Victoria and her friend and mentor Dr. Nicholas Dodman were both quoted extensively in a recent article in the Baltimore Sun newspaper recapping the 2011 International Association of Animal Behavior Counselors (IAABC) conference, which was held in Rhode Island April 1-3.
Victoria was quoted as saying, ""Dogs are sensitive, emotional, vulnerable beings that need us to help to teach them and care for them. They're not out for world domination. Your dog doesn't necessarily want to be top dog. Your dog just wants to understand what is expected. It's ridiculous to think you need to be dominant so your dog can be submissive."
Dr. Frank McMillan of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary also discussed the dangers of compulsion training, saying, "no one argues that our pets have emotions and may suffer as a result of severe psychological injury. There are a long list of potential causes, among them growing up in puppy mills, military service, suffering abuse, being repeatedly re-homed and potentially even force-based dog training."