Maria Sansone's Update: 20 minutes with Cesar Millan and Ralphie is a new dog! This man is a GENIUS!
Our main concern with Ralph was his jumping, scratching and overly excited behavior when people (including my husband and ) enter the house.
Casar taught us that Ralphie's bad behavior had little to do with him and everything to do with us! Cesar said it was all about changing our state of mind and focusing on our energy. Basically, we had to let Ralphie know who's boss.
Our homework was to come home and totally ignore Ralphie. We were to give him no eye contact, no attention and no affection until he reached a totally submissive state. Not an easy task when he is SO stinkin' cute! You hate to be rude to the little guy but Cesar reminded us that dogs prefer discipline over affection. Can you imagine?
So, starting that day I let Ralphie know there was a new sheriff in town! I ignored him and marched into my house with my head held high!
With my energy alone I showed him I was the new Alpha dog. And would you believe he bought it?!? By day 2 it worked! No more jumping, spinning around in circles or tinkling on the floor in excitement. (I'm especially proud of that last one) He is polite as can be. What a little stud!
So the moral is....keep calm, carry on and be the boss. Oh, and read Cesar's new book! I'm fairly certain he's a wizard.
Bark less, wag more.
- Maria Sansone
Dog behaviorist Cesar Millan has a new TV series called ‘Leader Of The Pack' in which he tries to find the right homes for dogs that need rescuing.
‘Leader Of The Pack' airs Saturday at 10pm ET / 7:00pm PT on Nat Geo Wild. Cesar will sign copies of his book 'Cesar Millan's Short Guide to a Happy Dog' tonight at 7:00pm at Barnes And Noble at The Grove.
Follow Cesar Millan on Twitter: @cesarmillan