Victoria Stilwell, Dog Trainer and TV Host, Speaks with Dogster

To call Victoria Stilwell outspoken is an understatement.

For example, the dog trainer and behavior consultant describes dominance training — a controversial method that uses fear as a motivator — as “the greatest tragedy to happen in dog training today.” Quite simply, “It’s bullying. Dog bullying.”

But Stilwell is not all in-your-face all the time. She’s active in working with rescue groups and shelters, among other groups, and she has adopted two dogs of her own. Stilwell’s most prominent role is host of the Animal Planet show, It’s Me or the Dog, which she describes as something of a fluke.

“I was lucky enough to come up with an idea that took off very quickly,” she said…

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