1. Don’t be superficialThe number one mistake for many potential dog owners is to choose a breed solely for its appearance. Here is the problem: dogs are not wall art. They are active members of a group (potentially your family group). So, if you buy a Labrador retriever because you like its velvety ears and nervous structure, but you never want to ‘recover’ for example, you will have a frustrated dog and a tense relationship between dogs and humans. So the first step – whether you get the animal from a shelter, a rescue organization, or a breeder – is to research the breed and make sure you can meet their behavioral needs.
2. Know your energy
Dogs are like humans: everyone has their own level of energy. It is essential to recognize your energy level – low, medium, high or very high – and choose a dog that complements it. Anthony Robbins and Deepak Chopra are friends at Cesar Millan and both need dogs with different levels of energy.
3. Know how to diagnose
You can often determine the general health of a dog just by looking at it, but take a closer look to make sure it does not drag your feet (bad hips), do not cross your eyes or do not try to hear (two signs of poor reproduction). You can test total or partial deafness by applauding on one side of the dog’s head and watching if he looks in that different direction or does not react at all.
4. Give it time
Having a dog is like having a car in that an impulse purchase is often the wrong purchase. Once you opt for a dog, spend a few hours getting to know him before bringing him home. Often, the submissive and calm dog that you saw at the kennel becomes a very different (even aggressive) dog once at home.
5. Take a walk
Once you have bought or adopted the dog, do not take it directly into your car. Go for a walk and have him follow you. You establish yourself as a pack leader and begin the crucial process of creating links.
6. Get the right equipment
Cesar Millan recommends the following key products: • Shampoo: Look for a shampoo that never dries the hair, does not irritate the skin, and leaves no residue. • Food : Choose a healthy dog food, all-natural, human-grade foods that contain no growth hormones, steroids, ethoxyquin [toxic preservatives], or wheat gluten. • Leash or Harness • Grooming tools: Slicker brush, shedding blades, dematting rake • Garlic: Garlic is a very good natural repellent against fleas and ticks. We add a little to their dry food every day. It can give them a bad gas, but it’s worth it. Cesar Millan : Facebook | Instagram | Website