British Dog Training Show is ‘Supernanny’ for Dogs

Hit British dog training reality show comes to the U.S.

Posted: April 14, 2007, 5 a.m. EST

Move over “Supernanny” Jo Frost. There’s a new British taskmaster in town.

Beginning on Monday, Animal Planet will debut the hit British reality TV series, “It’s Me or the Dog,” starring dog trainer Victoria Stilwell. Stilwell, a onetime West End stage actress, offers help to troubled dog owners.

“In my book, training is 80 percent owners and 20 percent dog,” Stilwell told Britain’s K9 Magazine. “Dogs are willing and eager to learn while humans can be a lot harder to deal with.”

Stilwell began walking dogs in 1990 to supplement her actor’s income. Within a month, Stilwell had gone from walking one dog a day to 20.

A chance encounter a few years later with an animal behaviorist in a London park launched her formal education in dog training. “I loved it and became very interested in why dogs behaved in the way that they did,” Stilwell says. “I met many trainers who influenced me greatly and since then I have never looked back.”

In 1999, she moved to New Jersey with her American husband, whom she had met while appearing in the London cast of “Buddy,” a musical based on singer Buddy Holly.

Stilwell quickly became an in-demand dog trainer in the New York area. Three years ago, the former actress was tapped to host “It’s Me or the Dog,” which became an instant hit in the U.K.

“It’s Me or the Dog” airs on Animal Planet beginning on April 16 at 8:30 ET/PT.


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Janet   Fresno, California

10/27/2014 5:23:04 PM

Hi I have a little mix boy dog that I saved from miss treating people, he is a real sweet dog and I really love him. I think I am the only person that cared enough to give him a bath. But I need help, he licks, licks, and licks. I go to hug him and he just wants to lick and when he starts he won't and what do I do?

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Jamie   Laguna Beach, CA

5/23/2010 7:46:10 PM

Hi, my name is Jamie and I am 13 years old, My family is adopting a puppy this upcoming summer. I am rather nervous about it, because when I was little my friend's dog almost attacked me (they got him before he lurched at me). So I was nervous about the dog and I was nervous that my family and I weren't going to do a good job training it. Ever since I watched It's Me or the Dog my conscious has been cleared and I know with hard work my family and I can raise a puppy that I will love forever. Thank you Victoria. Y

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Alissa   Marionville, MO

9/30/2009 11:34:45 AM

I want you to come to my house and help me with my dogs please

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savannah   san antonio, TX

8/19/2009 9:58:15 AM

i love its me or the dog!! i cant get enough of that show victoria is such an awesome dog trainer!!:D her methods ore genious!!

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