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Ask Dog Expert Victoria Stilwell A Question!

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Expert dog trainer Victoria Stilwell will be joining me soon on Mondays with Marlo. Now is you chance to ask her anything you'd like to know about:

  • Why positive training is the most effective, safe, and humane method
  • Why the 'dominance myth' is misunderstood and dangerous
  • Tips to preventing dog bites (especially with small children around)
  • Why breed specific legislation (BSL) is wrong
  • Tips on dogs in small spaces
  • What to do if a family member or another animal doesn't get along with your dog
  • Your pet's health
  • How to keep your pet healthy and happy
  • And anything else you want to ask

Be sure to post your questions in the comment section below!

Victoria Stilwell is best known for her role as the star of Animal Planet's hit TV series "It's Me or the Dog", through which she is able to share her insight and passion for positive reinforcement dog training and as a judge on CBS's Greatest American Dog. Having filmed over 100 episodes since 2005, Stilwell is able to reach audiences in over 50 countries while counseling families on their pet problems.

Her two best-selling books, "It's Me or the Dog: How to Have the Perfect Pet" and "Fat Dog Slim: How to Have a Healthy, Happy Pet", have been widely praised, and they detail her core reward-based training philosophy: "There’s a better way to train – Positively."

Due to her passion for positive reinforcement training methods, Stilwell created www.positively.com – the online home of positive reinforcement – featuring the world’s leading veterinary behaviorists, dog trainers and behavioral scientists on her Positively Expert Blog. She is a vocal opponent of punitive, dominance-based training techniques which often result in 'quick fixes' but ultimately cause more long-term harm than good while damaging the owner-dog relationship.

In 2010, she launched Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training, the world’s first global network of positive reinforcement dog trainers, dedicated to providing the dog-owning public a brand name they can trust in reward-based training.

She also remains committed to helping the cause of animal rescue and rehabilitation and is heavily involved shelters around the world while also working to increase awareness of the horrific practice of puppy mills. She is a National Ambassador for American Humane and serves as the Behavioral Advisor on Red Rover's Advisory Board.

A regular guest on countless talk shows, news broadcasts and radio programs in the US, Europe and Asia, Stilwell was named 2009's Dog Trainer of the Year at the Purina ProPlan Dog awards and was the recipient of the prestigious 2011 Excellence in Journalism and Outstanding Contributions to the Pet Industry Award. Since its premiere in 2005, "It’s Me or the Dog" has been the recipient of multiple honors including a 2011 Genesis Award Nomination and a 2009 People's Choice Award nomination. Stilwell is a regular columnist for The Bark and Dogs Today magazines, and she has been featured in numerous national magazines, journals and newspapers.

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