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Wellness Lessons from the Dog Whisperer

written by Head Health Nutter February 3, 2009

In the show, you get to see how I say, `I train humans. I rehabilitate dogs.’ Dogs move [learn & grow] faster than humans. And the reason is because they don’t retain the past and they don’t want to know about the future. Humans live in that world. One thing that we can learn from dogs, or animals, is to live in the Now.

This Cesar Millan quote illustrates just the tip of the iceberg in what he teaches in the Dog Whisperer. If you haven’t already caught this widely popular National Geographic show, I highly recommend it whether you have a dog or not (which I don’t).

Through highlighting the differences between dogs and people, every episode holds golden nuggets of lessons about humans, their psychology, spirituality and exemplifies a different way of being and living.

Here are just a few lessons you can expect to gain from the Dog Whisperer:

  1. Dogs do not understand human language. They communicate solely through body language, which reflects internal states of being whether you’re a dog or human, whether you’re aware of it or not. When dogs misbehave, they are responding or reacting to their owners’ internal emotions or energy. For example, if you are at all fearful that your dog is dangerous, the dog senses this. Because of the fear in you, they believe there is danger nearby and go into protective mode.
  2. If you allow it, if you really want to help your dog overcome their behavioural problems and issues, having a dog can help you grow as a human. Because their behaviour reflects your internal state of being, they can help bring awareness to the energy state you’re in when you’re with them.
  3. Dogs are most happy when they have a leader who is calm and balanced. This helps them relax because they trust you to tell them, through your body language and state of being, how to react.
  4. Cesar suggests dog owners notice their own body if they are unsure of how they are feeling at any given moment. A calm, assertive person has good posture. Their head is high, chin up, and their shoulders are relaxed and back. They are calm, cool and collected.
  5. Dog owners are solely responsible for the dog’s behaviour and well-being. Dogs enjoy having a leader who they trust and respect, and who routinely fulfills their needs: exercise, discipline and affection.
  6. Dogs are most happy when they are being dogs. When people humanize dogs, the leadership role is left open. They need rules, boundaries and limitations to show them that someone is in charge. If humans fail to fill a leadership role, the dog becomes dominant and uncontrollable.
  7. Your reaction to a dog’s behaviour either nurtures or squashes it. For example, if the dog was abused and you feel sorry for him and refuse to discipline him, you’re actually enabling the bad behaviour. As a dog owner, it is your obligation to show them more positive, alternative ways to behave.
  8. Discipline is actually another form of love – if the right approach is used. Respect for an authority figure is earned through a gentle but firm hand. When you apply force, that’s when the human… er, dog, reacts negatively.
  9. Patience is necessary as a dog owner because it’s a form of respect. In most cases, you have to wait for them to choose to come to you. While you must show your dog how to behave, you also have to respect where they are at in the evolution of that change. It is important to convince them that there are more acceptable ways to behave, that this alternative behaviour will yield positive results for them and others.
  10. To train dogs, you need consistency, habit and practice. This is where dogs can help bind the family unit. If you want a well-behaved dog, team work is required and everyone who lives in the house must band together to apply the same approach and techniques on a regular basis.

There is so much to learn from this wonderfully advanced human being, Cesar Millan. If you want to learn more about him and the show, check out, “Cesar Millan: Perfect Specimen of Total Health

So tell me, what do you think of the Dog Whisperer and do you think he can help you grow as a human being?

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Emmanuel-Motivatorman February 3, 2009 at 12:43 pm

Hi Stephanie,

That is one incredible and thought-provoking quote from the Dog Whisperer. I am loving this show because of all these insightful tips on being a better human.

I don’t own a dog as well and still find this show a powerful resource for personal development.

Thanks for this fantastic post!


Stephanie Miller February 4, 2009 at 9:43 pm

Glad you liked the post, Emmanuel. Cesar Millan is one of my heroes! Gotta share the love.

Anne May 23, 2009 at 6:13 am

Thanks for posting this. I really get discouraged about my dog (who loves me and is scared and agressive with sudden movement – doorways and strangers)because I have family memebers who can be inconsistant sometimes and I get the butt of frustration from them.

I try to follow Cesar as much as I can (apart from right now post op I can’t exercise him as much) and sometimes the others in my family do and things get better then they stop.

When an incident happens I try to stay calm but they get angery and sometimes yell at me and it upsets my dog and makes him protect me.

This post helps because I guess if I show my calmness and be more assertive than other family members it will help a lil more when people get upset with me (because of the dog).

I love my dog, he’s helped me develop great exercising and sleep schedules.


Head Health Nut May 25, 2009 at 3:21 pm

Thanks for sharing your dog-owning experience with us, Anne.

I sympathize with your frustration in rehabilitating your pooch since Cesar maintains that everyone in the household must be on the same page and working together.

But there are blessings to be found in your challenges. It will help you develop that calm, assertive pack leader in you! Once you got it down pat, not only will your dog change his reaction to you, so will your family members! 🙂

My suggestion: Make your post op an opportunity to watch as much Dog Whisperer as you can. Try to emulate Cesar – he’s a great role model!


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