Pack Leader

Can Your Dog Help You Find The Perfect Mate?

Having trouble finding the perfect mate? Tired of dating services that don’t work and blind dates with people with whom you have nothing in common? Before you take yourself off of the market, always remember that you have your dog. That’s right. Enlisting the help of your faithful canine companion could be your best bet at finding your perfect mate. It stands to reason that if dogs can sniff out cancer cells in humans, detect bombs, and locate lost people, they might also be able to find your perfect match. Cesar Millan is a believer. “Dogs live in an instinctual

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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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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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All About Dogs

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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Cesar Millan

Glossary Of Terms From “Cesar’s Way”

Calm-assertive energy – This is the energy you project to show your dog you are the calm and assertive pack leader. Note: assertive does not mean angry or aggressive. Calm-assertive means always compassionate, but quietly in control. Calm-submissive energy – In nature, this is the appropriate energy for a “follower” in a dog pack, and thus the ideal energy for a dog to project when living in a household with humans. Signs of calm-submissive energy include a relaxed posture, ears held back, and a nearly instinctual response to the “pack leader’s” commands. Exercise, discipline, and affection… in that order –

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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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