Dog Rehabilitation Success Story

It is important to understand that red-zone dogs are usually frustrated dogs.

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Emily, a pit bull, is a classic red-zone case. She pulled her owner on walks and growled, barked at people, especially those people walking other dogs.

Emilys owner would drag along after her and yell at her to be quiet. Not surprisingly, this tactic didn't work.

It is important to understand that red-zone dogs are usually frustrated dogs. To control a powerful breed you need to master the position of pack leader. The sheer size and strength of a powerful breed will quickly transform any frustrated and dominant animal into a red-zone case. You must get control of the situation before it escalates out of control.

Then I explained how he must become Emilys pack leader and set rules, boundaries and limitations. Next I turned my attention to Emily. It was clear that Emily held the dominant position in my clients household. First, I spoke to Emilys owner about the importance of recognizing the animal in the dog and fulfilling the dog as Nature intended her to be fulfilled.

Out came my roller blades to give Emily a good, tiring workout. I suspected she wasn't receiving adequate exercise for her breed and energy level. This was probably the cause of a lot of Emilys frustration.

Remember, in order to talk to the mind you need to remove the energy from the body. Emily loved our fast tours through the neighborhood and she easily kept up with me. She started to ignore distractions along the way and focus on where we were going. With her excess energy gone, I was able to get her to follow commands.

The results of our workouts helped Emilys owner recognize the importance of exercise in maintaining a dogs healthy state of mind. Most dogs require daily walks, but please don't think of exercise as one-amount-fits-all. Exercise needs vary depending on the dogs breed, her energy level, and her size.

Emily now receives ample exercise and her owner has established himself as her pack leader. His calm, assertive leadership means Emily doesn't need to fill that unnatural role. Balance has returned to Emilys life, and she and her owner are the better for it.

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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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patty   WARWICK, Rhode Island

6/30/2013 8:16:18 AM

I desperately want to adopt a scottie from animal shelter. to This 16lb., 4 year old, has been labeled a "red zone" biting dog. My husband said this is beyond our capabilities. I want to give him a chance. Can you help me, please? I will do what you recommend.

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PATTY   WARWICK, Rhode Island

6/30/2013 7:58:11 AM

I DESPERATELY WANT A SCOTTIE WHO IS CURRENTLY AT A DOG SHELTER IN NEW YORK. HE HAS BEEN LABELED A 'RED ZONE' BITING DOG. HEIS ONLY 4 AND 16 POUNDS. MY HUSBAND INSISTS THAT THIS IS A SITUATION BEYOND OUR CAPIBILITIES, I WANT TO GIVE HIM A CHANCE AT A GOOD LIFE. CAN YOU HELP ME PLEASE?

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Rebecca   Honolulu, Hawaii

11/12/2012 8:44:36 PM

Hi I came to this site looking for more info on dealing with the mother of a litter who shows aggressive behaviors. Since the whole trial of motherhood changes the situation a bit I was hoping to find more info specific to dealing with an apprehensive / aggressive mother?

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bonita   boner springs, Kansas

11/5/2012 8:51:13 AM

I have a two year old German Shepard who is scared of people. Mostly men and young boys. Also has separation anxiety and hurts her self trying together out of her kennel.the vet put her on prozac.it don't seem to be helping. Can you please help me on what I can do to help her...

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