Victoria Stilwell Foundation

“Helping Dogs Help People” The Victoria Stilwell Foundation is a national non-profit charitable organization established by dog trainer Victoria Stilwell to support assistance dog organizations and smaller rescue shelters while promoting her core positive reinforcement dog training philosophies. The Foundation’s core purpose is to provide financial assistance and canine behavior expertise to organizations devoted to Read More

Victoria & VSA’s CEO Discuss Her Dog Trainer School

Victoria was joined by her husband and Victoria Stilwell Academy CEO for a Facebook Live chat to discuss what VSA is, why they started it, and how prospective students can enroll. Check it out below or on her Facebook page:

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!

Learn to Become a Dog Trainer with Victoria Stilwell

"I set out to create a school with the hope of designing the most well-rounded, exciting dog training curriculum out there," says founder Victoria Stilwell of the Academy, "and based on the feedback we're getting from students, we've achieved exactly that."

Victoria Talks #PetResolutions on HLN

Victoria was featured on HLN News Now, where she discussed the #PetResolutions campaign, and answered questions from fans and viewers about their pet's resolutions. She was joined by Daisy, a therapy dog for special needs children and who has been featured as the poster-pup for #PetResolutions. The segment talked about a dog's exercise needs, featured funny video Read More

Victoria’s Hot Weather Tips

Summer is here, which brings with it beautiful weather, warm temperatures, and lots of fun in the sun. While summertime is a great season for dogs and humans to relax and enjoy the outdoors, there always seem to be too many terrible heat-related tragedies that occur. Check out my top tips for keeping your dog Read More

Victoria Talks Puppy Training on AMHQ

Victoria was featured on the Weather Channel's morning show, America's Morning Headquarters (AMHQ), where she had the chance to spend time with adoptable puppies from the Atlanta Humane Society. Many families choose to bring home a new puppy over the summer since the kids are home from school and everyone has more time to integrate Read More

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’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.

#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 Demonstrates Positive Training on Good Day New York

Victoria Stilwell was featured in a live segment on Good Day New York, which aired on March 22, 2013. In the segment, Victoria discusses and demonstrates her success with using positive reinforcement to train dogs. Victoria stated, "I don’t believe you need to dominate your dog into submission, you just have to motivate your dog Read More

Victoria Featured on the Joan Hamburg Show

Victoria was featured on the Joan Hamburg Show on WOR-AM in New York. She discussed her new book and why positive reinforcement is the most effective training method.

Victoria Featured on WGN Radio

Victoria was featured on WGN Radio, where she discussed her new book, "Train Your Dog Positively," as well as why positive reinforcement training works for dogs of all breeds and even for the most serious behavioral issues.

Victoria’s Books

Jump to: Train Your Dog Positively It's Me or the Dog: How to Have the Perfect Pet Fat Dog Slim: How to Have a Healthy, Happy Pet The Secret Language of Dogs: Unlock the Canine Mind for a Happier Pet Released October 11, 2016 Order from Amazon Order from the Positively Store Recent studies into the minds Read More

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.

American Dog With Victoria Stilwell – Canine Assistants

Canine Assistants trains and provides service dogs to people with medical conditions and disabilities. The results are nothing short of amazing. Recipients experience a freedom that would be otherwise impossible. The dogs change peoples lives. And all of it free of charge. Founded in 1991 by Jennifer Arnold, Canine Assistants now places 75 to 100 dogs annually.

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

Victoria to Answer Fan Questions with Marlo Thomas

Victoria will be a guest on Marlo Thomas' weekly web show, Mondays With Marlo, which airs on the Huffington Post and AOL.com. On the show, Victoria will chat with Marlo about why it's preferred to build relationships with your dog based on mutual trust, respect and love as opposed to pain, fear and intimidation.  She Read More

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

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.

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

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