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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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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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