Dog trainer Barbara Woodhouse, whose teaching methods and kindly manner made her an international celebrity, died Saturday at the age of 78, relatives said.
Her family said she died in a hospital in Buckinghamshire, northwest of London after suffering a stroke a month ago. She suffered a first stroke in 1984.Woodhouse's son, Patrick, said: "We shall miss her very much, but she had been very ill for some time."
In the 1970s and early 1980s, millions of dog owners in Britain and the United States watched Woodhouse schooling pets on the British Broadcasting Corp. television program "Training Dogs the Woodhouse Way." Before long, loyal viewers were telling their dogs, "Walkies!" as her byword caught on.
Woodhouse's book, "No Bad Dogs, The Woodhouse Way," was a best seller in 1982.
She insisted no dog was untrainable and showed they could be taught within minutes with "tone of voice, telepathy and a little bit of loving." Her way of getting to know an animal was to breathe into its nose.
Woodhouse's smiling, bespectacled face, framed by short gray hair, became a familiar sight on television talk shows. In 1980, she was "flabbergasted" to be named female TV personality of the year in Britain.
"She had an amazing ability with animals," her husband, Dr. Michael Woodhouse, said.
The Woodhouses lived in Croxley Green in Hertfordshire north of London.
The daughter of a clergyman, Woodhouse developed her knack with animals as a child when her mother boarded dogs. She learned she could stop their barking by talking to them in a quiet voice.
She trained dogs as her three children were growing up and at one time ran a hotel for dogs and their owners.
She once told The Associated Press that because of the television appearances, she could not go out in public without being asked for her advice, but she said she didn't mind.