when they don’t speak the same language? I wanted to explore how we can have predators in our home and have a great relationship with them.