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Natural Awakenings San Diego

Victoria Stilwell Coming to APDT Conference

Celebrity dog trainer Victoria Stilwell, star of Animal Planet’s hit show, It’s Me or the Dog, is coming to San Diego from October 12 to 16 for the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) annual Conference and Trade Show, at the Town and Country Resort and Conference Center.

Stilwell will personally audition new trainers to add to the Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training (VSPDT) program, her growing international network of what she terms, “already expert” canine consultants. To date, Stilwell has hand-selected approximately 50 trainers to carry the flag of positive reinforcement training. Stilwell and VSPDT will also host a trade show booth at the conference, which draws animal behavior experts from around the world, and a cocktail party for her attending trainers.

Stilwell is a lead judge for the American Humane Association’s Hero Dog Awards television contest, debuting October 1 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills, and premiering November 11 on the Hallmark Channel. She is also renowned for her efforts to encourage the adoption of homeless animals as a first choice and her support for numerous animal welfare causes.

Location: 500 Hotel Circle N., San Diego 92108. For conference registration and information, visit Also visit Stilwell’s site at