(Click photo below to watch Victoria’s interview with CNN.)
Victoria had another episode of her running series “On the Stoop” this morning (which you can also view on her official Facebook page) – and her guest was the CEO of the Victoria Stilwell Dog Training Academy (and her husband), Van Zeiler.
Van and Victoria answered questions from people all over the world – who were curious about what the academy is all about.
During this interview – you find out things like; when the academy began, how long they’ve been creating it, what classes are like, how often the classes are held (in the US and the UK), and more. A lot of information in a small amount of time.
Of course, if you have any more questions – you can check out the official VSA website at http://vsdta.com
After Van and Victoria discuss the academy for a bit – Victoria hangs out to answer some dog training questions.
A great load of information regarding the VSA and dog training in general.
To watch the video – click the picture below:
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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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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