I just finished the book Cesar’s Way, by Cesar Millan, the dog whisperer. I am so overwhelmed by the amount of constant training and effort Cesar advises to have you dog be a happy well balanced dog. It’s like a full time job. I couldn’t imagine what having kids is like. First thing you must do is take the leadership role and let you know that they are submissive to you. There are a zillion examples of how to prove your dominance and each takes a lot of strenuous reputation. It’s hard to not my dog be what I want instead of what she needs. I don’t want to have to ignoring when I leave for work and first come home so she doesn’t get detachment issues. When she has a folly I want to baby her instead of let her learn to make mistakes. I’ve learned there are so many things we do as humans that give our dog issues.
A perfect example is my mom’s dog, Daisy, the most stubborn dog ever. I don’t care how cute a dog is if she misbehaves. After reading Cesar’s book I’ve learned that my mom does all the wrong things and Daisy has lots of issues because of it. For one the dog has the most ear splitting high pitched bark you’ve ever heard and she uses it whenever she wants something. She won’t ever stop because my mom always gives in. My mom will pick her up when she jumps up, let her out when she whines, walk over and get her when she doesn’t come. It’s obvious who’s dominant over who which is odd because my mom is a very dominant woman, very dominant. It actually can be too much stress for a dog to take the responsibility of the leadership role and can be relieved when you take over. Now if I can just convince my mom of this.
Normally I wouldn’t care if my mom is too lazy to make her dog well balanced, but her dog’s bad behaviors are affecting my training with my puppy. My girl is doing her best to understand the rules and boundaries, but how hard is to sit and stay when another dog is jumping all over everyone.
Now this is all a lot to handle. There are so many rules in just walking your dog.
1. Be the first one out of the house before the walk
2. Make sure she is calm before you leave the house
3. When walking you dog never them
be in front.
4. If your dog is off the leash make sure she is trained to come when called even when chasing a squirrel
5. Don’t let them jump on you or other people
6. Don’t stop to let your dog sniff every scent around them
7. The walk should be at least and hour or more if the dog is high energy
8. Walk your dog once in the morn and again in the evening ever day… every day!
9. Feed your dog after they have been walked so she associates eating with completing a task
10. Walk your dog before going to the vet, groomers, dog park, traveling, moving, or when something new is happening.
This all seems like to much to handle and you might be rethinking getting a dog… and you should. If you can’t put your own dogs needs above your desires for a fuzzy friend then get a car.