Victoria Stilwell is one of the most respected dog trainers in the world best known as the host of the hit television series, It’s Me or the Dog, a show which provides counseling to families having pet problems. Victoria Stilwell was born and raised in London and has been working as a dog trainer since 1990.
In the early 1990s, Victoria Stilwell started her own dog walking company after recognizing the immediate need for professionals that would help people in training their pets. Stilwell also worked with some of Britain’s most respected positive-reinforcement dog trainers and behaviorists in order to expand her focus on dog training and behavior counseling. She moved to New York in 1999 and co-founded Dog Trainers of New York, a dog training and behavior modification company which primarily educates families on proper dog handling. Because of her dedication and personal sensitivity to her work, Stilwell became one of the most sought after dog trainers in New York. Stilwell has a particular fondness for rescue animals needing behavior rehabilitation. She spent most of her time giving seminars about dog rescue on various rescue organizations in New York.
In 2002, Stilwell further expanded her horizon and established Dog Trainers of New Jersey, which became one of the country’s top dog training companies. She also volunteered as an adoption counselor for ASPCA. An animal rescue advocate, Stilwell is actively involved with rescue groups around the world including Paws Atlanta, Stray from the Heart (New York), Hong Kong Dog Rescue and Greyhound Rescue of West England. She also supports the Wisconsin Puppy Mill Project, Jana Kohl, and the Waterside Action Group in their fight against the horrific practice of puppy farming.
Stilwell’s dog-related articles have already been published in The New York Times, Dog World, Dogs Today, Psychology Today and The Sun. She has also appeared in numerous talk and radio shows in the United States, Europe and Asia. Stilwell is also the author of the books It’s Me or the Dog: How to Have the Perfect Pet and Fat Dog Slim: How to Have a Healthy, Happy Pet.
Victoria Stilwell is one of the judges of Greatest American Dog, a reality show on CBS searching for the most talented dog in the country. The winner of the series will take home $250,000.
"It's Me or the Dog" .... Herself - Dog Trainer (2005-Present)
"The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet" .... Herself (1 episode, 2009)
- Episode dated 17 February 2009 (2009) TV episode .... Herself
"Greatest American Dog" (2008) TV series .... Herself - Judge (unknown episodes, 2008)
"Crufts Dog Show" .... Herself (2 episodes, 2008)
- Episode #43.4 (2008) TV episode (uncredited) .... Herself
- Episode #43.3 (2008) TV episode .... Herself
"Richard & Judy" .... Herself (2 episodes, 2006-2007)
- Episode dated 13 March 2007 (2007) TV episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 17 February 2006 (2006) TV episode .... Herself
"The Wright Stuff" .... Herself - Guest Panelist (2 episodes, 2005-2006)
- Episode dated 16 March 2006 (2006) TV episode .... Herself - Guest Panelist
- Episode dated 6 December 2005 (2005) TV episode .... Herself - Guest Panelist
"Bram Stoker's Dracula ... an extra (1992)
"The Bill" ... a nurse (1984)