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Superpaws First Edition Jonah’s Ark Where regular dogs learn to be super dogs.

An exclusive interview with Cesar Millan

Training your dog

June 2011

inside Superpaws

Editor’s Note

What Type Of Dog Is Right For You?


Ruff Wear Web Master™ Harness

Welcome To Jonah’s Ark

What To Do When...

A Memorable Day

How To Teach Your Dog To Sit And Lie Down

Interview With Cesar Mullan

The History Of Search And Rescue Dogs

editor’snote Dogs have always been a part of my life. When I was born on February 14th 1980, there were two dogs waiting for me to come home. During my childhood, I lived with my Mom, Dad, little sister Ellie, and three great dogs in North Vancouver B.C. Canada. I went to West Vancouver Montessori, Caulfeild Elementary School, and Rockridge High School. When I was growing up, I enjoyed sewing and Irish dance, but I always had an interest in rescue and agility dogs.

Superpaws Editorial Group Publisher and Editorial Manager:

Katie Fleckenstein

Managing Editor:

Ellie Willock

Throughout my life I have lived with five wonderful dogs. The first dog, Lindy, was an Australian Kelpie / Elkhound cross who was six years old when I was born, and sadly died of old age when she was sixteen and I was ten. Meggie was a hyper Australian Cattle Dog who was five years old when I was born and died from cancer when she was thirteen and I was seven. Kooteni was a great, athletic seven- month -old German Shepherd cross who I got I when I was nine from the Whistler Animal Shelter, and she died of old age at fourteen when I was twenty three. My two current dogs are Willow, a calm a German Shepherd / Australian Shepherd cross who is five, and River, an energetic one-year-old Golden Retriever / Ducktolling Retriever cross. As you can see, I have had a lot of amazing dogs throughout my life.

Senior Editor:

Jessica Clegg

My work has also always involved dogs. In 2001, I became a certified dog trainer. In 2006, I graduated with a degree in veterinary medicine from University of Guelph. I began this magazine “Superpaws” about dogs with jobs in 2010. My main interest is helping dogs and their handlers to work together to make the world a happier place. I hope this magazine shows people the power of dogs working together with their handlers.


Enjoy the issue, Woof Woof! Grace Willock, River & Willow

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It Really Works

Hardy Harness

Is there any better way to make a dog sit and lie down? I don’t think so. Thank you for putting that article in your magazine. My dog is really old so she is hard of hearing. We tell her to sit because she has learned how to do it before but she does nothing because she is half deaf. I used your idea of pushing on her haunches lightly and she sat down right away. Now all we have to do to get her to plop down is to touch her on her haunches. That article was really well written. It was well worded, really descriptive and the instructions were super clear. The picture was excellent. I think you chose great equipment to advertise. That article was perfect and deserves an A+.

Fantastic recuse dog article, I loved how you described all the ways the Ruffwear Web Master Harness can keep your dog comfortable and safe at the same time. I also liked how you described how it can benefit the owner by keeping the dog close and by your side at all times. I also like how the harness comes in a variety of sizes so it can fit dogs of all shapes and sizes and how its durable water proof and strong so it can survive a lot of wear and tear without ripping or wearing out. It is also great the harness comes in the budget of most dog owners. This way they can keep their dogs safe and don’t empty their wallets either.

From Michael Treagus Editors-I’m so glad this worked for you.

From Thomas Swan Editors-Yeah I think that this is the best harness. It works really well for my dog.

Harder Than It Looks I thought that training a dog all you had to do was yell some commands and it works. Well clearly from your article, how to train a dog to lie and sit down, it is a lot harder than it looks. I had no idea that having the proper leash and collar was so important. My sister did dog walking on summer. She made it look like a piece of cake. I really liked your Jonah’s Ark article. It had a lot of details. I really understood what it would be like in a lesson. From Sarah Thomas Editors-Once a dog is well trained, walking them is pretty easy.

Jonah’s Ark Set Up For Agility

Jonah’s Ark Where regular dogs learn to be super dogs

The Teeter Totter

The Agility Course

Cesar Millan and Instructor Saro

Written by Grace Willock Photography by Brian Willock

n Welch Street in North Vancouver, you will find the best place for dogs to be, Jonah’s Ark. When you walk in, you will hear the dogs barking with joy. You feel the rubber floor squish under your feet as you lead your dog. The room is as big as four double garages. The walls are painted to look like a park with clouds and grass. The walls are also covered in pictures of dogs and newspaper clippings a b o u t d o g s . Once the class starts, the barking will stop and everyone is engaged in the leader's instructions. During your turn you and your dog will be able to try the brightly coloured obstacles.

The Weave Poles

There are lots of different obstacles to try like the jump, hoop, ramp, teeter totter, and the weave poles. You feel excitement grow inside you as your dog walks up the teeter totter. Because the teeter totter always tries to trip you up, you feel an ocean of relief as the teeter totter tips and your dog runs to the next obstacle. After your turn, you will sit down in the chairs and watch the other dogs go through the course as enthusiastic as cheer leaders at a football game. After the class is over, you will go home knowing that both you and your dog have learned a lot.

A Memorable Day Today was the day, after countless e-mails and phone calls, today was the day we were going to get our new dog, Trixie. I was sure that my mom and I had looked at every dog that was up for adoption. But the minute I saw Trixie on the internet I knew that she would be our dog. After weeks of asking if this weekend we would go and see Trixie, Mom and Dad said yes! So now with Mom, Dad, my sister Ellie, me and our old dog Lindy piled in the car we were heading to Whistler.

The drive to Whistler seemed to take forever, I was so excited. The minute I saw the WAG (Whistler Animal Galore) I undid my seatbelt and jumped out of the car. I was in such a hurry to go and see Trixie that if my dad hadn’t told me to calm down I probably would have run into shelter and scared all the animals. As we walked into the shelter I could hear the cats meowing and the dogs barking. When my Dad finished talking to the lady at the front desk he told me that Trixie was still at the vet’s office in Squamish. At first I was a little disappointed to have to wait a couple hours to meet Trixie, but when my mom said that we could go out for hot chocolate I felt a lot happier. When we got back to the shelter Trixie was waiting in a room. When I went into see Trixie I sat down on the floor and petted her. Trixie was so loving that the minute she licked me I could feel her love running through me. After we finished meeting Trixie the only thing left to do was introduce

Lindy to Trixie. I was sure that Lindy would like Trixie and luckily I was right. I was happy on the drive home until my Dad told me that Trixie’s name was going to be changed to Kootenai I was really upset because I wanted our family to have a dog with a girl’s name not the name of place. I was so upset that I decided that I would keep calling her Trixie. After we got back to North Vancouver stopped at Petcetra to pick up some things, like a kennel, and toys. When we were there we picked out a blue and gray kennel and a pink fluffball toy. When we got home we had a big discussion about Trixie’s name. I said that I didn’t mind Kootenai but I wanted the spelling to be Kootnie. Unfortunately my Dad thought looked too much like cootie. Finally we decided that we would spell her name Kooteni. After we decided her name I realized that no matter what Kooteni’s name was I would love her and we would have lots of fun.


Cesar helps dog owners to be the leader of the pack.

CESAR MILLAN IS A DOG TRAINER who has a T.V. show called The Dog Whisperer, a magazine called Cesar’s Way and has written books about training your dog. His method of training is unique because he focuses on the rehabilitating the dogs and teaching the owners how to deal with their dog’s reaction to the world. Instead of using special verbal commands and hand gestures, he teaches people to have calm energy and to use assertive body language with their dogs. His amazing results with even the most difficult dogs have influenced dog owners everywhere. By Grace Willock

CESARMILLAN Where and when were you born?

I was born in Culiacan, Mexico in 1969.

I was a dog groomer and then I moved to Los Angeles where I took up a job washing cars. MILLAN


Where did you grow up and did you move around while you were growing up?

I grew up in a small house with no amenities in rural Culiacan Mexico, and spent lots of my time at my grandfather’s MILLAN

farm in nearby Ixpalino. Did you spend lots of time with dogs as you were growing up? MILLAN When

I spent time at my grandfather’s farm, I liked to observe the behavior of the many farm dogs. When did you first want to become a dog trainer? MILLAN When

I was a teenager my family purchased our first TV set. I was inspired by Lassie and The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin and dreamed that I would move to California and become the world’s best dog trainer. When did you move to California and what was hardest thing about moving?

I moved to San Diego California in December 1990 when I was 21. When I moved I spoke no English so at first it was very frustrating. MILLAN

What was your fist job when you moved to California?

While you were in Los Angeles what was it that caught you attention and made you start your dog rehabilitation service?

While I was in Los Angeles I was surprised by how troubled the dogs I encountered seemed and how the Americans seemed so disconnected from nature. MILLAN

What did your rehabilitation service look like when you first started it?

I used the money I had saved from washing cars and started a freelance dog rehabilitation service and worked with the extreme cases. MILLAN

How did you get from owning such a small business to having a TV show and a magazine?

My client list was expanding rapidly with people around town. In 1994 I helped Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith who recommended me to other celebrities. MILLAN

Where is your Dog Psychology Center and what kind of amenities does it have? MILLAN My first Dog Psychology

Center was two-acres and in South Los Angles designed to rehabilitate troubled, aggressive, and condemned dogs. Then I moved the forty “un-adoptable” and abandoned dogs to a new 43 acre center in the Santa Clarita Valley with a sheep herding area, swimming pool, obstacle course, and hiking trails. Tell me about your family. MILLAN In

1994 I married Ilusión Wilson Millan. In 1995 Ilusión and I had our first son Andre and in 2001 we had our second son Calvin. In June 2010 Ilusión and I got a divorce. Last February at age 16 your Pit Bull Daddy passed away. What were some of the qualities that made Daddy such a great dog? MILLAN Daddy was a great dog

because he was one of the most loyal, trusting, well-balanced, and influential pit bull ambassadors the world has ever known.

“At the age of 13, I wanted to be the best dog trainer in the world. That was my wish.”

What Type Of Dog Is Right For You? Start Here

It’s a warm sunny Saturday morning. You are most likely to be:

Crash out on the couch and watch some TV you’re so tired you can’t think straight Go to see a movie. You love relax with your friends and eat popcorn.

Taking a jog and watching the sun rise.

You are really tired but you have to finish some writing by Friday you:

Snuggled up in your bed reading, with a warm drink in your hand.

If you had an hour to spend with a dog you would:

Get writing, the sooner you start the sooner you will be done.

For your birthday friends invites you to:

Go bowling, you always like a little friendly competition.

Spend the hour playing fetch with the dog

Chase the dog up and down a field for a while then go for a short walk

Would you rather join a swimming club or a chess club?

Chess, you like games that are mental and you can work hard at to perfect your skills

Swimming, you love gliding through the water as you race




You seem to like to spend your free time lounging around so you should get a dog who doesn’t need much exercise and will love to lie with you all day. A dog like a Basset Hound may be the dog for you.

You seem like the kind of person who would spend hours teaching their dog to play dead or learn the names of objects. You should get an intelligent dog like a Border Collie.

You seem to be very athletic so you should get a dog that will be able to keep up with you. A Retriever may be a good dog for you, but any dog that can run and loves to play is the dog for you.


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In order for me and my dog to get into a tracking class, we have to take a basic obedience class. There are so many classes and I don’t know which one to sign up for. Do you have any suggestions? EditorsW hen I took my dogs to obedience classes we went to A nn Jackson’s T raining Classes. I found that she had us practice things that I found very useful. She had us do things like have our dogs stay while kids on skateboards went by. She is great if you are looking for someone who will prepare your dogs for being outside.

Whenever I try to get my dog to go through the tunnel, she gets scared and pulls away. How should I help her get over her fear? EditorsFirst I would make sure that the

tunnel is straight so she knows that she can get out at the end. T hen have someone stand with her at one end of the tunnel while you crouch down at the other end and encourage her to come. One she goes into the tunnel have the person that was holding her drop the leash and block the entrance. Keep calling her until she comes to you, and then praise her.

U nless I have a treat in my hand, my dog won’t listen to any commands. How do I get him to listen to me without giving him treats? EditorsBegin by putting your dog on a leash so that you are in control. T hen say a simple command and wait for your dog to obey. If your dog doesn’t obey, follow the steps in “How to Get Your Dog to Sit and Lie Down”. W hen your dog obeys, reward your dog with love or a game.

Whenever my dog sees a squirrel, she slips her collar and runs after it. Is there any collar besides a choke chain that she won’t be able to slip? EditorsYes, there is a collar that your dog won’t be able to slip. It is like a normal collar in the back and a choke chain in the front. T his collar will tighten but only a small amount so you don’t have to worry about choking your dog.

As soon as I get out my dog’s leash, she starts jumping up at me and barking. How do I keep her calm when I when I want to take her for a walk? EditorsT he first thing you need to do is

make sure that you are very calm. T hen get your dog to sit and stay while you get the leash. Don’t get the leash out until your dog is sitting and staying. If your dog gets up when you bring out the leash set down the leash and make your dog sit. Make sure your dog is sitting when you clip on the leash. But the most important thing is staying calm.

When I feed my puppy, he won’t eat his dog food. I have tried lots of different brands of dog food, but he doesn’t seem to like any of them. How can I get him to like his food? EditorsN ext time you feed your dog try mixing in some canned dog food or table scraps with his kibbles. Once you give your dog the food leave him in a room with the door closed. A fter about five minutes check to see if he has eaten his food. If he still hasn’t eaten his food open the door and leave the food there until he eats it. When my dog hears another dog on the other side of our fence, she growls and barks at the dog. How do I get her to stop?



Start on a weekend when you can be home with her. A sk a friend or neighbor to walk their dog by your fence. If your dog starts to bark make her lie on her side until she relaxes, You may need to repeat this many times before she stops barking at other dogs

Get a long leash or rope and attach it to your dog’s collar. Get your dog to sit and stay while you back up holding the leash. T hen tell your dog to come and if she doesn’t lightly pull on the leash so she comes towards you. Once she comes all the way tell her she is a good dog.

Before I put my dog into an obedience class, I want to teach him some basic commands. What commands do you think I should teach him? EditorsAlthough my dog loves playing with his stuffed toys, he always ends up ripping them. Are there any toys that are made of stronger fabric? EditorsT here are some toys that say that they are dog proof, but they aren’t dog proof really just last longer than normal toys. I would suggest getting some rubber toys for your dog. Dogs love playing with them just as much but they last a lot longer. How should I teach my dog to come? Whenever I let her off leash and tell her to come, she runs off.

I think that you should try to teach him to sit because it is easy and used a lot. It will also get him used to listening to you and being taught commands.

HOW TO TEACH YOUR DOG TO Sit And LIE DOWN Training Your Dog For Beginners

Do you think you can say “down” and your dog will lie down the first try? How will you dog even know what down means if you don’t teach them? Follow these easy steps to teach your dog to lie down.

down is get your dog a leash and collar that fits and feels good on the dog.

you whenever or wherever you give a command, make sure that you are in control of the dog so you can guide them if they don’t know what to do.


6. To begin to teach your dog to lie down,

1. First step to getting your dog to lie or sit After you have your collar and leash on

your dog, in a calm voice say “sit” while gently putting your dog into a sitting position by pushing on their haunches and pulling up on their collar. Then tell them they are a good dog.

first make your dog sit and then say “down”.

3. Next repeat step two around five times so

gently place your dog into the down position by sliding their front paws forward. It may take a while before your dog is comfortable going all the way down..

your dog understands what sit means.

4. Now your dog is probably getting bored so you should give your dog a break and do something fun with your dog like a game of tug o war.

7. After you say “down”, slowly and

8. Now all your dog should need is lots of practice to get sitting and lying down perfect.

5. Over the next while if you ever have your

9. Finally, you can add in hand signals. For

dog’s attention say “sit” and make them sit to get some practice in before you teach them to lie down.

sit, put your arm out in front of you then bend your arm up from the elbow when you say “sit”. For down, put your arm out and push down while saying “down”.

Tip: Until you are sure you dog will obey

This dog is relaxed yet alert in the down position.

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The History Of Search And Rescue Dogs

Did you know that search and rescue dogs were first used to rescue Napoleon’s Troops while they traveled through the Alps? Today search and rescue dogs are trained to locate missing people in any environment from the wilderness to cities. While the purpose of search and rescue dogs has stayed the same, there have been a few changes over the past 200 years.

Between 1790 and 1810 St. Bernards rescued Napoleon’s Troops if they got lost while traveling through St. Bernard’s Pass, a pass through the Alps between Switzerland and Italy. Servants who accompanied people traveling through the pass were called Marroniers. When Marroniers traveled through the pass, they often brought dogs with them. The Marroniers found that with the dogs’ great sense of smell, they were able to find people buried under the snow. The St. Bernard’s sense of smell was so good that not one soldier lost their life in the pass.

Today many different breeds of dogs are used in many different locations around the world for search and rescue purposes. While St. Bernards are still used for search and rescue so are lots of other breeds including Retrievers,

Collies, and Shepherds. Search and rescue dogs were used in Europe a lot during the first and second world wars. The Red Cross took dogs onto the battlefields to locate injured soldiers. Currently police use trained rescue dogs to find people after avalanches, earthquakes, hurricanes, and bombings. Some well-known events where rescue dogs were used are the recent earthquakes in Japan and Haiti, and the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center (9/11).

Dogs can’t rescue people on their own, they need trainers and handlers. One very important person in the history of rescue dogs is Alfie Burstrom. Alfie was a Canadian park warden for fifteen years. Then in 1969, Alfie became the first certified avalanche-dog handler in North America. Alfie and his partner Ginger, a German Shepherd Coyote cross, worked together for many years and saved many lives. In 1972, Bill and Jean

Syrotuck created the American Rescue Dog Association (ARDA). The ARDA provides specially trained dogs to locate people in the wilderness or after a natural disaster. These are only two of the many examples of people who believed that dogs could help save lives.

If you think that finding a lost person on a mountain is the hardest part of being a rescue dog handler, think again. Search and rescue dog training is expensive, and many training organizations aren’t funded by the government. In order to get you and your dog certified you have to attend two to four training sessions every week for at least a year. For a dog to go on a rescue mission they need be very fit and tough to be able work long hours in extreme conditions. Handlers also need to buy special

equipment for themselves and their dogs in order for them to do their work properly. With all these expenses it is easy to see why compared to other countries Canada hasn’t trained many search and rescue dogs.

From St. Bernards at the turn of the 19th century to police dogs today, search and rescue dogs are now used around the world. The need for rescue dogs is likely to increase because of terrorism due to conflict in the Middle East and natural disasters due to global warming. In order to train so many rescue dogs, governments will need to fund lots more training centers. Loyal, focused, and willing to work to help people, search and rescue dogs really are man’s best friend. Sources Portman, Dale. Rescue Dogs. Heritage House Publishing: Surrey, B.C. 2009.

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