What is the training philosophy of Cesar Millan, host of National Geographic Channel’s “The Dog Whisperer” show?

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Cesar Millan, host of The Dog Whisperer show, uses methods of rules, boundaries and limitations. The dog learns that the human is the pack leader and to submit to the leader. Cesar trains the both the owner and the dog. The owner usually needs more training than the dog, he feels.

The best way to describe his philosophy is to use an actual example. If your dog won’t walk properly:

• Walk in front of your dog, because walking in front of your dog allows you to be seen as the pack leader. Conversely, if your dog controls you on the walk, she’s the pack leader. You should be the first one out the door and the first one in. Your dog should be beside or behind you during the walk.
• Use a short dog leash to allow you to have more control. Attaching the leash to the very top of the neck can help you more easily communicate, guide, and correct your dog.
• Give yourself enough time for the dog walk, 30 minutes to an hour, preferably in the morning.
• Reward your dog during the walk. After your dog has maintained the proper state of mind, reward her by allowing her to relieve herself and sniff around. Then you need to decide when reward time is over. It should always be less than the time spent focused on the walk.
• Keep leading, even after the walk.
When you get home, don’t stop leading. Have your dog wait patiently while you put away her leash or take off your shoes.
• Reward your dog after the walk. By providing a meal after the walk, you have allowed your dog to “work” for food and water.

The Dog Whisperer first began in 2004 by the National Geographic Channel. Cesar Millan stars in the show, rehabilitating and training dogs. Most of the dogs he works with are problem dogs who are aggressive, spoiled or neurotic and will owners who are frustrated and in need of dog training help.

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