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Promoting Positive on Television: An Interview with Victoria Stilwell

Imagine a household where dogs rule the roost, where out-of-control canines call the shots while their owners are left in the dog house.

Reaching the Veterinary Community: An Interview with Julie Shaw

Julie Shaw has been training dogs for more than 25 years and is the animal behavior technologist at a leading midwest veterinary university

Staying Positive in a Reality Show World

Editor’s note: Premises for reality shows seem to be unlimited these days, so it came as no surprise when reality television went to the dogs. Greatest American Dog, which debuted on CBS in July 2008, featured twelve extraordinary teams of dogs and owners from across the nation, living together and competing against each another to determine who had the best-trained dog. Each week, the dog-owner teams competed in different training challenges, and each week a panel of three judges voted one team off. The last team standing earned the title of “Greatest American Dog” and $250,000.


Agility Right from the Start: A Conversation with Eva Bertilsson and Emelie Johnson Vegh

Editor’s note: For anyone who has seen or participated in canine agility, it’s easy to see why it’s the fastest growing canine sport in the country. It’s not only great exercise, but loads of fun for both dog and owner. Whether training in the backyard or competing in international trials, the key to success in agility training is learning how to work as a team.

Kathy Sdao, Trainer and ClickerExpo Celebrity

Kathy Sdao, ClickerExpo faculty member, has been a professional animal trainer for two decades. Her experiences have included working for the US Navy training dolphins for open-ocean work, and training at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma, Washington, working with beluga whales, walruses, sea lions, polar bears, and otters. She also created Tacoma's first dog daycare facility, Puget Hound Daycare, and began teaching group classes for pet owners. Kathy now travels frequently to lead seminars for dog trainers and instructors on clicker training. Her ClickerExpo seminars have drawn rave reviews for her infectious enthusiasm and powerful insights.