Do dogs really experience love?
What makes the bond between man and dog so unique?
How does the dog's wolf ancestry affect the way we communicate today?
These are just a few of the questions answered in Inside Your Dog's Mind by world renowned dog behavior expert and TV dog trainer Victoria Stilwell from It's Me or the Dog.
By focusing on the amazing advances seen within the world of animal behavioral and cognitive science over the past few years, Victoria will take you on a fascinating journey deep into the canine mind while providing practical tips and exercises designed to enhance your communication and relationship with your dogs.
Inside Your Dog’s Mind explores how dogs think, feel, learn and process the world around them. By learning what modern behavioral and cognitive science is uncovering to help better our understanding of how man’s best friend learns, adapts and communicates, you can discover how to use this knowledge to more effectively promote learning and guide your dogs into making choices that are more compatible with the world you share with them.
Inside Your Dog’s Mind explores the following:
This course is designed for dog owners and enthusiasts of all skill levels, and while you are encouraged to at least have access to a dog so that you can participate in the many games and exercises led by Victoria, it is not required. Inside Your Dog's Mind is designed to take you beyond the world of dog training, providing you with the information, tools, and activities you need to not only help your dog more effectively learn from you, but also for you to learn from your dog.
By exploring how to develop the strongest possible communication system with your dog based on his/her unique traits, characteristics and learning styles, Victoria will guide you through the canine mind and help you get the most out of your relationship with your dog(s).
"We live in an exciting time of scientific research and discovery. The last ten years have seen an explosion in the study of canine behavior and cognition, thanks to universities and research centers around the world. The minds of dogs are being explored like never before, and the findings are proving once and for all just how intelligent, emotional, and complex dogs are.
Dogs have coexisted with humans for thousands of years, and as they have adapted, so has their ability to communicate with us. By paying close attention to our vocal and physical language, dogs have evolved a rich social intelligence and a physical and vocal language as complex and subtle as our own. Like humans, dogs communicate consciously and unconsciously, using a complex language of body and vocal signals that reflect what they are thinking and feeling. These signals communicate intent and ensure dogs’ personal safety by affecting behavior in others. Understanding what dogs are saying as well as how they perceive the world will make it easier for you to understand their needs."
-- Victoria Stilwell
Renowned TV dog behavior expert Victoria Stilwell lays out the structure of the course, including background on why she feels this topic is so crucial for dog owners to understand as well as her experiences which led to her fascination with the canine mind. Victoria also explains how the interactive dog games, tests and activities will work throughout the course and kicks things off with a suggestion of how to create a baseline understanding of how you perceive your dog's actions and thought processes prior to taking the course.
Victoria Stilwell is a world-renowned dog trainer best known as the star of the international hit TV seriesas well as Greatest American Dog on CBS, Dogs Might Fly on Sky One and her hit web series about the real world of police K-9’s and their handlers, Guardians of the Night. Having filmed over 110 episodes of It’s Me or the Dog since 2005, Stilwell is able to reach audiences in over 120 countries with her philosophy of positive training methods. A best-selling author, Stilwell appears frequently in the media and is widely recognized as a leader in the field of animal behaviour.
A passionate advocate for positive dog training methods, Stilwell is the Editor-in-Chief of, the founder of the , and the CEO of – the world’s premier global network of positive dog trainers.
The recipient of multiple awards, Stilwell is committed to helping the cause of animal rescue and rehabilitation and is heavily involved organizations around the world to increase awareness of puppy mills, dogfighting, animal abuse, pet overpopulation, dog bite prevention and other animal-related causes, but she is best known as a champion for fear-free positive reinforcement dog training methods. She serves on the Advisory Boards of RedRover, The Grey Muzzle Foundation, DogTV, Dognition and Canine Assistants.