Jill Breitner

Jill Breitner is a professional dog trainer, award-winning author and body language expert, plus creator of the Dog Decoder smartphone app (iTunes and Google play) on dog body language recommended and used by veterinarians, shelters, trainers, educators and guardians worldwide. Fear Free Certified, Jill has been teaching gentle handling/basic husbandry skills to clients’ dogs for 40 years. She helps you to be your pets advocate for a happier and stress-free life. Jill also does online, Zoom dog training, worldwide.

Beagle in woman's lap surrounded by holiday decor.

How to Prevent Dog Bites During the Stressful Holiday Season

Holidays are fun yet filled with stress, especially for your dog. Their whole world turns upside down, thanks to there being more people around, including kids they may not know well. All of this can make your dog feel uncomfortable — and can create a situation where they may bite if you do not correctly read their body

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How To Build A Puppy’s Confidence With Simple Tips

A confident dog is sound in mind and only asserts himself if he is being physically threatened. Raising a puppy to be self-assured takes time, energy, and patience. Early socialization is your first step in building confidence. There is a proper way to do so, a path that will foster healthy relationships between your puppy and people,

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How I Turned a Puppy Surrendered 10 Times Into a Great Family Dog

What’s that racket? Who’s screaming? Is someone hurt? I asked these questions as I entered the shelter where I was volunteering. I couldn’t hear myself think let alone talk to the volunteer coordinator. She yelled, “Oh, that’s Kobe. He’s crazy. We picked him up from a high-kill shelter yesterday.” The poor dog had been adopted and returned four

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Why Tiring Your Dog Out With Exercise Before Training Is a Mistake

Recently, a client sent me a video to watch of Cesar Millan, who was saying that an aggressive dog needed to run before training so that he could “focus his mind.” I was asked my opinion because after the run, the pup’s tongue was very red, thickened, and hanging out; he could barely catch his breath. The

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