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.
When I attended the Association of Pet Dog Trainers conference, I had an opportunity to meet Victoria Stilwell, best known for her role as the star of Animal Planet’s hit TV series It’s Me or the Dog. What I share with her is our passion for positive reinforcement training methods that enhance a dog’s ability to learn while increasing confidence, resulting in a healthy, well-adjusted pet. I spoke with her afterward about her training philosophy. Below is an excerpt.
Do you think of yourself as a trainer or a teacher?
I actually just wrote my third book and a lot of it is teaching. For so long the emphasis in our industry has been on training your dog but I see it more as teaching your dog. To make that transition, I still have to make that connection with people by using the word ‘training’. Inside my new book, however, I talk more about teaching. The word ‘teaching’ puts more emphasis on not putting your will upon your dog. Instead, you’re teaching it how to live successfully in your world. Teaching gives a better understanding that it isn’t any different than teaching a child….