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Cesar Millan

When Affection Comes First

I rehabilitate dogs and I train people because probably 99.9% of dog misbehaviors happen when their humans create the misbehavior accidentally or fail to let the dog be a dog. Usually, people accidentally create a misbehavior by giving too much affection, and at the wrong time. And they fail to let a dog be a dog by treating them like human children and trying to communicate with them using human psychology. These are the bad dog habits that I train out of people. But did you know that you can also use the same techniques to train yourself out of

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All About Dogs

(R)Overprotective: When Dogs Watch Out Too Much

While part of a dog’s job is to warn us of potential danger in the environment, sometimes they can overdo it. A dog giving a couple of barks when the mailman comes by is fine, but if a dog barks constantly throughout the day, it’s not. Likewise, while it can be normal for a dog to be leery of strangers, they should never growl at familiar people or try to keep them away from you. These are all signs of a dog being overprotective, but they aren’t the only ones. If your dog is always getting in your space or

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Canine And Punishment

The famous behaviorist B.F. Skinner made a discovery in the course of working with birds that’s known as “pigeon superstition” to this day. Basically, he had a group of pigeons in a cage along with an automatic bird feeder. The feeder would dispense a pigeon treat at regular intervals, and that timing had absolutely nothing to do with the pigeons’ behavior. However, it wasn’t very long before each of the pigeons began showing very specific and different behaviors in order to get food. One of them would circle the cage counterclockwise, for example, while another would stick his head up

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Three More Questions

By Cesar Millan It’s time to answer more of your questions, and a common thread I notice in many of them is that people focus on the dog and what it does. However, no dog behavior is without a cause, and the causes of misbehaviors are usually always the people in the Pack. So, if your dog has a problem, the first question to ask is not “Why is my dog doing that?” It should be “What am I doing to cause it?” Now let’s dive into the email bag! * * * My Chihuahua is possessive with me. He

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Dog Care

Balancing The Equation

By Cesar Millan My goal in rehabilitating dogs and training people is to create balanced relationships between humans and canines, but people often ask me, “What is a balanced dog?” A balanced dog is calm and submissive, obedient and well-behaved. A truly balanced dog does not need a leash between him or herself and their human, although you should follow the local leash laws in your community always, no matter how balanced your dog is. The response to this is usually, “Okay, but what is a balanced dog?” The real question, of course, is “How do I get my dog

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Dogs Around The World

“Exercise, Discipline, Affection — in that order.” Many of you know this as my canine fulfillment formula. When I first came to the United States from Mexico, the thing I began to see was that Americans tend to give their dogs “Affection, Affection, Affection,” treating their dogs like children and failing to take on the role of a strong pack leader. When a dog has no pack leader, she will become insecure and anxious, moving into an unstable energy state. This leads to many of the problems I see, from non-stop barking and separation anxiety to destroying things around the

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Bonding

By Cesar Millan Today marks the end of the month-long event known as the World Cup and, even living in a country that usually doesn’t pay much attention to fútbol, like the U.S., this event definitely got people’s interest. Now I know that some of my staff watched the games during work, but that’s okay. Humans form bonds over things like sporting events, especially when they root for the same teams, which creates a stronger pack. It can also be a healthy outlet for our natural competitive urges. But there are unhealthy sides to human bonding in teams, when competition

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Cesar Millan

How To Find Your ‘A-Ha’ Moment

I’m very excited about the new season of “Cesar 911,” which premieres this Friday on Nat Geo Wild, and I’m particularly proud of this show because it has given me a chance to go out and help communities of people — friends, neighbors, and co-workers — and, of course, to rehabilitate dogs. I faced some interesting and challenging cases, but also was rewarded by seeing people finally have their “A-ha” moment and find balance with their dogs. But the people on the show weren’t the only ones who learned from the experience. I did, too. The importance of follow-through I

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All About Dogs

10 Best Dog Breeds For Families

Best Dog Breeds for Families Of course, the best way to have a family friendly dog is to ensure that the dog considers every human member of the family as its Pack Leader. That being said, here is Cesar’s Way take on some of the best dog breeds for families. Bulldog The great advantage of bulldogs? They’re sturdy, so they can take anything that rambunctious kids throw at them, while they’re not very energetic. End result? A dog that will put up with a lot. They’re also not picky about where they live, so both small apartments and large houses

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Rescue Rescue Pit Bull Has An Adorable Maternity Shoot To Help Her Puppies Get Adopted

Mama Pickles had found herself in quite the pickle back in early September when the 2-year-old pit bull was heavily pregnant and wandering the streets alone. Luckily for her, animal control officers were quick to come to her aid, getting her off the streets and locating where she came from. Sadly, when they did find her owners, the animal control officers were surprised to learn that her owners didn’t want her anymore, and were more than happy to leave her at the shelter – how utterly heartbreaking! Since Mama Pickles was very, very pregnant, she required more specialized care than

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