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How to Approach a Dog (Putting My Sons To The Test!)

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  • - Assess and evaluate-
  • (camera clicks)
  • from a good friend of mine that we're gonna eventually-
  • (upbeat music)
  • Now, come and meet my pack.
  • (dogs barking)
  • Large audience today out here at the DPC at the ranch.
  • Look at all the people, everybody came.
  • We're gonna see how Andre and Sugar assess and evaluate
  • this new pitbull from a good friend of mine
  • that we're gonna eventually put into the jail system.
  • - [Men] Pawsitive Change, Pawsitive Change.
  • - That one.
  • Sounds better jail system.
  • So today is gonna be Andre's assessment and evaluation.
  • I want him to tell me where she is,
  • how she feels, and how intense.
  • Low, medium, high.
  • And if he has some kinda plan, some kinda formula
  • that he would like for us to apply,
  • I'm gonna listen to that.
  • And then of course I'm gonna ask Calvin to do the same.
  • So it's assessment, evaluation, introduction,
  • and coming up with a plan.
  • It feels like she is the Orange Is the New Black, you know.
  • One of those girls.
  • Who is she?
  • - [Andre] Piper Chapman.
  • - Piper Chapman, that's right, that's Piper Chapman.
  • Piper Chapman, you are a pitbull today.
  • - So today I'm gonna do an assessment
  • that my dad is evaluating me on.
  • So we have a pitbull that was surrendered to us,
  • because the dog was not compatible
  • with its environment at home.
  • So now we are going to rehabilitate this dog
  • and once we are done rehabilitating this dog,
  • we are going to surrender her into a good job
  • and she's going to be a working dog,
  • working with prisoners in the Pawsitive Change Program.
  • Just a little inside information,
  • I have actually been working with the dog
  • prior to this kind of little evaluation my dad's doing.
  • I work here during the week at the ranch
  • and I've kind of dipped my toes in the water,
  • just kind of hanging out with her
  • and trying to see what she's good with,
  • what she's not good with,
  • what she's uncomfortable with.
  • So I kind of already have a little head start,
  • but today I'm gonna actually jump in
  • and really get into it and kinda really see instead of,
  • you know now that I have my dad who's gonna help me
  • and assist me throughout the whole way
  • so I'm not missing any spaces.
  • So right now what I'm doing
  • is allowing her to use-
  • - [Cesar] Clap, clap, clap.
  • (clapping)
  • Clap, clap, clap, clap.
  • There you go, clap, clap, clap.
  • There you go, there you go.
  • - Surrender.
  • - [Cesar] Touch, touch, touch.
  • Nurture that.
  • Super, surrender, super sweet.
  • Super vulnerable.
  • Okay?
  • So surrender, sweet, vulnerable.
  • Why did I ask you to clap?
  • - To encourage the-
  • - [Cesar] Because she was unsure, like to get her excited,
  • so that's when you use the sound.
  • Don't use the sound if the brain is too excited
  • or is not excited.
  • Get it?
  • Too excited, don't use sound.
  • If it's not excited, don't use sound.
  • That's right.
  • Wait until the brain goes from-
  • (clapping)
  • that vibration makes it come out.
  • So you're using nose, eyes, ears
  • and bring it out.
  • So that way you don't put a leash.
  • You make the brain come out.
  • We are moving with her as fast as she's moving.
  • So you have the creativity and the openness
  • has to be a hundred percent.
  • So your mind has to be open, your creativity has to be open.
  • If you move slower.
  • This is a very important moment right there.
  • Sugar is also letting us know how she feel.
  • You can see the eyes is still a little concerned,
  • she's concerned.
  • Some people say, well she's sweet, she is vulnerable,
  • she is in a surrender state,
  • but it's still concerned.
  • And that concerned part means she's unsure.
  • So if she's unsure that means she doesn't feel safe,
  • she doesn't feel peaceful,
  • she doesn't feel completely beloved.
  • And that means she's not trusting,
  • she's not respecting,
  • she's not loving a hundred percent.
  • So if environment is not feeling safe, peaceful, and loved,
  • that's something for you to remember and to know
  • how to evaluate growth.
  • And then personal relationship, trust, respect love,
  • that's how you evaluate.
  • Before you even go to
  • walk with the dog, play with the dog,
  • explore with the dog, obeding with the dog,
  • agility with the dog, feeding the dog,
  • all of that is outside the foundation
  • of environment and connection
  • of friendship.
  • 'Cause that's what he needs to establish,
  • he needs to establish trust
  • in order for her to learn to begin to friendship.
  • 'Cause this is not about pet parent,
  • or even dog owner, or even dog trainer,
  • nothing like that.
  • Human has to establish friendship,
  • first and foremost.
  • Especially when a dog is older than three or four,
  • I think her age is around six, seven,
  • so this is a mature dog.
  • For her, this is completely new,
  • so we have to make sure that we establish friendship,
  • first and foremost.
  • That's good Andre
  • Bring her out.
  • - Bring her out?
  • - Now, this is where the leash is a big, big friend,
  • because if she chases the ducks,
  • or the dogs, or anybody that is around,
  • the leash gives you access
  • to control the body immediately.
  • Okay?
  • Versus not having a leash on the dog
  • that you don't know,
  • that you don't have trust, respect, love,
  • or rules, boundaries, limitations,
  • the leash gives you access to at least control the body.
  • - [Andre] Okay so I'm gonna pick it up,
  • and I'm gonna have the least amount of tension,
  • to let her engage in curiosity
  • and let her explore.
  • So the uncertainty and unsureness goes away.
  • - [Cesar] So what do you think?
  • Back of the pack, middle of the pack?
  • Definitely not a front of the pack.
  • - Happy go lucky.
  • - [Cesar] Middle of the pack?
  • - Yeah, middle of the pack.
  • Only because right now, she's just super unsure,
  • but once it's overcome, obstacle has been overcome,
  • she's super happy.
  • That happy like, let's go do stuff, you know?
  • I'm happy to just be here.
  • Very happy, I feel.
  • - See if you guys want to learn how to read body language,
  • why the tail is between the legs,
  • and under the leg,
  • it's not that she is afraid,
  • it's she's extremely submissive.
  • That extremely submissive is borderline,
  • you want a little bit of that.
  • You want surrender, you don't want extreme submissive,
  • 'cause that can also make other dogs attack her
  • or not want her in the pack.
  • That's why when we introduce Piper to any dog,
  • it has to be a dog that is balanced.
  • Older dogs, for any regular person to adopt
  • and bring into their home
  • can be a liability or can be a big risk,
  • because they know how to strike, okay?
  • And that's why a lot of times this breed,
  • they been thrown in the streets
  • or surrender dogs into shelters,
  • because they have strike,
  • and a strike means they have learned to correct another dog,
  • they have learned to express themselves that way.
  • We see it as a bite,
  • they see it as a communication.
  • We want that sweet face,
  • we don't want that (panting) tense face.
  • This is the kind of dog that people
  • has hit or (growls).
  • Somebody has used too much of a way
  • to letting her know to settle down.
  • That's not good.
  • See that eye contact?
  • She's sweet.
  • I mean obviously she had babies.
  • I hope you're spayed lady.
  • This is not a time when you give affection by the way.
  • This is not when you give affection.
  • - [Mesa] It's not when you give?
  • - [In Unison] Nope.
  • - Nope, this is not happy go lucky,
  • this is not sweet.
  • She's just nervous.
  • - [Mesa] How can you tell the difference between,
  • like how do you know she's nervous
  • as opposed to-
  • - I can show you Junior.
  • I can you Junior rolling over
  • and like really having fun, stretching his back,
  • versus she's just rolling over out of nervousness.
  • She's really fast and it has that
  • edge feeling, and they lick a lot.
  • I don't know if you're hearing the sounds
  • like (clicks tongue).
  • That's anxiety.
  • She's not settled, she's not relaxed.
  • She has the capability to be sweet,
  • but right now she's not.
  • Different human.
  • She doesn't know they're my kids.
  • Different approach.
  • Okay, no structure.
  • - All right, one more time?
  • - [Cesar] No, it's not the one more time.
  • It's you did it with no structure.
  • So what you're having right now,
  • is the dog that are just coming out
  • and then you put the leash on.
  • So the dog said, whoa with that human
  • I can rush to the door and he's gonna loop me in.
  • So it's no structure, you understand?
  • So if Calvin
  • repeats this way of bringing Piper out,
  • Piper will learn that she can rush to the door,
  • and the only way she can actually experience the leash
  • is because Calvin is gonna loop her.
  • You were good, I mean your skill of putting the loop in,
  • that was good,
  • but not everybody does that.
  • Remember, it's all about rituals, symbols, and formulas.
  • So this ritual,
  • it has to be where even the slowest person
  • can put the leash on her.
  • - Okay.
  • Oh, okay.
  • - So if the slowest person can put the leash
  • that means you are giving them a very patient dog.
  • - Okay.
  • - Get it?
  • - Yeah.
  • - The calmest of the calmest.
  • When you have a powerful breed,
  • the way you control power is the calmer they become.
  • So what you did right there-
  • - No control.
  • - That's right, no control.
  • Okay.
  • (opens gate)
  • Look at that.
  • You see the difference between Andre's energy and Calvin's,
  • look at.
  • That means, Calvin, that means
  • that your calm energy
  • is not present whatsoever.
  • You're quiet, not calm.
  • See the difference, Mesa?
  • From one son to another son.
  • With Andre, she's over there.
  • Well, Andre was calm so keeps her in the back.
  • Andre actually has to lure her in by lowering himself.
  • With you, she's just excited.
  • - [Calvin] Oh, oh, oh, oh.
  • She's claiming space.
  • - But she can never come into your space
  • if that's not what you requested.
  • She can never move unless you request it.
  • This is safety purposes.
  • - [Calvin] Yeah, no, cause the breed.
  • - Because all the dogs,
  • but because people want to have powerful breeds,
  • you have to tell them, you know,
  • public zone, social zone, personal zone, intimate zone.
  • You have to gradually let them come in.
  • If you don't,
  • they become disrespectful to environment.
  • And if they touch you with that energy,
  • they become disrespectful to pet parent.
  • - Yeah.
  • - See the difference, see the difference?
  • With your approach
  • we will have to look for a rodeo person.
  • - Kay, all right.
  • - We can find it
  • 'cause who we are,
  • but it's best we set the dog for 99% of it.
  • Hm.
  • That's rules, boundaries, limitations.
  • Rules, you don't rush.
  • Boundaries, you don't go
  • after that door.
  • Door close means door closed.
  • Door open means door open.
  • It doesn't mean you wanna chew it
  • or you wanna run out.
  • Then they, oh he's asking boundaries,
  • so this human is giving me direction
  • of how to be in this new place.
  • So that's what's gonna make a dog feel more comfortable
  • about adapting.
  • You want the dog to adapt to the new environment
  • with the new people.
  • - [Calvin] Of course.
  • - See it?
  • So how do you adapt?
  • Well, you provide exercise to the dog
  • and you provide rules, boundaries, limitations.
  • So when you invite a friend to your place,
  • that human has to exercise,
  • otherwise that energy that he doesn't exercise
  • is gonna become negative.
  • And if your friend doesn't follow the same
  • rules, boundaries, limitations that you want
  • then you're gonna be uncomfortable.
  • - [Calvin] Yeah.
  • - So right now it's best for you to establish
  • just this activity
  • and then we (gate opens)
  • Much better.
  • Touch with your feet a little bit, yeah.
  • Make her go back out of your intimate space.
  • More, more, more.
  • Don't sweep with her, no.
  • Calvin.
  • - [Calvin] Yeah.
  • - So what's gonna do is she's gonna jump back.
  • So she is gonna have you all your intimate space
  • and she's gonna go into personal space,
  • but if you do this.
  • You're sweeping with them.
  • So they don't actually move back.
  • There you go.
  • That's it.
  • There you go.
  • - [Calvin] Then put the leash?
  • Then go back.
  • Now, with a very tai-chi gesture.
  • There you go.
  • Send her back.
  • She's playing with him.
  • She's playing with him.
  • She's playing with him,
  • because she'd rather play with him
  • than don't understand him.
  • That's a sweet heart.
  • Once you get here, you remind what you want from her.
  • That's why she keep coming back.
  • - What is that called?
  • What's the word, reinforce.
  • - Reinforce, remind, right?
  • So the thing is, once you're here, look.
  • See it? Boom.
  • Once you move, and then here, you are now in social place.
  • So now you're saying in a social place
  • I want you to do what you did in a personal place.
  • That's right.
  • 'Cause they know you just moved farther away
  • and then they said, do you want me to follow you,
  • do you want me to stay here,
  • but you didn't told her to stay there.
  • - Yeah, makes sense,
  • she's gonna have to think on her own.
  • - You are in a different layer.
  • And eventually you move that energy no matter where you are.
  • And say, ah the human is in the same state of mind
  • in different proximity.
  • So right now you gotta break it down,
  • like a cake.
  • So then what I was saying about the tai-chi move.
  • - And calmly invite her.
  • - See how you brought it in. - Oh.
  • - See how you bring it in?
  • - Yeah.
  • - So it's intention, body language,
  • and then as soon as she come close.
  • - Yeah, like a bull.
  • - Yep, that's right.
  • You're moving the brain
  • and then you park the brain.
  • - Mhm.
  • - See I can move her.
  • Once you feel they get stuck,
  • the only thing you do you go somewhere else.
  • Bring it in, and then once over there,
  • you standing back, and then the oh okay.
  • Go back.
  • Because she knows that that's home.
  • That's her den.
  • That was not tai-chi.
  • See that was loud.
  • For her that was loud
  • that she moved really fast.
  • The good thing is you stopped her at the end.
  • Yes.
  • - Stay.
  • Come on.
  • - [Cesar] You got it.
  • (clapping)
  • Now you're my son again.
  • Well, my expectations from my kids is always
  • for them to have the highest level of empathy and compassion
  • first and foremost,
  • before they go and do any kind of
  • assessment and evaluation.
  • Second thing I wanted them to do
  • is to learn to assess and evaluate.
  • You can't assess and give the wrong assessment,
  • because it's like the equivalent of going to the doctor,
  • you don't want the doctor to tell you
  • what he think you have,
  • you want the doctor to tell you exactly what you have.
  • So that way you can fix it.
  • And in this case,
  • when we rescue dogs,
  • it's about healing them, you know?
  • Healing equals rehabilitation,
  • rehabilitation equals healing.
  • So it's very important that my kids understand
  • in a very precise way, almost like a surgeon,
  • I can make sure before they get too close
  • that they give a precise reading.
  • Empathy, compassion, the right assessment and evaluation.
  • That's what I want.
  • Okay so then Andre started,
  • when Andre started energy was perfect.
  • He is my happy go lucky son, definitely more social,
  • very extroverted,
  • older, so he has more maturity,
  • has more age, more wisdom.
  • I'm glad, that means he's aging with time
  • like a wine.
  • Perfect reading, perfect energy.
  • At one point I have to help him,
  • because he was going super fast
  • and that's just a matter of my kids
  • having more repetition.
  • So I'm 49 years old, I have thousands of repetitions
  • on my belt.
  • It allows to come,
  • all the library of knowledge that I have
  • to put it right back in right away.
  • Andre is 24.
  • He has about hundreds of repetition,
  • so I'm literally moving with the dog.
  • So Andre at one point,
  • didn't know what to do,
  • how to be at the level, at the frequency of Piper.
  • And so Piper said, whoa this kid is good,
  • but is not knowledgeable.
  • That's when you know that the age matters,
  • you know, the knowledge, the maturity matters.
  • And so that's when I told Andre bring it out
  • and at one point, Piper looked at Sugar the wrong way,
  • that's when we corrected.
  • So that half a second was the only half a second
  • that Andre was not aware.
  • But the rest of them it was perfection,
  • so I'm very proud of his reading,
  • I'm very proud of his evaluation.
  • Of course as a father,
  • the empathy and compassion is at a high level.
  • And then Calvin came, look at the difference.
  • Not because the kid, it's from the same father and mother,
  • well in this case, the same father,
  • has the same energy, right?
  • And Calvin can be perfect for some dogs
  • and definitely for other dogs,
  • he will be seen as a playful friend, right?
  • Because Andre established friendship
  • but also established leadership as well.
  • So with Calvin, Piper completely
  • became too excited, too excited.
  • So the goal with Calvin was going to assess, evaluation
  • and then take him so Piper can meet Dahlia.
  • Calvin was not able to read
  • or do the process and the assessment
  • as I thought that he was gonna do it.
  • He pretty much opened the door, very confident
  • and then loop, lasso Piper
  • which is not what we want.
  • Every time that I explain something to my kids
  • it's not to make them wrong,
  • it's just to make them aware, right?
  • That could be a good strategy and technique for another dog.
  • So I'm not saying don't keep it.
  • What I'm saying is
  • look what it did for Piper.
  • Okay?
  • She became very excited
  • and she just pretty much wanted to dart out of the door.
  • And so for a powerful breed and older dog like Piper,
  • we want her to be the most gentle,
  • the most respectful dog in the planet,
  • because those are the dogs that do get adopted.
  • The excited dog who are older,
  • the dogs who pull,
  • they don't get adopted,
  • especially when they are powerful breed.
  • All right,
  • so then Calvin was not able to control his calm energy.
  • He's quiet.
  • This is where Calvin needs to work on his own self, okay?
  • So Calvin is definitely more introverted,
  • Calvin is definitely like to do his own thing,
  • but because he's so quiet about it,
  • he doesn't know how to stay calm,
  • he just stays quiet.
  • And that's one thing that he's learning along the way,
  • he will definitely accomplish it.
  • Piper right now, just told Calvin
  • the difference between quiet and calm,
  • which your dad has been telling you your whole entire life,
  • but Piper just made it more clear to Calvin,
  • so thank you Piper.
  • So it doesn't matter who did it.
  • It's what strategy works best for
  • that particular dog.
  • So since Andre came out with the best strategy,
  • then we all follow
  • what Andre did,
  • 'cause that was the best strategy for Piper.
  • So when you are in a pack,
  • sometimes you lead, sometimes you follow.
  • It's three positions in the pack.
  • Back of the pack, middle of the pack, front of the pack.
  • The most important position is the back of the pack,
  • 'cause those are the most sensitive of all.
  • Those are the best listeners.
  • So I always like to be in the back of the pack.
  • If people are getting nervous or tense or unsure, whatever,
  • I like to go in the middle,
  • so make people laugh,
  • and then once I have the trust and respect of people,
  • then I lead people.
  • I don't always begin with leader of the pack.
  • I always begin with back of the pack, okay?
  • Calvin and I, we went in the back
  • and then we are gonna imitate what Andre set up for Piper.
  • And then so now, Piper is gonna see,
  • oh, the whole family does the same, thing
  • so I'm going to behave the same way for everybody.
  • And that's what we got today.
  • YouTube family, thank you so much for watching.
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