To me dogs are not the students, not the ones that need training. To me a dog is a teacher of life, who teaches us the principles of the most important moral values; honesty, integrity, loyalty, trust, respect and love.

— Cesar Millan

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Calm assertive energy is the energy you project to show your dog you are the Pack Leader. Assertive does not mean angry or aggressive. Calm-assertive means always compassionate, but quietly in control.


My kids are around pit bulls every day.

In the ’70s they blamed Dobermans, in the ’80s they blamed German Shepherds, in the ’90s they blamed the Rottweiler. Now they blame the Pit Bull.


In life... we need to find a balance. You have to set rules and limitations - that is called discipline. And you have to practice that in all your worlds.


All dogs can become aggressive, but the difference between an aggressive Chihuahua and an aggressive pit bull is that the pit bull can do more damage. That's why it's important to make sure you are a hundred percent ready for the responsibility if you own a 'power' breed, like a pit bull, German shepherd, or Rottweiler.


Humans will always tell you the story.

Dogs can only tell you the truth. Trust your instincts and listen your dog.


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Huskies get in trouble. Huskies are well-known to be escape artists. Why? Because they were bred to go long-distance. They're not bred to be in the backyard and just look beautiful because they have blue eyes.


Mother Nature's ruthless to the weak, but isn't arbitrary cruel or negative.

Mother Nature saves aggression for extreme situations, and instead uses consistent leadership--to help keep things running smoothly. Mother nature doesn't rule by fear and anger, but by calm strength and assertiveness.


The thing about discipline is that people misunderstand the word discipline.

People think discipline in the dog world is punishment. Discipline is how you achieve what you want to achieve in life. You have to be very focused, very disciplined, very consistent, very diligent. All of those things.


I believe in integrity. Dogs have it. Humans are sometimes lacking it.


I am a Mexican that has been lucky enough to travel the world, speaking English, but with a heart that speaks a universal language.


Dogs and other animals we bring into our homes serve as one of our most important links to Mother Nature. We may not think about it consciously, but they are our lifelines to a part of ourselves that we are at the brink of losing altogether.


Let your dog teach you how to get the most out of life! If we could all be more like our dogs when it comes to living in the moment, being honest and authentic, and learning how to not hold grudges, the entire planet would be a much better place.


About Cesar Millan

Quotes 129 sayings
Profession Dog trainer
Birthday August 27, 1969

You cannot "love" a dog out of her bad behavior, just as you can't "love" a criminal into stopping his crimes.


I want people to understand there is a such a thing as creating a harmonious experience between the dogs and the humans.


I'll believe it if I see it" for dogs translates to "I'll believe it if I smell it." So don't bother yelling at them; it's the energy and scent they pay attention to, not your words.


I believe it's our loss of connection with our instinctual side that prevents us from being effective pack leaders for our dogs. Perhaps it's also why we also seem to be failing at being positive guardians of our planet.


Just being with dogs, I learned their ways and began to appreciate things from their point of view.


I love my dogs and I give them affection all the time but it has to be at the right time or they get confused.


Little dogs bite more than big dogs but they get away with it.


She thinks, I failed twice. If I failed twice I'm going to fail forever. No! That is not the law of life. If you failed twice that means you can learn. It's just a learning experience. It's an obstacle. An imaginary obstacle. She made it real. She made failing a journey of life... Instead do again and make a journey of your life.


With small dogs people don't reinforce the same behavior that they do on a larger dog. If you are a driver no matter what size car you have it doesn't matter. Same thing goes for any gender. All the rules are the same.


When a dog is balanced, you are going to enjoy a true friend.


Dogs are our best teachers and biggest healers.

We can learn so much from them about how to live life in balance, and they are a constant source of spiritual uplift and unconditional love that is so important to have in order to be healthy.


The dog is a reflection of your energy, of your behavior.

You have to ask, 'What am I doing?' That's the right question to ask.


I have never met a dog I couldn't help; however, I have met humans who weren't willing to change.


Often we blame the breed, but in my opinion, it's not the breed, it's the owner.

The owner has to be the pack leader and provide exercise, discipline, then affection. If you do that, you'll have a sweet, loving, and balanced dog - no matter what breed!


With a dog, people are not disciplined.

They think that by spoiling a dog the dog is going to love them more. But the dog misbehaves more because they give affection at the wrong time.


A dominant dog can get another dog to move out of its way just by the energy it projects. You can tell a lot about a dog's position in the pack by how they hold themselves around other dogs. When reading a dog's body language, you can't do it intellectually. You can only do it by using your instincts.


Anything that can create balance in dogs is great.

If veterinarians can give you the solution and give you why this is causing the behavior, of course. Anything that is good for an animal, let's do it.


Having pets can teach us a lot of things.

For kids, they are often their first lesson in responsibility, and being responsible for the well-being of another living thing is actually great for anyone, kid or adult. It teaches empathy, consistency, and so much more - especially if that pet is a dog.


I do think there are some dogs - although it's very, very rare - that do have to be kept away from all other dogs and all humans except for the one strong pack leader whom they trust. But I think I've run into less than a handful of dogs that were like that in my entire career.


Dog's owners don't call me. It's their neighbors or family members. We call them the whistleblowers, but it's more like the pack. It's making sure that one pack member gets in line. Before it was the owners, now it's the community.


When you have a certain fitness projection, it's going to give you an advantage.

Having strength, stamina and speed is important because I'm working with dogs who can kill me.


The biggest mistake people make is assuming that their dogs think like little humans, and that they can negotiate behavior with them, but it doesn't work that way.


When you're poor, you have nothing to lose and be afraid of.

Holding onto the dream and having nothing to lose is what helped me succeed.


Dogs in America get more affection than women in most Third World countries.


Always walk out the door ahead of your dog when leaving the house.

This will show your dog who is in the leadership role.


I think we all connect with dogs the most because they're pack animals.

I know that cats are a little bit too aloof for me, although I wouldn't totally object to bringing one into our pack if I could find the right match that would get along with my dogs.


It's a big mistake when encyclopedias say "loyal" - this dog, this breed has this ability to be loyal, to be a one person dog. I don't agree with that. I think all dogs are honest, all dogs have integrity, all dogs are loyal and they're all capable of loving you. It doesn't come from the breed. It comes from the dog.


Homeless people's dogs are more knowledgeable than dogs in Beverly Hills.

Why? Because they explore, they move forward, they go through the ups and downs in life. A dog in a wealthy environment, there is no downs except what he lives.


Dogs don't rationalize. They don't hold anything against a person. They don't see the outside of a human but the inside of a human.


In America, dogs are viewed by their names first, breed second.

And dogs live behind walls. It's an unnatural point of view.


My dogs have been my most loyal friends and constant companions.


Owners lavish love on their pets, which is why so many go from non-aggressive pups to being out of control when they're older. People just don't realise their dog must respect them as leader of the pack.


My business life takes a big chunk of time, but I still put exercise in my schedule. I'm up at 5 A.M. and get up and stretch and go for a run in Runyon Canyon with all five of my dogs.


The pack is very important for a dog.

Once you give him the right pack and the right energy, you look at him.


The reality is, if you have a high-level-energy dog, it's not going to be happy with a one-hour walk. Those types of dogs are going to require more than one hour of physical challenge in the outside world.


It's an up and down thing, the human goals, because the human is always an explorer, an adventurist.


Dog parks can be a fantastic way to socialize your dog, but it's important for owners to understand that a dog park isn't exercise and isn't a substitute for walk. A visit to the dog park is fun - play time.