This young man is awesome! And so is his father.
My girlfriend and I are very excited. We can’t wait to meet the leader of the pack!
We’re excited because we want to train and breed dogs. Twenty years from now, my girlfriend and I want to retire and be able to devote all of our time to breeding and training dogs and making sure they find the best “pack leaders” for them. After hours and hours of Dog Whisperer and Leader of the Pack marathons, I have come to acknowledge Cesar’s understanding of dog behavior and it would be great to be just a few meters away watching him at work and learning.
Another reason I am excited that he’s coming to Manila is this: in 2011, Compassion and Responsibility for Animals Welfare Philippines (CARA) took custody of over 200 pit bulls after they were rescued from a syndicate involved in dog fighting operations. So, the Help Save the Pit Bulls project was started. Rescuing the dogs was just the beginning. Since then, they have been working on rehabilitating the poor animals, nurturing them back to health and helping them find new homes.
This is Cinnamon, one of the many pit bulls who were rescued from a life of abuse under the cruel hands of the dog fighting syndicate.
Now you might be wondering, “how is this related to Cesar Millan?” Well, CARA believes that if Cesar Millan visits the shelter where the pit bulls are being rehabilitated, it can get the dogs some media exposure, exposure that will create awareness about the situation and, hopefully, expedite the rehabilitation and re-homing of the animals who have clearly suffered enough.
CARA is asking people to make a short video answering the question, “Why should Cesar Millan visit the Laguna Pit Bulls?”
If you want to help, please leave a comment below with your answer to the question. I’m sure it won’t take five minutes of your time. I will take a screenshot of all the comments, collate them, and send them to CARA. One short sentence from you means a lot to those beautiful, powerful dogs. Thank you.
Two days ago, I wrote about how much I wanted to get a dog. There was no way I could’ve known that the day after I posted Let the Dog Come to Me, a dog would actually come.
I was stepping out of the elevator when a cute little Shih Tzu came running down the stairs. She looked like a happy dog – she was friendly and was bursting with energy. I said hi to her expecting that I would meet her owner shortly. I waited a few minutes but no one came. Out of concern for the dog and her probably worried owner, I reported the lost dog to security, told them that I would care for her in the meantime and gave them my contact information.
The dog who came to visit.
It looked like her last visit to the groomers wasn’t too long ago. her coat was neatly trimmed. But underneath the fur, she was almost skin and bone. I brought out a dog dish and a chew toy from storage and started thinking about giving her a bath. I didn’t know who her owner was and what circumstances led to her running around our building unattended, so I didn’t want to make any assumptions. But when I sat down and looked the dog over, the poor little shih tzu looked like a neglected dog. She didn’t even have a collar.
While the dog was drinking water, I decided that I would go out and buy dog food if no one picked her up after an hour. And if no one picked her up after a week, I would take her to the vet. It seemed like she was really at home in my apartment. She was playful and very comfortable. I found it difficult to keep myself from saying “I hope no one comes to pick her up.”
It hadn’t been half an hour when someone knocked on my door. It was a lady. She said, “I was told Simone was here.” Simone ran to the lady at the door right away. It was a happy moment for all of us.
Don’t be a stranger, Simone. Try not to wander around without your owner next time.
I found a few articles with tips for pet owners who live in the city:
If you have any tips on how best to take care of pets for city dwellers, please leave a comment. I’m sure we can all benefit from your experience. Thank you.
I miss having a dog in my apartment. Just last December, I had two dachshunds – Frankie and Cooper. It was great having them around. So next month, I’m getting another dog. This time, I’m getting a miniature schnauzer.
The miniature schnauzer ranks 12th in Stanley Coren’s Dog Intelligence Chart. This means dogs that belong to this breed are able to learn new commands after five to 15 repetitions and will obey on first command 85% of the time. A quick learner and an obedient pet, this is the best breed for me.
But how do I pick the best miniature schnauzer puppy from a litter of miniature schnauzers? How do I choose the one that will most likely have the temperament that I am looking for?
I very recently learned that it is easy to tell whether a dog has a natural disposition towards following commands and accomplishing tasks. Experts that train guide dogs for the disabled have data that show right-pawed dogs tend to do better in tests than left-pawed dogs. Another indicator of success is the direction of a dog’s hair whorl – a hair whorl that goes counter-clockwise usually predicts good performance in the guide dog training tests.
Video 1: Left Paw Right Paw (length: 6.59 minutes)
Video 2: Secret Life of Dogs (length: 46.40 minutes)
Apparently, right-pawed dogs are more task-oriented than left-pawed dogs. Left-pawed dogs, on the other hand, have a stronger ‘fight or flight’ mentality.
Studies have also established that left-pawed dogs have a higher tendency of showing aggression. Stanley Coren has also written on this topic. To me, aggression – specially aggression towards humans – is a no-no.
A simple way to check a dog’s temperament is by observing how it reacts to loud, unfamiliar noise. When it hears loud, unfamiliar noise, it should react but remain calm. If it runs away from or charges aggressively towards the noise, then it’s not the dog I’m looking for. Nervous dogs (dogs that run away from noise) and aggressive dogs (dogs that charge) may need a lot of training to correct these behaviors. If it doesn’t react at all, it may have hearing problems.
Next week, I will start visiting breeders. I’m really excited. I can’t wait to pick the best, right-pawed, counter-clockwise hair whorled, calm miniature schnauzer. It would be nice to have a fast-learning, obedient dog disobeying and outsmarting me again.
How many dogs do you see?
I see three:
Frankie, Copper and me!