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 and CBS's Greatest American Dog. Having filmed over 100 episodes of It's Me or the Dog since 2005, Stilwell is able to reach audiences in over 50 countries with her philosophy of positive training methods.
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.” Her highly anticipated third book, Train Your Dog Positively, will be released in the US in the spring of 2013.
A passionate advocate for positive reinforcement dog training methods, Stilwell is the Editor-in-Chief of Positively.com which features 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.
Stilwell is the CEO of Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training - the world's premier global network of positive reinforcement dog trainers. In addition to her globally available Positively Podcast series, she also produces several shows in her role as the director of training and behavior for the popular eHow Pets YouTube channel.
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. A co-founder of the national Dog Bite Prevention conference series, Stilwell is also a National Ambassador for the American Humane Association and serves on the Advisory Boards of RedRover, DogTV, and Canine Assistants.
A regular guest on talk shows, news broadcasts and radio programs throughout 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 2011 and 2012 Genesis Award Nominations and a 2009 People's Choice Award nomination. Stilwell is a regular columnist for several magazines, and she has been featured in numerous journals, magazines and newspapers including The New York Times, USA Today, Cosmopolitan, Time.com, Oprah Magazine, Rachael Ray Everyday, MSNBC.com, Self Magazine, Shape Magazine, The Daily Mail, and The Sun.
Victoria currently resides in Atlanta with her husband, daughter and two rescue dogs, Sadie and Jasmine.
She is honored to serve as an international patron for Dogs Helping Kids, a dynamic organisation whose principles align perfectly with her Positively mission to make the world a better place for dogs and their people. The great work being done by DHK is a vital component of the overall effort to help ensure that dogs can achieve their full potential as both educational and therapeutic aids, especially to children.
Jaden Cornelious - International Recording Artist and Founder/CEO of JC Fundraising.
Jaden Cornelious has been a dog lover all his life, in fact it was his love for his dog, Star, that took them in to the capable hands of Tracey Berridge and Puppy Gurus, where both Jaden and dog were well trained. The dog more so than Jaden! The growth of a wonderfully strong friendship resulted in Tracey and Mark becoming trustee's of Jaden Cornelious Fundraising (www.JCFundraising.com), which has raised thousands of pounds for many causes all over the globe. Jaden Cornelious is a classical crossover singer who's music touches the hearts of many (www.jadencornelious.com). Jaden, formally a pop singer in the 90's with boy/girl band B-YOND, is now a classical crossover singer. Jaden is currently working with some amazing people in the music industry in London, having moved back there from the South West of England at the end of 2010. It is Jaden's aim to help as many good causes as possible which is how his fundraising organisation came into existence. Jaden says 'I have been told, several times, that charity begins at home and I have seen the great work DHK achieves. After many years of working with children that exhibit challenging behaviours and many years of owning a dog, it is amazing to see how there are so many similarities in behaviours. It is our understanding/knowledge and awareness of these behaviours that will give these kids a chance at a more fulfilled life.'
Colleen Pelar, CPDT-KA has over more than 21 years of helping parents navigate the challenges of living with kids and dogs, Colleen Pelar has honed a unique perspective filled with humor and practical, easy-to-implement tips for success. Colleen wants to ensure that kids and dogs have happy, healthy relationships. To further that goal, she has written three books, Living with Kids and Dogs . . . Without Losing Your Mind, Kids and Dogs: A Professional's Guide to Helping Families, and Puppy Training for Kids. Please visit www.livingwithkidsanddogs.com to learn more about safe kid-and-dog interactions.
As training manager of All About Dogs, LLC, the largest dog-training facility in northern Virginia, Colleen oversees numerous group classes, private lessons, behavioral evaluations, and behavior modification programs. Named one of the best training facilities in the D.C. area by Washingtonian magazine, All About Dogs caters to families and looks for ways to help parents successfully integrate a dog into their busy lives.
Colleen gives presentations around the country, educating people about how to live safely with kids and dogs. She also was an instructor at the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Academy where she taught police officers how to interact with the many dogs they encounter on the job.
An active member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), Colleen regularly attends dog-training seminars and has earned the Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) titles.
Colleen says, "The world needs more people like Tracey Berridge—ones who have a big dream and set out to achieve it, never getting dissuaded by the obstacles in the way. Teaching children about social awareness, compassion, empathy, conflict resolution, resilience, and the joy of learning is a gift that keeps on giving. Not only do individuals needs those skills, society needs them as well. Dogs Helping Kids manages to do all that in a way that makes children eager to engage and hungry to learn. It's a winning concept, and one I'm happy to support."