Why I Don’t Allow People To Pet My Puppy Or Dog

In this dog and puppy training article I will tell you why I don’t allow people to pet my dog or my puppy.

Let me begin by explaining what my relationship is and is not with my dogs.

My dog is just that, my dog. I got my dog so it looks to me for everything. Love, affection, protection, comfort and food. The dog needs to “face me” and engage with me always. I got this dog so that I would be the light in it’s eye, not you. If I allow, or encourage others to pet and play with it, then why should I be special? I want my dog to look at other people like it looks at parked cars, boulders and trees. Things to be seen and not interacted with. If you want a dog that constantly leaves your side and lunges and pulls on the leash to go and “visit” the guy next to you that’s your thing.

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This young German Shepherd Dog is learning how to pay attention to his young handler.

Other People And Your Dog

  • My group class students don’t play with other student’s dogs
  • I never leave my dog alone when we are away from the house
  • I don’t allow other dogs to “say hello” to my dog

When I am training my dog or puppy often people will come up and want to pet my dog. I politely tell people “maybe later” they usually get the idea.

To Be Continued…

Daily Dog Training Tip, What Your Puppy Wants, San Jose Puppy Training

Daily Dog Training Tip, What Your Puppy Wants, San Jose Puppy Training 

If you were to boil dog training down to it’s most basic concept it would be this. Dogs want to know two things. How to avoid discomfort and how to get as comfortable as possible as fast as possible. Your job is to show them just that as clear and as conciese as you can. If you can show them this with no confusion you are on your way to creating a winning team.

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Don’t Let This Happen To Your Dog!

When you see my San Jose puppy training videos you will see that I almost always use tools to help me elicit the behavior. That is the key. Get the dog or puppy to give you the behavior that you are looking for willingly. Another piece of the puzzle is the amount of repetitions. Most dog owners don’t do nearly enough repetitions. How many do you need? You need 10,000 reps of every behavior that you want done reliability. That means 30 reps per day of every behavior that you want. Do this daily for 1 month = 1,000 reps. Do this for 10 months and now you hit your mark of 10,000 reps.

Lastly, for most casual dog owners the environment will play as big a roll, or bigger a roll in training the dog. Here is an example. You take your dog to the dog park. You allow your dog access to a doggie door. You don’t supervise your dog on bathroom breaks. You allow strangers to feed/pet your dog just to name a few. Don’t allow your dog access to social situations that are over it’s head. Go slow and gradual.

If you are looking for puppy training in San Jose feel free to give us a call at 408-455-1503

Stay Focused, San Jose Puppy Training, Canine Tutors Dog Training

Stay Focused, San Jose Puppy Training, Canine Tutors Dog Training 

Hello, My name is Ashley Starling and if you are looking for San Jose puppy training then please watch this dog training video.

Dogs learn by doing. Whatever you allow, encourage them to do they will repeat, especially if they get any kind of reward from the behavior. If you as the trainer and the creator of the environment only allow for success then your dog will learn quickly and with great enthusiasm.

In this puppy training video I am showing my 6 month old border collie puppy how to sit properly. I don’t want to “teach” him how to lie down or to stand up during a sit. So I get out the place board and his favorite toy for the moment. I hold the toy where his head will naturally and willingly look upward to me. This creates engagement with the handler and with the dog’s head in an upward position this helps facilitate keeping him in a sit. Notice in the video how I have my hand placed on the dog’s leash. It’s not just anyplace. At some points it’s just and in away from the collar on the dogs neck. If my dog starts to raise his rear end I will put gentle pressure on the collar to reinforce that we are still sitting.

My dog knows when we are done because I use the same release word every single time. He knows even as a young 6 month old puppy to wait for it. Bart Bellon uses a strong “whoosh” noise that the dog only hears when the job is done right.

If you are doing dog training or puppy training in San Jose give us a call and we will set up an appointment for a free no obligation evaluation. Happy training!

Teaching Your Dog To Come When Called, San Francisco Dog Training

Teaching Your Dog To Come When Called, San Francisco Dog Training

Getting your dog to come when called is the most important command or dog behavior there is, especially if you are dog training in San Francisco. I literally saw a grown man running down a busy SF street in nothing but his boxers chasing his dog as it was about to launch itself into traffic. Seeing that it was SF, that’s probably not the strangest thing you would see that day.

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Sorry folks, it didn’t look anything like this


Unfortunately just offering your dog a cookie isn’t going to get the job done. You need to condition the dog to respond to you when you call. That takes time and lots of repetitions to be reliable. Not every method is going to fit for every dog, or dog owner. You have to find the one method that is going to work for your dog.

Two basic steps are required.

  1. Condition your dog to ignore everything around it the way they do with seeing eye dogs.
  2. Condition your dog to respond to your voice.

When you watch my dog training videos you will see me use a variety of dog training methods over an extended period of time. As the dog gets better and more mature I will systematically increase my level of distraction. Nothing is left to chance.

The Three D’s Of Dog Training


Start with 1 foot and increase gradually over time.


When asking your dog to stay in any behavior keep in mind the duration of the exercise in relation to the distance and the amount of distraction.


Over time you can gradually, systematically and incrementally increase distraction and duration, distance over time.

If you live in San Francisco or the Bay Area please feel free to call me as I would love to talk with you about your dog training goals. Here is my number, 408-455-1503

Daily Dog Training Tip, How To Teach The Long Down

Daily Dog Training Tip, How To Teach The Long Down

Hello everybody this is Ashley Starling your bay area dog trainer with your quick daily dog training tip. If you are working on the “long down” or the “down stay” here is a dog training tip that might help you out. If you are having trouble with your dog walking off the place board or popping up into a sit I suggest you elevate your dog even more than just the height of the place board. As you can see in my dog video here I have my dog on the place board placed on top of the training table to elevate my dog even more.

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Back to our tip…

By raising your dog’s center of gravity even a bit more you will encourage your dog to lay down longer with increasing distractions.











Sit, Your Daily Dog Training Tip

Sit, Your Daily Dog Training Tip

Hey guys, 

Just a quick dog training tip for you. When you are teaching your dog or puppy to sit and you are still in the learning phase of training, try elevating your dog. By elevating your dog on a small limited surface area you reduce the amount of distractions that your dog encounters. As you can see in the dog training video the dog cannot get it’s nose to the ground. The ground is where 90 percent of all distractions come from. So now without putting any undue stress on the dog we are more successful. By elevating your dog’s center of gravity it encourages your dog to lower it self into a sitting position.

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In the early stages of training stay close to your dog and keep the training time short. Notice I keep the dog in it’s behavior only for  few seconds and I keep the distraction level low. I also keep my hand on the leash with appropriate control as to give immediate feedback. Lastly I talk very little to the dog but I am clear on what I want. Avoid “verbal vomit”

Please check back often for more dog training tips and dog training videos. My name is Ashley Starling and I am a bay area dog trainer providing San Jose dog training.

Target Sticks Are Great To Train Dogs, San Jose,CA

How I Use A Target Stick To Train Dogs, San Jose Dog Training

In this dog training article I am going to tell you about my experience using a “Target Stick” with my new border collie puppy. As a dog trainer in San Jose I have a lot of competition so I need to keep up on all the newest and best dog training techniques out there.

In the past I have always used food and that worked great with my last labrador. My new puppy however is a bit more energetic and a bit more distracted to say the least. I noticed that he loved to follow and chase things. So I attached a value to the end of the target stick by both food rewards and play items. Whenever he would follow the end of the stick I would use a verbal marker and pay him with a piece of hotdog or a quick game of tug with a soft towel. Pretty soon he was chasing down the end of the stick no matter where it went.

I use the stick to

  • Lead him over jumps
  • Lead him into his dog crate
  • Position him into a heel and sit
  • Move him in and out of positions, Sit, Down, etc
  • Move his head left or right
  • Teach your dog directions
  • Teach your dog to come when called
  • The list goes on and on
san jose dog trainer uses a target stick

san jose dog trainer uses a target stick












The target stick has basically become an extention of my hand. This way I can put more space between me and the dog and increase my span of control. I like it because it helps the dog stay focused and keep looking either at me, or at whatever I want. If you can capture your dogs attention you can get anything done with your dog.

San Jose dog training means keeping up with all the latest techniques that are out there and having a big bag of tricks for all my clients.

Labrador Retrievers And how I Train To Overcome Distractions

Labrador Retrievers And how I Train To Overcome Distractions

In this dog training video you can see that I am training a young yellow lab along side my older black lab. I am using my black lab as a distraction and training tool. I can do this because Sadie, the older of the two is very steady.

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At some point in your training routine you will have to introduce distractions, although you will need to do this systematicly and incrementaly. Think of distractions like this: they come in levels of 1-10. Each month your dog can level up 1 distraction level, maybe. By the time your dog is 12 months old it should be able to handle a level 10 distraction.

Learn To Accept Distractions, Not Fight Them

In order for your dog to get to the next level it must view all distractions as neutrals. If the dog next to it is a good or bad thing now you have to deal with your dogs perception of the distraction (D). If the dog perceives the D as neutral, like a tree say then you don’t have to worry about it. For example, your dog doesn’t get all crazy one way or the other when it sees a tree, or a boulder, or a parked car. your dog should see all distractions as such.

Most people whether they are veternarians or even dog trainers will tell you that you need to socialize your dog. That is a misnomer, you need to neutralize your dog. When your dog sees another dog it should still be concerned with you, not the world around it. That is your job. What difference does it make if your dog bangs and bucks at the end of the leash from excitement or aggression? The result is still the same, a dog out of control. Got questions?

How To Introduce A Second Dog To Your Household

How To Introduce A Second Dog To Your Household

How To Introduce A Second Dog To Your Household

In this short article I am going to give you some practacle tips on how to introduce a second dog into your household.

The first tip is go slow. Dogs need time to feel each other out. You don’t want any fighting over spaces or other resources. Start by putting both dogs in a crate on opposite sides of the room. make sure they aren’t starring at each other. When they settle down take one dog by the leash and approach the second little by little. Grab a hotdog in each hand and posisition them so as they eat the hotdog they are looking at each other. Make sure nobody feels trapped or threatened. Get a little success and then give it a rest.

As you go about your day to day make sure there is no lingering around each other’s crate or eating area. Use your crates as management tools. Absolutely avoid any “they’ll work it out” scenerios. Direct each dogs movements if you want to avoid any fighting.

How To Teach A Dog To Heel And Avoid Leash Aggression

How To Teach A Dog To Heel And Avoid Leash Aggression


How to teach a dog to heel and avoid leash aggression. In the video above you can see that I am taking a step by step approach teaching this young border collie to heel. This is so important if you want to avoid any kind of leash reactivity down the road. The dog must be taught what to do, rather than what not to do. As he sits right now he flips out when he sees another dog. What I have noticed however is that when he knows a specific task it is easier to keep him focused. So rather than me telling him to stop lunging,barking, growling, whatever I do my best to keep him focused on a very simple task.

Here are a few simple tips for getting started right.

Don’t take your dog for a walk. Instead, take your dog for a training exercise where you practice having it stay by your side as you take one step at a time.

Keep your dog’s head up, looking at you. If it’s head is up, the nose is not in the ground sniffing around.

Don’t argue with your dog. If he starts to pull on the leash simply turn and go the other way.

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