Comments on Why Cesar Millan Troubles This Dog Trainer

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Jerry   Concord, California

11/3/2013 11:21:27 PM

I've learned a couple of valuable lessons from Cesar Millan. One is patience. Another is calmness. They work wonders. Too many people don't learn those basic lessons and instead try to apply his "magical cures". We've never hissed at our dog - that does not work for us. But we have done things like "claim" space because they seemed natural for us to do and they worked wonders.

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Deborah   Canada, International

9/16/2013 11:52:04 AM

Great article, Nikki! Anyone who has been around and owned dogs for years can tell you that they each have their own unique personalities, traits, and behaviors. I have owned a passive dog, an uber-alpha dog, and what I would call a "normal" dog. (amongst a few others)...and they were all trained differently. The result (a well -behaved dog) was the same each time, but the training methods had to be different as they did not each respond the same way to training. My friend who's a police dog handler said one time "some dogs will only get to "sharing" the alpha spot with you, and you have to learn to work with that". We recently took in an uber-alpha GSD whose owner had tried to train him with shock collar & CM pack leader techniques, only to end up with a neurotic uber-alpha dog that refused to listen to anything. At two years old, the dog was a mess and did not listen to ANY command whatsoever and the owner just wanted to give him away as he could not do anything with him, and it had resulted in keeping the dog in a crate in the garage, in a sad attempt to keep him under control (would've loved to do the same with the owner!!). The dog (we named him Miko) went ballistic when we got home and went to go inside....he had a severe panic attack where he wrenched backwards and almost choked himself, fell over and was desperately clawing to get right again....a remnant, we think, of his being kept out via shock "incentive". My husband had to pick him up and carry him over the threshold, which had to happen for the next several days until he finally was coaxed in with treats (even cheese hadn't worked the first few days). It took a good two weeks before he would walk in without an apprehensive look and a "two step forward, one step back" routine. Long story short, it's taken six months, but he now sees us as trustworthy, caring owners that he wants to be around. It took 3 months to get him to come to us, instead of chasing him around the yard, and come in for dinner. And that was with giving obedience training from the first week we had him. Anytime he was off leash, he reverted to his own thing and totally ignored us. I would often say to my husband that Miko would be one of Milan's rejects, when it came to getting on his show, as CM's methods would not work with this type of dog, and my dog handler friend agrees. It reminds me a bit of human history where us white people felt ALL people whose land we took over HAD TO act just like us or face the consequences.... I think we would've had a better result all the way around if we had approached it along the lines of getting to know, understand, and work WITH, the other side. Milan might be doing some things right, but that doesn't mean he's the know all about all dogs.

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Aimee   New Zealand, International

9/15/2013 2:36:48 AM

I had been watching cesar's show for years before we got our first dog and I applied everything he says to do with her, even though my partner and 2 sons just wanted to shower her with love and affection all the time I took the firm approach and didn't baby her...well 2 years later we have a lovely happy well behaved dog and she decided I was pack leader and naturally gravitated to me before anyone else in the family! and I was the one who wasn't praising and babying her all the time! Dogs PREFER authority figures, they respect them and want to please them. In my opinion they feel safer and more secure with someone who is in control.

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Cassandra   London, New York

8/11/2013 2:08:07 PM

Cesar uses methods that is best for the dog in question, NONE of these methods are harmful or inhumane in any way and the dogs are NOT scared or unhappy afterwards they are better dogs. You clearly have NO idea how to deal with dogs (ie: training or dominance issues) so don't be judging others!. Thank-You x.

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Maria   Dallas, Texas

7/31/2013 9:38:44 AM

oh please!!! So thankful You don't have a dog "training" show!! Cesar doesn't train dogs, he rehabilitates them. You should spend some time observing large packs of dogs, wild or domestic. Maybe even if you just spent a while watching a mother dog w/ her young pups. Maybe then you can understand the psychology behind Cesar's methods. Then again, you probably believe the mother dog is being cruel when she picks her pup up by the scruff of the neck or nips at them when the are getting close to weaning! Maybe mama dogs need clickers for there pups!

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Aly   Hollister, CA

2/8/2012 11:46:51 AM

Dog dark Ages

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HI   HI, HI

2/7/2012 10:30:46 AM

so sad

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Johanna   Waterville, ME

2/6/2012 7:24:27 PM

This is by far one of the best commentaries I have read on Cesar Millan's training methods! As a dog owner/rescuer who uses positive reinforcement training, I couldn't agree more with this article, and am deeply saddened and frustrated that so many people still cling to more aggressive and punishment-centered methods of training, such as Cesar's. I have seen nothing but negative results from dogs trained this way. I believe Cesar is well-intentioned in his work, but his methods have inspired more abuse from ignorant owners than can be imagined. There needs to be more high-profile advocates for positive methods to show the public that there is an alternate, and much more effective, way to train their dogs.

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Doreen   Centralia, WA

2/6/2012 10:56:02 AM

Finally!!! Someone else has noticed what I have with Millan's training methods. I was horrified at his methods, in fact I purchased his book and did not even get through the first chapter because I was horrified at his methods. I personally am a Victoria Stillwell fan because her methods are calm, logical, and based on what each individual dog may understand. Millan does the same thing that public schools do to our children and that is group every dog into one group and assume each one is the same. Thank you for pointing out to the public what is really wrong with Millan's methods.

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