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Cesar Millan interacts with a pack of dogs.
Cesar Millan

When Affection Comes First

I rehabilitate dogs and I train people because probably 99.9% of dog misbehaviors happen when their humans create the misbehavior accidentally or fail to let the dog be a dog. Usually, people accidentally create a misbehavior by giving too much affection, and at the wrong time. And they fail to let a dog be a dog by treating them like human children and trying to communicate with them using human psychology. These are the bad dog habits that I train out of people. But did you know that you can also use the same techniques to train yourself out of

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a man and his dog go for a walk to teach and train
All About Dogs

(R)Overprotective: When Dogs Watch Out Too Much

While part of a dog’s job is to warn us of potential danger in the environment, sometimes they can overdo it. A dog giving a couple of barks when the mailman comes by is fine, but if a dog barks constantly throughout the day, it’s not. Likewise, while it can be normal for a dog to be leery of strangers, they should never growl at familiar people or try to keep them away from you. These are all signs of a dog being overprotective, but they aren’t the only ones. If your dog is always getting in your space or

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Three More Questions

By Cesar Millan It’s time to answer more of your questions, and a common thread I notice in many of them is that people focus on the dog and what it does. However, no dog behavior is without a cause, and the causes of misbehaviors are usually always the people in the Pack. So, if your dog has a problem, the first question to ask is not “Why is my dog doing that?” It should be “What am I doing to cause it?” Now let’s dive into the email bag! * * * My Chihuahua is possessive with me. He

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Dog Care

Balancing The Equation

By Cesar Millan My goal in rehabilitating dogs and training people is to create balanced relationships between humans and canines, but people often ask me, “What is a balanced dog?” A balanced dog is calm and submissive, obedient and well-behaved. A truly balanced dog does not need a leash between him or herself and their human, although you should follow the local leash laws in your community always, no matter how balanced your dog is. The response to this is usually, “Okay, but what is a balanced dog?” The real question, of course, is “How do I get my dog

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Dogs Around The World

“Exercise, Discipline, Affection — in that order.” Many of you know this as my canine fulfillment formula. When I first came to the United States from Mexico, the thing I began to see was that Americans tend to give their dogs “Affection, Affection, Affection,” treating their dogs like children and failing to take on the role of a strong pack leader. When a dog has no pack leader, she will become insecure and anxious, moving into an unstable energy state. This leads to many of the problems I see, from non-stop barking and separation anxiety to destroying things around the

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Young lady talks and bonds with her puppy to build connection and trust.
Dog Behavior


By Cesar Millan Today marks the end of the month-long event known as the World Cup and, even living in a country that usually doesn’t pay much attention to fútbol, like the U.S., this event definitely got people’s interest. Now I know that some of my staff watched the games during work, but that’s okay. Humans form bonds over things like sporting events, especially when they root for the same teams, which creates a stronger pack. It can also be a healthy outlet for our natural competitive urges. But there are unhealthy sides to human bonding in teams, when competition

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Be the Pack Leader

How To Find Your ‘A-Ha’ Moment

I’m very excited about the new season of “Cesar 911,” which premieres this Friday on Nat Geo Wild, and I’m particularly proud of this show because it has given me a chance to go out and help communities of people — friends, neighbors, and co-workers — and, of course, to rehabilitate dogs. I faced some interesting and challenging cases, but also was rewarded by seeing people finally have their “A-ha” moment and find balance with their dogs. But the people on the show weren’t the only ones who learned from the experience. I did, too. The Importance of Follow-Through I

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Cesar Milan Dog Nation

Does Your Dog Resent You?

We’ve probably all experienced that “guilty dog” look — the one that they give us when we catch them doing something wrong and discipline them for it. Body lowered, ears, head, and tail down, maybe squinty eyes. But is it really guilt that the dog is demonstrating, or just submission? And what happens in your dog’s mind after the discipline is over? Does your dog forgive you? Fortunately, we know enough about dog behavior to understand our pets and how their emotions affect their behavior.  Dog Psychology: Do Dogs Hold Grudges? When we humanize dogs, it’s easy to put labels

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A dog trainer works with a group of furry students on basic commands
All About Dogs

5 Essential Dog Commands: Basic Obedience Commands Your Dog Needs to Learn

Are you looking for the best commands to teach your dog? Although having a trained dog isn’t the same as having a balanced dog, teaching your dog basic dog training commands can be helpful when tackling behavior problems despite whether they are existing ones or those that may develop in the future. So where exactly do you start with teaching your dog commands? While taking a class may be beneficial for you and your pup, there are many dog training commands you can teach your dog right at home. Below, we’ve listed the best list of dog commands you and

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Cesar Millan

Essential Qualities Of a Pack Leader: How to Be 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 that’s probably a bit too simple. Here’s everything you need to know to become a leader in your dog’s life. What Does A Pack Leader Do? 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 real question is “How?” And the answer to that is actually simple: In order to be a Pack Leader, you have to have

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