Are you the Pack Leader?
Feb. 7, 2012 5:23 am
Updated: Feb. 9, 2012 8:49 am
Friday night was a fun, educational night out for Jon and me. My parents had tickets to see Cesar Millan. Yes, Cesar the Dog Whisperer. They asked us to go with them. I'm not a TV watcher so I had never seen any of the shows, but I have heard of the
Dog Whisperer. Who hasn't? He was at the Akron Civic Theatre - a grand, historical building in Akron, Ohio. Just going there was fascinating. My parents had gone to see movies there 60 years ago and walking through the doors was a small trip down memory
lane for them. The architecture inside was gorgeous. They don't make buildings like that anymore.
Cesar was fantastic! Very entertaining. He had his pit-bull on stage with him the entire 2 hours. Let me tell you, his dog is one well-behaved pooch. He explained how with dogs you do need to "sweat the small stuff"; to be the pack leader you must always
be the pack leader. Even for things as small as going out the door-human first, then dog. Hmmm.... first mistake at our house. We just open the door and let them out. So, when we got home I decided to try it. Suzy was told to sit and stay. Then I opened
the door, walked out on the porch and let her go out. She busted thru the door and practically flew off the porch! She let me "Be the leader" but she beat everyone to the yard. All weekend I practiced that with her and this morning she didn't push her way
to the door but instead sat back on the carpet and waited her turn! It works! This got me to thinking - if the Pack Leader is the first one out the door - does that mean the woman is the pack leader? I mean, a gentleman will hold the door for the lady and
let her pass through first. Thank you, sirs! Thank you very much! I always knew I was the boss.
The next thing he talked about was how you feed your dog. We got an "A" in this category - for we've always done what he said; Nobody eats until we give them the "OK". He demonstrated this on stage with his dog by placing the food bowl on the floor and proceeded
to talk to the audience. In the meantime, Junior sat patiently and waited. When he was allowed to begin eating I pointed out that pit-bulls obviously don't value food as much as labradors. My dogs will sit back and wait for the "OK", for as long as they
have to wait. But - give that "OK" and they start eating quickly. Food doesn't last long in a dog dish around my house! Our girls have a ritual that is performed after every meal, too. Lick your own bowl clean, then trade places with the other dog and lick
their bowl clean, too. You never know what might have been left in that other bowl. He talked about how you should be able to interrupt their meal times. We got an "A" here, too. I've always taught our dogs that if someone reached in while they were eating,
or petted them, they were to step back and wait until they got the "OK" to continue. I had children and didn't want them to get bit should they bother the dogs at dinner time, though we also "trained" our children to leave the dogs alone at mealtime, you
never knew when they wouldn't listen.
All in all the evening was a great time. We enjoyed spending time with my mom and dad and we learned a thing or two.