How to Let Your Dog be a Dog

Dogs are animals, with needs that were created by Nature long ago.


Cesar MillanMany clients I work with are surprised to learn that dogs don't need love and affection to lead healthy, balanced lives. Why do my smart, educated clients make this mistake? Because they forget that dogs are animals, with animal needs set by Nature long before humans got involved.

What dogs really need is a calm, assertive pack leader not birthday parties, cute outfits or constant affection. Since most dogs are born into the follower role that means your dog is looking to you to provide the calm, assertive leadership that he's hard-wired to seek.

But humans often develop a different plan for our dogs. We want to make them our babies or our family. When people see a nervous or shy dog they see it as human and console it like they would another human.

In the animal world this nurtures instability, something a pack leader would never do.

Most dogs that live in this country have shelter, food, and lots of love. These are the dogs that often become unstable because they're not working for food and water. These dogs yearn for a pack leader to allow them to feel balanced and connected.

Wanted: Leadership
You know the best gift you can give to your dog? Let your dog be a dog, and become his calm, assertive, consistent leader.

Simply put, fulfill him before you fulfill yourself. Establish yourself as his pack leader and watch him blossom in the submissive role that Nature had written for him long ago.

Next step: Tips for Retraining Humans

Cesar and his pack
Get more tips from Cesar.

Note: Cesar Millan is a professional. Please consult a qualified trainer before attempting these techniques with your dog.

For more information, visit Cesar Millans Dog Psychology Center where the express purpose is to rehabilitate and maintain a dogs natural state of being.


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Thomas   Albuquerque, New Mexico

1/16/2013 8:03:49 PM

Ceaser,we are about to rescue a 7 year old female lab who has has been a one owner dog since puppy hood.The owner has to give up this lab who has been a house dog all her life with practically no people contact,no walks,no car rides,never been neutered,etc but is very sweet.Any thoughts for a good transition?Thomas...

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Bridgett   round lake beach, Illinois

12/27/2012 5:29:07 PM

Ceaser i have 2 dogs one is 2 and one is almost 5months and i try to be a pack leader but its like they dont get it and they dont listen and are very shy and skittish and i cant leave the house with out them eating thangs and ripping my stuff up and barking and i do crate them but its like it doesnt matter cus they will still get stuff and i just dont know wat to do anymore soon i will have to give them up if they dont stop plz help me Ceaser!!!!!!!

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Wilburn   Haughton, LA

10/17/2011 10:48:45 PM

We have a 4 month old Cane Corso Mastiff that weight 50 pounds now and he is growing fast.The problem is he seem to have some aggression and bad Behavior problems.He has bit me three time not counting the time he has miss bitting me & He bitten my wife countless times.We live in north Louisiana (Shreveport,la) and are looking to Locate veterinary or dog trainers in our area to help head off any bad Behavior now.We have had large dogs all of our life but we have never been up against one who has this much aggression this young.Please waiting on some advice & help with Lional Cane Corso Mastiff

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Ethan   sandstone, MN

9/18/2011 10:21:27 AM

How can I calm my dog down.. she is a 9 month old Great Dane mix and she is really hyper with kids. She jumps on them and tries to bit them ( in a playing fashion) How or what can I do to calm her down?

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