Category Archives: Dog stories and information

Dog stories and information

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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Clicker Training: Better, Faster, More

By Jeff Stallings My favorite dog training story of recent vintage concerns three shelter dogs being taught to drive a car.  That’s right, the New Zealand SPCA undertook canine drivers ed to demonstrate that rescue dogs are smart, trainable and … Continue reading

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Otis and I do the weave at Ocean Beach

I encourage my dog training clients to continue to teach their dogs new cues and tricks because it strengthens the bonds between human and dog. Plus, dogs really like having to think and “work”. This is one that anyone can … Continue reading

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Close encounters of the bovine kind

By Jeff Stallings Yesterday I took Otis on a hike in Las Trampas Regional Wilderness area in the East Bay, in part to expand the section of my website dedicated to off-leash dog hikes in the Bay Area.  It was … Continue reading

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The poop: Why dogs roll around in dung, carrion and other stinky stuff

By Jeff Stallings Today we marked a milestone with our 21 month-old mongrel Otis, though one we hope to not repeat any time soon. On our weekly hike at one of the more challenging off-leash trails in Marin County, the … Continue reading

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Leaving Cincinnati: Thoughts on the Association of Pet Dog Trainers conference

By Jeff Stallings I write this en route back to San Francisco from Cincinnati, having attended the 19th annual education conference of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers.  It’s going to take time pouring over my notes to wrap my … Continue reading

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The Science of Dog Shaking

I found this article about the science of dog shaking on the Atlantic Monthly’s website. Fascinating! “Anyone who has ever had or been near a dog or seen a movie in which there is a dog knows this familiar sequence … Continue reading

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