Millan: Pet care demands a ‘pack leader’
As many pet owners know, not every dog will fetch the morning newspaper or assume the responsibility of maintaining the household while its owner is at work. Common misbehaviors by dogs, though irritating, can often be curbed with small steps to ensure that pet care is meeting the canine’s standards.
According to Cesar Millan, host of the hit National Geographic Channel show Dog Whisperer, a dog’s bad behavior can sometimes be traced back to tense or negative attitudes expressed by its owner, or small lapses in care.
Because most canines instinctually learn their behavior from a pack leader, Millan warns dog-lovers, "If you are tense, frustrated or angry, your dog will mirror that energy right back at you, so it’s especially important to remain calm when dealing with an aggressive dog."
The dog whisperer further recommends that a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise each day not only ensures quality pet health, but may reduce hyperactivity in excitable or edgy dogs.
The expert furthermore claims that separation anxiety, manifested by persistent barking while the owner is away, can be curbed by practicing "no touch, no talk, and no eye contact" for at least five minutes while entering or leaving the home.
According to the U.S. Humane Society, there are approximately 88.3 million owned cats and 74.8 million owned dogs in the country.