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Why dogs sniff each other’s behinds…and why you should encourage it

By Jeff Stallings While wearing Otis out at Douglass Dog Park this morning, I witnessed something I have seen too many times:  A red-faced dog owner apologizing for her dog sniffing another dog’s behind. I made a joke about it … Continue reading

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betternaturedogtraining.com is the featured site on the DudaMobile Facebook page

I used the site DudaMobile.com to create a mobile version of my website.  Their software is amazing.  This week they are featuring the mobile version of my website betternaturedogtraining.com as their site of the week.  I am honored.

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My 12-step puppy program: Turning that wild animal into a great dog

By Jeff Stallings I have had several people contact me recently, having just adopted a new puppy or considering it, asking me what they should do to start dog training on the right track. There are hundreds of puppy training … Continue reading

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The earth is the same place in relation to the sun as the day Otis was born

By Jeff Stallings You’d have to look far and wide to find a one-year old pup as well-behaved as my mutt Otis. I have the advantage being a dog trainer and having lots of time to work with her. But … Continue reading

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Why treating your dog like a human is a mistake

I found this article this morning and it sums up much of my training philosophy:  Dogs instinctually need rules they must follow, and limits to what they are allowed to do. When dogs live with humans, the humans become the … Continue reading

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Effective tools for successful dog training

By Jeff Stallings Of all the means for training at your disposal—treats, toys, harnesses, collars—the one most conducive to success is you. By that I mean the attitude and energy you bring to the training process. We want your dog … Continue reading

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Your dog is a kid in a candy store

By Jeff Stallings That catchphrase—like a kid in a candy store—expresses the unbounded enthusiasm and chaotic excitement of a child with unlimited options. Well, the same rings true with dogs: Given no rules or limitations, a puppy or dog exhibits … Continue reading

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What is your dog trying to tell you?

My dog training focus is all about communication in both directions, meaning it’s as important for you to understand your dog’s rich language (the “words” formed by ears, tails, rumps, etc.) as it is for him or her to understand … Continue reading

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My dog Otis and her sister Magpie

My 11 month-old puppy Otis is fortunate to have a litter mate living here in San Francisco.  This afternoon I took Otis around the corner to Douglass Dog Park and as soon as we entered, BOOM, her sister/litter mate Magpie … Continue reading

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Learn to communicate with your dog on his terms

By Jeff Stallings While dogs don’t use language in the sense that we normally use the term, pretty much all they do is communicate. Their “words” are formed by rumps, heads, ears, legs and tails, and they know how to … Continue reading

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