Ask Victoria – Jessica (Somerset)

I am currently studying an Extended Diploma in Animal Management and I’m leading an investigation into whether the saying  ’You can’t teach an old dog new tricks’ is true or false. I want to look into this as I feel that there are so many older dogs in Rescue Centres because people either don’t believe Read More

Ask Victoria – Sam (Colorado)

I just adopted a puppy from the shelter last week, and we just started training. He is doing well on the potty training, he rarely pees in the house, but he is having problems with my cat.  My cat keep hissing and he keeps barking.  My other question is with the lead training.  He pulls Read More

Ask Victoria – JK (Florissant, MS)

We have a Pitbull female, 3years old.  We had to put our Shi Tzu down because of age and sickness. The problem now is the pitbull won’t go out to relieve herself and now goes in the house. How can we break this habit?  She doesn’t get much exercise.  She has not been the same Read More

Ask Victoria – Josephine (Alicante, Spain)

I’ve got a three year old husky who was abandoned as a puppy and found by the police, so we adopted her. While walking her when she was four months old, an Alsatian bit her, and since then she’s extremely aggressive towards dogs (but loving to humans).  I’ve tried training – though did not agree Read More

Ask Victoria – Mary M. (from Niles)

Victoria, I’m 13 years old and have wanted a dog since I was 5!  I have watched all of your It’s Me or the Dog  episodes and have your book.  How do I get my mom to let me get a dog ??!!  I have been looking at the different breeds and think the Brittany Read More

Ask Victoria – Lauren (Dominance)

Dear Victoria: I love your show! I have two mini Australian shepherds. My female Alice was rescued from a puppy mill. She is very territorial when it comes to men. The second a man comes near her she begins barking non-stop. I’ve tried my command leave it, ignoring her, giving men treats to entice her, Read More

Ask Victoria – Annaleigh (AL)

Hi Victoria: My yorkie-chihuahua won’t let me look at her teeth. She barks when someone comes to the door. I was sitting on the couch watching TV and she cried at the gate we have up. She also licks her bottom nonstop. She wont let me brush her teeth either. What should I do - Read More

Ask Victoria – Jamie P

Dear Victoria: Our 2 yr old golden doodle has been diagnosed w/ OCD because she chases shadows constantly. She did not start this behavior until she was about a year old. We’ve tried medications that have not worked, but what we really want is to know if this is something that training would help. She Read More

Ask Victoria – Lauren

Hi Victoria! I love your show!  I have two mini Australian shepherds.  My female Alice was rescued from a puppy mill.  She is very territorial when it comes to men.  The second a man comes near her she begins barking non-stop.  I’ve tried my command leave it, ignoring her, giving men treats to entice her, Read More

Ask Victoria – Mary Johnson

Dear Victoria, I have a pit bull that’s a year and 3 months. He’s a good dog, but have only one problem. When he hears the door bell he gets very hyper, and when a guest comes over he jumps them at the door. He jumps on them and is all over them. How can Read More

Ask Victoria – Kerrie Blake

I have a lovely Bulldog called Harvey. He is very playful and happy dog within our home and back garden but as soon as we try and put his lead on he freezes… and if we actually manage to get him out of the house he stops and starts all the way and is very Read More

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Need Victoria’s help? Click here to ask or upload your question now. Here’s where you can ask Victoria anything you’ve ever wanted to know about her, the TV shows, or how to handle your problem pooch.  While she can’t get to every question, she’ll do her best to post answers to the most common questions Read More

Victoria’s Top 10 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Adopting a Dog

October is "Adopt a Shelter Dog" month, and you're likely hearing all the reasons why you should bring home a new addition to the family. But are you ready for the commitment and responsibility of a new dog? Have you done your research yet? Check out Victoria's top ten questions to ask yourself before you add a new dog to your home.

See the Victoria Stilwell Academy In Action!

Our first class of students are past the halfway point in their Dog Trainer Course, registration is underway for VSA’s next US-based class this fall, and spaces are quickly filling up in our first UK-based class this September. And we’re just getting started!

An Interview with ‘Arson Dogs’ Star John Galaska

We sat down with 'Arson Dogs' star, Delaware fire marshall John Galaska, for an interview about the series and how things have been going with his new arson dog, Tanya. What was the your biggest challenge during the arson dog training program? My biggest challenge during the Arson Dog program, other than missing my family, Read More

3-Year-Old Dog Attack Victim Asked to Leave KFC

Imagine being a young child and being physically and emotionally scarred by a dog attack. The damage to one's self-esteem and confidence can be crippling. Now imagine that you were asked to leave a restaurant because your scars "scared" the other customers. That's exactly what happened to three-year-old Victoria Wilcher, and now the country is Read More

Jasmine’s Favorite! Victoria Announces New Line of Dog Training Treats

Finally! As a world-renowned dog trainer famous for being the torchbearer of positive training methods on TV, Victoria Stilwell is regularly bombarded with questions, but one question in particular has a most familiar ring to her. "Yes, I'd say without a doubt one of the most frequently asked questions by people on my website, Facebook Read More

Victoria Develops New Training Products

Victoria Stilwell constantly promotes the power of positive training methods through the many platforms she has developed during her career as a well-known dog trainer. Now she is taking her commitment to helping people and their dogs to a whole new level with the announcement of a new line of dog training products specifically designed by Victoria herself to help dog owners around the world. With her Positively Training Treats, Positively No-Pull Harness, and Positively Double-Connection Leash, Victoria aims to help dog owners tackle some of the most commonly-encountered dog behavior problems.

Victoria’s Tips for Keeping Your Dog Stress-Free Over the Holidays

It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Christmas decorations are already lighting up homes and businesses, and I even ran into Santa Claus at the mall! The holidays are a wonderful time to spend time with family and friends, but they can also be a challenging time when you have pets. Anxious or reactive dogs are especially prone to stress during the holidays. Here are eight tips for keeping your dog safe and stress-free this holiday season.

Victoria Joins the Dog Welfare Alliance

Victoria was asked to join the Panel of Experts for the Dog Welfare Alliance, and she is thrilled to be a part of this fantastic new organization. The Dog Welfare Alliance was created to improve all aspects of animal welfare, including increasing awareness of responsible dog ownership and positive training methods.

#PositivelyDog Photo Contest on Victoria’s Instagram

Help celebrate the launch of Victoria Stilwell's new Instagram page by tagging photos & videos of happy dogs #PositivelyDog, and automatically be entered into a contest to win Positively packages personalized by Victoria herself!

Victoria’s Webinar with Dogington Post

Victoria recently conducted her very first webinar, a 1.5 hour webinar with Dogington Post. She discussed her positive training philosophy, the science behind positive training, and debunks the "alpha dog" myth. In addition, you'll get the answers to commonly asked questions about positive training and learn the important differences between positive training methods and the more traditional punitive methods.

Victoria Stilwell’s Top Ten Halloween Pet Safety Tips

Halloween is an awesome holiday, but most of our pets don’t necessarily enjoy fright night quite as much as we do, and there can be extra dangers lurking for them that we should help them avoid. Here are my top ten tips for keeping your pets happy and healthy on Halloween.

Victoria to Lead New eHow Pets YouTube Channel

Victoria Stilwell has been tapped to lead the content development and creation of eHow Pets - a brand-new YouTube channel to be launched on April 1, 2012. In an exclusive partnership with premier online digital media company Demand Media, Stilwell will be featured in the majority of the new channel's web video series, providing viewers with a wide-ranging array of training videos, pet-related featurettes, how-to segments, and fascinating reports from the world of dogs, cats and more.

Victoria Talks With Steve Dale

Victoria Stilwell:  Hey Steve! We last met up at American Humane Association’s Hero Dog Awards in L.A. – What have you been up to since then? Steve Dale:  I emceed an American Humane Association animal assisted therapy dinner, celebrating the work of many dogs and their volunteer handlers in Denver. I’ve contributed to a couple Read More

Victoria’s Interview With Dr. Sophia Yin – Part II

Part two of my interview with Dr. Sophia Yin about her new book, Perfect Puppy in 7 Days:   Victoria:  Perfect Puppy in 7 Days really focuses a lot on early learning and socialization. In fact, John Bradshaw, author of Dog Sense, says “Worth buying for the socialization advice and checklist alone.”  Can you explain Read More

Victoria in Evening Express on Dog Evictions

Victoria was featured in a story in the October 12, 2011 issue of Scotland's Evening Express newspaper.  In the cover article, entitled "Victoria Stilwell hits out at Aberdeen dog eviction threat", Victoria argues against a ruling by a local housing association that the families with dogs should be forced  to choose between their homes and Read More

Victoria’s Interview With Dr. Sophia Yin – Part I

I recently connected with my friend, Dr. Sophia Yin, to discuss training young dogs and her new book, Perfect Puppy in 7 Days.   Victoria:  There are a lot of puppy books already out there. What made you decide to write this book? Sophia:  I wrote this book because I needed a resource that would Read More

Victoria’s Interview with Italian VSPDT Giorgio

Il Cane Norma’s Giorgio Guglielminotti Garmot is one of the first international members of Victoria’s exclusive global network of world-class positive reinforcement trainers – Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training (VSPDT).  We recently caught up with Giorgio to ask him about the movement towards positive reinforcement training in Italy, his training center outside of Rome, and Read More

Victoria Chats With Italian VSPDT Daniela Cardillo

Greendogs’ Daniela Cardillo is among the first international members of Victoria’s exclusive global network of world-class positive reinforcement trainers – Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training (VSPDT).   I recently caught up with Daniela to ask her about the movement towards positive reinforcement training in Italy, and her training business near Milan. Leggi in italiano   Victoria:  Read More

Victoria’s CNN.com article on adopting shelter pets

Victoria recently provided her suggestions about how to successfully adopt a dog from a shelter to CNN.com.  In an article published on CNN Living on June 11, 2011, Victoria discusses what to look for when trying to decide which shelter dog to take home.  She also provides a quick questionnaire for prospective adopters to ask Read More

Victoria to throw out 1st pitch at Bark in the Park

Victoria will be at the Gwinnett Braves' upcoming Bark in the Park game on Sunday, June 5th at Coolray Field in Gwinnett, GA.  In addition to throwing out the ceremonial first pitch, fans will have a chance to see outtakes from her TV show, ask her questions, and be entered in a chance to have her Read More

Victoria Helps Launch Dog Bite Prevention Week

Victoria joined veterinarians, the USPS, pediatricians, plastic surgeons and members of the insurance industry in Houston, TX yesterday to help launch this year's National Dog Bite Prevention Week.  Tired of seeing the continual stream of devastating stories of tragic dog bites on children, Victoria was prompted to join this annual initiative in an effort to help Read More

Find a Victoria Stilwell-Licensed Dog Trainer

Working with the right dog trainer can mean the difference between  a happy, harmonious household and an ever-escalating struggle to achieve a healthy, balanced relationship with your dog. Harness the power of Victoria Stilwell's positive training by contacting one of her premium, hand-picked Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Trainers. Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training (VSPDT) is Read More

Victoria to speak at Clicker Expo

Victoria has been asked to speak at the next Clicker Expo to be held from January 21-23 in Newport Beach, California .  Victoria is a huge admirer of clicker guru Karen Pryor, whose organization holds two Clicker Expos each year.  In addition to a booksigning event and trainer panel discussion, Victoria will be speaking on Read More

Victoria announces new Positively Podcast series

Victoria is proud to announce the premiere of her new Victoria Stilwell Positively Podcast series.  With the launch of the inaugural episode in June, 2010, Victoria will regularly provide fans and dog lovers around the world with unique insight into her life and work throughout this fun, educational and lighthearted podcast series.  Joined by co-host (and Read More