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I was very fortunate to be able to attend PPG Special Council member Victoria Stilwell’s second Annual Dog Bite Prevention and Behaviour Conference, held earlier this month at the University of Lincoln in England.
The conference is a national event dedicated to finding practical and workable solutions to the issue of dog bites through education and heightened awareness. It began with a welcome introduction by Victoria Stilwell, which had us all eagerly awaiting the presentations that were to follow.
Three of the presenters hailed from the University of Lincoln itself. These included Daniel Mills, professor of veterinary behavioural medicine, who gave an in depth presentation titled: “Not All Dogs That Bite Are Scared! Insights into the Emotional Basis of Aggressive Behaviour in Dogs”; Kerstin Meints, professor of developmental psychology, who gave a lecture titled: “Children and Dogs – Risks and Interventions”; and Todd Hogue, professor of forensic psychology, who gave a very interesting presentation titled: “A Forensic Psychology Approach to Managing Dog Bite Risk.”…
TV dog trainer Victoria Stilwell is registering an official complaint: “Dogs aren’t allowed to be dogs anymore,” she says. “It’s great they’re living in our homes, but they have less freedom.”
Stilwell, best known from the Animal Planet show “It’s Me or the Dog,” explains that all dogs were all bred to do something, but today most are unemployed with no outlet to express natural behaviors.
“Dogs share our bedrooms. We love them. But how often are we there for them? We’re so busy now,” she says.
All these factors combined explain why today’s dogs are suffering from more behavior problems, according to Stilwell…
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ATLANTA, Oct. 28, 2014
World renowned dog trainer and behavior expert Victoria Stilwell (It’s Me or the Dog, Animal Planet) has launched the ultimate dog-related website at Positively.com. Featuring beautifully redesigned and easy-to-navigate layouts, Victoria’s expert advice and a suite of comprehensive, feature-rich content platforms, the new website is the result of several years’ worth of development and extensive public feedback integration…
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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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