Victoria Stilwell: The Westminster Interview

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Victoria Stilwell graciously agreed to be interviewed by Vegan Petman, and over the course of this nearly 6 minute video, she reveals a number of things that fans may not have known about her. She discusses why she never had a companion animal growing up and how she was ultimately able to get her “animal fix.” She also (candidly) discusses why shows like the Westminster Dog Show have their proper place in the pet world, and why we need to maintain breeding dogs in a responsible way.

Victoria even tackles the controversial “show dogs vs. shelter dogs” issue. Viewers will also learn why it’s so important that pet owners use positive reinforcement as a training tool instead of the widely disputed “dominance” strategy.

3 thoughts on “Victoria Stilwell: The Westminster Interview”

  1. FACT: Victoria can become more powerful by feeding on lens flares using antennae concealed in her pointer and middle-fingers.

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  2. I love Victoria’s show. When my mom first got her pup, her show helped me so much with training that dog. Granted, there’s only so much that you can fit into a 30 minute show, and a lot that’s left out (like how often you have to work with the dog to get her to understand that “sit” means sit). There are some (few) aspects of Cesar Milan’s show that are helpful (I agree that you have to be calm and assertive when training. Being frazzled and frustrated, or crazed and overexcited doesn’t usually help convey how you want your dog to behave), the whole dominance thing is pretty much bs. My dog isn’t staying outside to bark at the other dog on the opposite side of the street, not listening to my telling him to come inside, because he feels dominant or superior to me. No, barking at the other dog is fun and rewarding, because that second dog barks back and is far, far more exciting than me. When I signed my adopted pup and myself up for training classes, and she went into detail what Victoria talks about on tv, it made perfect sense. Now my dog knows that when I tell him to come inside, even when the other dog is barking at him, he’s going to get treats or toys or whatever and that’s going to be much more fun for him.

    Positive training is simple; make your dog want to do something and he’ll most likely do it for you. Make your dog afraid that you’re going to roll him over, or “bite” him, and he’ll probably start avoiding you, or worse.

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    • OH, I started ranting and completely forgot to add that I totally agree with her about the “show dog/shelter dog” bit. Yeah, is adopting from your local shelter awesome and better than buying from that shady guy with puppies from down the road? You bet. Is spaying/neutering your dog a good idea? Most likely. Would having -every single- dog fixed solve our overpopulation problem? Oh, yeah, except it would also eliminate dogs as a whole. I adopt because I’m not showing my dogs, nor do I plan to breed them to further and better the breed. If I planned to do these things, then I would seek out and purchase a pedigree dog (most likely a rottweiler, in my case) from a responsible breeder who is active in dog shows and cares more about the dogs than the money they bring in. However, since there are many, many purebred and mixed dogs in need of homes, and I’m looking for a companion, not a show dog nor a breeding dog to strengthen the bloodline of whatever I’d be breeding, I’ll continue to adopt, spay, and neuter my pets. (sorry for the long-winded comments, lol)

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