Cesar Millan's Top 9 Tips On How To Raise A Happy And Perfect Dog

1) Be the Pack Leader: Dogs naturally follow the pack leader. A pack leader is a strong, stable, and consistent person. Those are some of the traits that a lot of dog owners forget. 

Dogs can tell if you have confidence and will see themselves as the pack leader and you as weak. When this happens, bad behaviors like excessive barking, chewing and scratching, leash-pulling, or anxiety, will start to develop.

That's why it's important that you become your dogs pack leader. This role doesn’t begin when your dog is nine months old or when he’s bad, it begins when you take him/her home for the first time. For your new puppy to grow into a healthy, balanced dog, you must show leadership from day one! If you don't it could running everything including friendships. For example, 

2) Positive reinforcementPositive reinforcement is an amazing training tool for pets, but don't go ahead and praise everything that your furry friend does. If you want to get the best out of positive reinforcement, there are a number of important things to do and don't do. Do, Immediately praise and reward desired behavior. Dogs live in the moment, so your response should be immediate. Praise can be treats and affection, and should be used whenever your dog does something that you want them to do. 

3) Work on commands: Pet him and celebrate each time he does what you say. It's best to keep it short and fun. The goal is to get your dog to see that good things come when she obeys you. Because of that, you should make training short, fun, and positive. Also, end every training on a good note.

4) Remove Excess Energy: Have you ever tried to communicate with a hyper toddler? If you have then you know how excited energy can be distracting. It’s no different with dogs. When your pup is raring to go, his only focus is on releasing all that pent-up energy inside, and he’s going to have a hard time listening to you.

So remember to practice first exercise, then discipline, and then affection. A daily walk that truly drains all of your dog’s energy will go a long way.

5) Master Your Energy: Canines listen to their pack leaders, and you can only be that leader if you show calmness and a positive energy. If you panic or are unsure as you give a command, your dog will tune you out. Unfortunately, a lot of us aren’t really aware of the energy that we give off. Have a friend observe your behavior and give you feedback — or even film it so you can see for yourself.

6) Stop Relying on Verbal Commands: Dogs don’t speak to each other, they use energy and body language to communicate. So it’s not shocking that they sometimes have trouble picking up on our verbal commands, especially when they are bombarded by our constant talking all day.

Even if they know a command, they may actually associate it more with a non-verbal cue you give at the same time — something you may not even realize you’re doing.

If your dog is listening to you, consider what may have changed about your physical presence. Are you holding a baby? Are you sitting down? Are you looking away? Small changes like these may be impacting your ability to fully communicate your message like you normally would.

7) Take the road less traveled: Many dog owners come up with a route that works for them and stick with it forever because that’s the easiest thing to do, but over time this can bore both you and your dog. If you want to spice things up, i'd suggest making some small changes, such as walking the opposite direction on your next walk, or try something completely different and head to a park or dog-friendly beach. 

Switch it up even if you’ve been taking different routes already. The simple routine of going out, walking for a bit, and then going home can get old pretty quickly. Bring back some fun by planning the walk around some other activity, such as going to a dog-friendly restaurant for dinner or shopping in a dog-friendly store. When you’re done, you can continue the walk and be happy that you accomplished another task as well.

8) Notice Your Dog’s Emotional State: Beyond pent-up energy, your dog may be distracted by a number of emotions. If you are trying to train her to come when a neighbor’s dog approaches, your pup may instead be so focused on claiming her territory that she’s tuned you out. Or she may be so frightened by the sound of thunder and lightning that there’s little mental space to hear your command to go to her crate. You have to deal with the underlying issue before you can get your dog to really listen to you. This is a perfect example of what happens when you don't control your dogs emotional state, and how to fix it. 


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