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.
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