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Cesar Millan

Presidential Leadership with Your Dog

In February in the U.S., we have two holidays in a row celebrating presidents’ birthdays — Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. They are two of the country’s most famous and highly regarded presidents. Both of them appear on our money — coins and paper — and they make up one half of Mount Rushmore. Any time there’s a list of “10 Best Presidents,” whether voted on by the public or created by historians, these two are at the top, usually along with Franklin Delano Roosevelt. It really says something about their legacy that very few people who were adults when

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The More You No

Happy February 4th! This date may not strike you as anything special, but there have been a lot of really famous people born on that date — pilot Charles Lindbergh, civil rights activist Rosa Parks, astronomer Clyde Tombaugh, feminist Betty Friedan, Argentinian president Isabel Perón, Vice President Dan Quayle, musician Alice Cooper, and L.A. mayor Eric Garcetti. That’s a pretty diverse list of people, but the one I want to tell you about now would have been celebrating her 100th birthday today. Unfortunately, she died in 1995, but you may have heard her name: Ida Lupino. Whether you have or

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Tricky Treats

It’s Halloween season again, and if you live in America, you’re probably not far from elaborately decorated homes and there may even be a haunted house attraction or two in your town. There’s a reason that it’s one of the most popular holidays, along with Christmas. People like being scared in safe ways. That’s why a lot of us watch horror movies, or go on thrill rides, or visit escape rooms. There’s something about the excitement of facing fake danger that many people enjoy. A big reason for this is that we know that the scares aren’t real, and we

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Unnatural Disaster

Natural disasters like the flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey can be devastating, but if there’s a silver lining to those rain clouds it’s seeing the great acts of compassion and selflessness that people are inspired to — for example, when a group of bakers were trapped in their shop for two days, they didn’t panic. Instead, they made pan dulce to give to people in need, using over two tons of flour. And, of course, rescue organizations have swung into action to help not only people affected by the flood, but their animals — including dogs, cats, horses, and cattle.

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1 + 1 = 1

There’s always something magical about New Year’s Day, especially when you’re a kid, but it’s the kind of magic that I hope stays with you throughout your life and at the dawn of every new year. It’s like we’ve been climbing up a mountain for almost twelve months, take a break through the holidays as we make it to the top, and then plant our flag at the summit as we stop to admire the achievement. Going from 12/31 to 1/1 can feel like a reset or a do-over. It’s a moment to pause, catch our breaths, recharge our batteries,

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Cesar Millan

Better Pack Leader, Better Parent

Over the years I’ve had many people ask me — some jokingly and some seriously — whether they could use my techniques on their children. In 2006, the TV show “South Park” even used that premise, when my animated twin tried to help Cartman’s mother rehabilitate her son. The thing is, you can absolutely use some of my techniques on your children. Not all of them, of course. You shouldn’t put your kid in a Pack Leader Collar or use my three-finger touch. But you can use the core of my philosophy, which comes out of understanding dog psychology. Not

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Cesar Millan

Essential Qualities Of A Pack Leader

People ask me all the time, “How can I be a Pack Leader?” Well, there’s a simple answer to that: You have to act like one. But this is probably a bit too simple… The answer to the first question is another question: “What does a Pack Leader do?” And there are a lot of apparent answers to that question: A Pack Leader controls their dogs. They don’t have any behavior issues with their pack. They’re always in control. That’s the what, but the question is “How?” And the answer to that is actually simple: In order to be a

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Be the Pack Leader

How To Respect Your Fellow Pack Leaders

As a dog lover, it’s likely that you enjoy meeting new pups — whether they belong to friends, family members, or neighbors. But sometimes the excitement over getting to know a new dog can cause you to inadvertently overstep the boundaries of a fellow Pack Leader. Here are a few guidelines you should always keep in mind to help respect the rules, boundaries, and limitations set by other dog parents. If the Pack Leader asks you not to let their dog jump up on you or sit in your lap, comply — even if you don’t mind You may enjoy

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Mastering The Pack

One of the exercises that Cesar has everyone who attends his Fundamentals of Dog Behavior and Training I course do is the pack walk. One-by-one, everybody takes charge and walks a pack of eight or more dogs, all at once. It can be an inspiring sight as someone who had trouble walking just one dog of their own suddenly takes the reins and leads a whole bunch of them. If you’re having difficulty walking your dog, you may wonder how it’s possible to walk a whole lot of them at once, but it’s not as daunting as it sounds. Here

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Senior Citizen Canines: Dog Breeds For Mature Pack Leaders

People are always asking Cesar, “Which breed of dog is the right one for me?” His answer to the question is that breed doesn’t matter. Energy does. If you want to have a balanced relationship, start with a dog with an energy level the same or lower than yours. However, breed can make some difference if the potential owners have certain physical limitations. You probably shouldn’t have a Great Dane if you live in a studio apartment, or a slobbery bulldog if you have allergies. Likewise, as humans age, they may experience changes that can limit whether they can have

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