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CARMAA hosting renowned dog trainer Victoria Stilwell on Oct. 27

CARMAA hosts renowned dog trainer Victoria Stilwell
CARMAA hosts renowned dog trainer Victoria Stilwell

Victoria Stilwell, renowned dog trainer and star of Animal Planet’s “It’s Me or the Dog”, will present The Power of Positive Training on Sunday, Oct. 27 from 1-3 p.m. in the Duquesne University Union Ballroom.

Presented by CARMAA (Coalition to Adopt, Rehome and Match Abandoned Animals) and sponsored by the Duquesne University Animal Law Society, the event will feature remarks by Stilwell, who is known around the world for her core philosophy of teaching dogs with kindness, no matter what the breed or problem.

Admission to the lecture is $40. Tickets are also available to attend a special Meet and Mingle with Stillwell and a VIP lunch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tickets for the VIP lunch are $125 and include admission to the lecture and the opportunity to meet Stilwell, who will be available for photos and to sign copies of her books.

A passionate advocate for positive reinforcement training methods, Stilwell will discuss how to better understand and strengthen the bond with your canine and present cutting-edge solutions for dog behavior issues. In addition, she will give a behind-the-scenes perspective of her popular show “It’s Me or the Dog”, on which she visits homes to diagnose pet problems and provide practical yet positive training and solutions.

A native of Wimbledon, England, Stilwell is a member of the U.S. Association of Pet Dog Trainers and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She is the author of “It’s Me or the Dog: How to Have the Perfect Pet”, “Fat Dog Slim: How to Have a Healthy, Happy Pet” and her brand new book, “Train Your Dog Positively”. She also served as a judge on the CBS show “Greatest American Dog”, and her work is published regularly in various magazines and journals.

In 2010, she launched Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training, the first global network of hand-selected, world-class positive reinforcement dog trainers dedicated to providing a trusted brand name in humane, force-free training. Her website,, is the online home of positive reinforcement dog training and features leading veterinary behaviorists, dog trainers and behavioral scientists, as well as her Positively Podcast series.

Stilwell, who was named Dog Trainer of the Year at the 2009 Purina ProPlan Dog Awards, also helps the cause of animal rescue and rehabilitation. She works with organizations around the world to increase awareness of animal-related causes such as puppy mills, dogfighting, animal abuse, pet overpopulation and dog bite prevention. Stilwell is co-founder of the national Dog Bite Prevention conference series, and she is a national ambassador for the American Humane Association.

For more information and to register for the Victoria Stilwell lecture and/or the Meet-and-Mingle event, visit, email or call 412-780-4983.

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