New Arson Dogs Series Launches
Victoria's new multi-episode web series, Arson Dogs, launches today exclusively on her YouTube channel and the Positively Media Center. In the first episode, Victoria arrives in Alfred, Maine to begin her exploration of State Farm's arson dog training program. The 8 handlers in the new class arrive from all over the US and describe their expectations, goals and assumptions for the four-week long program. Victoria watches as trainers Mike and Billy help lead trainer Paul Gallagher pair the dogs and handlers based on type, personality and drive. "Like most people, I did not know too much about what arson dogs did or how they worked, but witnessing the awesome power of these amazing dogs' sense of smell and watching the strength of the bond and level of communication between the handler and dog was truly inspiring," said Stilwell. "After just scratching the surface learning about what these unique teams do on a daily basis, I knew right away that I wanted to bring greater awareness and appreciation of their work to my audience and beyond." Victoria's decision to produce a series about the program was cemented when she learned that the training methods used by lead trainer Paul Gallagher and his team to train these highly-driven working dogs were completely in line with her ideology of reward-based and force-free dog training. "The idea that stronger, more driven dogs need a heavier hand in training is something that I've spent my career trying to debunk, so I am thrilled to show our audience the true power of positive training with even these Ferraris of the dog world," said Stilwell. Watch the full season of Arson Dogs on Victoria's YouTube channel or on the Positively.com site's Positively Media Center over the next 2 months.