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Re: Questions for Cesar Millan

We currently are having problems with our 3 year old Cockapoo, CoCo. She recognizes me as the pack leader and basically follows me around and lays at my feet. However, she does not obey my husband or son. Are there specific exercises they can do with her to establish themselves as leaders?

Specific example - when it is time to go to sleep, I just tell her "Okay, time for bed" and she will go outside if needed and then proceed directly to her crate. However, if my husband or son tells her the same, she will just growl at him, forcing them to grab her by the collar and lead her.

Also, she is especially excitable around my son (e.g. if he's running around the house with his friends). She has even bitten him on occasion, although usually when he was playing rough (he is now almost 13 years old).

Any suggestions would be great (I will be purchasing your book -- we've been to a few trainers and have gotten conflicting messages)
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Cesar,
First, let me say that you have helped me tremendously the last couple of years. I have fostered many rescue dogs and have had to deal with a variety of issues. Your advice has given me the confidence I needed to help some of these dogs. I loved your first book and refer to it often!!
I have 3 dogs of my own, all rescue dogs. My German Shepard mix is the calm assertive leader. She is a very balanced dog and a pleasure. (when we got her, she had some fear of people issues, esp. men, that she has overcome completely). I also have a black lab, who is no surprise, is a VERY calm, easy going gal. My biggest challenge is little Punky, our Cattle dog/Jack Russell mix (at least that's what we THINK she is). She has battled some major fear aggression issues and is doing much better with that around people, in the house (although we are VERY careful and usually keep her leashed when introducing new folks). The real problem with her that I have is on the leash. Like so many dogs I have seen on your show, she goes crazy on her leash when she sees other dogs. I walk her and her two sisters everyday and although she is better about getting past houses houses where she can see/hear a dog barking inside, when she sees a another dog on it's leash walking anywhere near her, all bets are off! I put her in sit/stay and try to control her, but it is very difficult. She is barking and growling, standing on her back legs etc. I usually end up holding her mouth shut and glaring into her eyes. This calms her a little, but we always have to stop and wait until they go by. I turn her, to block her vision so she can't see the other dog as well. I am wondering if I should try to keep walking, giving corrections and redirecting her view or should I stop and do what I am doing? This has been going on for two years now. Punky LOVES her walks and I would hate to stop taking her, but I REALLY wish that she would stop freaking out so badly! I try to only take her when I know that there will be less "challenges", but I would love to just take her any time! Is there any help for little Punky Brewster!!???

Thanks so much,
Amy , Roswell GA
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Cesar,

I have a 3 year old Bedlington Terrier. He is very well behaved in the house, but he continuously pulls and barks at dogs when we are walking. He will also do the same with people, but not as much. If the people or dog approach to say hello, he will often back up a few steps and continue barking. He will do something similar in the house, but it usually stops pretty quickly. I have tried taking him to the dog park and if he is separated in a smaller area he will run up and down barking, but if he is put with the other dogs he will pull back and run away from the other dogs.
We also have a 5 year old tiny bichon(f) who will growl at other dogs. I feel it is a combo of fear agression and protection of me.
My biggest concern is my terrier's barking. It makes it very unenjoyable to walk him. I just don't know how to gain control of him when he gets (or is getting) out of control.
I have tried 2 at home trainers and he did go to a training class as well.
PLEASE HELP! We LOVE our dogs and want to enjoy them both outside and inside.
Thank you!
Bonnie
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My 8 year old dog, a maltese/bouvier mix, has been incessantly chewing at her rear since moving to Boston from Arizona. We have seen specialist after specialist, tried several types of pharmaceutical therapy, extensive exercise, reiki... you name it, the behavior continues. Any suggestions for breaking this pattern?

She also has developed a very unpredictable behavior where she will lunge after another dog on our walks or when she encounters another dog, she will attack our Yorkshire terrier as though she is setting an example for the approaching dog. I have watched Cesar's program and have the book on cd. I have tried to implement his strategies but have had only a bit of success. I also have observed that when her rear chewing is at its greatest frequency, she is more likely to go after another dog. I am open to any advice and willing to make all of the necessary changes. I feel that as she gets older she is likely to get more and more cantankerous and I am afraid that she will hurt our yorkie or another dog.

thank you for your time.
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To begin, I never miss your show and have learned quite a lot. I have four dogs, all different sizes, breeds, and ages. Two are rescured dogs and two we purchased from family breeders. Two are mixed breeds, one is a poodle, and one is a 1 yr old Great Dane. Abby, the Great Dane, is my problem area. Whenever we go to the door to go out or to let them out, she becomes totally focused on putting her mouth around one of the other dog's necks. Thankfully she does not bite, but it causes a fuss between withever dog she does this to and herself. I have tried sound, nudging, and pulling her to the side with her collar and telling her NO. She doesn't hear me or see me. If I just keep pulling her to the side with her collar and saying no, should this work eventually? Can you give me any other suggestions and maybe why she is doing this?

Thank you so much.
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I have a 6 yr. old female pomeranian who is not sociable with other animals. The other animals (my adult children's dogs) want to play with her and she will growl, snap and then go into hiding. She will eventually come around, but will just ignore the other dogs. What can I do to get her to be more sociable? Is this type of problem addressed in your book?

Love your show and have applied many suggestions with our 1 yr. old lab, shepherd mix and with our pom.

Thank you. janmarie
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cjtaylor wrote:
To begin, I never miss your show and have learned quite a lot. I have four dogs, all different sizes, breeds, and ages. Two are rescured dogs and two we purchased from family breeders. Two are mixed breeds, one is a poodle, and one is a 1 yr old Great Dane. Abby, the Great Dane, is my problem area. Whenever we go to the door to go out or to let them out, she becomes totally focused on putting her mouth around one of the other dog's necks. Thankfully she does not bite, but it causes a fuss between withever dog she does this to and herself. I have tried sound, nudging, and pulling her to the side with her collar and telling her NO. She doesn't hear me or see me. If I just keep pulling her to the side with her collar and saying no, should this work eventually? Can you give me any other suggestions and maybe why she is doing this?

Thank you so much.


In my ten dogs I also have a dog who will put his mouth on the neck of another dog when we are going for a walk or just when I am leaving. He is "remindinhg" this dog of his position. I had a Rottweiler who would not allow this same dog to leave the yard and would stay with him when he was about to have a seizure. The rottweiler would hold him by the collar and put him back on the porch. We had had this dog experience a severe seizure when we were about a half mile from the house. Fortunately we were on horseback so we could put him on a horse if he needed it. Over the years his seizures abated and I gave the Rottweiler to a family with children who liked to fish and the family did not want them to be at the river alone and the dog allowed them to be independaent. The dog is "helping you control the situation with a dog the Dane thinks needs to be put in place. Make sure you have all the dogs under control and the Dane won't have to be the calm assertive leader/
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Jessica wrote:
Do you have a question for Cesar Millan? Reply to this message to start the conversation!


I have two standard poodles and two cats who were raised together and are very friendly toward each other. My husband brought two cats with him when he moved in. We have had to build sliding doors to keep those cats locked in the upstairs of the house so they are separated from my animals. When all of the animals were allowed to be together, every time the dogs got to his cats, they attacked them. We actually had to bring the cats to the vet 3 times because of the severe bites to the cats.

I think the problem stems from the fact that the dogs have hunted small animals in the yard in the past. They have brought groundhogs, birds, bunnies, etc. to me after killing them.

So how do we make my husband's cats part of the pack so we can all relax and stop worrying?

sootchie
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Re: Questions for Cesar Millan

Hi Cesar, like everyone else I think your show is great. My husband and I have two labs, one who's 8.5 (male) and the other who's 3 (female), and they get along great. The older one, Benjamin, has some issues we're working on, namely barking at the door of our condo when people are outside (we've seen you do this on the show, so hopefully eventually we'll distract him enough). Our main problem with him is at the dog park. He gets very dominant. He barks and barks at the other dogs and just seems to challenge them. He'd never bite another dog, though he does seem to want to "hold" them with his mouth (I hope that doesn't sound in denial...he's truly not biting). We're at a loss because we love the dog park, especially because they can swim a little. It just makes it no fun. One thing we have not tried is a long walk before the dog park, as I think you've mentioned on the show. Other than that, do you have any ideas?

Thanks!
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Hi Cesar! Thank for providing this opportunity for questions -- I certainly appreciate your time! I wanted to ask your advice for my 6 month old lab/pit/shep. mix, Nola.

Nola came home with me the day before she turned 6 weeks old. Her parents had been badly neglected and the mother was very skiddish. Nola has been a great puppy, I've read several books including Monks of New Skete, Tamar Gellar's, and of course your book. I felt confident that I was nurturing her and doing all the right things. We went all different places, met many people, etc... but as a 6 month old now, she has become really skiddish like her mother and isn't very confident. Sometimes I'll hold her tail up because I remember an episode of Dog Whisperer when the dog from the country moved to the city and you helped acclimate him by showing the owner how to provide the dog with confidence using his tail.

Nola is such a good girl except for her scared manerisms. Is there anything I can do about this? I will also mention that she likes to take lead when we walk. She's not as bad at the end of our walk/jog and I try my best to keep her at my side or just behind me. When she tries to lead I usually stop, have her sit, then start walking again. Sometimes we stop and sit several times in a 10 foot progression up the street.

I have two cats and no other dogs. Nola is crated during the day and I play with her at lunchtime -- after work we go outside and play ball then go for a walk. On the weekends she's usually not crated because she's with me running around town or playing outside.

I hope I've provided enough information for you, I'm trying to remember things that you usually ask clients on your show. Nola can sit and can lie down but has trouble with this when she's excited or another dog is around. She's very friendly and sometimes has a little food aggression when another dog is around (i.e. my sister's sometimes come over to play). She's never shown any food aggression to me when I put my hands in her food or water but she gets does growl sometimes if I get too close to her mouth when she has a bone.

Thanks for any advice you could offer Cesar! And thank you for a wonderful show -- I'm so excited the new season has started and I look forward to buying your new book!

Take Care,
Ginger
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Hi Cesar - I'm an avid watcher of your series on TV, but I have tried some of the methods you have shown on that series to get some improvement to the problem with "Maggie Mae", but my situation is much like Amy's of Roswell, GA that I read in the posted messages on the Barnes & Noble site.
Maggie is an Australian Shephard and a real "lover". Her favorite place is on my lap...quite a feat for an Australian Shephard or should I say my lap. Anyway, her general personality is one of affection and calmness until she sees another dog. And, I guess I should say another dog that she has not taken into her pack because my entire family has dogs and she is okay with them, and we have another dog [bearded collie puppy] and she is GREAT with her. However, when we go for walks she goes nuts when a dog comes "into her sight". I mean this "other" dog can be a block or more away, but if she can see it she starts to tense and as it nears she just gets more and more beserk. We have tried the methods of:
1. Sitting her down and telling her "no" and even "no barking" and even to the point of holding her mouth to get our "no" across. But she is very strong and shakes us off and continues to go beserk.
2. We tried the.....continue to walk and trying to pull her to the side to throw her off in her focus/concentration of the dog and get her focus back on us. Doesn't work....we keep jerking her sideways, but she doesn't loose her focus on the dog...and just continues to go beserk.
We have gotten her over this when she hears dogs in houses. That use to also set her off, but by using #2 above she has overcome going beserk just at the "sound" of a dog.
When she was very young and we started to take her for walks and people would allow us to try to socialize her with their dogs her immediate way of doing this was walk up to the other dog and bite it in the nose. That ended the enthusiasum of the other dog owners to allow us to try to socialize her. Now, she has become to overbearing that no one wants her near their dogs when we are out on walks.
We have taken her to a "dog park" where dogs can run free. She doesn't start out too good, but eventually will run and play with the other dogs. However, put her on a leash/harness or anytype of restraint and she does her barking,snarling,jumping, attack mode things again.
We have pretty much always had her on a harness type of collar, as my husband does not like the continual "jerking/pressure" on her throat....he thinks that it could do permanent damage to her throat....so we have always used a harness, and I have to admit I don't think that allows us the "control" that we should have of her.
Please tell us if you have any other suggestions to correcting our methods of trying to get Maggie to be the delightful dog she is anyother time other than when she sees other dogs.
Debbi
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First off - Thank you Cesar for all of your practical insight - it really has changed my way of thinking, both as a dog-owner and as a person.

We have a 9-month chocolate labrador retriever - his name is Toby. Our biggest issue is that he is easily distracted and then does not listen to us. Inside the house and after we have taken him for a walk - he'll obey for the most part. When he's on a leash and we're walking around town or on the bike path - he'll listen. But we have a large yard and live in the country so we do take him off the leash so we can run around with him as well as play - it's then when he is completely distracted and ignores us. We to walk him approximately 4-5 times a week (around 45 min to an hour) on the bike path and when we can't do that, we run with him up and down the hills in our yard. On the bike path - we do put on a backpack with water to help work off more energy which helps since both my husband and I work during the day. He is well socialized - we have taken a couple obedience classes and he does well in class - when he's on a leash. It's when he's off is when he becomes definant - like a teenager! The more I assertive I try to be with him - the more he challenges me. Just when I think he submits - he's back to his old ways.

What do we need to do to solve this problem?
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I have a 3 yr old S.Husky . He is perfect except he is a very strong dog and he is not a very good leash walker. We have a doggie door during the day while we are at work. But I walk him every night when I get home. He just keeps pulling. We have tried all kinds of different leads and nothing works. And if he sees another dog he gets worse.
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Hi! Loved your first book and tv show, and I am looking forward to reading Be The Pack Leader.

We have a 3 year old black female lab. Super sweet, super smart, and at times, super hyper. In the evenings she may freak and start orbiting or just stand and bark at us when we are trying to watch tv (very possibly, the Dog Whisperer!).

We understand that she needs exercise and mental stimulation. However, she may get in these behavior patterns when she (and we) are physically worn out from skating, walking, fetching...whatever! Also, she typically does this crazy stare and bark at my husband (the skater, ball thrower, etc).

Help!
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Hi Cesar! When I got my dog, I bought your first season DVD set and read your book to make sure I started it out right.

My name is Brittany and I have had Bradley, a yellow lab chow mix for about 7 months now. He was a rescue dog. He was found a few hours south of Denver with a massive gunshot wound in his leg. He required surgery to rebuild his leg and now sits funny. He is a loving little guy (only 25 lbs full grown) but has a random aggression problem. I am still working on modifying his behavior. He loves women and children but is very selective in men he is comfortable around. I have tried various techniques to get him to realize I am the pack leader, but need some extra insight! He has come a long way from where he began... he has bitten my arm twice and bitten my face once! Both times he received immediate correction. (It's a good thing I am not afraid of dog bites!) He listens when I say "no" and can even be walked off leash. I want to be able to have company over without worrying about his behavior. Any advice would be appreciated! Or, just come to Denver and show me! :smileyhappy:
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Hi Cesar! My husband and I never miss your show and the work you do with dogs (and their owners!) is truly amazing. We are getting ready to welcome two Shetland Sheepdog puppies into our home. My question is regarding housing the puppies. We are struggling with trying to decide if we should get the puppies their own cages or if it would be ok to get a large cage for the both of them to share. The parent Shelties are both smaller in size, one is about 10 pounds, the other 12. Any advice in this regard would be fantastic!
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Cesar -

Thanks so much for taking the time to chat. My husband and I are big dog lovers having both grown up around dogs and we currently have two rescue dogs - a Chow mix and a Lab/Chow mix.

Our current issue is with the Lab/Chow - Spencer. He's 7 years old and on medicine for siezures. He's had many health issues - Lyme's Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, liver issues, arthritis in his hips, and of course the seizures. But he is a GREAT dog and we love him to death. He has always been very skittish and nervous of strange people and situations, but he will warm up and once he has he is extremely social and loving. He does not deal well with changes to his routine and definitely does best when the family is around him.

That being said - he is in the habit of going to the bathroom in the house when we leave. Short timeframes (errands, etc.) are usually no problem, but work days (typically 6 hrs. as the kids arrive home before us) are a given. We have tried putting him in a crate for the day, but he just goes in there as well. Usually we leave him in the laundry room as it is tiled and easier on cleanup. I'm sure he would love to stay out in the house and we have tried this sometimes just to see if it helps - it is 50/50. Lately there have even been a few instances where Spence has been downstairs and the family upstairs and he has gone - almost as if to say "You know not to leave me alone!". We used to feed morning & night and have tried switching to night-only to see if that would encourage the bodily systems to do their thing before we left for work, but no luck. He has reserves in store.

Except for the abandonment aspect, he is housetrained and will let you know he needs to go out.

We're at a loss as to how to address this. Thanks so much for any suggestions. Keep up all the great work and shows!!!

Lara
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This may sound silly, but can this book be used for my Persian cat?

Thanks!
Molly's mom
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Hello Cesar:

Loved your books and your show. You are truly phenominal! My problem is our 3 year old Pembroke Welsh Corgi insists on jumping up on people. We've tried everything from paying no attention to her to saying off or down. She is such a people dog that she just wants to let everyone know they are her friend! Any suggestions?
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