My 12-step puppy program: Turning that wild animal into a great dog

By Jeff Stallings

I have had several people contact me recently, having just adopted a new puppy or considering it, asking me what they should do to start dog training on the right track. There are hundreds of puppy training books out there, often with contradictory advice, so I understand how overwhelming the information overload can be.

First and foremost, understand that getting a puppy is a highly stressful and potentially upsetting time, both for the puppy and for the people in the household. It is not easy, there are no shortcuts, and proper puppy training takes lots of time…lots! If you’re not willing to put at least a few hours per-day into direct interaction with your brand new puppy, please consider a cat instead. That said, if approached correctly, puppy ownership gets easier week by week, and the pay-off is years of peaceful co-existence with your companion animal.

Get in touch with me and I will email you my 12 steps towards ensuring that your wild-and-crazy puppy grows into calm and happy dog.

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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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One Response to My 12-step puppy program: Turning that wild animal into a great dog

  1. Peggy says:

    Great suggestions. Wish I had known some of this when Charlie was a puppy. He isn’t exactly a “monster” but I could have made things better for him and for us. Keep up the good work!!

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