Ceasar Millan's pet treadmill
Leader of the pack

Dog behavior training gains traction

Time and time again, Cesar Millan, star of Nat Geo WILD's, "Leader of the Pack," has shared his tips for successfully sharing a home with our furry friends. It looks like he's at it again! Take an exclusive inside look at his new series, where he combats canine abandonment, one troubled dog at a time.

Cesar Millan is no stranger to misbehaving pets. Where others shrink away, he jumps at the chance to rescue another dog that may be on its last leg. Repeatedly, he has shown that there is no dog with behavior issues that are beyond help. The key is understanding how dogs think, and incorporating dog psychology into their training. He recommends three tips that all dog owners can easily implement to make vast improvements in their pet's behavior.

Give them focus

Many pets misbehave due to a lack of focus. They display poor habits because of an unsatisfied need, and frequently that need is directly related to the particular breed of your dog. Cesar repeatedly coaches dog owners to learn as much as they can about their pet's natural instincts, so that the training, exercise and care can be specifically tailored to the needs of their pet.

Lack of exercise is a common culprit for many dogs that act out. As pet owners' lives become increasingly busy, a dog's natural instincts to roam and explore can easily become overlooked. To address pet anxiety caused by insufficient exercise, Cesar has developed an indoor pet treadmill, designed to get your dog moving with no need to leave the house. The new ProForm Dog Treadmill by Cesar Millan, takes your pet's training to the next level, and incorporates the best tips from Cesar himself.

Let them do it themselves

In this clip, Cesar coaches Dora, a small terrier mix with a slew of behavior issues. He demonstrates the introduction of new training tools, and when she resists, he eases her gently before the treadmill track and allows her to step up herself. He explains, "I can trigger it, or I can move her, but I'd rather her to be willing to do it."

Allowing your dog to take the action you desire is a great way to teach them preferred behavior. As Cesar demonstrates, you should have patience with your pets, remain calm and offer them encouragement along the way. These simple tips will guide them toward the behavior corrections you seek.

Make them comfortable

As Dora is introduced to the treadmill for the very first time, her instinct tells her something is different. Cesar explains that this is normal behavior, and says, "That's what I have to convey to her. Look, really, once you get on this treadmill nothing bad is going to happen." He uses the leash to direct her focus, and he patiently waits for her to become more comfortable before the training session continues.

Easing pets into new experiences is a key tool for successful training. Creating positive experiences for them to relate to will assure them that the behavior you're instructing is desired. In addition, trust will be built between you and your pet, creating a tone that improves future training sessions and life at home.

For more great training tips, be sure to catch Cesar Millan's, "Leader of the Pack," on Nat Geo WILD, Tuesday nights at 8 pm. ET/PT.

Watch: Cesar Millan’s Leader of the Pack: Dora’s Dilemma

Meet Dora, a little dog with big issues. This terrier mix comes across as aggressive and forceful, making her dangerous to children and unattractive to families. Episode airs tonight at 8 pm. ET/PT.

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Comments on "Cesar Millan treads into new training territory"

Bob Maida November 09, 2013 | 3:03 PM

Great idea but should never be used as a substitute for daily long social walks in public..Should be used in addition to the latter.

Sadie March 18, 2013 | 7:56 PM

I love the dog whisperer!! More articles on him please!!

Kelli Uhrich March 06, 2013 | 8:15 AM

April, I would recommend that you check with the manufacturer regarding their recommendations for the product, and follow Cesar for his tips on training. I'm sure his new series will give us all some great information to work with! Anne, I love that you've tried it and that your pets love it. I am sure in the cold winters they are especially happy to have it! Thanks for sharing with us!

AprilValladares March 05, 2013 | 5:06 PM

Any suggestion on how long is too long? My 18 month old pitbull has been running on our nautilus treadmill since she was 6 minths old. She will run at 6-7mph with an incline of 2 for an hour and a half and acts like she just took a stroll around the block! Should I run her longer? She is definatly panting whole running but I just don't want to I've do her...

Anne Morra March 05, 2013 | 4:56 PM

My two dogs have been using a ProForm Treadmill since they were 5 months old. I have two poodles 10lbs each. One is 4 the other 2 yrs. I live in Canada where the weather is very harsh in the winter. Walking outside in the deep snow became almost impossible for my small dogs. I know the treadmill is not a replacement for the walk but I have no choice but to use this tool to exercise my dogs this way in winter. The only difference is that I go on the treadmill in front of them and we walk together off leash. It has become a daily challenge for each of them and they love it!. When we get up in the morning they go out to use the washroom, I make a cup of tea, they come inside and head directly for THEIR treadmill and jump on! If I am tardy I will find them on it waiting impatiently for me to start. We do this 365 days of the year no matter what the weather now. We spend a lot of our summer on our 30 foot boat and they love it. They boat, swim, kyak and seadoo right along with me. They are game for whatever I try with them. They get along very well together, both are female. I am an avid follower of Cesar, love the new show and TRY to incorporate as much of his teachings as I can every day. I'm far from perfect and work on my pack leader skills every day, I love my girls so much and I'll never stop working for them. Cheers!

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