Breed Specific Legislation

Breed-specific legislation is being proposed and enacted all over the world, and targets so-called 'aggressive breeds.' German Shepherds, Rottweilers, and pit bull type dogs are common victims of this discriminatory and ineffective legislation. Why Doesn’t BSL Work? Banning specific breeds fails to get to the root of the dog bite problem—irresponsible ownership. Any dog can Read More

My Breed is “Special”

Breed traits are important. But these breed traits certainly don’t mean that only a very small segment of society should parent those particular breeds.

Aggressive Training Breeds Aggressive Dogs

A new study out of the UK sought to find the key factors that contribute to dog aggression. While breed-specific legislation and other discriminatory practices focus on the belief that a dog's breed is the primary factor that causes a dog to be aggressive, the results of this study point otherwise. Check out the top Read More

Breed Specific Issues

Study after study has shown that a dog’s breed is not a major factor that contributes to aggression, and yet breed-specific legislation still targets specific dog breeds all over the world. How a dog is socialized, raised, trained, the mental and physical stimulation he receives, owner responsibility and individual behavioral history are all much more Read More

We Are Not Who You Think We Are

We ARE just like you. Our dogs are not monsters. They are just dogs, just like any other dogs. Just like people are all individuals, so are dogs.

AVSAB Position Statement on BSL

Communities seeking to enhance community safety, deter dog bites and dog attacks sometimes believe than an “easy fix” is to ban specific breeds. It turns out this strategy never works, according to a new position statement from the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) Breed specific legislation or BSL occurs when communities ban specific Read More

Merseyside Police Seize and Kill Legally Exempt Dogs

I am appalled at this latest story coming from Liverpool.  This is Breed Specific Legislation at its worst and yet another example of innocent dogs being taken away from their owners and euthanised without due process.  I support law enforcement in many ways but this kind of policing is barbaric, especially when many of the Read More

Positively Success Story: Jambo

Jambo is the first Staffordshire Bull Terrier to be a Trick Dog Champion. Trained with Positive Reinforcement and helping break the Bully Breed stereotype!
He has his own Facebook page, Jambo – Staffy Bull Terrier Trick Dog. He likes to promote doing Dog Tricks and Positive Reinforcement Training. He also likes to do his bit for Read More

The Truth About Pit Bulls

Every dog has their own set of personality traits that make them unique, so you cannot predict a dog’s behavior solely on its breed type. There are many myths surrounding bully breed dogs or 'bullies,' that instill fear in the general public and can cause devastating misunderstandings. Bully breed dogs, such as pit bull type Read More

The Fight For Lennox – A Year Later

Lennox is the poster child against a law that is fatally flawed and needs to be changed. His family continues to fight against BSL so that other innocent lives can be protected and so that other families don’t have to experience the pain of having a beloved dog taken away from them, deemed guilty and killed just because of the way he looks.

Meet Wolfdog Journey!

If the thought of interacting with a wolflike creature makes your heart leap, meet wolfdog Journey, A cross of a wolf and a domestic dog several generations removed, Journey was selectively bred for social-butterfly abilities and wolflike appearance.

Dog Bite Prevention & Awareness Conferences

The Dog Bite Prevention and Awareness Conference presented by VSPDT (DBC) is a one or two-day multi-speaker seminar designed for and open to all animal industry professionals, child educators, shelter workers, medical professionals, first responders, police  and animal control officers, lawyers, lawmakers, public safety professionals,  delivery personnel, trainers and dog lovers. The DBC is a Read More

European Tour Recap – Part 2

This summer I had the great fortune to travel around Europe with my family while delivering a series of live shows, training seminars and other appearances. In part one of this blog, I described the incredibly enriching experiences and people I encountered during the first half of the trip while in Finland and Italy. After Read More

Positively Dog Training Episode 201

In the first episode of the new season, Victoria and Holly discuss what they've been up to for the past several months, including Victoria's filming of the 8th season of It's Me or the Dog, experiencing the recent earthquake and hurricane, Victoria on Anderson Cooper, the Hero Dog Awards, Holly's judging of Miss Tennessee, her Read More

Beyond the Myth

Former Vick Dog guest of honor at Atlanta’s Plaza Theater for emotionally charged pit bull documentary, “Beyond the Myth” Film to Make Georgia Premiere as Local Municipalities Consider Restrictions on Ownership of Pit Bull-Type Dogs  Atlanta, GA., Sept 16, 2011 – Atlanta Underdog Initiative, a pit bull and mastiff advocacy and outreach organization, has partnered Read More

Hero Dog Tyson – Escanaba, MI

It does not get any more heroic than this - a dog that saved a life and a family that will always be forever grateful.  Here's his amazing story as told by his grateful owner: "Tyson is a two year old American Pitbull Terrier. He came into my family’s life in December of 2009 when he Read More

Why BSL Doesn’t Work

I am a mother. I am also a dog owner and dog trainer who has committed my life to helping people find the most effective, humane and responsible way to live in harmony with their dogs while also affording them the respect they deserve. Over thousands of years, these beautiful creatures have gradually been domesticated Read More

Save Lennox

On the 19th May 2010, Lennox, a five year old American Bull dog Labrador cross was wrongfully seized by Belfast City Council Dog Wardens from his loving family home where he lives with his owners and his kennel mates. Lennox committed no crime nor did any member of the public complain about him. Lennox’s family Read More

It Doesn’t Have to Happen

Last week I did an interview with CNN's Headline News regarding a four day old infant that had just been killed by the family’s pit bull in Jacksonville, Florida. Baby Justin was lying on the bed while his mother went to take a shower when the attack happened. The baby was taken to hospital where he died of his injuries and the pit bull was seized by animal control and euthanized the next day.

Positively Dog Training Episode 105

In this very special episode, Victoria and Holly are joined briefly by Victoria's daughter, Alex, who talks about her summer activities and future career plans. Other topics discussed include: They also discuss the Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training program as Victoria prepares for another trainer evaluation day. Victoria' attendance at the upcoming AVMA conference. Victoria Read More

For Immediate Release

Official Press Release: State Farm® and Victoria Stilwell Educate Children about Being K9 Safe and Smart

Four-Year-Old Girl Killed in Fatal Dog Attack: Who’s to Blame?

Over the years I’ve written and talked about breed-specific legislation. I am a passionate owner of two pit-bull-type dogs, and I’ve taken every opportunity to write about the myths and misconceptions about the breed and the benefits of breed-neutral laws. But it was always from a theoretical perspective. Then, on March 24, an unspeakable tragedy Read More

Register for the UK’s National Dog Bite Prevention & Behaviour Conference

Renowned TV dog trainer, Victoria Stilwell has enlisted the help of the world’s top canine behaviour experts, lawyers, and educators to create the National Dog Bite Prevention & Behaviour Conference – a national event dedicated to finding practical and workable solutions to this universal problem through education and heightened awareness.

Animal Advocacy

Jump to: Victoria Stilwell Foundation Breed Specific Issues Rescue Dogs Puppy Mills Dog Bite Prevention There are all kinds of ways you can be an animal advocate. From breed-specific legislation ripping dogs away from responsible owners, to puppy mills breeding unsocialized and sick puppies for profit, there are important dog-related issues all over the world Read More

President Obama Speaks Out Against BSL

The President himself has condemned BSL in an official White House response titled "Breed-Specific Legislation is a Bad Idea." Despite staggering research that shows BSL is ineffective and does not have a positive impact on public safety, there are still fierce proponents of such legislation. The White House has adopted the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's stance on BSL, which states that a community-based approach is more effective than breed bands.

Miami Dog Bite Prevention Conference

The Dog Bite Prevention Conferences are igniting a conversation about that need for education. We don't want to preach to the choir - we need teachers, doctors, lawyers, animal control officers, parents, and dog owners all to come together to begin to understand what does (and what does not) constitute a dangerous dog in order to stop these heartwrenching tragedies from occurring.

Positively Dog Training Episode 307

Recaps of 40th birthday plans, the Denver Dog Bite Conference and VSPDT member retreat, interview with dog trainer Sue Sternberg, and Ask Victoria questions about digging dogs, aggressive farm dogs, rough play and more.

My Busy October!

I don’t know why, but October always seems to be one of the busiest months of the year for me. It’s also one of the most fun and rewarding, and this October has not let me down! Between my filming schedule, the Hero Dog Awards in LA, my trip to Savannah for a school and jail dog program visit, a cat training session in Denver for the winner of the InFURvention contest, the APDT conference, ongoing development of new projects, my work with VSPDT, and of course being a wife and mom, it’s been a pretty full few weeks.

Celebrate National Dog Day!

There are over 78 million owned dogs in the U.S., and 39% of all American households include at least one dog. This Sunday, August 26th, is National Dog Day, giving many of those dogs and the people that love them reason to celebrate. As someone who has dedicated my life to helping people build healthy relationships with their pets based on mutual trust, respect and love, I have one of the best seats in the house on days like this and I honestly believe that I have one of the best jobs in the world.

Victoria Rebukes BCC Representative on the Radio

Victoria joined host Wendy Austin on BBC Radio Ulster and sparred with Pat McCarthy, the head of Belfast City Council's (BCC) Environmental Health Committee, just hours after the BCC destroyed Lennox, an American Bulldog/Labrador mix with no history of aggression or behavior issues. The dog was confiscated 2 years ago due not to his aggressive nature, Read More

Lennox’s Last Chance

Several months ago, I began working behind the scenes with Lennox’s legal team to begin the process of convincing the court system to allow Lennox to be rehomed in the US – a process which I personally am dedicated to overseeing and facilitating. I have personally received the Barnes family’s approval to take Lennox, and while I can only imagine the heartache they would feel at seeing him go, they have said they would prefer him to have a happy life elsewhere rather than see it end next week. My longstanding private offer to absorb all of the cost and organize all of the travel arrangements to transport him at no expense to the Belfast City Council has been with those responsible for making the final decisions regarding Lennox for some time. At this point, however, it appears that the court system is not inclined to accept this offer.