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Chewing Inappropriate Objects

Things My Dog Ate

Have you ever found something bizarre in your dog’s droppings or had to rush to the veterinarian because he ingested something that he shouldn’t have? Even the best-trained dogs have had days where they decided to munch on something outrageous. This is such a common problem that there have been entire shows, such as Nat Geo Wild’s “My Dog Ate What!?!”, dedicated to sharing the stories of what dog owners have discovered that their pets swallowed. While we strictly recommend an immediate trip to the vet upon finding out that your pup slurped down anything non-edible or deemed hazardous, we

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Agression

Cesar’s Best Tips To Stop Dog Barking

Remember, barking is natural! It’s an important means of communication for dogs. But sometimes problems can develop. As the pack leader, it’s your job to step in and control excessive barking. Here are my 5 tips to help you stop nuisance barking for good. 1. Correct dog problem behavior and follow through. Tell your dog to stop barking using a look, a sound, or a physical correction. But don’t stop there. Your dog may pause and then go right back to what he was doing. His body relaxed, but his brain was still on alert. Be patient. Wait until your

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Agression

Breed And Aggression

By Cesar Millan I deal with a lot of red zone cases, and I often hear people incorrectly blaming the breed. Any breed can cause trouble. The difference between an aggressive Chihuahua and an aggressive pit bull is that the bigger breeds can cause proportionately bigger damage. It is important to recognize the power of a strong breed, like the pit bull, the Cane Corso, and the Mastiff. These dogs are very powerful and, if they are unbalanced, they can cause serious injury. Remember, these dogs don’t dream of being in the news when they grow up. Dogs don’t premeditate

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Dog Behavior

It Is Easier To Put In Good Habits Than To Change Bad Ones

Once your dog has learned a bad behavior, changing it will take considerably more time than would have been required to put in a good one. I am sure someone will have the answer to why it happens, but all too often a dog will learn a bad behavior in a split second that can be very difficult to change. Putting in a good behavior to replace it will take more time and more repetitions. Do not feel your dog knows and will consistently offer a wanted behavior simply because he does it a few times on command. Often, we

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Barking and Howling

What Your Dog’s Barking Means

Are you able to tell whether your dog is happy, sad, angry or afraid? Many dog owners claim they can tell exactly what kind of mood their dog is in based on the variances in the barks and noises they give off. A recent experiment in Hungary set out to test the theory that humans are able to distinguish their dog’s emotional intentions conveyed in a variety of barks. Under the advisory of Dr. Ádám Miklósi of Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, a team of researchers at one of the world’s first facilities dedicated towards investigating the human-dog relationship conducted

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Dog Behavior

Why Dogs Hoard…

By Cesar Millan Is your dog a hoarder? Does she hide food around the house? Has she collected up toys and stood guard over them? Like a lot of issues with dogs, hoarding is a behavior that has roots in a dog’s oldest instincts, which clash with a modern lifestyle around humans. In the wild, dogs weren’t guaranteed a meal every day, and when hunting was good and there was plenty to eat it made sense to hide away some extra so there would be food on the days the hunting didn’t go well. For dogs, the most natural thing

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All About Dogs

Rude Crotch Sniffer

Dear Cesar, My friend has a dog who is a very rude crotch sniffer. We work together, and she brings her dog to work every day. She doesn’t do it to me, but our clients sometimes get the business end of her nose. I usually catch her before she goes for it, but her owner can’t always get there in time. She says, “That’s what dogs do!” And, “Cesar says you should let them sniff you.” I say, “Cesar wouldn’t approve!” What do you think? Sylvia Tucson, Arizona   Cesar Millan’s answer:   Dear Sylvia, I do agree that, to

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All About Dogs

Warning Signs Of Dog Depression

Dog depression is similar to the kind we as humans experience. There are all kinds of ways to tell if people are depressed. They might stop eating — or eat more to dull the pain. They might cry a lot more — often unexpectedly. There’s a good chance that they’ll start withdrawing from life in general by avoiding friends and family members and possibly even calling in sick to work. And, of course, they can simply tell us that they’re not feeling good. Our dogs don’t have this option, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t feel sad or even

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Barking and Howling

Take The Bite Out Of Barking

Cows moo. Cats meow. Dogs bark. Sometimes, dogs bark way too much, and that can become a problem. But it’s not as difficult a problem to solve as a lot of people think. I don’t think anyone wants their dog to never bark. A little barking at the right time can be very useful, whether it’s to alert you to someone or something approaching your home, or to scare away threats when you’re not there. The trick is to get to that Goldilocks zone of barking — not too little, not too much, but just right. You might be surprised

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Dog Behavior

Dog Not Playing Nice

How do I stop my one year old pit bull from being so rough while playing with other dogs? He is a gentle dog but very strong and has drawn blood of another dog from simply playing. He likes to grab the saggy jowls of his boxer friend. He hasn’t bitten people so far, however I would like to stop the biting altogether is that possible? Melissa Smith Norristown, PA Cesar Millan’s Response Set limits Without a doubt, stop him from holding another dog’s skin. My suggestion is that at the moment you see him starting this type of play,

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