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Victoria Stilwell Talks Training and Television
"It's Me or the Dog" star on training methods, her clients and her new pup.
Victoria Stilwell and her new pup
Victoria Stilwell’s show It’s Me or the Dog has returned to Animal Planet, and Stilwell talks to us about the new season, as well as her take on training methods—positive is the only approach—the difference between men and women as training clients, and her search for a new dog. Not available yet. Check back soon!
Good Dog: Behavior & Training
Training Daze
Even a bad example can have a good influence.
Patricia B. McConnell and Lassie
He was short, only 5' 4" or so, but his broad shoulders and thick arms gave an impression of size and strength. He had close-cropped, steely gray hair, and none of us in his dog-training class had any reason to doubt that he was the Marine he claimed to be. You’ve never heard of him, but he had as much impact on my life and career as anyone I’ve ever met. I encountered him (I’ll call him Mark)...
Good Dog: Behavior & Training
Q&A with Dawn Sylvia-Stasiewicz
Perfect Family Dog Training
Dawn Sylvia-Stasiewicz
Dawn Sylvia-Stasiewicz, 52, who trained dogs for the late senator Edward M. Kennedy and trained first dog Bo (known to her as Charlie) before he went to live in the White House, died Jan. 12 in Virginia. According to The Washington Post, she had been leading dog training classes days before her death. After being admitted to the hospital, for reasons that were not stated in the obituary, she went...
Good Dog: Behavior & Training
8 Tips for Vet-Visit Bliss
Play by the Numbers
Dog & Vet
Many dogs dislike going to the vet. Their objections can take the form of unruly behavior, signs of stress (shaking and salivating), or even aggression.Unfortunately, we can’t point out to our dogs that these medical appointments are highly beneficial and for their own good, or simply explain to them in plain English that even though it might not always seem like it, the vet has their best...
Blog: Guest Posts
The Canine Supernanny Is Back
Victoria Stilwell returns for another year in Bark, and a third season on TV
New year, new challenges, new solutions. We’re thrilled the calm, compassionate and straight-talking Victoria Stilwell returns to answer reader questions in 2011. In our February issue, she tackles one dog’s new habit (acquired during the holiday) of counter-surfing. As per usual, Stilwell’s prescription requires seeing the situation from the dog’s point of view and employing a combination of...
Good Dog: Behavior & Training
Q&A with the Trainers of DogTown
On building a better relationship with your dog.
We’ve been enjoying the Daily Dog Tips from the trainers of National Geographic’s hit show DogTown. So we decided to chat with John Garcia, a trainer from DogTown’s Best Friends Animal Society about the new book Dog Tips from DogTown and the importance of building a relationship with your dog. The Best Friends Animal Society has been rescuing animals for well over 20 years. What prompted you to...
Blog: Guest Posts
Are You Tipping?
Don’t miss your daily dog tips from DogTown
Sometimes I get overwhelmed reading about training and behavior. It feels like there is too much to know and absorb. That’s one of the reasons I’m loving the daily updates from Dog Tips from DogTown. This sneak, one-tip-a-day peek is rolling out on TheBark.com this week and next. My current favorite is “Tip 3: Because dog’s don’t wear mood rings,” a simple, illustrated guide to reading my dog’s...
Good Dog: Behavior & Training
Daily Dog Tips From DogTown
Improve the relationship between you and your dog!
Dog Tips from Dogtown
The Best Friends Animal Society is the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary, and its remarkable trainers have turned around dogs that others have given up on, helping them live more fulfilling lives and find their forever homes. These trainers build strong, trusting relationships with the dogs through positive reinforcement strategies in training and exercise, strategies you can learn by reading...
Good Dog: Behavior & Training
The Art of Training
Building trust is the first step
Marilyn Pona with K.C., the YorkiePoo, and Rusty, her big red rescue boy.
For 30 years, Marilyn Pona, founder of Assistance Dogs for Living, has been training dogs: rescued, traumatized mutts; show dogs; obedience-school dropouts; neurotic dogs in danger of exile from their families; and service dogs of every kind.   “There’s one thing nearly every trainer does too soon,” she confides. “Train.”   The usual impulse, she explains, is to jump in and try to impose control...
Good Dog: Behavior & Training
Can't Our Dogs Just Get Along?
Talking Training with Victoria Stilwell
Q: We get along great with our neighbors; alas, our dog seems to despise their dog, and it’s mutual. Why don’t dogs like one another, and how do we teach them to get along? A: People ask a lot from their dogs by expecting them to be social with every dog they meet. This can put a lot of pressure on a dog—especially one who finds it hard to cope in social situations. Humans are able to choose...

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