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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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Dog training is your duty but no chore!

By Jeff Stallings I think one reason some people give up on training their dogs is that they come to feel that it’s just another chore, a task that falls by the wayside when life gets out of control.  What … Continue reading

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Dog domestication may have helped humans thrive while Neandertals declined

The co-evolution of humans and dogs has been much debated. Recent discoveries have pushed the origin of this relationship back further and further. A new article by Pat Shipman in the American Scientist posits that changes to the structure of … Continue reading

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Discovering what she is: Otis’ DNA test

by Jeff Stallings When we adopted Otis at 14 weeks old from a foster home in Grass Valley, we learned that she and her four litter mates had been “dropped at the front door” in some domestic dispute and that, … Continue reading

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The amazing jumproping dog

I have to share when I find videos of dogs trained to do really cool stuff.  This just shows what you can teach a dog if you foster a really solid connection with your animal, have patience and stick to … Continue reading

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Good dogs are made, not born

by Jeff Stallings I realized recently that I find myself more often citing instances of poor dog behavior than good, although I suppose this is natural since my work is largely about training inappropriate behaviors away. So let me take … Continue reading

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