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Amy Weeks Selected to Represent Victoria Stilwell PositivelyTM Dog Training in Tampa

Amy Weeks Selected to Represent Victoria Stilwell PositivelyTM Dog Training in Tampa

(PRWEB) September 14, 2011

Tampa, Florida: World-renowned dog trainer and Animal Planet TV star Victoria Stilwell is pleased to announce that she has personally selected Amy Weeks to represent her in the Tampa area and has invited Amy to join Victoria Stilwell PositivelyTM Dog Training – the world’s premier network of professional positive reinforcement dog trainers.

Victoria is one of the world’s best-known dog trainers due to her hit TV show It’s Me or the Dog, through which she shares her passion for educating the public about the power of reward-based positive reinforcement training methods and the dangers and ineffectiveness of traditional dominance-based philosophies. With the formation of Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training (VSPDT), Victoria has assembled a global team of world-class positive reinforcement dog trainers dedicated to promoting humane, force-free dog training methods which result in a truly balanced human/dog relationship based on mutual trust, respect and love.

After working with Victoria and her team, Amy Weeks has recently been extended and accepted an exclusive offer to join the VSPDT team. As an accomplished dog trainer dedicated to maintaining the highest level of professionalism and expertise while following the latest in the ever-evolving field of animal behavioral science, Amy offers the Tampa area a dog training option they can rely upon to achieve results using the same science-based, humane methods displayed by Victoria on It’s Me or the Dog.

About Victoria Stilwell

World-renowned dog trainer, best-selling author and TV personality Victoria Stilwell is best known for her role as the star of Animal Planet’s hit TV series It’s Me or the Dog, through which she is able to share her insight and passion for positive reinforcement dog training. Having filmed over 100 episodes, Stilwell reaches audiences in over 50 countries and has been recognized with numerous awards, including 2009 Dog Trainer of the Year and a People’s Choice Award nomination. In addition to her popular podcasts, live tour events, best-selling books, training videos, and public appearances, Stilwell has created the online home of positive reinforcement featuring the world’s leading veterinary behaviorists, dog trainers and behavioral scientists on her Positively Expert Blog. For more visit Victoria’s official site at

About Amy Weeks

Amy Weeks, M.A., is proud to be a member of Victoria Stilwell’s Pet Dog Training Team. Amy has enjoyed working with dogs most of her life. As a Certified Pet Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and a member of The Association of Pet Dog Trainers, she is committed to educating the public on positive training methods. Amy has worked as an instructor for Florida Guide Dogs for the Deaf and Therapetics Service Dogs of Oklahoma. She is a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and CAP 1 certified through Kay Lawence’s Competency Assessment Program for Clicker Trainers.

Amy has written articles for Bella Dog Magazine and numerous newspapers throughout the country and is published in ADPT’s Tips from Top Trainers. She continues her education by attending seminars and conferences and is currently working toward her CCBC-KA (Certified Behavior Consultant Canine-Knowledge Assessed) from CCPDT. She is experienced in working with aggression cases as well as basic behavioral issues.

New training classes starting soon at two Tampa area locations.

Amy currently offers group training classes at two Tampa area locations: Groovy Cats & Dogs in Carrollwood, and Camp K9 in Trinity.

Contact Amy Weeks.

Phone: (813) 785-9159     Email:Amymweeks64(at)yahoo(dot)com or



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Surf City USA Named DogTown USA

Surf City USA Named DogTown USA® by Dog Fancy Magazine

Huntington Beach, California (Vocus) July 11, 2009

Surf City USA announced today that they have been named “DogTown USA” in the category “medium-sized cities” by Dog Fancy magazine, the world’s most widely read dog magazine. The magazine researches cities each year after a public nomination period to discover cities that “receive dogs with open arms and provide them with the joys of life,” according to Dog Fancy magazine editor Susan Chaney.

This isn’t the first time Huntington Beach has been recognized for their friendliness toward canine companions: Huntington Beach was a runner-up in the 2008 DogTown USA competition. San Diego and Carmel-by-the-Sea were honored in the large and small city categories, providing California with a clean-sweep of this year’s awards.

Chaney will travel to Huntington Beach to present this top honor at the city’s July 20 City Council meeting, where she will present the DogTown USA honor to City of Huntington Beach Mayor Keith Bohr, along with donation check for $ 2,000 to Martin Senate, president of Preservation Society of Huntington Dog Beach.

Beach Fun for Dogs and their Buddies

Huntington Beach was nominated for the award jointly by City staff and the Huntington Beach Marketing and Visitors Bureau (HBMVB). Criteria used to select the winning city included plenty of dog-friendly open spaces and dog parks, events celebrating dogs and their owners, high vet-to-dog ratios, abundant pet supply and other services, and municipal laws that support and protect all pets. According to Chaney, Huntington Beach excelled in all of those areas, and more.

In addition to this upcoming weekend’s ”Surfin’ Paws Dog Jam” and semi-monthly Dachshund Races at Old World Village, Huntington Beach looks forward to the Surf City Surf Dog event on October 11. The City’s most famous canine attraction, however, is the one-and-one-quarter-mile Huntington Dog Beach, a dog-friendly beach where dogs are allowed to run leash-free in the surf.

According to HBMVB President Steve Bone, “Dog Beach is over a mile of pooch paradise for running, playing, swimming, digging, sunbathing and even for some surfing. Volunteers help maintain cleanup of the sand and shoreline on Dog Beach, making the beach one of the cleanest and safest beaches in California.”

“What’s more,” Bone adds, “Huntington Beach offers Canine Cuisine at Park Bench Café, specialty shops, and upscale dog-pampering hotels, and even a ‘Doggie Bus.'”

Huntington Beach Dog Attractions:

Huntington Dog Beach,
Surfin’ Paws Dog Jam, July 11, 2009:
Surf City Surf Dog, October 11, 2009:
Dachshund Races at Old World Village,
Doggie Bus,
Barking Dog Menu at Park Bench Café,
Huntington Beach Dog Beach video: This video really gives you a feel of our laid-back, dog friendly lifestyle in Huntington Beach. It is also the most-downloaded video on the website, with over 300 downloads per month.
Dog-Friendly Accommodations in Huntington Beach: Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort,; Shorebreak Hotel,; Extended Stay Suites,
High-resolution photographs are available upon request.

About the Huntington Beach Marketing and Visitors Bureau

The Huntington Beach Marketing and Visitors Bureau (AKA Huntington Beach Conference and Visitors Bureau) is the official destination marketing organization of Huntington Beach, Surf City USA®. One of Southern California’s premier coastal destinations, Huntington Beach is the ideal location for a California family vacation or relaxing weekend getaway.

With 8.5 miles of wide-open white sand California beaches, Huntington Beach is a destination of choice for vacationers and business travelers alike. To plan your Surf City USA® vacation, or to learn more about Huntington Beach, visit the Huntington Beach Marketing and Visitors Bureau website at or call 800-729-6232 for a free Visitors Guide.

Surf City USA® is a registered mark of the Huntington Beach Conference and Visitors Bureau.



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Question by Hazel86: What do you think about these ingredients in this dog food?
Hi. Yesterday I posted a question about the Wysong Epigen formula and how they claim to be so great since their food is “starch free” rather than your typical grain free foods. Here are the ingredients of the Epigen, and I want to know what is bad and/or really good in there. As for the chicken giblets, they say that is only the heart, liver, and gizzard of the chicken (the whole chicken minus the head, feathers, and feet – saying in the wild, that’s what the animal would consume anyway) And here’s their explanation on the vegetable proteins in the food:

“Vegetable Protein (consisting of one or more of the following: Potato Protein, Rice Protein, Corn Protein, Wheat Protein): By special processing, the starches are removed. The remaining proteins and other important nutrient elements are then incorporated into Epigen™. The long protein chains help shape and bind the kibbles so that starches do not have to be used.”

Ingredients of Wysong Epigen:

Organic Chicken, Chicken Meal, Chicken Giblets, Vegetable Protein (consisting of one or more of the following: Potato Protein, Rice Protein, Corn Protein, Wheat Protein), Poultry Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols as a source of Vitamin E), Eggs, Yogurt, Flax Seed, Apple, Beet Pulp, Plums, Inulin, Dried Wheat Grass Powder, Dried Barley Grass Powder, Krill Oil, Dried Kelp, Taurine, Oregano Extract, Sage Extract, Rosemary Extract, Probiotic Microorganisms (Bacillus subtilis, Enterococcus faecium, Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactococcus lactis, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus lactis), Ascorbic Acid, Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin Supplement, Manganese Proteinate, Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Copper Proteinate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin A Acetate, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement.* (For an explanation of Epigen’s™ ingredients see below.)

Logical opinions on the overall quality of ingredients in this food are appreciated, thanks.
shelter puppies rule. I see your points here – thanks. I’m curious to know what kind of food do you feed your dogs? (i assume its rather good).
also, if you wouldn’t mind reading the summary of their probiotics and stuff here:

here they basically sum up the importance of their ingredients. Sorry I have so many questions about this food, but I find it to be interesting and trying to see in between the lines here, because I like grain free, and just want to see if they actually ARE better.

Best answer:

Answer by Fuzzy Liberal
looks worse than most grain free actually lol I’d like them to make a grain free starch free kibble. Is that even possible? hnnn….

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