Cesar Millan Talks Dog Parks

Oprah Winfreys dog trainer offers five rules for visiting the dog park.

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Cesar MilanTrainer Cesar Millan, who published his first book, Cesars Way, last month, offers these tips for owners heading to the dog park:

1. Make sure your dog is spayed or neutered, has all her shots, and is in good health. Under no circumstances should you take a sick dog to a dog park!

2. Do not use the dog park as a substitute for a walk! If you drive to the park, leave your car a block away and take your dog on a vigorous walk of at least 35 minutes to drain some of her energy before entering the park. Never take an over-excited dog to the park.

3. While at the park, don't punch out on your calm-assertive leadership. Be aware of your dog at all times, and take responsibility for her behavior.

4. A calm-submissive dog will not attract another dogs aggression, but an excited dog, a weak, timid dog, or an aggressive dog can become a fight-magnet.

5. Know your dog! If your dog has poor social skills, is overly fearful, or is dog-aggressive, or if you have not yet established your calm-assertive leadership with your dog, find a more controlled way to introduce her to the company of other dogs, such as play dates with one or two other dog owners.

Posted: May 3, 2006, 5 a.m. EST

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Paul   Walker, MI

12/11/2011 7:16:26 AM

This is incorrect. A weak submissive poorly socialized dog can attract the aggression of a well socialized healthy dog. I have seen it on seveeral occasions.

It appears that the submissive dog, for whatever reason refuse to engage the pack, and is therefore seen as an outsider, similar to prey.

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Jean   Gibsonia, PA

4/21/2009 3:33:41 PM

It is a good article and right on the mark advice.

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Calm & Assertive   pensacola, FL

7/11/2008 8:04:19 PM

Right as always!

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