Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers
The nationally-recognized CPDT-KA (knowledge assessed) certification requires years of experience; references from veterinarians, colleagues and clients; and a formal examination to confirm expertise and proficiency in dog learning theory, canine husbandry, and ethology—the scientific study of animal behavior.
Parks and preserves for exercising your dog au naturale
One bonus of dog training is that a well-trained mutt enjoys more freedom in off-leash settings. I have researched and hiked many gorgeous Bay Area beaches, parks and preserves that allow well-trained dogs off-leash. So take a hike with your best friend while enjoying the Bay Area’s ample natural beauty.
San Francisco Bay Area Dog Training and Canine Behavior Consulting
By Jeff Stallings (CPDT-KA)
My name is Jeff Stallings, owner of Better Nature Dog Training. Accredited by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, I work in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Santa Cruz region to train puppies and dogs using positive reinforcement and other natural means of behavior modification. My approach takes into account each individual dog's situation, including background, temperament and household environment, to guide you towards a more gratifying, healthy relationship with your dog.
Training is an on-going process of growth and understanding between you and your canine companions. In the privacy of your home, we’ll explore the importance of understanding how dogs perceive the world and communicate, allowing you to build upon and enhance desired behaviors. I remain available to answer questions after appointments.
Together, we'll focus on positive communication and calm leadership to address:
Jumping on people
Aggression and reactivity issues
Biting, chewing and digging
Puppy 101: Sit / Down / Stay / Come
Dog training via clear communication with your best friend
Dogs are spectacular communicators, their “words” formed by rumps, heads, legs and, most notably, tails and ears. Observe any two dogs (or a park full of dogs) greeting and interacting, and you’re watching precise and complex conversations regarding social order, invitations to play, instructions to stay away, etc.
By factoring in current scientific understanding of dog behavior, you can take advantage of this dog language (and the dog’s capacity to sense human emotions and body language) to clearly tell your dog what you want her to do and know. I draw on a number of different methods, depending on the issue at hand:
the AKC Canine Good Citizen award.
Puppy training, such as the sit, lay down and stay commands—as well as trick-training for older dogs—is best accomplished with classic “operant conditioning”, or positive reinforcement.
Potty training is fast and effective when you set your home up for success then consistently follow “no mistake” guidelines.
To teach more advanced commands such as heel (not pulling on the leash), off (not jumping on people) and recalls, we’ll combine simple tools—training collars, short leashes and long lines—with specific, behavior-modifying exercises.
Serious behavioral problems, such as aggression, fearfulness and separation anxiety, require more intensive work, both on my part and yours. A specific training plan depends on each dog’s particular circumstance, and in some cases I'll refer out to a veterinary behaviorist.
Teaching you to train your dog
My training style takes advantage of many aspects of dog behavior—the way they think, learn and communicate; their ability to read our emotions; social behavior; and so forth—to train dogs and modify behavior.
During a free in-depth phone consultation, we will together determine if I am the best trainer for your particular situation. If we do work together, my focus is on helping you to more effectively interact with and train your dog. After appointments, I am available by text, phone and email to answer questions about shaping and molding the relationship between you and your dog into a more perfect union.
Please contact me for more information or to set up a phone consultation, then perhaps an appointment. For more information about my dog training methods, please read through the training philosophy section of this site and check out my training articles on my Dog Blog.