Dog Psychology

Be Aware of Your Energy

A Powerful Paradox

In the years that I’ve been working with dogs, I’ve met some pretty powerful people. Not all of them are necessarily famous, but a lot of them have daily lives where they’re in charge of many others, or they run Fortune 500 companies, or they’ve been elected to office. They’re the kind of people who can make things happen with a word, and their subordinates listen to them — sometimes out of fear, but usually out of respect for their knowledge and authority. But there’s a reason that I’ve met these people. They’re very powerful in their daily lives interacting

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All About Dogs

How to ‘Tsch!’

One of the things Cesar is best known for is his use of the sound “tsch” to correct dogs, but the sound itself is not the secret to its success. If you have trouble making the sound, you can use anything, really — a snap of the fingers, a clicker, or even a word like “hey” or “no.” The important part is that you use the same sound consistently. What makes “tsch” work is the intention and energy behind it. “Tsch” is only effective when you deliver it with calm, assertive energy and have an intention — that being what

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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.

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All About Dogs

6 Tips For Mastering The Dog Walk

Here are six dog training tips on how to walk your dog and master the dog walk. When I’m out with my dog pack, I often walk about ten dogs at a time, sometimes even off-leash if I’m in a safe area. People are amazed by this, but it’s simple: the dogs see me as their pack leader. This is why dogs follow me wherever I go. Here are 6 tips for mastering the dog walk. 1. Walk in Front of Your Dog Walking in front of your dog allows you to be seen as the pack leader. Conversely, if

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Dog Psychology

How to Tell Which Dog is Alpha: Dog Pack Hierarchy

Cesar’s Fifth Natural Dog Law says, “Dogs are social pack animals with a leader and followers.” They are happiest when they have this structure because the followers want to be told what to do and know what the leaders expect of them. By the time a dog is an adult, it knows its pack position instinctively and is not going to change it. This is why you can’t turn a follower into a leader. If you put a dog like that in charge, it will become anxious or fearful because it won’t know what to do. The Source of Dominance

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Dog Psychology

Pack Leadership Technique 3: Establish Rules, Boundaries And Limitations.

Because of their nature as social pack animals, dogs want us to tell them what they’re supposed to do. Their goal is to help the pack survive, and they do it by following the pack leader. It’s the job of the pack leaders to provide protection and direction. Establishing and enforcing rules, boundaries, and limitations is how they provide direction to the pack. ‘ Rules refer to what a dog is and isn’t allowed to do: Stay off of my bed but sleep on yours; don’t jump on people; don’t pull on the walk. ‘ Boundaries control where a dog

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All About Dogs

5 Ways To Make The Walk More Interesting

Dogs need walks. Walks provide them with exercise, help you assert your position as Pack Leader, and bring some fun to the day for both of you. But what do you do when that fun fades and you and your dog seem to just be going through the motions, bored and waiting for the walk to be over so you can go back home? It doesn’t have to be this way, and we’ve come up with five dog-walk tips designed to alleviate boredom for both you and your pup. Take the road less traveled Lots of dog lovers come up

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Agression

5 Keys To Handling A Dominant Dog

Like humans, very few dogs are natural born leaders, but you may wind up with a dominant dog that would normally take the lead position in the pack. If you are not the Pack Leader yourself this can cause problems, as a dominant dog will gravitate toward being in charge given the chance. However, if you take the steps to establish yourself as leader of the pack, you can have a wonderful and balanced relationship with a dominant dog. Here are five things to keep in mind when dealing with an alpha dog. You Need to Be Even More Calm-Assertive

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Dog Psychology

Pack Leadership Technique 4: Master The Walk

Pack Leadership Technique 2 reminds us to provide exercise, discipline, and affection in that order. And the absolute best way to provide exercise and discipline for your dog is through the walk. To make the walk productive and bonding, you have to be the leader. This means that you’re in front, not your dog. It helps to use a short leash with the collar up at the top of the dog’s neck, where you have the most control. Keep your leash arm down and relaxed, with the leash loose. Don’t grip tightly because that sends tense energy down the leash

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All About Dogs

Child With Fear Of Dogs

Hi Cesar, My niece Rea, age 10, is very fearful of dogs. She had a small dog nip her where she was raised in the Philippines and she never got over it. She’s been here about a year and one-half with her mom. We watch your program together, we’ve been to the animal shelter, we’ve had an uneven visit with a friend’s small dogs. In theory Rea says she’s not afraid anymore, but when faced with the reality of even just a friendly sniffing dog, she freezes, yells and generally emits fear for a hundred yards around her. Rea wants

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