Thursday, December 13, 2007

Paws Up To You, Cesar Millan?

There's an awful lot of controversy going around about Cesar Millan, The Dog Whisperer. No doubt, I have my suspicions about a few things. But I'm not going to use this blog to slander anyone.

Disagreeing with someone is one thing, but no one has any business going around saying Cesar Millan doesn't know anything just because he isn't certified. He has been able to make some completely unmanageable dogs, by our standards, safe.

What I do like about Cesar is his constantly stressing to people that a dog needs to be treated like a DOG. It's not a child.

Cesar is also correct that a dog should not be fed before his walks, or before he is showing submissive obedient behavior. Nor should the dog be in front of you on the walk.

And, stop using your yard as an excuse not to walk your dog!

As for pinning a dog down on the ground... That's not mean. That's the method of discipline I use with my dogs. That would be absolutely stupid for someone to try when they don't know how, but it's a completely natural form of discipline that dogs understand. What's not natural is all this bribing nonsense that so many dog trainers try to use. You won't find that in the wild!

A dog working for you because he respects you is not wrong. A dog who comes to you with his head down is surrendering, not afraid. A dog who is afraid of you will not even come near you.

Again, no one is perfect. But it really disturbs me when people actually chat back and forth with nothing but pure slander about someone, as I have been reading about Cesar Millan.

There was an article written about his treatment of Kane, the Great Dane, saying that he was cruel because of it. Grow up, people! Sometimes when a dog is frightened, you have to make them move!

There's nothing wrong with people disagreeing with someone. But if you are going to post a disagreeing comment, be polite. Just imagine if that was you who people were slandering. You certainly wouldn't like it!

So on those points above I say, "Paws up to you, Cesar!"

Rena Murray
Dog Whisper Woman

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Thursday, August 02, 2007

Obsessive Dog Behavior - Water Crazy!

You don't have to live with the annoyance or nightmare of obsessive dog behavior problems. Consider water crazed dogs...

There are several people who have seen the episode of "Dog Whisperer" with Cesar Millan where the Yellow Lab, Brady, was completely obsessive toward water. Brady would swim constantly for up to 8 hours at a time until he was literally screaming in pain! Not to mention yodelling until he could get to the pool.

I dealt with a dog with the same kind of problem on a lower level. This dog was over 100 pounds and simply loved diving in, squeezing through the doggie door, running through the house, jumping on the couch, and doing it all over again. Not to mention giving her master a good slobber and shake before she dove in again.

"We don't walk her very much," the owner said. "She gets her exercise this way."

"And, uh... You're enjoying this?" I asked, pointing toward the soaked floor, and recoiling from the soaked couch.

"I guess that's part of it," the owner said.

"Guess what? It doesn't have to be."

I was amazed at the owner's tolerance, and still am. An obsession at that level is very annoying and not exactly easy to break.

"First off, this dog should be running twice a day, not walking. She has too much energy and a very high instinct drive," I replied. "You have two choices: Get a treadmill or a golf cart."

Not surprisingly, I discovered the dog had more obsessive dog behaviors, too. Smelling the ground and pulling on a leash like a lunatic were two of them.

Needless to say, that session ended up being a lot longer than I planned. But I stayed right there until we conquered every single problem.

So yes, even the worst obsessive dog behaviors and the most obnoxious can have an end put to them. But YOU have to be more persistent than your dog.

Enjoy the day, and stay dry.

Rena Murray

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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Dog Whisper and Dog Body Language -
How Important Are They?

I'm not sure when the title "Dog Whisperer" was first really used, although I have read about some "early users." But I do know that people with that gift have been around since the beginning of time. So the title belongs to no one.

I use the dog whispering technique simply because for 8 out of 10 dogs, it works easier and faster than other techniques. It is a lot easier for dogs if you show them through dog body language what you want.

Instead of saying "Leave it" and getting now response, CLAIM it and get: "Okay, no problem!"

Instead of being frustrated because you never catch Rover in the act of destroying your shoes, learn how you can correct his bad dog behavior without destroying his emotions.

The Dog Whisper method is often the last hope for extreme fearful, hyperactive, dominant, or aggressive dogs that are simply driving their owners off the wall. You are never going to take a hyperactive dog, screem at it, and change its dog behavior.

Same with all these other guys. You are going to have to set up an effective communication system - which is Dog Body Language.

For more, why not check out Dog Whisper With Rena - Dog Behavior Training and Dog Obedience to Shout About?

Rena Murray

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Friday, June 08, 2007

"Dog Whisperer" Cesar Millan Mean To Kane?

Most people who have seen National Geographic's "The Dog Whisperer" have seen one of the earliest episodes where Cesar was asked to bring a one-year-old Great Dane over a shiny floor... The one thing the dog wouldn't do. He refused to walk on ANY shiny surface.

Some have criticized Cesar for the way that he simply "did it." A lot of times when a dog is terrified of something, making him move forward, with exposure again and again, is the only way to ease the fear.

My dog was scared silly of motorcycles. He now ignores them. I'm not mean because I made him stay there. In fact, getting him over that fear may save his life some day on a walk!

Cesar wasn't hurting the fearful dog. He did exactly what a Pack Leader would do. A Pack Leader in the wild would either make the fearful dog move, or leave it to die while the rest of the pack went on.

The point is ... They come out of it, even if they are traumatized, much faster than humans do.

Let me make myself clear. There are a few actions of Mr. Millan with which I do not agree, but I am not commenting on this to point out my likes and dislikes of Cesar. All I'm saying is that somebody who criticized him for this obviously had no knowledge of dog behavior.

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