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Monday, March 05, 2007
CESAR MILAN, the star of the National Geographic Channel's Dog Whisperer, Milan helps biters, barkers, and other problem cannines learn to behave.His method, using the 'power of the pack'. His celebrity clients are Will and Jada Pinker Smith, Vin Diesel, Nicolas Cage, Denise Richards and Oprah Winfrey.

Milan's Tips for A Better Dog.

Give your dog exercise, discipline, and affection, in that order.

Master the walk; the dog should be next to you or behind you.

Enjoy the dog park, but don't use it as a substitute for the walk.

Be a pack leader first, not a friend; display leadership on a daily basis.

Understand that discipline is not punishment. Don't do it when you're frustrated or angry.


Q: What are the key things about working with dogs?
A: Exercise,discipline, and affection, in that order. People are too affectionate with dogs. They're animals, not children or friends. People need to get off their butts and walk their dog.

Q: Is there a right way and a wrong way to walk the dog?
A: You need to touch the leash with positive energy and mater the walk. The dog should be next to you or behind you. When the dogs are in front, they're excited and dominant; when they are submissive, they're always behind you.

Q: You talk about pack leader. Why is that so important?
A: Dogs want a pack leader. Their first pack leader is their mother. After two months, the father takes over. Control is not a bad thing. A dog owner needs to be a pack leader first, not a friend. You need to display leadership on a daily basis.

Q: They call you the dog whisperer. When a dog talks, what is it saying?
A: If your dog starts whining, he's showing anxiety. Barking is his effort to dominate. Baring his teeth is commincation that says,"Stay away from my spot". Howling is a message for dogs to get together as a pack.

Q: What emotional state shoild dog owners strive to put their poochies in?
A: The ideal behavior state for a dog is "calm submissive".No tension, no anger.

Q: When should an owner discipline his dog?
A: Do not do it when you're frustrated or when you have angry energy. Discipline is not punishment. Hold your anger, especially if you don't catch him in the act. Don't get angry if he's on the couch. You need to claim the couch. Use eye contact, and move toward the dog. Show him who the pack leader is.

Q: Do you prefer people or dogs?
A: Dogs. They have all these qualities like honesty, loyalty and integrity. Dogs don't plot. Motivating humans is much harder than dogs. And I don't work as hard as dogs. And I can't live with you to motivate you to keep a healthy relationship with your dogs. I can only show you the way.

Q: Do you have any tips for getting a dog ready to go on a plane?
A: To get a dog ready for the flight, the best sedative is a long walk. And have the dog fly on an empty stomach.

Q: What is an example of treating a dog the wrong way?
A: Some people treat their dogs like accessories. Some celebrities say they're dog lovers. But they need to walk their dogs before they put them in the Louis Vuittim pocketbook or in the limo.

Q: Do you get criticism that you're physically hard on animals?
A: I'm not harsh. I'm firm. You can't negotiate with dogs. The touch is the same things as saying no. That helps make the dog ha[py and well-adjusted.

Q: Are you ever afraid -- for instance, when you volunteer with abused dogs that have been tortured to become fighting dogs?
A: To me, fixing a dog that's unstable is a rush, like surfing a 30-foot wave. I would never do that, but I would look into the eyes of a pit bull.

(Source: Abstracted from :HEMISPHERE MAG/ By: Michael Goldstein, a California-based journalist, screenwriter and media trainer)
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