Greece is the Word

Victoria Stilwell & Holly Firfer on Pet Life Radio

On this episode of the Positively Podcast, Victoria and Holly discuss their travels to Greece, a country with a massive stray dog overpopulation problem. Holly shares her stories of rescuing several dogs off the streets, and Victoria talks about a crisis that's currently affecting an animal welfare group in Santorini.

They are joined on the podcast by Victoria Stilwell Academy for Dog Training and Behavior Director Tia Guest, who shares the latest information about Victoria's brand new school for aspiring dog trainers. They discuss what makes VSA different, and why it's so important that dog trainers invest in a great education.

They also laugh about a video of Malamute puppies reacting to music. If you want to watch the video, see it here.

Why are my Westie littermates fighting and how can I stop it?


Tia Guest is the Executive Director of Victoria Stilwell Academy for Dog Training & Behavior, as well as a professional animal trainer. She is a graduate of the Exotic Animal Training & Management Program at Moorpark College in California, where she gained experience training numerous species of animals using positive reinforcement techniques. By the mid-1990s, Tia’s training practice was focused primarily on dogs and their humans, which enabled her to combine her love for dogs and her passion for teaching to help foster the human-animal bond. Tia was the first and founding director of Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior, assisting in the creation of its flagship Dog Trainer Professional course. She has written numerous training articles and presented to other professional trainers on topics such as teaching pet owners and positive approaches to solving common pet behavior problems. Tia believes that learning should be fun and successful in the moment, and empowering for the future – providing learners with skills and confidence will retain for a lifetime.

Tia is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, an Associate Certified Animal Behavior Consultant with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner, a Level 1 TAGteacher through TAGteach International, and a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator for the American Kennel Club. Tia’s own dogs compete in agility, dabble in numerous other dog sports, and offer training demonstrations and entertainment at schools and animal events.