Posted on: June 19, 2015 - 3 Comments
On this special episode, Victoria and Holly dedicate the entire show to answering Ask Victoria dog training questions. From what to do if your dog bites someone to how to improve a dog's fear of loud noises, this episode covers all your most pressing training questions.
Celebrity Dog Trainer Victoria Stilwell Introduces the UK’s First National Dog Bite Prevention Week, June 7th-14th
Posted on: May 28, 2015 - No Comments
In response to the reports of dog bites which continue to drive news cycles in cities across the country, renowned dog trainer and behaviour expert, Victoria Stilwell from Channel 4’s It’s Me or the Dog introduces the UK’s first National Dog Bite Prevention Week, June 7th-14th.
Posted on: May 19, 2015 - 20 Comments
My dog's seizures are scary and painful to watch. I feel helpless. I had been with him through his seizures before without incidence until the day that everything changed.
Posted on: October 6, 2014 - 47 Comments
Or trainers. I can't clearly put this in any one person's lap. Let's back up and see where we are. First off, I am not going to identify the trainer(s), the dog, or the family. My purpose is not to belittle or attack anyone. Instead I want this to be a learning experience for other trainers and a warning to owners.
Posted on: July 1, 2014 - No Comments
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
Posted on: June 11, 2014 - No Comments
Imagine sitting in study hall, cramming for your math final the next period. You’re focused. Determined. Then, the boy behind you starts smacking his gum. You need to learn these equations! You try to shut out the noise, but then he starts tapping your shoulder with his pen. You whirl around – it was an Read More
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In London for this weekend's UK Dog Bite Prevention & Behaviour Conference, Victoria took fellow VSPDT, forensic dog bite investigator and good friend Jim Crosby along with her to her interview with Jo Good and Anna Webb on BBC Radio London's 'The Barking Hour' radio show. During the 20 minute segment, they discussed the upcoming Read More
Posted on: January 18, 2014 - 46 Comments
Even though dog bites are relatively common, full-blown attacks are not. It is important to know, however, what to do in the unlikely event an attack happens. What type of behavior do dogs normally exhibit before attacking? There is no one size fits all when it comes to the signals a dog gives before attacking, Read More
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When a dog feels threatened by something, the first and safest option for the dog is to run away from the threat. This is called the 'flight response.' If the dog is unable to put sufficient distance between himself and the threat, the only other options left are to either submit in the hope the Read More
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Dog-to-human aggression can be unpredictable and dangerous, especially when there is an extensive history of aggressive behavior. Dog bites account for a large number of hospital admissions each year and cost insurance companies millions in claims. While most dogs live in harmony with their families, dogs of all breeds and breed mixes have the capacity Read More
Posted on: December 5, 2013 - 69 Comments
The Journal of the American Veterinary Association has released the most comprehensive study to date regarding fatal dog bites and the common factors that link them. The authors of the study found that there were some significant errors reported by the media in certain stories, so rather than relying on a potentially biased media source, Read More
Posted on: May 20, 2013 - 2 Comments
Dog Bite Prevention week is here, and it's always a great chance to reflect on how we can better protect our dogs and our children from the preventable tragedy of a dog bite. Responsible pet ownership, including spaying and neutering your pet, keeping him on leash when out on walks, and never leaving any child unattended with your dog are some of the best ways you can prevent a bite. Check out some of Victoria's helpful and articles about dog bite prevention.
Posted on: January 9, 2013 - No Comments
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
Posted on: October 18, 2012 - 5 Comments
It's Me or the Dog star Victoria Stilwell explains to CNN how to tell when a dog is about to bite.
Posted on: October 6, 2011 - 7 Comments
It seems like every few weeks, a fresh news story about a family pet seriously injuring or killing a baby hits the airwaves. And every time, we all say and hear the same well-meaning and accurate but tired talking points about how devastating it is, how it could have and should have been avoided, who Read More
Posted on: May 13, 2011 - 3 Comments
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