What's Good and What's Bad
Planet channel recruited her to counter the popular Cesar Millan on
National Geographic channel. American views know her from It's Me
or the Dog or the Greatest American Dog shows
- Her techniques
are simple and don't require any tools or techniques that
should bother a dog owner. Anyone can follow and use her techniques
are tried and true ways to train a dog
- Not the
way I'd go to try to rehabilitate an aggressive Akita or Chow Chow
(check out Cesar Millan for that)
- She seems
to believe every old-wives tale out there and clearly doesn't feel the
need to research or stay current with veterinary medicine
As an example,
she recommends neutering/spaying dogs (which is fine) but states that
there are no negative consequences and no changes in a dog's behavior
true when she said it and isn't now as veterinary researchers become more
familiar with the consequences of neutering/spaying.
there's always been a certain percentage of dogs that experience continued
incontinence after neutering/spaying. That doesn't mean I'm advocating
keeping a dog intact (all of mine are neutered or spayed).
is to remind you to research the pros and cons of spaying/neutering dogs
and make an informed decision based on the latest veterinary knowledge.
well written pro-and-con
article on spaying/neutering from the Animal Sciences College
at Rutgers University.
are my recommendations. Four paws are best; one paw is worst.
Me or the Dog: How to Have the Perfect Pet
basic book for the owner of a new puppy or a dog that merely lacks
techniques are simple to implement and will work on typical dogs.
The book could use more images. If you like her style, I'd suggest
this book and the video.
Stilwell, as is the case with other successful dog trainers, has
an innate gift for training dogs which goes a long way toward being
able to work with some of the dogs in her show.
If you had that innate ability, you probably wouldn't need this
it's fine for new owners or those with young dogs. The techniques
are simple and effective such as turning your back on a dog that
jumps up. If the dog is ignored and not rewarded for his bad behavior,
he is going to learn that jumping isn't worth doing.
Three paws but keep in mind its limitations. If you had a dog that
would be in prison if he were a human, you need more help than this
book. Try Cesar Millan.
Me or The Dog: Season 1
unruly hounds to pampered poodles, renowned British dog trainer
Victoria Stilwell has seen them all - but what about the owners
who are forced to live with them?
homes destroyed and marriages in trouble, it's not just the dogs
that need help. From across the Atlantic, Victoria is now bringing
her unique approach with dogs to American families.
series follows Stillwell as she tries to restore harmony in homes
where the pet is running riot and the family is in the dog house.
observation, interviews and secret filming with a 'pet cam', Victoria
uses her 10+ years of experience to assemble the evidence and diagnose
Four Paws. I love her show.
Dog Slim: It's Me or the Dog
book was written in England. That's not bad but it does mean the
author isn't familiar with the Association
of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) that establishes
standards for American dog food. She doesn't explain as much as
an American dog owner should know about dog food.
of her ideas are conventional. Unlike the dogs-are-furry-people
adherents, she warns against feeding poultry bones to dogs or letting
them eat raw meat. Thank goodness!
she does support feeding dogs human foods. While she warns against
the poisonous foods such as chocolate, she seems too blase about
the how difficult it is to feed a dog a balanced diet if you're
trying to make his dog food himself using human foods
does stress the need for exercise and discusses the overweight epidemic
One paw. It's not awful but it's not that good either.
Simple, easy techniques any owner should be able to implement.
Like Cesar Millan, she stresses the need to exercise your dog and to remember
that he's a dog, not a furry-human. You must be the leader of the pack.
That not only enables you to train your dog but makes him confident and
secure in his own role.
in-control owner; confident under-control dog.
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