If you asked me what my favorite show on TV was right now, I would have to say " The Dog Whisperer"  on the National Geographic Channel.  I'm not sure how I found it, or why I watched it the first time, but I think its fair to say I am addicted.  I tape it on my DVR, and I think by now I've watched almost every episode.  And the most unusual thing about it is, I DO NOT have a dog.  In fact I'd say I have been very resistant to ever getting a dog.  My son Andy would attest to that since he has been trying to get me to get a dog for about 6 years.  But after watching this show I think I've not only learned a little bit about dog psychology, but also how and why a dog can play a real and special role in the life of a human.

I can go on and on about all the things you learn by watching the show. How to be a good "Pack leader".  The importance of setting rules , boundaries and limitations.  The importance of exercise and walks, etc. But I think what I like best about the show is not how the dogs change, but how the dogs change their owners.

By the time Cesar gets called in to work with a dog , the owner is usually at his or her limit.  They love this dog so much but just cant seem to make it behave, or stop being aggressive, or anxious.  They try everything, different leashes, trainers, dog obedience, the gambit.  What they don't do, and what Cesar does, is look at themselves.  And in every case it isn't the dog who has the problem, the dog is a mere reflection of it's owner's energy.  Every single time!  I love watching the light bulb go off in people's heads when they learn to be calm and assertive.  To simply let the dog know what they need from it  with confidence and calm.  And  they learn that the dog is was not just looking to be led, but needs it.  The dog  needed to know you have everything under control , and he can just be a dog.  In the wild with a "Pack" your either the leader, or a follower it really doesn't get more complicated than that. I don't think dogs very much like being the pack leader, it's a stressful job and I think, they especially don't like being the pack leader over humans as they understand us less than we understand them.

So through their dogs,and with the help of Cesar, these people evolve.  They learn to pay attention to their own energy, they learn to be calm and assertive, and they learn the power in their intentions. And when the owner changes, the dog falls right into place.  Its almost simultaneous , with every And when you see the big picture like that, you can really see how in an effort to have a better more balanced dog, you wind up with a better more balanced you.  And as an added plus, you get a best friend who loves you unconditionally. But as with all good things in life, it takes patience , time and understanding to make it really work.

This, is why I enjoy the show.  And I think if you haven't watched it yet, you should give it a try for a couple of episodes.  Even if you don't have a dog. Then join us at the Palace Theater when Cesar comes to town on Sunday, March 27Th.  These will be HOT tickets so be aware they go on sale THIS Friday morning, January 14Th.  And you can win tickets for the show all week on the "Sean and Richie Show". And remember as Cesar always says, you may not get the dog you wanted, but you ALWAYS get the dog you need.

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