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Positively Dog Training with Victoria Stilwell

Lisa Spector, Victoria Stilwell, Joshua Leeds at APDT Conference

L.S. What was the inspiration behind your new Canine Noise Phobia series?

V.S. I’m always looking for new training techniques that help dogs. And I wanted to create a product that would give trainers another tool to help dogs with sound anxiety issues. I love sensory education, because there is always so much to learn about dog sense. And it’s our responsibility to teach them the positive side in their learning process. What about their listening ability and finely tuned ears? What about building a positive association with music? Can they recognize music? The clinical tests already showed that the right prescription of music helped calm dogs and relieve their anxiety issues. I teamed up with the creators of Through a Dog’s Ear and, together, we created the Canine Noise Phobia series that helps with both the treatment and prevention of canine noise sensitivities. My job was to create a reward based training protocol that could be applied to the calming music and the progressive sound effects of fireworks, thunderstorms, and city sounds. It’s been a very exciting project!

L.S. Tell us about your positively trainers and how Care2 readers can find them.

V.S. You can search for a Victoria Stilwell licensed trainer in your area here. Since dog training is still unregulated, I started my licensing program to ensure that dog lovers have access to the most accomplished, professional, reward-based training option in their area. Other trainers can say they are all about positive reinforcement, and then actually use dominance training. You can be assured that Victoria Stilwell licensed trainers use the same methods as you see me use on my show, and you will have great long term results. My selection process is pretty rigorous.

L.S. Care2 readers are passionate about making a difference in the world. You are very passionate about making a difference in the dog training world. What helps you make a difference?

V.S. The television is a huge platform. I also have two books out. Being able to reach dog lovers all over the world with my positively message that helps dogs is a very satisfying feeling.

Victoria with Sadie and Jasmine

Click here to view episodes of It’s Me or the Dog with Victoria Stilwell. What do you think of reward based training methods vs. dominance based training? Thanks for sharing your thoughts in a comment below.

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Lisa Spector

Lisa Spector is a concert pianist, Juilliard graduate, and canine music expert. She is co-founder of Through a Dog's Ear, the first music clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system. Their new high-tech pet gadget, iCalmDog, is the portable solution to canine anxiety. Lisa shares her home and her heart with her two "career change" Labrador Retrievers from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sanchez and Gina. Follow Lisa's blog here.


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7:25AM PDT on May 26, 2014

It is great that people can be taught how to train dogs without using old style training methods that have been proven to be a flawed theory.

4:18PM PDT on May 20, 2014

Love Victoria Stilwell! She really knows how to train dogs, and is NEVER violent with them, on the opposite of others...

8:34PM PST on Feb 1, 2014

I really enjoyed watching this show. I love her positive reinforcement puppy training techniques and the inspiration she gives to millions of people.

6:20PM PDT on Jun 10, 2012

Interesting- thanks I have watched her show altho I have cats.

3:57AM PST on Jan 25, 2012

thanks for sharing :)

11:32AM PST on Jan 23, 2012


7:33PM PST on Jan 17, 2012

Can't wait to read *It's Me or the Dog*..HA, had a girlfriend say that to me ..and was hurt to find that she was not an animal person although she said she was... Well - of course I still have my dogs:)

5:53AM PST on Jan 17, 2012

Thanks! I'll be looking for a trainer very soon and finding out about her program is perfect timing.

3:29AM PST on Jan 16, 2012


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