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When Your Dog Gets Bullied

Just like a “wimpy kid” in middle school, you’ll know if your dog is getting bullied if, in social settings like the dog park, it gets frequently mounted, has food, water, toys, or spots stolen, gets ganged up on, or even gets badly injured. Its response to other dogs will often seem intimidated and defensive — even before any other dogs “act out.” For instance, as soon as they are approached by another dog, they may cower or immediately roll on their back, exposing their belly and showing submission. Dogs that get picked on “in public” may otherwise be happy

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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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All About Dogs

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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Dog Psychology

Ben Franklin’s 13 Virtues Of Dog Ownership

Benjamin Franklin was born on January 6, 1705 under the old Julian calendar. When the calendar was changed to our modern Gregorian style in 1752, this date became January 17, 1706. If Benjamin Franklin were still alive today, he would be celebrating his 307th birthday this month. Among his many accomplishments were inventor, author, printer and statesman. It would be difficult to be reading this article without electricity, and for those who use bifocals it would be twice as difficult. In his autobiography, Franklin lists his thirteen virtues of life. While not always adhering to them, Ben tried to apply

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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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All About Dogs

4 Signs That A Senior Needs A Dog

Do you know a senior citizen who needs a dog? Four-legged friends can help elderly people in all sorts of ways, but adopting a dog may not be an idea they come up with on their own. So, how can you tell whether or not your parents, grandparents, or an elderly neighbor would benefit from the presence of a dog in his or her life? Look for the signs! Loneliness and isolation Many seniors, even those who are fully mobile and can still drive, tend to become more and more isolated and lonely as they age. This is especially true

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All About Dogs

Lost! What To Do If Your Dog Goes Missing

It’s one of the worst feelings imaginable: the panic that sets in when you realize your dog is missing. It happens to someone every two seconds, often when the dog is in someone else’s care, or in an unfamiliar area. Most pets are back with their family in the first few hours, but the odds of a reunion drop dramatically after that first day. You may not want to even think about it, but the good news is that there are quick, easy, and very effective things you can do right now — when your pet is safe and right

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How To Start A Dog Park In Your Neighborhood

A fenced area where dogs can socialize safely unleashed can be incredibly beneficial to pups and their pack leaders, but unfortunately many people aren’t lucky enough to have one nearby. Do you live in a community without a dog park? Well, why not change that? Here’s a guide to getting one started. Find Like-Minded Pack Leaders You can’t do it alone, so find some help. You want to locate people who are as passionate about the project as you are. You may be surprised how easy they are to find. After all, we all love our dogs! You can talk

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Dream Jobs For Dog Lovers

Most people who read this site would probably consider themselves dog lovers, but you think your passion goes further than that. You don’t just like your dogs, you like all dogs, and you want to spend as much time with them as possible and help them in any way you can. If you could find a way to do it, you would make dogs your life. So… why don’t you? There are plenty of careers where you can be around your canine friends quite a bit and do things to improve their lives. Here are just a few jobs for

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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. Like 0

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