Category Archives: Dog stories and information

Dog stories and information

How socialization works: Dogs (and only dogs) can truly bond to multiple species

By Jeff Stallings My favorite behavior book of the past year or so is John Bradshaw’s “Dog Sense: How the New Science of Dog Behavior Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet”. I recommend this book to anyone … Continue reading

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Helping your fearful puppy become a more confident dog

My jumping off point for this post is a commercial for the California Academy of Sciences in which my dog Otis was recently cast, and my assertion is that it takes time (months and years) for any puppy, but especially … Continue reading

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My article in Bark Magazine about how often to reward your dog during training

I am thrilled to have my third article published in Bark Magazine, an excellent quarterly for all dog owners. My article in the January 2019 issue is titled “Reinforcement Techniques in Dog Training”.  It’s about how using FEWER treats can help … Continue reading

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Why you should take your urban puppy to socials after just one set of shots

By Jeff Stallings, CPDT-KA (Note from March 31:  Bark Magazine just published this article in the Spring 2015 issues of their awesome magazine.  Click here to view it on their site.) A few months back I attended a “Dangerous Dog … Continue reading

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Littermate Syndrome: The risky downside to raising sibling puppies

[Please note that an update of this article was published in the Winter 2014 issue of Bark Magazine.] By Jeff Stallings, CPDT-KA Upon reading Patricia Leslie’s email, I knew I’d be replying with disappointing news. “We were planning to adopt … Continue reading

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My article in the July issue of Bay Woof: Your Dog Needs a Job

Most evenings as we settle down to read or watch TV, Jim or I give Otis something to chew. She has many favorites from what I call the “carnage aisle” of the pet store, such as beef kneecaps, bully sticks, … Continue reading

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Nature vs. Nurture: Dog breeds, temperament and training

By Jeff Stallings Recently, an exasperated dog owner contacted me about her out-of-control, “aggressive” Labrador retriever. She was trying to understand why her 2-year-old dog actively challenges other dogs, men and children with growls, snaps and threatening postures. During our … Continue reading

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