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EPISODE 103 - DOG FIGHT


About the Episode

In the hills above Sherman Oaks, California, whistleblower Josh needs Cesar’s help with his neighbors Lilly and Nadav, who have no control over their aggressive boxers Chip and Mocha, who terrorize their neighborhood and have attacked at least 15 other dogs. Lilly and Nadav quickly assert their fears about Mocha, who they consider to be a “silent killer” and the more dangerous of the pair. Cesar isn’t sure about their assessment of which dog is more dangerous — and will he be able to rehabilitate Chip at all?

Next, Cesar meets with whistleblower Lorraine, a dance instructor who is greatly concerned for her business partner Stefanie’s fearful and aggressive Chihuahua, Nuts. Cesar observes Nuts in Stefanie’s arms, trying to bite every student who signs in. He invites Stefanie and her husband to his home training annex where he teaches them how to create boundaries for Nuts. Will they learn the right moves so they can two-step away with a calmer, happier pet?

 
 

A Message from Cesar

One of the things I like to explain to people is that humans will tell you the story, while dogs will tell you the truth. I saw a perfect example of that in this episode of “Cesar 911” when I came to help Lilly and Nadav with their dog-aggressive boxers, Mocha and Chip. I wanted to work with the male dog, Chip, first, because he struck me as the most aggressive. However, Lilly and Nadav insisted that Mocha was the more aggressive dog, so I worked with her first. Who do you think was right and was I able to rehabilitate the dogs? Watch to find out.

Next, in a case that shows how important our expectations are to a dog’s behavior, I come to the rescue of Lorraine, whose business partner Stefanie has a very aggressive Chihuahua named Nuts — and the name couldn’t be more fitting. Nuts has been terrorizing everyone at Lorraine and Stefanie’s dance studio, growling and snapping at people at the front counter and even nipping at a few students. You could say that the whole situation is nuts, but will I be able to get Nuts to toe the line?

Tune in and tell your friends to watch as I come to the rescue on “Cesar 911.”

“Cesar 911” airs on Nat Geo WILD.

Cesar 911 Episode 3 Q&A

Q:  What do you mean when you refer to socialization and dogs?

A:  “Socialization” simply means giving a dog the skills to get along in the pack with other dogs, as well as with humans. Just like with human children, it’s the process of teaching them how they are expected to behave, but in the context of other people or animals. If you don’t tell dogs, or children, how they are expected to behave, then they will keep testing boundaries to see what they can get away with.

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Q:  How is socializing dogs different than socializing people?

A:  With human children, it’s a learning process. We have to teach them the rule, and then tell them why — for example, “Don’t punch other kids, because it hurts them and it isn’t nice.” With dogs, though, it’s often more of an unlearning process. Because their human pack has been sending them the wrong signals and making them aggressive or anti-social toward other dogs or people, it’s necessary to distract the dog from that mindset and redirect them to the proper behavior.

Now, if a dog was properly socialized originally by its mother and pack, it will remember those rules once it has forgotten what it has been taught incorrectly. Even if that dog was never socialized enough as a puppy, they will still pick it up instinctually, especially if they have a pack of dogs to show them.

Q:  What is the biggest cause of anti-social behavior in dogs?

A:  Fear or uncertainty in their humans. I see this kind of thing all the time, and it’s a vicious cycle. The first time a dog shows a little aggression on the walk, the owner gets upset about it, and then worries. (And it may not even be aggression; often, it’s overexcitement.) And then the next time on the walk, and the next time, and the next, the owner is thinking in the back of their mind, “What if my dog attacks another dog or a person?”

What you’re thinking affects your energy, and your energy goes right down the leash to your dog. So, if you’re constantly worried that something bad might happen, you’re telling your dog, “Something bad is going to happen.” Then your dog sees another dog or a kid on a skateboard or a mailman, and bang!

From the dog’s point of view, they are providing the protection that their human isn’t because they are in a fearful or anxious state. From the human point of view, though, the dog is doing exactly what they most feared, and then it just gets worse from there.

It’s surprising how often I can take a dog that its humans have labeled as dangerously dog-aggressive, walk it into my pack, let it off leash, and watch as nothing bad happens.

Q:  Are any particular breeds more anti-social than others?

A:  My answer is the same as the same question about aggression: no. Any dog that is not properly socialized and lacks a strong pack leader can become anti-social. However, the reasons vary depending on the size of the dog. People are afraid of their big dogs, but afraid for their little ones.
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Episode 3 Follow Up

In episode 3 of “Cesar 911,” whistleblower Josh called Cesar to Sherman Oaks to help out with neighbors Lilly and Nadav and their boxers Mocha and Chip. The dogs had been terrorizing the neighborhood, but Cesar soon determined that the problem was not with the dogs — it was with the fearful, nervous energy they were getting from their human pack.

Things are much calmer in the neighborhood now, but the real lesson was that sometimes a human needs a strong pack leader, too. Watch as Lilly and Nadav explain what they learned about themselves in the course of rehabilitating their dogs.



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