If you have never seen “It’s Me or The Dog”, it is a show aired on Animal Planet, usually in the mornings in which a woman named Victoria, professional dog trainer, takes on the challenges brought to her by (usually totally) irresponsible people who cannot manage to train or take care of the dog (or, as more often than not) dogs they have purchased or adopted.
And (as is the norm), the problems of the family itself amplify or entirely cause the problem with the dogs.
Victoria is a mastermind trainer from the UK, and she rarely meets a challenge that she won’t tackle head-on.
But it can’t be just up to her. The family needs to do as she says and participate together – something they frequently don’t learn until she lets loose on them.
What I like about this show is how well Victoria handles dogs, but more importantly, how she handles people. She won’t hesitate to lay into them, and the work she does with the family is usually more important and way more impressive than turning the dogs around from the behavioral problems, which are usually caused by the family.
“It’s Me or The Dog”, The Berry Bunch episode, 2011
In this episode, Victoria encounters a family of six who have 9 dogs: three dachsunds belonging to the father, three dachsund puppies belonging to the female dachsund, two dogs belonging to the girlfriend (or step-mother), and a cocker spaniel adopted by the daughter.
There are many problems with the dogs, but mostly, the disagreements come among the family. Unable to decide when to feed the dogs, how much to feed the dogs, when to walk the dogs, and more, the family cannot manage all nine of them properly.
They ‘work’ together by walking all six of the adult dogs at one time, a poor tactic when the dogs are improperly trained and managed in the first place.
She manages to organize everything, to train the dogs properly, and to train the family – except for the father. He fails to keep his word, and his own dachsund bites him. Victoria returns to help set things straight – only to find that Erik would rather play on his cell phone than listen to her.
And that is when she really lets him have it – a feature of most episodes (there is always someone who won’t listen). I love it. She is impressive and intimidating without being rude or mean. Every word she says in criticism is always true, and while she might come off as harsh – many of her students end up crying under her presence – she never says an untrue word or a word simply out of meanness.
Everything she does and says ends up saving a dog’s (or dogs’) life and ensures a better quality of life for not only the dogs but the family.
In this case, she brought a family at-odds together. She taught them to respect each other’s opinions, to listen, and to work together.
She made sure 9 dogs would have happy, fulfilling lives.
I always watch this show, and I just love to watch Victoria work. She is extremely knowledgeable about dogs and people, and she is incredibly effective.
More importantly, what she does on the show can be taken home. The way that she works makes sure that those watching can take away a lesson as well, ensuring that she touches not only one family but anyone who watches.
Being incredibly passionate about animals and particularly dogs, I geniunely appreciate her work and want to recommend this show to those who love dogs and especially those who know nothing about dogs.