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The Dog Whisperer’s Dog Daddy Dies – Cesar Millan’s Pit Bull Dies at Age 16

February 23, 2010 By: admin Category: All Sick Dog Blog Posts, Animal Welfare Organizations, Cesar Millan's Pit Bull Daddy Dies, Daddy's Emergency Animal Rescue Fund, Pets In The News

RIP Daddy – The Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan's Dog Daddy was Featured on the Cover of Millan's Book, "A Member of the Family."

There’s sad news in the pet world, as The Dog Whisperer’s pit bull Daddy has died. He was 16.

The Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan’s dog Daddy was featured in many episodes of his National Geographic Channel show. Daddy the pit bull was included in many episodes of The Dog Whisperer, serving as a calm, submissive example for dogs who were trained on the show.

Cesar Millan’s Dog Daddy, The Pit Bull

The Dog Whisperer’s pit bull Daddy died on February 19, 2010. According to, Daddy died peacefully, surrounded by family and love.

Before becoming a member of dog trainer Cesar Millan’s dog pack, Daddy was owned by rapper Redman. Daddy was given to The Dog Whisperer at the age of four months due to his unruly behavior – a problem that’s fairly common among pit bull puppies due to the breed’s high-energy and smart mind, which requires plenty of stimulation. Pit bull puppies require plenty of training, attention and exercise and if the owner doesn’t stimulate the dog’s mind and body, this terrier breed will find activities on his own – and the owner may not like what he comes up with! (i.e. chewing, barking, etc.)

As he’s done with hundreds of dogs, Cesar Millan trained Daddy and ultimately, the pit bull became a permanent member of The Dog Whisperer’s dog pack at The Dog Psychology Center.

In so many ways, Daddy was a “model dog.” He was often called a “pit bull ambassador.” As the owner of a dog pack that includes two pit bulls, I love the fact that Millan picked a pit bull to serve as an example of a calm, submissive, well-trained dog. So often, I encounter people who have a negative view of the pit bull breed – they believe that pit bulls are unruly, dangerous, vicious, etc. Daddy and Cesar worked to dispel that myth. Daddy didn’t just help dogs on The Dog Whisperer’s show; he helped the entire pit bull breed by demonstrating the fact that pit bulls are not inherently bad dogs. Daddy showed the worlds that, like every other breed, pit bulls are wonderful, loving dogs when they’re in the hands of a caring, capable owner. Millan and his pit bull Daddy taught the world that there are no bad pit bulls — no bad dogs, really — just bad owners.

Junior Follows in Daddy’s Steps on The Dog Whisperer

Two years ago, Millan decided that it was time for Daddy to go into retirement. So together with Daddy, Cesar trained a new model dog – a grey pit bull named Junior. Junior has taken over Daddy’s role, serving as a calm, submissive role model to dogs in training on The Dog Whisperer.

But as any dog owner knows, you cannot replace a dog with it comes to matters of the heart. The Sick Dog Blog offers its condolences to The Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan and all of Daddy’s fellow pack members. In many ways, the death of a dog is like the death of a human family member. When that dog is also a co-worker, I imagine the loss is even more painful.

There’s no eloquent way to say it: Losing a pet just plain sucks. And for owners of large pet families like myself, it sucks even more, as the finite nature of existence comes into sharp focus and you realize that you’ll have to endure the awful experience of a pet’s death again, again and again (21 more times in my case, if I never brought another animal into my home). Pet loss never get’s easier. No matter how many pets you’ve lost; the pain is always the same – sharp and visceral and raw.

In 2009, I had the wonderful opportunity to interview The Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan. You can read excerpts from my interview in an article titled Tips from The Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan – TV’s Dog Whisperer Tips on Dog Training and Dog Psychology.

Cesar Millan’s DEAR Fund in Memory of Daddy the Pit Bull

To honor Daddy’s memory, Cesar Millan has established Daddy’s Emergency Animal Rescue Fund.

According to the DEAR Fund website, donations “will provide assistance for dogs who are victims of abuse or violence, man-made disasters(hoarder and puppy mill rescues), and large-scale natural disasters (hurricanes, fires, and other natural catastrophes).”

To learn more about the DEAR Fund or to make a donation in Daddy’s memory, visit

Here is a video bio featuring Junior and Daddy; it shows Junior as a puppy and it shows a little bit of his training with Cesar and Daddy, as he was trained to take over Daddy’s role on The Dog Whisperer’s show and at Cesar’s Dog Psychology Center.

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Tips for Pet Nail Trimmers – Don’t Let the Pet See the Nail Trimmer to Avoid a Struggle During Dog Nail Clipping

February 21, 2010 By: admin Category: All Sick Dog Blog Posts, Dog Nail Clipping, General Dog Health, PediPaws Pet Nail Trimmer, Pet Nail Clippers and Nail Trimmers, Pet Products, Peticure Dog Nail Trimmer

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Looking for ways to avoid a struggle when it’s time to cut a dog’s nails? Many dogs will literally run and hide when they see the pet nail trimmer or clippers. The actual dog nail clipping process can be very stressful for some pets and owners, but there are some simple tips that will prevent a struggle next time you cut a dog’s nails.

Tip to Cut Dog Nails – Don’t Let the Pet Watch While Clipping Dog’s Nails

Some dogs get very anxious when an owner tries to cut a dog’s nails. To reduce anxiety, it can be helpful  to prevent the dog from watching the clipping process.

To to this, create a shield. A baby’s bib can be used for a small or medium dog; a piece of fabric or towel can be tied around the dog’s neck in the case of a larger dog. This will prevent the dog from watching during the nail trimming process.

In addition, cut the dog’s nails while the pet is in a standing position. Bend the dog’s leg at the knee, so the paw is positioned beneath or behind the dog. This measure will also prevent the dog from watching during the pet’s nail trimming. Watching during the nail clipping often triggers anxiety due to the anticipation of discomfort or pain.

Help for Dog Nail Clipping – Offer Rewards and Introduce the Dog to the Pet Nail Trimmer to Avoid Struggles During Nail Trims

To prevent and lessen a dog’s anxiety during nail trimming, it’s important to make the experience a rewarding one. Owners should offer plenty of praise and treats during and after the pet’s nail trimming process.

In addition, owners must introduce the dog to the pet nail trimmer, whether it’s a traditional nail clipper tool or a more modern dremel-style nail trimmer like the Peticure or the PediPaws nail trimmer. Show the nail trimmer or clippers to the dog a few times per day; hold a treat in the same hand and offer it to the dog. Offer generous praise when the dog takes the treat. The dog will begin to associate the nail clippers or trimmer with positive experiences like receiving treats and praise.

Dog owners should also handle their dog’s paws while the dog is relaxing; owners can even offer a doggy foot massage! Some pet owners only handle the dog’s paws when it’s time for a dog pedicure, so it’s important to break that association.

Once the dog is comfortable with the sight of the nail clippers and he’s comfortable having his paws handled, pet owners can begin tapping the pet’s paw and nails with the clippers, while offering praise and treats. This will prepare the dog for nail clippings or nail trimmings, while reducing the dog’s anxiety and fear of nail clipping.

Related Articles on Dog Nail Clipping

Dog owners may enjoy The Sick Dog Blog’s related articles, including Pet Nail Trimming – How to Avoid Clipping a Dog’s Nails Too Short,

If a pet owner accidentally cuts into the quick, resulting in a dog with a bleeding nail, read How to Stop a Dog’s Nail From Bleeding – How to Help if You Clip a Dog’s Nails Too Short.

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