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Treat/Retreat: a strategy for introducing your reactive dog to houseguests

By Jeff Stallings Folks sometimes hire me to help with dogs who feel threatened or frightened by strangers entering their homes. These dogs bark, growl, snap or otherwise display signs of fear-based aggression on encountering new people. Owners sometimes attempt … 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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Poor, poor Pepe: Old-school housebreaking and why it often backfired

By Jeff Stallings This post starts with a sad tale from my childhood in the suburbs of Atlanta with my family adopting a miniature poodle puppy we called Pepe, and ends with Pepe on the lam and ending up who-knows-where. … Continue reading

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Don’t leave me this way: A primer on canine separation anxiety

By Jeff Stallings More than half of my clients bring dogs into their lives from shelters or other situations in which the dog’s history is unclear.  And a fairly large percentage of those have some sort of behavioral issue, such … 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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When Otis got skunked: Dangerous and odiferous wildlife in the Big City

We were lucky the first time a couple of weeks back, but not so on Saturday morning when Otis confronted a skunk…and lost. That first encounter started a few weeks ago when I had let Otis into the backyard for … Continue reading

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