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Hello Cesar-
I want to thank you for all the good work you are doing in training we dog owners. You are an amazing individual.
I have owned dogs of all breeds all of my life. I currently have a 2yr old Great Dane. This is the 2nd Dane I have owned so I am familiar with the breed and LOVE them. This one is 140 lbs and in spite of all her training and USUALLY good behavior there is one problem that I am having a heck of a time with. When someone comes to the door she goes nuts! Barking and flinging herself at the window and often does not want to let me to the door. Since I am usually with her 24/7 I am the one who always has to deal with this.
We have done the having someone come to the door and knock... and getting her calmed down before I open the door... It works temporarily then - forget it, especially if it is someone she doesn't recognize. Over and over we have gone through this.

To make matters a bit worse, though I am ONLY 50, I have a couple strokes and seizures so am not as strong as I would like. We DO go or walks regularly and she is great on the leash. She loves people and when they are IN the house she is friendly and thinks she is a lap dog, which seems to be a Great Dane characteristic. But I am at my wits end when it comes to this. Please help before I resort to a shock collar or cattle prod!

Thanks for taking the time to read this.

Lori
Mankato, Minnesota

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Hi Cesar, it is certainly a pleasure to participate in a discussion group with you. My family watches your show and thoroughly enjoy it. We are truly amazed at how effortlessly you are able to control the dogs!

We have two dogs. Our first dog is a black Labrador who is 3 years old. Our second dog was adopted in February 2007 and he is now 9 months old. We know for sure he's part black lab, but are not certain what else he's mixed with. When he was adopted, we were told he was part lab, part Great Pyranese. Our vet and trainer seem to think otherwise. He has a bit of a howl to his bark, has one white paw and a white chest. Oh, yeah, he's HUGE!! Long and lean and 70 pounds! I've had him in a 8 week training course which really has helped, but not quite. He's chewing on EVERYTHING! Shoes, slippers, pillows, bedspreads, rugs, paper, envelopes, etc. We have lots of bones laying around which he does chew from time-to-time, but he gets in an extremely playful mood and grabs whatever is in sight. The two dogs get along great and play and wrestle alot. I also found a dog park, but the two times we've gone we were the only ones there, so they didn't get a chance to mix with other dogs. It was recommend by the trainer to get a pronged choke collar, which I did and it works like magic. However, I don't want to have to use it forever. Should I put it on him in the house and keep him near me? He's outgrown his cage, so whenver I leave the house, the two dogs are left unsupervised. There's been no real problems, except a gutted pillow or two, but no poop or pee anywhere, which is really more of a concern than a chewed pillow! My first dog went thought a similar stage and has now mellowed out and does not do any damage whatsoever. I would write it off as a puppy stage, but considering his size, I'd rather do something now to correct it. He also at times will try to be the leader of the two dogs and our black lab sometimes runs away, giving into him. Is there anyway for me to control that or is it just a "dog thing" and I should let them duke it out?

LynneJ

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Hi Cesar, I hope you can help with a problem we're having with our 8 year old yellow lab/sharpai mix. She is a wonderful, obedient, loving animal to all people, but she will not tolerate any other animal. If she manages to get out, she will go for the throat of any other animal she comes across. We got her at the age of 9 months from the SPCA and the behavior manifested within a few weeks of our getting her. The SPCA paid for us to see a local behavior specialist at the SPCA facility. When we brought her there, she encountered another dog in the hallway and immediately went for its throat. She pulled so hard on her leash that she knocked my husband to the ground. After examining her and working with her for an hour or so, the behavior specialist said the behavior was inborn and could not be changed. She said that the only thing we could do was keep her away from other animals. We've managed to do that for nearly 8 years, but it's getting more difficult since our neighbor got two dogs. While our yards are fenced, the dogs bark at each other through the fence and ours is continuously trying to dig her way under the fence to get at them. Is there anything we can do to change her behavior? Thank you for any help you can give.
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Hi Cesar!

Let me start off by saying my kids and I LOVE to watch the Dog Whisperer! It is amazing the turn around you have implemented with people and their pets! After seeing all that can be accomplished with the right tools and knowledge, I know my problems will be easily answered. I just hope we will be able to effectively implement your suggestions and resolve some of these issues.

I have three Lhasa Apso's. One female and two males. I mated Jetta and Gimli and we kept Elvis out of the litter.

Now I have had Jetta and Gimli fixed, and will have Elvis fixed as well when I get the opportunity.

I was under the impression that when a male is fixed he will not "mark" his territory. Gimli pees on EVERYTHING! It is the most aggravating thing he does that I cannot seem to break him from. I am not sure if it is because we have an unfixed male in the house or just that he is never going to stop regardless. Elvis is not a dominate male, and Gimli is only a little bit above Elvis in the pack. Jetta is by far the leader of the dog segment - the "queen B" as we jokingly call her sometimes.

At any rate, he is worrisome in this habit and it smells up my house until we find what he marked and scrub the whole area down.

The other thing he has started doing very recently is when Jetta exerts her dominance over him, he will blindly attack whatever is nearest to him. It starts out between the two of them, but if my husband or I (or either of the kids) try to get them to stop, she will sit, but he will begin biting whoever grabs him and anyone (or thing) else nearby. He has made the kids bleed on occasion because they have not yet understood that they have to be firm with the dogs when they are working with them. They still will pull away and of course this tears the skin some if he is biting.

If you have any hints or helps for this, please let me know. I am not going to put him down or anything, but any help to shorten the training period for all of us is always extremely welcome.

Michelle Peterson
Beebe Arkansas

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Hi Cesar,
We have a 9 month old yellow lab/mix that we rescued 6 mos. ago. The problem is I cannot master the walk. I watch your show religiously and we just attended your seminar. I feel like I understand everything you say but when it comes to actually "doing" the behavior, I fail miserably. I'm obviously NOT the pack leader and I need to be. Our dog pulls on our walks and I would like her to just let me walk her, not the other way around. I walk her for about 40 minutes in the morning prior to her getting her breakfast and another 30 minutes early in the afternoon. I have just started using a prong collar hoping that would help but it hasn't. I try to not let her sniff the ground but that doesn't work either. I keep trying the side correction and it works for two seconds and then she is back with her nose in the ground.

After attending your seminar I try to wake up every morning with my pack leader mentality and it has helped a little. What am I missing?

You're AWESOME and I have read Cesar's Way and am anxiously awaiting your new book. Thank you for all you do!

TB
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We have an 8 year old cairn terrier named Duffy. Our biggest problem is to get him to come without a leash on. He is distractable and will run away if the electric fence is not working. I have worked with him on a long lead and have had some success, but he doesn't take other family members seriously (my husband and two teenaged boys), and ignores me (plays deaf and won't face me) if he is far away in the yard and too interested in what he is doing. Most times he will come when I call him, but he is not trustworthy outside of his own yard, offleash. What is the best, consistent way to show him what we want, so he can behave consistently? Thanks and we all love your show!
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Hi all!

I have been anxiously awaiting the release of this book. I have a three and a half year old German Shepard. My boyfriend and I picked her up from a local shelter when she was six months old. She was neglected and malnourished which I suspect led to her stunted growth and potentially some emotional disorders. When my boyfriend and I cuddle, hug, talk sweetly to each other or show any kind of love she goes nuts. It is really distressing because she cries and barks in such a way that breaks my heart. If anyone were to hear her when she acts like this they would think we were in the process of killing her. Its that bad! I pre-ordered Cesar's book months ago after trying a thousand other things all of which were a complete waste of money. She's completely healthy and happy otherwise and I just hate to think that she's suffering on any level. What can/should I do? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Maria
East Brunswick, NJ
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We LOVE you Cesar...even the cats enjoy your show!!!

My question is about my boss' dogs. I love the fact that he brings his 2 dogs to work with him and that I get to be with them all day. I've also had the opportunity to dogsit for them and love them very much. They are both VERY spoiled, but they know I have rules in the office and they are very well behaved when they are here with us because I trained them early on and made sure that they understood who was the pack leader. They have been very responsive to this consistency.

My question is about 2 behavior issues that the older one (male lakeland terrier) exhibits. One is during thunder storms. He gets so nervous and frazzled that he climbs up in our laps or will stand on your chest if you're sleeping and pants and trembles so hard that he seems like he will pass out. The other is when his people are swimming in the pool. He runs around the pool and barks incessantly. There seems to be no way to get him to stop, even if he's locked in the house. If he can see you in the pool he barks like a maniac! Any ideas about how to deal with this behavior?

Thanks a bunch for any assistance you can offer!
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Cesar,
I am a budding dog trainer teaching my first set of classes. I love your show and frequently reference your ideas and methods. I think you have done great things for problem dogs, but one of the most common problems that you deal with and that I am beginning to deal with is owners who can't seperate their dogs from their kids. How do you get through to your clients that you are not saying that their dog is not a wonderful, important part of their families when you point out that it is not actually a person? People take it so personally and get so offended when I try to make them see that they are not fullfilling their dog's needs when they insist on treating it like a human child. How do you make this distinction? At what point do you have to draw the line and say to yourself that your techniques might just not be right for everyone?

I love your show and am still half way through your book, glad to see you've put out another one. Thank you for your time.

--Juliet8826@yahoo.com
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Hi Cesar! I have a four year old female long haired chihuahua who is an absolute blessing! She is so smart and well behaved... except when she goes on a walk or for a ride in the basket on my bike. She barks at every dog and at some people too. I have tried the "mother bite" with my hand and the "Chh" sound as well as "no", "no barking" and "sit." Nothing seems to stop her. I want her to be able to go places and socialize with other dogs (she lived with a female daschound until March, when we lost her to old age at 17 but that was the only dog she would tolerate). I would greatly appreciate any advice you have. Thank you so much!!! Laura Va. Beach, VA.
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teebeenj wrote:
Hi Cesar,
We have a 9 month old yellow lab/mix that we rescued 6 mos. ago. The problem is I cannot master the walk. I watch your show religiously and we just attended your seminar. I feel like I understand everything you say but when it comes to actually "doing" the behavior, I fail miserably. I'm obviously NOT the pack leader and I need to be. Our dog pulls on our walks and I would like her to just let me walk her, not the other way around. I walk her for about 40 minutes in the morning prior to her getting her breakfast and another 30 minutes early in the afternoon. I have just started using a prong collar hoping that would help but it hasn't. I try to not let her sniff the ground but that doesn't work either. I keep trying the side correction and it works for two seconds and then she is back with her nose in the ground.

After attending your seminar I try to wake up every morning with my pack leader mentality and it has helped a little. What am I missing?

You're AWESOME and I have read Cesar's Way and am anxiously awaiting your new book. Thank you for all you do!

TB




I have the same problem and I also paid for all sorts of classes...dogs seem to be perfect when they are in the class surroundings and then outside think that anything is possible. And my dog is the sweetest possible but loves to sniff and pull. I have used the choker collar but worry about the prong collar with my dog.
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Hi Cesar,

I have a mix breed 1/2 Shih Tzu and 1/2 Pekinegse. He can be obstanant a times. I have tried to get him to stop barking and jumping on people. I have tried to ignore the barking but that makes him worse. I have started walking him but when he is tired of that he will just flop down in the middle of the road and not get up til he's ready. Can you give me some insight?

Thanks

Lisa
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My elderly parents bought a boston terrier. she is very high energy. she wants to play continuously and gets so excited when people stop in that they sometimes have to put her on a leash and hold her because they cannot get her to listen. what is the best way to handle her and get her to calm down. she is less than a year old. she also is obsessed with her toys.
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We have that same storm problem with our black lab. We have talked to the vet and he suggested benadryl and crating her someplace more quite and calm, all that did was to make her sleep for a day after the storm is over and she tore herself un in the crate. We are at our wits end, it is so hard to redirect her when she is in such a frenzy, it is so sad to watch and not be able to help her.
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Hi Cesar,
I am a loyal viewer and have learned so much valuable information from you. I have 2 wonderful labs - 10 yrs old and 6 months old. They are getting along fairly well - the pup has finally lost her puppy teeth and is very respectful of our mature lab. I haven't seen you work with puppies on your shows - do the same "rules" apply with puppies as with older dogs? We are having typical puppy issues - she is curious about everything and is jumping to see what is on counters and areas above her. She also barks constantly when I take her to our vet and is difficult to manage in the waiting room. She walks beautifully and is getting at least 30 - 45 min of walking daily. I'm mostly interested in knowing how your philosophy applies to puppies. Thanks.
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I have 2 German Shepherd puppies 8 months of age. I had a trainer since they were 4 months old and I do have a handle on control. I am with them all the time. Pepper is getting large thier parents are 100 pound dogs. My question for you is,, as much as he is good dog and obeys, he now can reach counter tops. He is sniffing and looking, I correct him and he obeys. But I am concerned about when I go out. Is there something I can do , put on counter tops that would deter him if he shows interest when I am not around. This is new ground for him, his sister is not as big as he is. My trainer is not available to help me with this right now. I read your first book and intend to get your new book. I value your skills and admire your command of your pack. As much as my trainer has helped me I have used some of your methods too that were more effective to be honest in getting command in certain situtations. I just want to insure my dog's safety for my husband does at times leave his bottles of medications on counter and I dont want my dog's getting them, As much as my husband has been told not to he feels the dogs wont get them, I dont want to take that chance. He feels the dogs listen so well nothing will happen. I see Pepper's interest in counter and being this is new territory for him to explore I do have fears.
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Hi Cesar,

I just attended your lecture last Sunday in Newark, NJ, and loved it. We have a 10 week old boxer puppy. I had several questions regarding her...what's the age to start implementing your rules, particularly in terms of 'mastering the walk'? We aren't sure whether we should be making her stay right behind us, or next to us, or if we should allow her to sniff and explore, because she's so young and that's how she learns and becomes socialized. (we also bought your collar, but for when she is bigger...at what age should we start using it (once it fits her) - or is it safe to use it under 1 yr of age?). We don't usually see you working with young puppies on the show, so I wasn't sure if there was a reason for that. How would you correct chewing behavior - would you give her one of her toys instead? And what is the proper way to do that touch that you do to correct behavior, that mimics the mother?

My last question...we have 2 cats. We got the puppy 1 month after our last boxer passed away, the cats had seemed depressed, and so we didn't think they'd have a problem with the puppy, but they are still nervous around her and don't come that close to her, 2-3 weeks after getting her. (they've swatted the puppy a couple times - luckily that cat doesn't have claws, so it can't do any serious damage). However, we want to integrate them and have them get along. How should we correct the puppy when she tries to chase the kitty (I think more to see it and play, she doesn't want to hurt it). Ironically, the only one the cat is mad at is me...I guess I was closest to her, and she's jealous...I try to spend time with the cat, but if she smells the puppy on me, she hisses at me (though she hasn't hissed at the puppy, only at me).

Sorry to make this so long. Thank you, and my best to you and your family.

Sincerely,
Beth

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Cesar,

My sister in California bought me your book, and gave it to me just before she died. She always taped all of "The Dog Whisperer" episodes, but they did not air until recently in Ohio where we live.

Our three year old Miniature Pinscher, Jake,is never calm submissive. He was the runt of the litter and I think he is fearful. He barks at EVERYTHING - people, noises, car doors shutting, just EVERYTHING! Even worse, he growls at both my husband and I. When my sister was visiting from California, she practiced all your instructions, and Jake bit her within 10 minutes of her being at our house! Whenever we have company, we have to shut him in the bathroom where he barks and whines the entire time until we let him out! He is definitely Pack Leader, and we are NOT! We have tried EVERYTHING, and still he exhibits these behaviors. Please help!

DTT in Mansfield, Ohio
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My neighbor's dogs are hugh nuisance barkers. I've noticed that their people don't interact with them much and they are bored, mostly the reason for the barking at ALL hours of the night. I've attempted to make friends with the dogs by talking to them each time I am out in the yard. I've gone over after dark to give them milkbones and they do seem to respond to me well. I'm afraid to say too much to the neighbors themselves because I suspect they would punish the dogs in a manner inconsisent with humane treatment. I don't understand how the owners can sleep through the night when I certainly can't. I've even asked them to give me the Border Collie, is the most neurotic of their dogs thinking that some love and discipline will make him a great dog. Anyway, I've considered using one of those deterrent devices that emit an ultrasonic response to barking. Any thoughts on that or suggestions on how to minimize the barking without having to talk directly to the neighbors?
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My neighbor's dogs are hugh nuisance barkers. Their people don't interact with them much and they are bored, mostly the reason for the barking at ALL hours of the night. I talk to them every chance I get and they do seem to respond well to me. I'm afraid to say too much to the neighbors because I suspect they would punish the dogs.

I don't understand how the owners can sleep through the night when I certainly can't. I've considered using one of those deterrent devices that emit an ultrasonic response to barking. Any thoughts on that or suggestions on how to minimize the barking without having to talk directly to the neighbors? I also have two dogs who are better at ignoring the obsessive barking than I am and wouldn't want them to be affected by such a detterent device. What can I do?
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