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Jeff Stallings, CPDT/KA
Certified Dog Behavior Consultant

San Francisco Dog Trainer Jeff Stallings

Certified Dog Trainer and Behavior Consultant

I’m San Francisco dog trainer and behavior consultant Jeff Stallings, accredited by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers since 2013, and with over a decade of experience addressing a wide-range of training and behavior issues.

I offer private, in-home behavior consultations and training sessions in San Francisco and the Bay Area as well as Zoom or Facetime appointments. Please visit my contact page to get in touch; I respond to all inquiries within 24 hours.

I help my clients train their dogs and puppies using positive reinforcement and other humane methods of behavior modification. My science-based approach takes into account each dog’s situation, including background, temperament and household environment, to guide clients towards more gratifyingly healthy human/canine relationships.

Together we’ll explore how your dog perceives the world and communicates, allowing you to build upon and enhance desired behaviors. After each appointment, online or in-person, I email a customized training plan and then remain available via email and text to answer any questions.

San Francisco dog trainer Jeff Stallings
San Francisco dog trainer Jeff Stallings

Communication is Key

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.

Behavior issues and training for:

  • Puppy 101: Sit / Down / Stay / Come
  • Leash pulling
  • Jumping on people
  • Housebreaking / potty training issues
  • Excessive barking
  • Aggression and reactivity issues
  • Separation issues
  • Biting, chewing and digging
Jeff Stallings Postive Reinforcement Trainer

Teaching you to train your dog

My training approach takes advantage of many aspects of dog cognition—the way they perceive the world; how they learn and communicate; their ability to read our emotions; social behavior; and so forth—to train dogs and modify behavior.

My focus is on helping you to more effectively interact with and train your dog. After appointments, I am available to answer questions about shaping and molding the relationship between you and your dog into a more perfect union. 

Contact me more information or to explore a Zoom consultation or in-person appointment. For more information about my dog training methods, please read through the many articles and published magazine articles on my training articles on my Dog Blog.

Why choose a CCPDT-accredited trainer?
Veterinarians generally prefer to refer patients to trainers who have attained the CPDT-KA (knowledge assessed) distinction.
I first earned this nationally-recognized certification in 2013 and after attaining the necessary continuing education in 2019, am certified through 2022. This credential 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.

Off-leash Adventures

Bay Area parks and beaches that allow dogs off-leash

What better place to take advantage of your dog’s rocket recalls and heeled walks than at the San Francisco Bay Area parks, beaches and preserves that allow dogs off-leash? 

I have researched and hiked many gorgeous San Francisco Bay Area beaches, parks and preserves that allow well-trained dogs to be off-leash and provide information about them on my Offleash Adventures page, including directions to the trailheads.

While most national and California state park hiking trails do not allow dogs, there are many options for local off-leash adventures, including regional preserves and beaches.

So take a hike with your best friend while enjoying the Bay Area’s ample natural beauty.

Jeff and Otis Hiking
Tennessee Valley / Marin County


Zoom or In-Person Behavior Consultations

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For dogs with behavior problems, such as leash pulling, reactivity, mild separation anxiety and destructive behavior, I provide Zoom or in-person behavior consultations to help you understand and address the issues.

Training with Positive Methods

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For basic training, including commands and recalls, I focus on positive training methods and effective use of reward-based methods, often incorporating marker training (clickers) and humane harnesses and collars.

Set Your Puppy up for Success

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My new puppy appointments focus on everything you need to know about potty training, socialization, basic commands, encouraging desired behaviors and avoiding unwanted ones (jumping and biting.)

Referrals to Other Professionals

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I sometimes refer serious behavior cases to other professionals, including board-certified veterinary behaviorists in San Francisco and at UC Davis.


The above are excerpts from recent client testimonials. You can read these reviews and others in their entirety by clicking on the red yelp button below.