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Correct ways of training your dog and reasons for using these methods.

11 Most Difficult Dogs To Raise

American Pitbull Terrier

1. American Pit Bull Terrier

This dog breed can be aggressive and is considered by some to be vicious. Although many Pit Bulls are loving, friendly dogs, some are quite temperamental. Also, this breed is often used by cruel people who train them to be vicious. This dog has great strength and historically it was used for fighting in the ring. If you are a potential dog owner and you have limited time to train a dog please don’t choose a pit bull terrier. A pit bull terrier requires a person who will have time to train the dog properly. However, with proper socializing and training it can be a good family dog.


2. Bullmastiff

This dog breed is massive in size and can weigh up to 130 pounds. A bullmastiff has been known to overwhelm their owner and injure them at times. They have also been known to drool a lot and this translates to a lot of cleaning by the owner. This breed has a strong dislike for some other dogs and this means you cannot keep another dog in his presence. A bullmastiff should not be your choice if you will not have time for training.

German Shepherd

3. German Shepherd

This breed can be difficult to raise because of its enormous size and its enthusiasm for activity. German Shepherds have also been known to attack their owners on occasion if not trained properly. If you are not committed to train this breed, please avoid it. German Shepherds are very intelligent and they know when they are being mistreated and not taken care of. This can make them angry and turn to their owners and attack when they are frustrated. German Shepherds are very delicate when it comes to their health and they may need extra vet care.

Siberian Husky

4. Siberian Husky

Bred mostly in cold weather, this breed is lively and requires dedicated training. It is difficult to keep a Siberian Husky because it can be highly predatory. Historically, it was used to pull sleds in snowy areas; this breed is a working dog. This requires a lot of time for the owner to train them making it a difficult breed for a less committed owner. This breed acts out when it’s bored and this is another reason why it can be difficult to keep.

Chow Chow

5. Chow Chow

The dominating breed Chow Chow can be very stubborn while in training, craves a lot of attention, and can be very jealous. Chow Chow’s can be quite aggressive and sometimes outrageous when new visitors or new pets are around. This breed can be difficult to have as a pet because of the constant attention it seeks and extensive training it needs.


6. Akita

The Akita likes to prey on potential food, so it’s a good idea to keep it on a leash. You have to be alert when walking the Akita which requires around 30 minutes of walking daily. The Akita sheds heavily and it can be very difficult to train for inexperienced potential dog owners. Also, the Akita can weigh up to and over 115 pounds and with it being such a big dog, it can be difficult to raise.

Alaskan Malamute

7. Alaskan Malamute

A talented artist when it comes to escaping, this breed can be very difficult for new dog owners. This breed sheds a lot and can be at risk for heat injury because of its heavy fur coat. Though it can make a beautiful family pet, it can also be difficult to raise at times.


8. Rottweiler

A big dog breed, a Rottweiler can be really dangerous when in the hands of the wrong owner. This dog requires a committed owner, hence a great deal of time for training is necessary. A Rottweiler is loyal and can be very aggressive and dangerous while protecting if it’s poorly trained socially. This breed can scare away visitors because of the stories of Rottweilers biting children and adults for no apparent reason.

Chinese Shar-Pei

9. Chinese Shar-pei

Quite the territorial breed, this dog can be very aggressive towards your visitors and other pets and can be very dangerous if poorly trained. Owners with no knowledge about this breed will have difficulty raising them because of the health conditions it could develop. These conditions may be due to its skin fold which might lead to eye and chronic skin issues. This breed can be difficult to raise as it requires a lot of time for training.


10. Beagle

A breed with high energy, the Beagle can be a poor listener and it can be very difficult for new owners. When poorly trained they can be very dangerous while protecting their owners or property. Beagles are prone to barking and can be very noisy, as they are known to be leery of an unfamiliar scent. Beagles can have weight issues if they do not get enough exercise which can make things difficult. For a new dog owner with a tight schedule or no commitment, this is not your ideal breed.


11. Bulldog

This breed can be difficult to raise for new owners because of potential health problems. Bulldogs cannot usually swim making it difficult for owners to always keep them away from the pool to prevent drowning. A Bulldog is sensitive to stress, exercise, and heat due to its heavy build. It can also be very stressful for owners with inadequate training time and it is therefore not the easiest dog to have.

These breeds can be difficult to raise because of the time they require to train. All dogs need attention and care, but these dogs tend to require a bit more than the average dog. All dogs require commitment to training, but if you want an easier time these breeds should not be your first choice for a family pet.

This list is from Life In The Golden Years and of course subject to debate. However the common factor in this list, as with any dog or breed is Training. Train your Dog!

22 Breeds Which Have Attacked Most Humans

Why Your Dog Should Not Sleep With You

© Solovyova/Getty Images Ruff news: Man’s best friend may keep you from fetching sleep.

That’s the takeaway of a small but provocative study titled “The Effect of Dogs on Human Sleep in the Home Sleep Environment” in the September issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

Investigators studied 40 healthy adults with pooches but no sleep disorders over five months. Subjects and their dogs wore activity trackers to track their sleeping habits for seven nights.

Researchers found that “humans with a single dog in their bedroom maintained good sleep efficiency; however, the dog’s position on/off the bed made a difference.”

Bottom line: Regardless of breed or size, dogs in the bedroom was fine. Canines actually in the bed, not so much.

“Human sleep efficiency was lower,” researchers noted, “if the dog was on the bed as opposed to simply in the room.”

5 Dog Behaviors Analyzed

This is a good article from Modern Dog Magazine. Besides a better understanding of a dog’s behavior you should come away with a better understanding that Dogs Are Not Humans and should not be treated as such.

Though dogs truly are our best friends, they can sometimes be, well, a bit weird about things. Let’s face it—our partnership with them has only lasted for twenty thousand years or so; before that, they’d had millions of years of experience under their belts. Evolutionary studies suggest that the first identifiable members of the dog family, Canidae, appeared about 40 million years ago during the Eocene epoch, with today’s modern wolf appearing nearly two million years ago. We Homo Sapiens, however, have only been around for about half a million years. The dog’s “pre-human” time created a unique species and unique behaviors that some of us humans might find a bit odd.</p>

<p>I’m certain that things we do baffle them. Traffic jams, fireworks, reality television—we too are an odd bunch. But, as they seem to take us in stride, so must we do for them. And after all, what seems odd to us (or them) can often be shown to be perfectly normal relative to the species’ needs and desires. Let’s take a look at some of our canine companions’ strangest behaviors, and then try to understand them from a dog’s perspective. Most often, there’s a good reason for an odd behavior if you just look closely enough!</p>

<p>Coprophagy<br />

I know; why on earth would any animal eat its own waste or that of another animal? It’s a bizarre behavior from our perspective and one that can sometimes be detrimental to a dog. So then, why would your beautiful little fur ball stoop to such a vulgar level?</p>

<p>Several reasons exist for a dog eating what would seem to be such a poor food source. If you have ever raised a litter of puppies, you’ll know that their mother will normally clean up after them by eating their feces. This is not only a sanitary solution, but an age-old survival mechanism. In the wild, predators hungry for a bit of puppy could locate the den simply by the scent of feces. It became necessary, then, for the mother to get rid of this evidence. Good canine mothers today do the same thing, even though those nasty predators are by and large no longer a threat.</p>

<p>Additionally, in dirty kennels, puppy mills, or overcrowded shelters, the waste of puppies and other dogs can lie around for hours; the curious puppy will often eat the feces, which still contains some scent of food. This behavior self-reinforces over time and when the puppy goes to a good home, the nasty habit often goes with them.</p>

<p>Another cause of coprophagy is poor diet. If a puppy or adult dog is eating a nutritionally deficient diet or is not being fed enough, it will instinctively seek out another food source. This often means feces in the yard or dog park.</p>

<p>And then there’s the litter box, a distinct issue from the above as most dogs adore the taste of cat poop. This is most likely due to feline food (and therefore feces) containing a higher percentage of meat than dog food, as well as flavorings different than what dogs are used to. Cat feces can be in a litter box or dispersed randomly outdoors; with the power of your dog’s nose, it’s nearly impossible to stop him from finding these delicious cat leavings.</p>

<p>To prevent coprophagy, keep your dog’s environment perfectly free of any waste. Pick it up right away! Try not to leave a dog with this habit alone in a yard or dog run for any length of time, as he will eat the waste and self-reinforce the behavior. Be sure to feed the best food possible, in amounts suitable for your dog. If in doubt, consult your veterinarian on this. Then, whenever you’re walking your dog, let him sniff around only in spots where you know there is no other waste present. That means you decide when he gets to defecate or urinate! Lastly, if you have a cat, locate litter boxes in areas your dog cannot access—either high up or inside a room with a door propped open only a few inches, allowing cat access, but not dog. And try and get your neighbors to clean up after their outdoor cats!</p>

<p>Humping<br />

It’s an awkward moment when your dog saunters over to another dog at the park and starts humping away. Even more awkward is when it happens to human guests in your home. Why is this happening?</p>

<p>Though humping is a sign of sexual excitement and is often paired with signs of physical arousal and a desire to mate, it’s not that simple. The motivations for humping/mounting are varied. Though unneutered males are the most likely culprits, any dog—male, female, young or old—can develop a humping habit. Often evolving out of play, puppies will often hump each other, as will older dogs. The anxious, isolated dog can evoke this behavior as a stress release mechanism. Status confusion among a group of dogs and/or humans can result in a dog humping sequential “victims,” in an attempt to clarify his/her standing. Some pushy dogs will do it simply as a way of controlling others, while the un-socialized dog just might not know any better, because no other dogs taught him or her the finer points of getting along. Lastly, humping can become an obsessive-compulsive behavior; like barking or tail chasing, it can self-reinforce over time and be nearly impossible to stop.</p>

<p>Solutions to humping are comprehensive. First, make sure your dog is getting enough stimulation. Exercise, play, socialization, training, and routine are all vital. Obedience train, as it teaches your dog to think, calms him, and gives you a way to control and refocus. For instance, instead of letting two dogs hump each other all over the yard, put them both through some obedience exercises such as down/stays, paired walking, or recalls.</p>

<p>Neuter or spay your dog at the appropriate time to lessen sexual urges. Keep a strict routine in the home—feedings, walks, training, play—to create anticipation and focus. And if a dog compulsively humps people, employ a plant spray bottle filled with water. A mist in the schnoz and a “Quit” can be effective in shutting down the behavior. Ignoring compulsive humping won’t work, so consider the spray bottle in severe cases, as well as keeping a short lead on your dog to guide him away from a potential “victim” before it happens. Put him in a down/stay, then reward with a treat after a few minutes. We disagree with this type of correction. With that said, we do agree Obedience Training will address this behavior, once you understand the correct method to address this. Read articles on our site, regarding ‘treats’ and training. This alternative can minimize the compulsion.</p>

<p>Reverse Sneezing<br />

Your dog suddenly sucks air into his nose, while making a snorting, choking sound. He extends his neck and head and seems to be choking on something. After a few moments, the event is over, and he seems fine. This is the “reverse sneeze,” one of a dog’s most bizarre behaviors.</p>

<p>Technically known as “paroxysmal respiration,” reverse sneezing sounds awful but really isn’t. Reverse sneezing can be caused by an irritant in the air, by eating or drinking too fast, by a foreign body or hair balls, or even a nasal infection. The resultant irritation of the palate or throat causes a spasm, resulting in quick inhalations of air into the dog’s nose. The trachea can narrow, causing difficulty in air movement. The condition is more common in older dogs.</p>

<p>To reduce the chances of reverse sneezes, minimize chemicals, cleaners, rug deodorizers or other potential irritants from the home. Groom your dog often, and vacuum up hair very day. If a nasal drip is present, see the veterinarian.</p>

<p>During a reverse sneeze, try rubbing your dog’s throat to ease the spasm. Very briefly cover his nose to encourage swallowing, which can dislodge a foreign body. Look into his mouth if need be, to see if anything is obstructing his throat. If so, remove it. Though a disconcerting experience for you and your pooch, it’s nothing to worry too much over, though if this happens all the time, it never hurts to see your vet.</p>

<p>Tail Chasing<br />

The sight of a dog whirling around in a circle with his tail in his mouth might be one of the funniest scenes in dogdom. I suppose if we had long, fluffy tails and could chew on them, we might even give it a try. It’s a behavior that often starts early on; a puppy, barely aware of his own individuality, sees the tail and begins to whirl around after it. It’s fun, and serves some deep-seated need to chase something. Of course when humans see this, they laugh, and often encourage the dog on. And so the behavior slowly becomes engrained.</p>

<p>Other dogs go for their tails because of a flea, tick or worm problem; they try to chew on it to relieve the itch. Dermatitis or dirt can also initiate the need to bite the tail. Still other dogs begin the behavior out of boredom, or because of underlying stress.</p>

<p>Tail chasers often slip into an obsessive-compulsive mode. Some will literally spin and spin until dizzy, or until their nails or pads wear down from the constant friction.</p>

<p>To prevent obsessive tail chasing, be sure to keep your dog as pest-free and clean as possible, thus preventing tail biting spurred from infestation or dirt. Remove tangles from his tail fur, use a flea/tick preventive prescribed by a veterinarian, and get dermatitis diagnosed and treated. Exercise your dog and provide enrichment to prevent boredom and anxiety resulting from isolation. Socialize and train and never encourage the spinning. Usually dogs with another dog around won’t tail chase; it’s almost always an “only dog” issue, so consider a second dog or play dates.</p>

<p>If your dog tail chases, ramp up obedience training to divert him into more appropriate behaviors. Use a “Quit” command when you see him begin to spin; match this with a soda can filled with pennies tossed nearby if the behavior has become obsessive. If you can divert and redirect him quickly the moment he begins the spinning, you can eventually extinguish the behavior.</p>

<p>Rolling in Stinky Stuff<br />

Why would a perfectly normal dog choose to roll around in garbage, dung, or rotting corpses? Like it or not, some do, and seem to get great pleasure out of it. And it’s rarely the dog’s own mess; rather, it’s nearly always something else’s putrid leavings. Go figure.</p>

<p>Why? One theory claims that dogs want to mark over a strong scent with their own smell, rising to the olfactory “challenge.” Others posit it’s a holdover from when dogs wished to camouflage their own scent in order to sneak up on prey. Or it may simply be that dogs to whom scent is everything, simply revel in the fragrances emitted by gross things. To dogs, what we find horrid is actually interesting. Think teenage boys wearing cheap cologne.</p>

<p>To prevent your dog anointing himself with eau de rotting seal keep things as clean as possible around home and property. While on walks, make sure you decide when your dogs stops to relieve themselves, or investigate. Keep an eye out for garbage, dead animals, or generally stinky stuff. Work on the Leave it! command, as well as a reliable recall command to stop an off-leash dog from rolling in stink. If needed, use a loud clap and a verbal Leave it! if you see him going for that flattened squirrel. Otherwise, you’ll be spending a lot on dog shampoo.</p>

How To Keep Your Dog Safe and Calm During Fireworks


Fireworks season can be a time of anxiety for our pets. Without understanding these noises, animals become scared, frantic, and can even run away if not kept safely indoors. According to national statistics, Animal Control Services see a 30% increase in lost pets around the summer fireworks season, so it is vitally important to ensure your dog feels safe and secure during fireworks. So what does stress look like in our four-legged friends? Here are just some of the signs that your dog could be stressed, although different dogs will present anxiety in different ways.

  • Panting
  • Pinned Ears
  • Avoidance
  • Low tail carriage
  • Excessive vocalization
  • Restlessness or Pacing
  • Refusal of food
  • Scratching and over-grooming

And here’s how you can reduce your dog’s anxiety during firework season

  • Keep your dog inside with all doors and windows closed
  • Avoid leaving your dog alone when firework displays are going off outside
  • Set up a ‘safe’ area: a bed or crate with familiar smells, sounds, and toys
  • Take your dog on a long walk during the day so they are more inclined to rest during the evening
  • Put the television on or play music to create a distraction
  • Use a natural calmer such as Pet Remedy to reduce anxiety and stress

Stay calm yourself! Act normally and do NOT give lots of praise. Only praise your dog slightly during calm behavior. This should become a ‘normal’ event in your dog’s life. Loud noises are an everyday occurance. Praising at the wrong time will reward the bad behavior as much as the good behavior…better to not overdo it.

House Breaking

I get a lot of people asking me about house breaking or potty training their puppy or dog.

One couple lived in a house but ‘she’ didn’t want poop all over the yard. I guess picking it up was not an option, I don’t know…I didn’t ask.

Anyway, they have a fenced area within the yard where the dog is expected to go. Ok, if that’s what you want. I told them the way to do this takes quite a bit of patience and time. The dog will do anything you want him to do, if he understands what is expected of him.

This is crucial not only in dog training, but in dealing with other people. If they don’t understand what it is you want from them it will be nearly impossible for them to deliver! Pretty simple.

Again, there is no magic to training a dog. Make sure the dog understands what is expected.

This couple needs to take the dog out to the designated area and wait for the ‘event’ to happen. When it does, slightly praise the dog. Don’t overdue the praising, this shouldn’t be a big deal…after all he’s just going to the bathroom. Then take him back inside.

If he doesn’t do his business within an appropriate amount of time, take him back inside and after awhile, take him out and try again.

I also use a ‘command’ when out with my dog. For example, I use ‘Good Spot’ when Raji is outside and I think it’s time. She associates this term with going to the bathroom and will, if she needs to, do her business.

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Retractable Leashes Are Bad!

You see them all the time, owners walking their dogs with a retractable leash. You know the one that ‘extends’ to around 15 feet.

The idea is to allow your dog the ‘freedom’ to walk where he wants while still keeping him under control.

Here’s the problem…’allow your dog the ‘freedom’ to walk where he wants…’

Remember, dogs need a leader of the pack. They don’t want to be the leader, but will take over that role when no one else does.

Wake Up America!

When the dog is allowed to make decisions on where they will walk, who is leading?

‘Leave It’

Recently, in Roswell New Mexico, my wife and I went into a major pet store retailer to get some medicine for our poodle who was having some digestive issues.  Maybe we’ll talk about that at another time.

At any rate, it was my misfortune to have to enter next to the place, a small cordoned off section, were the store offers ‘dog training’. I really didn’t notice when we were walking in that a lady with a Great Dane puppy, ok, the puppy was over three feet tall…but a puppy none the less, and the Dane sniffed me as we passed each other. The lady issued a command ‘leave it‘… which the dog promptly ignored, and the dog and I passed each other without incident…as you would expect. I didn’t give the incident much thought, other than the dog didn’t respond right away, as I was on another, at least in my mind, more important mission.

While looking for the item we wanted, I noticed a man walking a dog toward me. When the dog go to me, he sniffed, the man said ‘leave it‘ and pulled the dog away from me and kept walking down the aisle on which they were traveling for about twenty feet.

Then it hit me! The Great Dane, and this dog, were just coming from the training class.  Ok, I may not be the sharpest tool in the shed, but I do know about dog training. Now, I’m not here to beat up the chain store’s dog training program, well, not too much anyway. It apparently works for them and I applaud anyone who has recognized the need for training their dog.

Without going into the techniques I use, nor many of the other ‘theories’ on how dogs learn, it just irritated me that the basic concepts were overlooked.

What do I mean by that? Well, the dogs had on a harness, not a collar.  A harness straps around the strongest portion of the dog and it really doesn’t divert the dogs attention when a command is given. It more of an inconvenience…to the dog. The other thing I noticed is the command was given as if one were carrying on a conversation with the dog. That is, there was no ‘authority’ in the either of the owner’s voices.  No, I’m not saying you should yell.  I’m saying you should use your ‘Mom’ voice.  Everyone has had a mom with that voice which has been directed at you and you know what I’m talking about.

A third thing is, and I am just supposing here because I wasn’t around the class, the command was a new command which had just been introduced to the owner’s.  I say this because both owner’s were tentative in giving the command and the ‘trainer’ was walking with the gentleman and actually gave the command to the owner…to give to the dog.

Ok, it is unfair to expect your dog to do what you want if she doesn’t what it is that you want!  Dogs don’t speak English.

The trainer was not using treats when giving this command, nor was Marker training used.  I’m not a fan Treat Based Training, nor do I believe Marker Training is best for Obedience training.

But come on, how do they expect the dog to know what ‘Leave It’ means?

If you have ever watched Cesar Milan while walking a dog, you know one of his main principles of controlling the dog is to ‘distract’ the dog from the obstacle which is disrupting the walk.  In this case, it was me standing close to the path the dog was taking.

The harness, which I talk about in the training lessons, does nothing to distract the dog, which all you need to do.  A collar, or even tapping the dog with your hand will a greater influence on distracting the dog…along with the command.  The dog needs to ‘associate’ the words ‘Leave It’ with the action of stopping what he is about to do.

One other fault of the training the owners and the dog were getting was that the dog was leading the walk.  I can’t stress enough how important it is that YOU are the leader, not the dog.

11 Most Loyal Dog Breeds

Dogs have been close friends of people for a very long time because of the strong bond that can be cultivated. Dogs have been incorporated in many homes and have become part of our families. There are various dog breeds with different origins, but almost all have strong sense of loyalty to their owners and family that makes them to be adored by many. Such dedication has seen some dogs be able to save lives of their owners and other people in the family. Let’s take a look at 11 dog breeds that are quite loyal:

German Shepherd


1. German shepherd

The German shepherd originated from Germany and was known as early as in 1800s. It is considered active and always willing to learn when being trained and also ready to serve. The dog is commonly used by the police and the military and is considered to be very loyal and protective to their masters.

Rough Collie

 2. Rough collie

Considered a sheepherder for some, this breed is an active and intelligent dog and is friendly to other animals and children. The rough collie is a herding dog that originated from Scotland. Sometimes the dog is wary of strangers and can bark at them. Also the dog has amazing skills that can help you in therapeutic way. When trained, the dog is able to use its sense of smell to know if you are going to have seizure. They are very loyal.


3. Kuvasz
Originating from Hungary, the Kuvasv is known well for being a friendly house pet and has a good sense of humor. The breed is considered to be intelligent and they like to seek attention from their family, as do many dogs. They are suitable as guard dogs due to their large size and strength, and they are quite loayl.

Labrador Retriever

 4. Labrador retriever

This dog breed is one of the most popular dogs due to their happy mood, good energy, loyalty, and gentleness with children. With a North American origin, this family dog is very affectionate and provides good companionship, making them good family pets

Golden Retriever

5. Golden retriever
The Golden retriever is a lovable dog that you’ll see loving on children and adults alike. They are quite the family dog and known to be happy and ready to please their family owners. They are fun loving, patient, trainable and able to be trained to do plenty of things. The dog is among popular breed that is considered popular as a family pet and as therapy dog. Their loyalty is huge!


 6. Beagle

The modern beagle has their origins in Britain, though it is believed to date back from the ancient Greeks. The dog is commonly used for hunting. They are gentle and make wonderful family pets. Loyalty is a big attribute.


 7. Brittany

Bred first in France in 1800s for hunting birds, the Brittany is known to be loving and loyal to their families. They are known to be sensitive, easy to train, and good for companionship. The dog is very friendly with other family pets and also good with children. They are very intelligent and love to lavish love and attention on their owners.


 8. Boxer

This German bred dog has been used as a hunting dog at times. Boxers are very loyal, fun loving, and harmless around family members. They are wary of strangers, making them suitable watchdogs as they can easily alert the owners. Boxers like to be outdoors often and will bring your family great joy.


9.  Dachshund
The Dachshund were mainly used to hunt small prey like badgers because of their strong legs and strong paws to burrow. Dachshunds belongs to the hound family and are known to have lively, playful and a courageous temperament. You will find them to be quite loyal.


 10. Yorkshire

Though the breed is small, the dog is considered as loyal and trustworthy because they are protective of their owners and they are leery of strangers. The dog is known to be loving and affectionate toward their owners. The dog is easy to care for due to their small size and hypo allergic coat. The dog is popularly used as companion and show dog.


11. Bulldog
Originally bred in Britain, the Bulldog is considered to be intelligent and have good stamina and speed. They are known for having a docile and graceful temperament. They are good with children and are considered to be quite loyal. Bulldog owners come to love their dog’s unconditional love and happy disposition.

Just about any dog can be super loyal, as dogs really are considered man’s best friend. Where else can you go away for vacation and come home and have an abundance of love lavished on you when you walk through the door? You can simply be gone for one day of work and your dog will be all excited to see you when you get home. Yes, dogs are very loyal and these 11 breeds are super good choices for a family pet.

“Dog Whisperer’ Millan Says Cruelty Claim is Misguided

FILE - This Aug. 19, 2006 file photo shows television personality and dog psychologist Cesar Milan arrives for the Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. An online complaint of animal cruelty led authorities to "Dog Whisperer" Millan's Los Angeles-area pet rehabilitation center Thursday, March 10, but Millan wasn't there and they took no further action. Footage on Millan's television show "Cesar 911" of a French bulldog-terrier mix chasing a pot-bellied pig and nipping its ear until it bled prompted the complaint. Millan was trying to train the dog to be less aggressive. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson,File)© The Associated Press FILE – This Aug. 19, 2006 file photo shows television personality and dog psychologist Cesar Milan arrives for the Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. An online complaint of animal cruelty led authorities to “Dog Whisperer” Millan’s Los… LOS ANGELES (AP) — An anti-cruelty complaint that sent authorities to “Dog Whisperer” Cesar Millan’s rehabilitation center has been blown way out of proportion, the dog trainer said Friday.

The complaint was started online and based on footage from Millan’s television show “Cesar 911,” in which a French bulldog-terrier mix named Simon chases a farm pig and nips its ear, making it bleed. The complaint is misguided because it was a happy ending — the pig was fine and the dog was rehabilitated, Millan said.

Animal control officers and sheriff’s deputies visited his ranch Thursday night, but no action was taken. In a telephone interview from Iowa with The Associated Press, Millan said that when he returns from his speaking tour, he would cooperate fully with both departments.

The dog trainer who television made famous said he has used the same technique to help aggressive canines hundreds of times. The training involves getting the dog together with the animal it doesn’t like (whether it is another dog, a cat or a horse) so the two can learn to get along.

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Millan, 46, is a self-taught dog trainer who became internationally known for his work on a previous show, the “Dog Whisperer,” which won him an Emmy nomination.

“I do have a large group of fans and a small group of people who don’t agree with me. They are taking this the wrong way and blowing it way out of proportion,” Millan said.

Calls and emails were not immediately returned by Los Angeles County Animal Control. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, whose deputies accompanied animal control to Millan’s center in Santa Clarita, confirmed there were no arrests or animal seizures on Thursday night.

Millan was working with an aggressive dog named Simon, who was attacking his owner’s pet pot-bellied pigs. A promotional clip on National Geographic’s website showed Simon chasing a pig and biting its ear. The clip was altered with music from “The Exorcist” horror film and type describing what they said was happening.

Jill Breitner initiated the petition on, calling for Nat Geo WILD to take the show “Cesar 911” off the air. Friday morning, the number of signatures was closing in on 10,000.

A new clip was released Friday showing the full context of the encounter, said Chad Sandhas, senior director of talent and media relations for National Geographic Channels. In it, the pig is calm and is tied to Simon with a long leash, as if taking him on a walk.

The show initially aired on Feb. 26.

The pig was tended to immediately, healed quickly and showed no lasting signs of distress, Sandhas said.

The extra clip reveals that “Cesar and his animal pack effectively helped Simon to overcome his aggressive behavior toward other animals; as a result, Simon did not have to be separated from his owner or euthanized,” he said.

In her petition, Breitner called Millan’s methods “inhumane” and demanded his show be taken off the air.

“This is not the first time (Millan) has used bait animals,” Breitner wrote in the petition. “This is wrong!”

Millan countered: “This is the first time I had a dog that needed help from pigs. In order for a dog to lose his fear of something, it has to become friends of it.”


This story has been corrected to show TV pig is farm pig, not a pot-bellied pig.