I Walk the Line
“Discipline isn't about showing a dog who's boss; it's about taking responsibility for a living creature you have brought into your world.” ― Cesar Millan, Be the Pack Leader: Use CESAR'S WAY to Transform Your Dog . . . and Your Life
Many of you have had questions about various displays of aggression you are experiencing with your pit bulls. I would like to share this story about Dasher in an effort to say you are not alone. There are remedies for unwanted behaviors that almost always involve contacting a trainer or behaviorist. The important thing to remember is there are ways to redirect negative behavior and people who are ready, willing and able to help you.
Now, on to my tale …
My animals are my babies. I even hesitate to use the word “owner” because I don’t think it successfully conveys the nature of my relationship with them. From the day they come home to the day the leave this earth; I give them the necessities to live and try to love them as much as I believe they love me. Enter Cesar Millan and the notion of discipline. Discipline? It rarely enters my mind, and it should.
Recently Dasher gave a little growl when we approached him as he relaxed on our bed. Apparently, he had found his spot and didn’t want anyone to interrupt his slumber. At that moment I was confused, angry, disappointed and sad all at them same time. Well, maybe angry first and then all the other ones. The reality is he probably shouldn’t be up on the bed anyway unless we invite him there. Thanks to advice from our beloved friend and trainer, Christine, he now has his own place on the floor and is also required to wait until we give him the green light about a variety of things like getting on the couch or bed.
As you can imagine, these changes are harder on me than they are on him. I clearly walk a fine line between being a pack leader and being an enabler. As part of these new developments in our household, my new mantra is “Be a pack leader and Dasher will come.” As we at Pitbulls.org have mentioned before, pit bulls are eager to please and need to know you are the boss. After all, even though he is my baby, he is a dog, and he needs a strong leader.
Thank you, Cesar and Christine, for showing me the way!