Victoria Talks About Her Dog Training Academy – And Answers Some Dog Training Questions

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:

1/27/2017

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Train the Children, Says Canine Expert

CHILDREN should be given canine safety classes in Scottish primary schools, according to one of the world’s most respected dog trainers who says it would help prevent children being attacked and injured.

Victoria Stilwell, creator of Channel 4’s It’s Me or the Dog, said urgent action is needed to tackle a rise in dog attacks that in some cases have left children scarred for life…

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Positive Training Motivates a Dog to Love Learning

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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How to Turn a “Bad Dog” into a “Good Boy”

From HLN:

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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Renowned Dog Trainer Victoria Stilwell: TRAIN YOUR DOG POSITIVELY!

Train-Your-Dog-Positively-Victoria StilwellHas anyone ever told you that if your dog goes through an open door ahead of you it’s a sign that he’s asserting his dominance? Or if a dog walks in front of you or pulls on a leash he is doing so because he wants to be pack leader? What about lying on a sofa, sleeping in your bed, or growling at you as you take his bone away? Are these really all signs of an intense struggle between man and dog over status in the household? Is everything dogs think, feel, and do the result of an unmitigated desire to dominate us and everything else in their quest to become top dog?

Concepts like these have been pounded into our public consciousness for decades, leading people to believe that any type of misbehavior by their dogs is a byproduct of an innate, instinctive desire to be dominant over everything and everyone—especially humans. This assumption forms the foundation of traditional dog training ideology, despite advances in modern behavioral science that prove unequivocally that such so-called “dominance theory” is virtually useless in terms of understanding canine behavior. Indeed, most of the information still available to the general public continues to promote and endorse solutions to a dominance problem that doesn’t really exist—at least not in the way some might think it does…

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