Dog training that works!

By Jeff Stallings

We all have an idealized vision of what our dog should be, the mutt in the Norman Rockwell painting, asleep at our feet while we snooze on the couch. In our mind’s eye, our dog stays when told, comes when called, loves kids and other dogs, walks calmly by our side: the perfectly behaved friend, year after year. Yet all you have to do is spend a few minutes in any dog park to find dogs far removed from that perfect mutt, pulling on leashes, jumping on strangers, ignoring their owners’ calls, starting fights or threatening people.

Why are there so many poorly trained dogs? Part of the problem is information overload, competing and contradictory advice on the best way to train dogs, then frustration with the lack of progress when it doesn’t seem to be working. But rest assured there is a route to a better behaved dog and in future blog entries, I’m going to tell you how in future posts.

About Jeff Stallings, CPDT-KA

Having owned well-trained dogs all my life, I started Better Nature Dog Training to exploit decades of experience teaching across a number of fields. I am nationally-certified through the highly-respected Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers and am a professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. I teach people how to effectively train their dogs by clearly demonstrating that every interaction counts when training a dog to come when called, for example, or instructing a puppy how to best get along in life. I take a scientific and holistic approach to dog training. The scientific aspect comes from understanding dog psychology from an evolutionary perspective, knowing how dogs are both similar to and distinct from their ancestors, including the grey wolf. The holistic component derives from taking into account all facets of any particular dog’s situation, including upbringing, prior training, traumatic events and—most importantly—the characteristics of his home and family life. Training a puppy or dog can be a most rewarding life experience; it can also be stressful and perplexing. One of the best services I provide is taking the guesswork out while lending a sure, guiding hand in successful dog behavior development and modification.
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