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Your Dog Can Be The Secret To Weight Loss

There are thousands of exercise programs and an equal number of theories, books, and videos all claiming to have found the secret to weight loss. But there are very few, if any, exercise programs designed to help you and your dog stay fit together. We went searching for the secret to owner/dog fitness and called on two experts who know something about dogs and exercise. The first is Jillian Michaels, the health and wellness expert, bestselling author, advocate, and television personality. The second is Cesar Millan, the star of Cesar 911 whose fulfillment formula of “exercise, discipline, and affection” has

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How To Be The Pack Leader

  A dog’s mother begins training puppies from birth. She makes them wait for food; she controls when they play and how far they travel. Adult dogs need these same rules, boundaries, and limitations from you, their pack leader when dog training. Calm and assertive A pack leader doesn’t project emotional or nervous energy, so neither should you. In the wild, the pack leader uses calm-assertive energy to influence how the dog interacts with his surroundings. She enforces these laws in a quiet way, as is the case when a mother picks up a puppy by the scruff of the

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How To Get A Dog To Trust You

  We’ve probably all had the experience of asking whether we could pet someone’s dog only to have the dog completely ignore us or try to run away, and it’s not uncommon for adult rescue dogs to be a little aloof at first. It’s easy to take this personally and think that the dog doesn’t like us, but that’s because we’re looking at it from a human perspective. When two human strangers meet, our rules say that we introduce ourselves and shake hands. Dogs don’t have that rule with other dogs or with humans. Dog socialization is different from human

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‘Leader Of The Pack’ Episode 3: When Harry Met Cesar

Harry was an unfortunate dog that lost everything he knew and ended up at Whitehall Dog Rescue. Already seven years old, he outlived his former caretaker, who passed away three days before police found Harry in his apartment. Re-homed twice and returned twice, he is a difficult case. Harry has bad manners and pulls on the lead. His dominant approach to meeting new dogs has led to more than one fight. When Cesar introduces a muzzled Harry to several other dogs, there are no issues, and when Harry meets an entire pack, he is overwhelmed and becomes submissive. However, in

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Dog Park Etiquette

In this exclusive excerpt from one of the bonus features for Cesar’s  DVD “Essentials of Dog Behavior: Socialization,” he discusses how dogs interact in the park and what to watch for in order to keep your dogs safe. This is just one of the many facets of dog socialization that Cesar teaches in his DVD. Don’t forget to check out Cesar’s Dog Park Tips, and let us know your thoughts on going to the dog park in the comments below. 0

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Kids And Dogs

Your children’s pets are much more than pals — they can also teach them some valuable lessons about life. “Two of the proudest days of my life were when I introduced my ‘puppies’ into my pack,” says Cesar, breaking into a smile. The “puppies,” of course, are sons Andre and Calvin. When his sons were just one month old, Cesar took them to meet the dogs in his pack. “It’s a very primal thing… I wanted the dogs to be able to smell the placenta.” But not only did the dogs always recognize the scent of his sons, Andre and

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Dog Psychology

How To Be Calm And Assertive

Dogs use constant energy to communicate. Energy is what I call beingness; it is who and what you are in every moment. Dogs don’t know each other by name, but by the energy they project and the activities they share. They know humans in the same way. As humans, we too are communicating with energy – whether we realize it or not. And, though we may attempt to persuade, explain, and rationalize all day long, these energy signals are the only messages getting across to our dogs. The first energy that a puppy experiences after birth is mom’s calm, assertive

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Ask Cesar: Dealing with dogs while on deployment

Recently, we received an email from Julia Terpak, a soon-to-be deployed soldier, who asks, “The stress of leaving my four legged baby is horrid on myself, and thousands of other Soldiers in the same boat. One thing Cesar never touched on… is how to prep your dog for (your) leaving for long periods of time?” Cesar replies: “The important part to remember is that dogs do not keep track of time. They live in the moment, so don’t worry about that. What is important is how you leave. That energy will affect your dog’s association with your departure. You want

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How Do I Handle Other Dogs At The Dog Park?

Dear Cesar, I follow your advice on being a strong pack leader at the dog park. On the rare occasions that I take my dogs to the dog park, I notice humans not applying dog training discipline if their dogs get in a dog fight or potential dog fight. If I apply dog training discipline to one of my dogs, but the other human doesn’t, that makes it look like it was totally my fault. I’ve never said anything to the other person, but it seems unfair that my dog gets a training correction or consequence, and the other dog

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Maintaining Pack Balance

Pack Adjustment It’s a common scenario. Parents give in to their kids’ pressure to get a puppy. They grow up together, the human child and the canine puppy. They become best pals. And as the child gets older and takes the right of passage from high school to college, he leaves home. For most families, that means the parents keep the dog. While it may be heart-wrenching for the young adult to leave his canine companion behind, it can be difficult on the home pack as well while they re-establish the balance and re-define the rules, boundaries, and limitations for

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