The earth is the same place in relation to the sun as the day Otis was born

By Jeff Stallings

You’d have to look far and wide to find a one-year old pup as well-behaved as my mutt Otis. I have the advantage being a dog trainer and having lots of time to work with her. But perhaps the most important reason she is such a balanced, happy dog is that she gets at least a hour of full-on exercise each day, sometimes more.

In the scheme of actions you can take to build a better dog, at the tip-top of the list is exercise, and at the top of THAT list is leashed walks. (Next in order of importance is direction/training, followed by affection/love.) Too many people have frustrated or neurotic dogs because they get it backwards, giving too much affection, little direction and little or no exercise.

This photo was taken on Otis first birthday, at the Loma Alta Open Space Preserve in Marin County, in the middle of a 3-hour hike. That hike was the best birthday gift we could give her.

We posted this photo on Facebook and got lots of comments comparing Otis to Maria Von Trapp in “The Sound of Music.” Those hills were, in fact, alive!

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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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2 Responses to The earth is the same place in relation to the sun as the day Otis was born

  1. Mom says:

    Loved this one. What a great picture of Otis!! And I’m sure with her energy and your enthusiasm, the hills truly were alive.

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