Cesar Millan, better known as the The Dog Whisperer,
is known for offering tried-and-true dog-training solutions to
frustrated, struggling pet owners. Among his most helpful tips are the
following 10 that are sure to have even new dog owners leading the pack
in no time.
1. An exercised dog is a trainable dog
The dog whisperer often meets pet owners who have failed to provide their dogs proper exercise. In his book, A Member of the Family, Millan explains that dog training becomes virtually impossible without a daily exercise routine.
2. Just like kids, dogs need a schedule
a temper tantrum-throwing toddler without structure in its life, a dog
without a set schedule is bound to become irritable and act out. Dogs
need set times for interaction, exercise, feeding and training.
3. Leadership is the foundation of training
training relies on the presence of one pack leader. A dog lover who
assumes the role of pack leader will have successful training sessions.
4. Half the battle takes place in your mind
must have unwavering mental strength and confidence to gain the trust
and respect of your dog during training sessions. Your dog can sense if
you are uncertain or fear it, so you must control situations by
maintaining the role of an authoritative pack leader.
5. Discipline and punishment are not synonymous
heavily in dog training, and there will be no need for punishment. It
takes time and effort to see real improvement in your dog's behavior.
Don't let your frustrations distract you from your goal to properly and
successfully train your pet.
6. A dog is a dog
a dog in a humanized manner is perhaps the cardinal sin dog lovers
commit. Love your dog, but do not treat him as a baby. Only dogs that
understand their role within a family unit are actually trainable. Upset
the role identification, and problems are sure to ensue.
7. Dogs need boundaries
Millan's example, and set boundaries in your home. If your dog's
barking at company bothers you, make this a focal point of your
training. If a dog's presence in an off-limits room annoys you, focus on
this aspect of the dog's behavior instead.
8. Consistency is key
is easy to let a dog get away with eating off your plate "just this
once," but in so doing, you are setting a dangerous precedent. How is
the dog to know that tomorrow morning this is no longer acceptable
9. Get all family members on board
takes a household to properly train a dog. You, your partner and all
household members need to be on the same page when it comes to
acceptable and unacceptable behavior. While there only is one pack
leader, the other family members still are dominant to the dog, and they
must treat their relationship with it as such.
10. Start today
never is too early or too late to start working with a dog. Whether
your canine companion is a puppy or a more mature dog, commit to start
today and achieve with your dog what Millan refers to as "balance
between people and dogs."