How to Effectively Work With Common Challenges That Pet Professionals Face When Working With Pets and Their People

There is a common thread that occurs for most dog trainers, dog walkers and pet sitters and that is having to deal with the varied pet challenges that arise in a given day. It is rarely about just walking, sitting or training a dog. Inevitably there are some tricky situations that arise during the course of a pet professional’s day. In this segment, Victoria addresses some of the common situations that may arise so you can hit the ground running after watching this segment (and perhaps you can even turn your clients on to some new ways of dealing with their existing pet problems too).

Please note: Victoria's interview was recorded using the highest quality online conference software available. In spite of that, you might notice some small audio or video glitches in this video. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Victoria Stilwell

In This Segment You Will Learn:

  • Tips to help your clients determine what dog breed would be a good fit
  • How pet professionals can most effectively work with shy dogs
  • The fine art of introducing a cat into a dog and human household
  • The best equipment and tools to use for strong dogs who pull on a leash
  • Whether it’s really possible for an old dog to learn new tricks
  • And much more!

Kristin - MUSINGSKristin’s Musings:

It’s so fun to interview this knowledgeable lady! And it was great to get my kitten fix too (you’ll see what I mean when you watch this segment). I wanted you to have the opportunity to hear Victoria’s answers to those common, pesky, everyday challenges that pet professionals often deal with in the regular course of a day. She didn’t disappoint! Her answers are, as usual, direct, clear and make so much sense. Enjoy.

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Victoria Stilwell

Victoria Stilwell is a world-renowned dog trainer best known as the star of the international hit TV series It's Me or the Dog. Having filmed over 110 episodes since 2005, Stilwell is able to reach audiences in over 100 countries with her philosophy of positive training methods. A best-selling author, Stilwell appears frequently in the media and is widely recognized as a leader in the field of animal behavior. A passionate advocate for positive dog training methods, Stilwell is the Editor-in-Chief of Positively.com, the founder of the Victoria Stilwell Academy for Dog Training & Behavior, and the CEO of Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training – the world’s premier global network of positive reinforcement dog trainers.

The recipient of multiple awards, Stilwell is committed to helping the cause of animal rescue and rehabilitation and is heavily involved organizations around the world to increase awareness of puppy mills, dogfighting, animal abuse, pet overpopulation, dog bite prevention and other animal-related causes, but she is best known as a champion for force-free positive reinforcement dog training methods. She is a National Ambassador for the American Humane Association and serves on the Advisory Boards of RedRover, DogTV, Dognition and Canine Assistants.

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  • Kristin Morrison

    Reply Reply October 27, 2017

    Hi pet business owners,

    Please take a few minutes to share your insights down here if you don’t want to log in to the Facebook commenting section above. I’d love to hear your thoughts about today’s interview.


  • Bob DeSantis

    Reply Reply October 27, 2017

    Victoria Stilwell is the best. Love to hear her speak, I always learn something. Met her in person years ago at a dog show and she was amazing. I always refer back to her books. In your conversation with her you touched on the subject of reinforcing the training of our clients dogs with what ever method that they are using. When I get a new client, especially with a puppy, I always recommend they both attend a training class and then I always go to one of the classes to see what method the trainer is using so when I walk the dog I can use the same words and method for reinforcement. I never charge for this and found it has been very helpful and greatly appreciated by my clients.

  • Christi Moore

    Reply Reply October 27, 2017

    Fabulous advice from Victoria. I’m going to get her Secret Language of Dogs book. Such a subtle difference in the standard harness and the one Victoria designed, but evidently makes a huge difference. Thank you Kristin for providing this video with Victoria.

  • Nannette Morgan

    Reply Reply October 28, 2017

    Victoria’s talk was excellent. Thanks for providing this. I also got a lot out of Ian’s talk. I’ve had the pleasure of hearing him at APDT conferences and also at UC Davis Symposia.

    Thanks, Kristin!

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