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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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Let Sleeping Dogs Lie: Why your dog must feel SAFE

By Jeff Stallings, CPDT-KA I recently fielded a call from the owner of a one-year old male German Shepherd who said that her dog had just shown aggression towards her and that she needed to “fix” his problem, pronto. She … Continue reading

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Realistic expectations: The semantics of “fixing” your dog

By Jeff Stallings Animal behavior science has advanced a great deal in recent decades. We now understand more about canine cognitive development than ever, thanks to researchers such as Alexandra Horowitz, John Bradshaw and Brian Hare. New discoveries into how … 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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Head collars for loose leash walking

By Jeff Stallings, CPDT-KA Loose leash walking is part of most obedience classes, but it’s clear that many handler/dog pairs fail to master the art of the walk. Look around at folks struggling to walk dogs on leashes and you’re … Continue reading

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How Often Should You Give Food Rewards During Dog Training?

By Jeff Stallings My dog Otis loves to spend time in the backyard, lounging in the sun or engaging in secretive but very important dog rituals, tossing pinecones around and gnawing on sticks.  But if I call to her from … Continue reading

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