Tags: Cesar Millan, Malcom Gladwell
It is such a great feeling to learn something new – something you do – try it and have it work.
I recently watched Cesar Millan’s “Becoming a Pack Leader” show on DVD. I had read about him in Gladwell’s What the Dog Saw and was intrigued by him. The world of dogs is all new to me but still, I thought that, while not a dog whisperer like Millan, not yet, I had a certain touch, at least with a certain Granddog.
Cesar sets us straight right from the start. When we think of a dog, this is the correct order of thought:
- Species (dog)
- Name or personality.
Many people get this backwards, as I have.
In the same way that I was ripping my rotator cuff further apart by my supposedly medicinal stretching, I was walking Dolly like a wimpy ‘follower’. So, Mr. Millan instructed me to hold the leash closely but not tightly. I was to lead my dog and not let her in front of me. This was the exact opposite of what I was doing – or should I say, what I was letting happen. Just the day before this 14 lb dog dragged me under trees and bushes at her whim.
So, I tried it and it worked. Yes, unused to my newfound manliness, she pulled and then strained harder but I was determined. By the time we finished our 45 minute walk, the time Cesar suggested, she was just behind me, contentedly following me, the newly crowned Pack Leader.