- Barbara Woodhouse
Barbara Kathleen Vera Woodhouse (née Blackburn,
9 May 1910 Rathfarnham, Ireland- 9 July 1988, Buckinghamshire, England, after a stroke),imdb name|id=0940314|name=Barbara Woodhouse] was a well known British dog trainer, authorand television personality. Her 1980 television series " Training Dogs the Woodhouse Way" made her into a household name in the UK. Among her catch-phrases were " walkies" and "sit!", the latter parodied in the 1983 James Bondfilm " Octopussy". She was also known for her "no bad dogs philosophy", as her protégéand understudy Brian Kilcommonsrevealed in a Miami Heraldinterview. [http://crazyforcritters.blogspot.com/2006/05/read-about-brian-kilcommons-dog.html Crazy for Critters] "In 1996, I interviewed Brian Kilcommons, dog trainer to the stars and the American protege of the late British trainer Barbara Woodhouse, known for her "no bad dogs" philosophy and "Walkies!" rallying cry."]
Woodhouse was born in
Rathfarnham, Ireland, and lived in Dublin until 1919 when her father died. Her mother then moved the family to Headingtonin Oxford, where she attended Headington School. She then trained at the Harper Adams Agricultural College in Shropshirewhere she was the only woman student, after which she returned to Oxford to start "Headington Riding School and Boarding Kennels". She then spent more than three years in Argentinatraining horses.
In the 1930s, Woodhouse became a
dog breederand ran kennels until about 1960. She first appeared on TV as a contestant on " What's My Line" where the panelists failed to identify her occupation. She also appeared on CBS 60 minutes.
She wrote many books including her autobiography "Talking to Animals" and the "A-Z of Dogs and Puppies".
She married Dr. Michael Woodhouse in 1940 and moved to
Wiltshire. They had three children, Pamela, Patrick and Judith.
*Training Dogs the Woodhouse Way
*No Bad Dogs
*Dog Training My Way
Citations and notes
* [http://www.headington.org.uk/history/famous_people/woodhouse.htm Barbara Woodhouse and Headington]
*imdb name|id=0940314|name=Barbara Woodhouse
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