Advice from dog experts Brian Hare, Patricia McConnell, Corey Cohen and Cesar Millan.
As someone who cares passionately about the state of my industry, I think the fact that Cesar's methods are being called into question is an important wake up call for the public. We need to make some major changes to the dog training industry as a whole.
A petition is calling for the dog trainer to cancel his show.
The probe stems from a controversial "Cesar 911" segment featuring a "pig-killing" dog and a group of pigs.
Get referrals. This may sound obvious, but even if you find a trainer in a phone book, ask if you can talk to a couple of his or her previous clients. They can give you an idea of the trainer's methods, "bedside manner," reliability, and willingness to follow through.
Keep in mind that dogs can make wonderful gifts, but unlike sweaters or socks, they aren't as easily returnable if the fit isn't just right.
"True life" begins when we are fully present, said Thich Nhat Hanh.
While humans primarily use words to communicate, dogs use energy to communicate, expressing it through body language. To communicate with our dogs, we need to learn and adopt their 'language' rather than expecting them to learn ours.
Picking a dog is a huge decision. Since you'll be spending the next decade or more with him, you need as close to a perfect fit as you can get.
Show of hands -- how many of you consider your dogs to be your children? Do you call them your "fur babies" and include them in family events? Maybe celebrate their birthdays, talk to them constantly, feed them scraps from the table?