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Dog Care

Balance

By Cesar Millan I’ve pointed out many times that humans are the only animals that follow unbalanced leaders. Animals, including dogs, won’t do it. They respond to unbalanced energy in one of three ways: fight, flight, or avoidance. Dog packs do not have dictators. If the alpha dog in a pack tries to enforce the rules through intimidation and coercion, the other dogs in the pack will kill him or drive him out. But balanced pack leaders do not need intimidation or coercion. They inspire the pack to follow them through calm, assertive energy. This is something that dogs have

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Be the Pack Leader

You Are The Reward

One of the things people often ask me is, “What’s the best training method for my dog?” It can be a confusing subject, because there are two approaches to training, and various techniques. Training comes down to either “do” or “don’t” — encourage a positive behavior or discourage a negative one. This can be based on rewards, like a treat, or ending a bad thing, like stopping in your tracks when the dog pulls and not moving until she relaxes. Techniques are not important. I do use positive reinforcement when I work with dogs, but not in the way that

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All About Dogs

The Importance Of Giving Your Dog Affection

By Cesar Millan Love is one of the greatest gifts we can share with our dogs. Dogs are affectionate animals. Touch means a lot to them, both in their natural world and when they live with us. However, affection that hasn’t been earned and is shared at the wrong time can be detrimental to a dog. Here are a few of my thoughts on sharing affection. Give affection – but at the right time! Remember anytime you give affection, you reinforce the behavior preceding it. Reward stability. Share your love when your dog is in a calm-submissive state. Share affection

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Dog Psychology

Indoor Activities for Dogs

In an ideal world, I know that we would all walk our dogs twice a day, for 30 minutes to an hour each time. Unfortunately, the world we live in is not always ideal; in fact, it’s sometimes downright inconvenient! When harsh weather hits, or circumstances make it difficult or impossible to venture outside for physical exercise, don’t despair! There are activities that you can enjoy with your dog right in the comfort of your own home. Treadmill  The treadmill is a fantastic and very convenient way for your dog to get the exercise from the all-important walk without leaving

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All About Dogs

The Science Of Canine Emotions: What’s Behind A Dog’s Feelings?

Are you convinced your dog laughs? Or maybe you think he feels ashamed when you discover that he’s peed on the carpet? Find out if you’re right – or if you might be humanizing your dog. Here’s a few thoughts on the science behind your dog’s feelings. Laughter Have you ever heard your dog’s panting during play and thought it sounded like a chuckle? Turns out, you might be right! Researcher Patricia Simonet from Sierra Nevada College discovered that certain breathing, or excited exhalations could be the canine version of laughter. Her team brought a parabolic microphone to a park

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All About Dogs

Four Ways To Enrich Your Relationship With Your Dog

A new year is a great time to set new goals for yourself, your life, and your relationship with your dog! Here are some ideas to keep in mind as your make your resolutions for your canine companion. Put aside excuses and find the time to devote to your canine companion. Whether it is more time on the walk, or less time away from home, make time to spend with your pet so you can improve your bond and strengthen your pack leadership! Slow down and live in the moment! The problems and stresses that we deal with on a

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