Aggressive dog? Watch this. [Dog Whisperer taught me how to raise my pup]

Via Waylon Lewis
on Sep 28, 2008
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[Videos below] When I got my pup, “Redford”—half Red Tick Hound, half unknown/probably Lab, I had no idea how to be a good master/parent. So I netflixed the Dog Whisperer, who taught me just about everything I know. I’d first read about him in The New Yorker, my bible. The Dog Whisperer has become my idol—Cesar Millan embodies all the Buddhist, yogic, martial arts and good parenting principles in his actions.

Be the pack leader: dominant, but gentle—never aggressive–it’s never the dog’s fault, they just don’t get it. First thing you’re probably not doing if your dog is disobedient: exercise. Make sure they have lots of time to wrestle and play with doggy friends. In this video you’ll see how he ‘grounds’ an angry pit bull, getting it to surrender and relax. It’s taken me a year to be able to do this without getting angry or worked up myself, but the result is I’m blessed with the greatest little doggie, who’s obedient (running back to my call even when off leash and playing with dogs, or sitting on command from 100 feet away) 90% of the time. The other 10% of the time? He hasn’t had enough exercise, which is my bad.



About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


10 Responses to “Aggressive dog? Watch this. [Dog Whisperer taught me how to raise my pup]”

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  3. TMcG says:

    Cesar is like Deepak for dogs! His techniques are skillful and he is all about authentic presence.

    I adore watching his show and love his 'doggie spa tent' complete with acupuncture sessions, calm touch and a big ol' Buddha statue in the room.

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  6. Mrs_Sheena_McCa says:

    From London, England. I am a dog trainer who deals with alot of unstable dog issues. Cesar I have mixed ur texntecks with basic dog training & it works. Thankyou so much for ur basic dog understanding. It has not only helped me in understanding dogs but also helped my clients to understand where their dogs are coming from.
    Sheena McCarthy, london. England.

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