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Introducing A Puppy To Walking On A Leash

by Martin Deeley Patience is key The one thing I find about training dogs is that there are no hard and fast rules. Some dogs take to a collar and leash easily and some do not. Some owners have to put their dogs on a leash the moment they get them—especially if they live in apartments and there are leash laws—and some may not put their dog on a leash for a few months. I have worked with many different dogs and owners over the years, and the most important features of introducing a leash is patience, calmness, confidence, taking

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Cesar On TV

Junior’s Story

If you’ve seen Cesar live or have watched his recent TV shows, then you’ve met Junior, the gray and white pit bull who is always by his side. Junior celebrates his birthday every year in August, on the same day as Cesar’s but, as many of Cesar’s fans know, Junior is the second pit bull to hold the position of “right-hand dog,” having taken on that mantle when Cesar’s previous pit bull, Daddy, passed away on February 19, 2010. This is Junior’s story. Daddy’s story Junior’s story really begins almost twenty years ago, when Cesar first met four-month-old Daddy in

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Choosing A Compatible Breed/Dog

How To Pick A Healthy Pup

Picking a dog is a huge decision. Since you’ll be spending the next decade or more with him, you need as close to a perfect fit as you can get. So much has been written about the energy and temperament aspects of this decision, but the question I’m most often asked is, “What is the healthiest breed?” And my answer to that question is always the same: It isn’t a breed at all but simply a 30-pound brown mutt. Mixed breeds are generally healthier Because of what’s known as “hybrid vigor,” the midsize mixed breed is, on average, the healthiest

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Adopting From a Breeder

Choosing The Perfect Puppy

Before you bring home that new puppy, you should ask yourself whether you are the right human for her. Here are some questions to consider. Do you have children? If so, then you’ll need a kid-friendly pooch. Your kids will also have to be dog-friendly — prepare for the extra steps it takes to teach them to train the dog, and to respect her space. Are there already other dogs in your home? Introducing a new one will involve some additional steps, too. Watch your prospective puppy at the shelter to see how she gets along with the other dogs.

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Dog Behavior

Puppy Annoying Old Dog With Playful Behavior

Dear Cesar, I have a thirteen-year-old male Boston Terrier and a four-month-old female Boston Terrier. The older dog, Higgins, seems to accept the puppy, Tessa, most of the time, except for when she wants to play with him. He does not like for her to run at him or jump on him. Higgins has arthritis and is very, very calm until she begins her playfulness. He will bark at her (and sometime snap at her) to warn her to back off and let her know that he is boss. However, she doesn”t seem to learn that she should leave him

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Dog Care

Puppy Distracted On The Walk

Dear Cesar, I have a nine-month-old, 100 lb puppy who I walk every single day for the amount of time you recommend in your new book. My problem is he is getting to know a lot of people in my neighborhood and now every time I pass someone I know on a walk, he insists on stopping and walking with them and refuses to go at my pace… even if I start to run ahead. I have tried every style of collar I can find, including choke and pinch collars, and the upside-down leash that I’ve seen you use many

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All About Dogs

Dog Problem: Puppy Soiling Crate

Question from Jesica Mcauliff: I have a 3-month-old pit bull/boxer mix puppy that my husband and I have been crate training. Lilly had been doing really well not soiling her crate, but recently she has been doing it everyday, even if she is only in there for a few hours. We have tried everything to break her of this habit but nothing works. Please, do you have any advice? Cesar Millan’s answer: Well, Jessica, the first thing you need to get out of your head is that you’ve “tried everything.” If it keeps happening, you haven’t tried everything! What I

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All About Dogs

Puppy Is Impossible To Walk

Dear Cesar, We have a 13 week old Springer, and it is impossible to take him for a walk. He will not leave the yard. My husband just tried to walk him, and the puppy was so upset that he threw up! Please help. My husband eventually wants him to be a bird dog! Thank you, Kristina Harris Cesar Millan’s answer: Dear Kristina, Often, it takes the help of another dog to motivate a troubled puppy. It’s completely normal for a puppy to fight a human’s influence. A human being wouldn’t be training a puppy in a wild pack, after

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Chewing Inappropriate Objects

How To Stop Puppy Chewing

Hi Cesar, We have a beautiful four-month-old white German shepherd puppy. His name is Auggie Moon, and he is as good as he is bad. Our puppy constantly wants to chew on me and I don’t know how to stop the puppy from chewing on me. I am trying to work with him with puppy treats and rewards. I want him to be healthy and a good puppy, but he is so strong, weighs 35 pounds and his teeth are so sharp that it’s hard for me to stop the puppy from chewing. My husband and I are older and

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Dog Care

Introducing Puppy To Older Dogs

Dear Cesar, I have a stable pack of three older adults. Since they are getting so old, my husband and I want to add a puppy. We have babysat the puppy of a friend for a weekend, and our dogs hate puppies. Puppies are ignorant and absurdly brave and curious. Is there any direction on how to get the pup to learn to respect the big dogs without him getting hurt? I am sure, if I leave a pup unsupervised with my geriatric neutered male, the old man will joyously get rid of the puppy problem. I have not found

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