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’s Books

Jump to: The Ultimate Guide to Raising A Puppy The Secret Language of Dogs 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 Ultimate Guide to Raising a Puppy: How to Train and Care for Your New Dog 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.

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

Donate to the VS Foundation

  Click the link above to donate to the Victoria Stilwell Foundation and help support canine assistance organizations and smaller rescue shelters. Your donation is 100% tax-deductible (US only) and a great way to help Victoria make a difference not only for dogs that need our help, but also for dogs who are devoted to Read More

DogChannel interviews Victoria

Victoria was interviewed by DogChannel.com on January 3, 2011.  In the exclusive interview, Victoria describes her work with misbehaving pets (and owners), the debate between science-based methods and dominance-based training, advice on getting a new dog, her global network of positive reinforcement VSPDT dog trainers, her foundation and much more.  Read the article here.

Victoria honored with 2011 Excellence in Journalism Award

The American Pet Products Association (APPA) and Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA) have announced that Victoria will be the recipient of the prestigious “Excellence in Journalism and Outstanding Contributions to the Pet Industry Award” at the 2011 Global Pet Expo.  Victoria will personally accept the award Thursday, March 17, 2011 in Orlando, Florida at The Purina® Media Reception Read More

Victoria interviewed by NJ.com

Victoria was interviewed by NJ.com on March 30, 2010.  During the interview she discussed the history of It's Me or the Dog, her new charitable foundation, her positively.com website, the new Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Trainer network, her books and general thoughts about positive reinforcement.  The interview is available in audio format here.

Victoria’s Links

Animal Shelters PAWS Atlanta (Atlanta, GA) Atlanta Pet Rescue Home for Life Animal Sanctuary Wisconsin Humane Society (Milwaukee, WI) SFSPCA (San Francisco, CA) Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter (East Hanover, NJ) Stray from the Heart, NYC Battersea Dogs & Cats Home (London, UK) Angels Among Us Pet Rescue (Atlanta, GA) Greyhound Rescue of West England Hong Read More

About Victoria

Victoria Stilwell is a world-renowned dog trainer best known as the star of the international hit TV series It's Me or the Dog. Having filmed over 110 episodes of It's Me or the Dog beginning in 2005, Stilwell is able to reach audiences in over 120 countries with her philosophy of positive training methods. She Read More

Positively Dog Training Episode 710

Victoria and Holly ring in the new year with a special guest in studio and discussing several of the new projects and developments coming in 2018 in the Positively ecosystem.

Kindness Is Powerful Award Winners Announced!

After a months-long nomination period, we are honored to announce that the five winners of the inaugural Kindness Is Powerful Awards have been named. The Kindness Is Powerful Awards are granted to individuals doing heroes' work on a daily basis without regular recognition or praise on behalf of animals in the rescue world. Nominees were Read More

For Immediate Release

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

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

VSPDT

While her filming and professional schedule unfortunately prevent her from making private house calls, Victoria has responded to the dog-owning public's ever-growing need for more positive training professionals by creating a global network of hand-picked, world-class positive trainers – Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training (VSPDT). Victoria herself personally oversees the recruitment of the very best Read More

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

Positively Dog Training Episode 306

Recaps of the Hero Dog Awards and preview of the Denver Dog Bite Conference, child/dog safety tips, the opposition to BSL in Savannah, Holly's pizzas for charity and Ask Victoria questions.

The Value of Redirection

My eight-year old daughter loves school so much that when the last day of school arrived a couple of weeks ago, she and her friends were borderline devastated to face the fact that there would be no regular contact with each other and their beloved teachers for a few months. We knew from previous years Read More

The Hero Dog Awards – A Magical Evening

What a amazing night! I knew it would be powerful, I knew I would shed some tears, and I knew it would be emotional.  But I don’t think any of us who attended the American Humane Association’s first annual Hero Dog Awards were prepared for just how special this event would be. The Hero Dog Read More

Funding

Funding VSF is proud to announce a strategic partnership with Victoria Stilwell Enterprises, LLC which ensures that a portion of all proceeds from Victoria’s products and services are donated to the Foundation. Donations Support the Victoria Stilwell Foundation by making a tax-deductible donation. 100% of all proceeds go to help support canine assistance and positive Read More

Mission & Inspiration

The Mission The Victoria Stilwell Foundation provides financial support and canine behavior expertise to assistance dog organizations and small animal rescue shelters while promoting the concept of reward-based, positive reinforcement dog training philosophies in organizations and households throughout the United States. The Inspiration Over the past 20 years, Victoria’s extensive charitable efforts on behalf of Read More

It’s Me or the Dog Free on YouTube!

We're very excited to share the news that full episodes of It's Me or the Dog are now available on YouTube via the @ItsMeOrTheDog channel. It's been quite a while since we broke ground on that series back in the early 2000's, and I never would've guessed that we'd end up shooting over 100 episodes and have the show airing in over 200 countries.

New Industry-Changing Online Professional Dog Trainer Course Launched

Following years of development, renowned dog behavior expert Victoria Stilwell and her Victoria Stilwell Academy for Dog Training & Behavior educational arm announce the launch of the Online Dog Trainer Course – a game-changing new online-only course designed to teach those aspiring to become professional dog trainers.

Wolf In A Dog

I am sick of seeing commercials, print ads and even suggestions made on pet food packaging itself, about caring for the wolf in your dog. There isn’t as much of the wolf in your dog, at least advertised. In fact, there is very little grey wolf in any domestic dog! Several studies, including one from PLOS Read More

Isn’t It Amazing?

I firmly believe that any decent trainer is always learning – we should never feel we know ‘enough’, and I thoroughly enjoy being inspired, educated and challenged by our amazing roster of presenters at this conference year after year. It has developed into one of the most sought-after dog behaviour experiences available in the UK, and I’m incredibly honoured to be able to bring such a diverse, passionate, educated, engaged, and dog-literate group of people together in the name of better understanding our canine companions each June.

Help! My Puppy is Deaf. What Now?

Ultimately, what I’ve realized is that living with and training a deaf dog isn’t harder, it’s just different. Here are a few tips to help new deaf dog pet parents get started. I hope these help ease your anxiety and fears during this transition.

5 Things Responsible Dog Owners Do

September is Responsible Dog Ownership Month. Do you fit the bill of a responsible dog owner? Check out Victoria Stilwell's article highlighting five ways you can spot a responsible dog owner.

Canine Noise Phobia Series

The Canine Noise Phobia Series (CNP) is a 4-CD compilation of specialized audio recordings and innovative training protocols specifically designed to reduce and prevent noise phobias and anxiety in dogs. “In my work as a dog trainer both on TV and in private practice over the past 15 years, I have seen countless dogs suffer Read More

What Is Positive Training?

Positive training is not a scientific term. You will not find it in any scientific journals, and you will regularly hear it being mischaracterized by those who do not fully understand it. When we at Positively refer to the power of positive training or you hear Victoria describe herself as a positive trainer, we are Read More