Editorial February 2009 Issue

Good Dog TV

It’s a relief to see dog-friendly shows like these.

It’s taken a number of years (and some significant missteps, in our opinion), but television producers are finally turning out programs that promote dog-friendly training and progressive dog care. For some time, I’ve been a fan of British trainer Victoria Stilwell’s show on Animal Planet, “It’s Me or the Dog!” In the course of each episode, Stilwell visits the home of some dog owner (or owners) who have a problem dog (or dogs). The dog/s are shown being unbelievably obnoxious and/or aggressive, and the owner/s are shown to be without a clue and at their wits’ end. Stilwell then explains how the situation has developed, demonstrates positive solutions (as the owner/s gape), and teaches the owner/s how to carry out the methods themselves.

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