Category Archives: Dog stories and information

Dog stories and information

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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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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Babies with dogs are less susceptible to illness

I have seen this news report popping up all over the place the last few days, so I had to pass it on.   A number of my clients have small children or are expecting.  This is absolutely fascinating: New parents … Continue reading

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Fenton doesn’t come: A short video on how NOT to do recalls

There’s a little bit of schadenfreude involved in me posting this video of a disastrous lack of recall.  This dog Fenton not coming is funny. Your dog not coming is not!

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Your dog’s nose knows: That amazing canine computer

By Jeff Stallings Yesterday while at the beach my 15-month old dog suddenly turned, sniffed the air and ran towards another dog that was about 50 yards away, at full clip.  These two young dogs instantly began whining with joy … Continue reading

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