Victoria Stilwell is a world-renowned dog trainer best known as the star of the internationally acclaimed TV series, It’s Me or the Dog. A bestselling author, she frequently appears in the media as a pet expert and is widely recognized and respected as a leader in the field of animal behavior.
As we embark on a new series with Victoria and the Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training team, we’ve taken time out of her busy schedule to find out all about her own dogs.
Tell us about your dog, Sadie, we’d like to know everything about her and if you have any new dogs since we last spoke?
Actually, I have two dogs now – a chocolate Labrador named Sadie and a Chihuahua, Terrier, Dachshund mix called Jasmine.
They’re both rescues – we got Sadie about 5 years ago and Jasmine chose us almost 2 years ago now. They’re both total lovebuckets, though they’re completely different dogs. Sadie is pretty chilled, stable and low key (except when she’s on our long, mountain walks – then she’s a true hound), and Jasmine is a frenetic little bundle of nerves and energy.
Before we got her, Jasmine had been kept in a crate 24 hours a day for the first 6 months of her life. She was forced to pee and poop where she slept and ate, and her teeth are misformed due to her constant gnawing on the metal wires. She’s come such a long way since we got her – far more confident and self-assured, though there’s still plenty of work to be done to undo the horrors of her early start…
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