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Positively Dog Training with Victoria Stilwell

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L.S. What makes your training methods different than more traditional methods used by some other tv personality dog trainers?

V.S. It is much safer, family friendly, dog friendly and humane. And it follows the latest science. The positive reinforcement training methods I adhere to encourage these animals to learn and problem solve. The old dog training style is about people thinking for the dog by instilling their will on that dog. Problem solving, however, provides security and confidence for dogs. It helps create a happy, healthy, confident dog. The old way is destructive. It gets short term results because it can be scary for the dog to not do what they are told. And it causes all kinds of stress in the long run. If anybody did to children what dominance based trainers do to dogs, they would be put in jail. Dogs are like kids because both rely on us 100%.

L.S. Tell us a little about your dogs at home.

V.S. Sadie is a 10 year old Chocolate Lab that we rescued at age five when her person died. Jasmine is a one year old Chihuahua mix that we recently adopted from a shelter. They are just delightful, lovely companions, to us and to our daughter.

L.S. How do you spend your time helping dogs when you aren’t filming your tv show?

V.S. Recently, I have been speaking at schools in the Atlanta area, on behalf of Homeless Pet Clubs. Started by Veterinarian Dr. Good, school children sponsor a dog or cat in a shelter and they help market that pet until it is adopted. Volunteers speak to school children about safety and love and teach the children what it feels like to be a dog. The mission of The Homeless Pets Foundation is to help homeless pets nationwide get out of shelters and into loving, forever homes.

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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

thanks

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

Thanks

9:09PM PST on Jan 15, 2012

cool

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