Are the Dog Whisperer’s methods safe?

The Dog Whisperer, Cesar Millan, has built a media empire on his ability to tame and train the most incorrigible of canines. Millions watch his show on National Geographic each week to see the charismatic star teach hapless owners to cure barking, jumping, aggression and fear in dogs.

But could his forceful methods be ineffective, even dangerous? Some think so. There is a growing backlash against Mr. Millan from dog-behaviour experts and dog owners who fear that he could bring punitive training back in vogue, despite long-established evidence that positive, reward-based training works.

“It was a surprise to a lot of dog trainers to suddenly see this very old-style training, and to find that it caught on so quickly,” said Stanley Coren, psychology professor at the University of British Columbia and author of several books about dogs, including How Dogs Think: Understanding the Canine Mind and The Intelligence of Dogs.

There’s no denying that Mr. Millan and his techniques make great television. Every episode of The Dog Whisperer features Mr. Millan swooping into the home of someone with a misbehaving dog, camera crews in tow. He certainly seems to have a magic touch – a few firm “tsch!” sounds and leash tugs from Mr. Millan and the former devil-dogs trot placidly to his side, gazing angelically at their stunned owners. The real entertainment value of the show is watching Mr. Millan teach those owners how to become, in his words, “pack leader,” dominant over their own dogs.

“I rehabilitate dogs,” Mr. Millan says in the voice-over before every show. “I train humans.”

Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan’s dominance-based approach to obedience training has unleashed a backlash from dog-lovers who say the alpha male idea is all in humans’ heads.

Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan’s dominance-based approach to obedience training has unleashed a backlash from dog-lovers who say the alpha male idea is all in humans’ heads.

It’s the wrong kind of training, critics say, and any rehabilitation may be short-lived once the cameras are gone.

“Practices such as physically confronting aggressive dogs and use of choke collars for fearful dogs are outrageous,” said Jean Donaldson, director of the SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers in San Francisco, in a widely disseminated critique of the show. “A profession that has been making steady gains in its professionalism, technical sophistication and humane standards has been greatly set back. … To co-opt a word like ‘whispering’ for arcane, violent and technically unsound practice is unconscionable.”

Dr. Coren said the methods used by Mr. Millan – who has no formal training in dog psychology or animal behaviour – are a throwback to those used to train German military dogs in the 1940s. “The basic flaw in his technique is relying on the notion that dominance is established by force, and nowadays we know that’s not the case.”

“The leader of the pack is the one that controls the resources,” Dr. Coren said. Thus a well-timed treat to reward good doggy behaviour (for example, not freaking out when the doorbell rings) can be more effective than 10 of Mr. Millan’s physical “corrections” aimed at curbing bad habits.

The dangerous part of Mr. Millan’s methods, critics say, is that they may get a dog to stop growling or lunging, but they won’t cure the underlying fear or aggression, thus creating a dog that’s more likely to strike without warning.

(For his part, Mr. Millan has pointed out that his training goes further than the corrections seen on TV that his critics denounce.)

Respected veterinarian and dog behaviorist Ian Dunbar, who heads Berkeley, Calif.-based Sirius Dog Training, has called this technique “removing the ticker from the time bomb.” He and Ms. Donaldson feel so strongly about Mr. Millan’s approach that they have produced a DVD titled Fighting Dominance in a Dog Whispering World.

The National Geographic channel runs a “don’t try this at home” warning before each episode of The Dog Whisperer. “The telling thing is this disclaimer,” Dr. Coren says. “What makes good television doesn’t necessarily make good science.”

Mr. Millan shrugs off the criticisms, saying his training methods are natural and humane.

“It’s the difference between going to school and the dogs being your school,” Mr. Millan told a National Geographic interviewer. “One is the intellectual knowledge, the other one is instinctual. I am instinctual.”

His pop-culture juggernaut rolls on: In addition to his TV show and DVDs, he has a magazine, bestselling books, a line of dog products and even human clothes for sale.

At a recent pet show in New York, people lined up for three hours to meet him. Jackie Comitino of Long Island, wearing a T-shirt that said “Tsch! Be a pack leader,” waited with her two dachshunds, Dylan and Cody. She said Mr. Millan’s teachings had changed her life as well as her dogs’.

“Every dog owner should read his books,” she said. “I follow his method to a T.”

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from The Globe and Mail

47 thoughts on “Are the Dog Whisperer’s methods safe?

  1. Canine psychologists and canine behaviorists will always be at odds. The instinctual method works, but it is not the only method, just as giving your upset dog Xanax is not the only answer. Sure, drugging your dog into submission means your dog won’t bite, but that also did not address the underlying fear, it just masked it.

  2. HELLO-His ways work! Don’t fix it if it ain’t broke. It cracks me up when people say it’s old fashion. The old way works on alot of things today and that includes his way of training-period.

    1. I want to hit you. It is broken, it doesn’t work in that it is also harmful to a dog’s mental state.

  3. While I don’t totally agree with all of Ceasar’s methods of control, I don’t think you can so narrowly confine training to only positive, reward-based. I also think it’s ridiculous to say that he’s violent like Ms. Donaldson claims (“To co-opt a word like ‘whispering’ for arcane, violent and technically unsound practice is unconscionable”).

    It is however, always interesting to see differing views on methods. It was a nice read over lunch!

  4. I can’t say it much better than Eric did. If you see every problem as a nail, you’ll only ever use a hammer. Kids learn differently. I imagine dogs do the same. I enjoy watching Dog Whisperer (we don’t see it much now that we are traveling in the RV and seldom have cable) … I think there are some useful tips to take away from what he says.

  5. This seems to be an on-going theme. There is nothing cruel in what Cesar does with the animal. I absolutely believe in what he does and it works. It’s not a quick fix that falls apart after he leaves. He doesn’t set the dog up and work with it before he arrives. As a dog person myself, who has worked for the last 7.5 years handling dogs 365/24/7. Cesar’s method is not about domination by aggression, or dominanting through fear. I would agree that would be a step back in time. That’s a very old method of domination used by horsemen and bad trainers. His is acatually understanding the pcychology of dogs, how they need a pack leader and how they look for leadership. Most people, especially small dog people don’t know how to show leadership with their dogs. That’s when the dog will take over the role and that’s when people have problems with their dogs.

    When a new dog comes into my pack I have to establish that I am the leader. Usually by my body language with the dog. Dogs are much happier with following the leader than not knowing what to do.

    Quite honestly, I think that people don’t like the fact that he is so successful with his methods that he is now world famous and has money than he needs. Every time I’ve heard complaints from other “trainers’, which he is not, they don’t like his methods. Right, because their methods take weeks and weeks and sometimes months. If Cesars methods worked and they were to switch tactics they would be out of all that money they get over those months.

    In the horse world of which I was apart of for many years we have a few heros who use similar methods to Cesar. Using the natural abilities of animals to work with them rather than beating them into it, which many horse trainers still believe in. That’s by they used to call it “breaking” a horse because they would litterally break their spirit into submission.

    As animal lovers none of us want to hear of cruelty to animals. If that is your concern with Cesar I think it’s misplaced. Go rescue the sad and abused animals. Don’t pick on the one person who is making a huge difference in the lives of both people and animals.

    Sour grapes I say is what all the criticism is all about.
    I love Cesar, his heart, his spirituality, his respect for dogs, his totally understanding of dogs. These other people are just plain envious!
    Jill DeWolfe
    The Dog Nanny

  6. Had to chuckle about the “no formal training in dog physcology or animal behaviour”; sounds a bit like sour milk on Cesar’s success – its like accusing the boy who was raised by wolves that he doesn’t really know wolves because he didn’t study them at university! LOL

    Interesting article, as I am a supporter of Millan’s techniques in general, but also think well of Jean Donaldson, Ian Dunbar (who studied dog training under Jean Donaldson) who are both dog trainers, and Dr. Coren (who is a behaviouralist – his books are excellent). I still firmly believe there is a proper tool in the toolbox for every need and they will differ from dog to dog (just like people vary) – they all have great things to offer and should not waste time putting each other down. There are more important things they can expend this energy on to help animals than to flog Cesar – instead how about helping change some animal legislation out there to help the animals who are seriously abused and neglected.

    A smart person would learn from them all and then use the bits and pieces from each that works in the particular instance!

    June

  7. Even before I started training my own dog, Cesar’s methods made me uncomfortable. Do I think there’s never a time for leash correction? No. But it worries me that people see his methods as the end all-be all of dog training and no matter what the disclaimer says, they DO try to use his methods at home. That, in turn, has the very real possibility of putting both the human and the dog in a dangerous situation. It is far too general of a statement to say that every, or even most, dog problem is due to dominance or to the human not being the “alpha.” I’ve seen it happen with my own friends. They think that any time their dog acts up, it’s because they’re trying to take over the pack and they set about putting the dog in its place. When in reality, the dog just isn’t trained.

    Not every method is right for every person or dog. But for me, I find it more fun and enjoyable to be a partner with my dogs and work together rather than always having to worry about pack status. Some of the people who have already commented here may think that is an oversimplification. And maybe it is. But I GUARANTEE you that most of the tv-watching public are getting the message that training your dog all comes down to dominating your dog. And again, I think that has the potential of danger for all parties.

  8. I know this is very controversial, however I completely agree that Cesar Milan’s method’s aren’t a good way to train dogs–after watching a few of his episodes I quickly learned that I didn’t agree with his training.
    Dr. Ian Dunbar has it right when he says Milan is “removing the ticker from the time bomb”. In my opinion, Milan is shoving that piece of aggression way down inside the dog, where it will stay hidden–then jump out suddenly if the dog is provoked. He’s treating aggression with aggression.

    Thanks for this article, Life With Dogs. It’s good to see that the world is waking up more to the fact that perhaps Cesar Milan is not the “Dog Whisperer” he used to be called.

  9. I’m not a fan of Ceasar Milan by any means. Many of his practices make me very uncomfortable, but there will always be people who follow him. Yes, I do believe that dogs need a pack leader, but I don’t endorse his methods of establishing it. Still, there are much worse trainers out there than Ceasar.

  10. I am a fan of Cesar Millan and his methods – They work! What the reader needs to understand is that obviously only a very small portion of his techniques are going to be shown on television, and that they are going to edit it in such a way to make for “amazing” doggie recoveries, etc. There is much more time and effort that goes on behind the scenes.

    I think the problem many pet owners have today is that they treat their dogs as if they are mini-humans… with the same facilities for logic, reasoning, analysis, etc. This simply won’t work; dogs do not think the way that we do and therefore cannot be trained the same way that humans can. Therefore we have to think the way that the dog thinks, and although Millan does place a lot of emphasis on the concept of pack dominance, I think it is a concept that is missing from many homes.

    That said, I don’t think one training method or philosophy works for every dog and family, so owners need to familiarize themselves with several to find one that they are comfortable with and that will work for them.

  11. Firstly, let’s be clear, there is no such thing as “Cesar’s method’s.” What he uses, primarily positive punishment and negative reinforcement are old, antiquated methods of “training.” He didn’t invent them. He has merely taken people back to the old ways of doing things that really didn’t take much timing or thought on the trainer’s part. All you have to do is “show the dog who’s boss,” i.e. be the “pack leader.” If you intimidate your dog or make him/her fearful, duh, of course he/she is going to tow the line. No brainer. Did we really need a television show called “The Dog Whisperer” to show us that? Again, duh.

  12. I am a proud graduate of Sirius Puppy Training! My two-legger is a firm believer in PAWsitive reinforcement when training. I have to say we have stopped watching Caesar after we learned that he used shock collars on dogs but did not inform the audience. If he is so proud of his work and stands behind his techniques than why hide the shock collar and lie to his followers? Something smelled fishy and we had to turn our back on it. I believe that we all must do out part to help out and save what animals we can. He is very popular but I wonder if it is in the public’s best interest not to know the truth behind his technique?

    1. There is a time and place for all kind approaches to training a dog. When approaching any kind of dog training there are going to be things that work and things that don’t (the only thing that everyone can agree upon is on being CONSISTENT). The worst thing you can do is to ‘correct’ or to positively reinforce something one day and the next be ‘to tired’ to deal with it. Though I am still very upset that Caesar hides very important things form his audiences, such as shock collars, it gives the public a false sense of security.

  13. I agree with Eric & Rod & many of your commenters here. I think there is a time and a place for many kinds of training methods.

    I watched a Cesar episode recently where the dog refused to walk. So Cesar crouched over and helped him walk (very gently, just for the record) until the little guy was walking on his own. And Cesar was clapping and laughing and being all Positive Reinforcement Guru with the best of ’em. When a dog goes beserk and tries to commit harry carry on a grocery cart I think it is fair enough to get the dog to sit with a bit of force (ie pulling back on the leash and using your hand to get the dog to sit).

    I’ve learned a lot from reading and watching Cesar Milan. Just like anything (like the news… or our mother in laws… or (gasp!) school) we need to take the information coming @ us and filter it for what makes sense for our given situation.

  14. This article does nothing for the debate except introduce the debate to uninitiated.

    The backlash against Cesar Millan started the very first day his show aired and hasn’t exactly “grown” per say. It exploded in the first year his show aired and has been regurgitated since.

    I personally have not found much help in Cesar’s methods, but that does’t mean I think the man is wrong. The criticism levied against him often goes like this:
    1) Science says he’s wrong, but no direct reference to scientific studies that demonstrate this are provided. Those studies do exist, I’m sure. But drawing a correlation between what was demonstrated in the study and what Millan’s techniques is not as clean cut as it may seem. Scientific studies are only valid in the context under which they were performed. And sometime, we’d don’t have a full grasp of the context. Look at the scare through the 80s that led us all to believe that Sweet N’ Low caused cancer for a great example.
    2) Other trainers say he’s wrong despite the fact that all of them have a vested, money backed interest to say he’s wrong.
    3) All he does is correct the dog, but we won’t mention his flooding techniques or other desensitization that he performs.
    4) In the off chance that flooding is mentioned, it goes something like this: Flooding is bad, therefore we shouldn’t use it. But again, no direct reference to scientific studies that demonstrate this.
    5) His techniques produce quick results but don’t address underlying issues. But no one, to my knowledge, has surveyed Cesar’s clients to find out if their problems have resurfaced.
    6) And finally, his techniques are cruel (which, quite frankly, I don’t see).

    I probably sound a little bitter. The reason is that I’ve been doing research for the last 6 months on dog behavior, particularly aggression. And in every book I’ve read, I’ve always come to the same issue (which isn’t surprising at all): at the end of the day you have to make a judgement call about what your dog is thinking and how it’s experiencing the world. This is something you will never “know.” Out of that judgement call, people have developed religions around dog behavior. And while religion is comforting, it does not (at least in this instance) provide innovation. And that is precisely what I see. Book after book after article after blog post of regurgitation. Some might say that’s evidence of a correct path and I might be inclined to agree if I saw people asking “is there a better way.” Which I don’t (not even with Cesar Millan and those that support him).

    Here’s my advice (not that it’s worth a penny) to anyone that is trying to solve a behavior problem:
    1) Get professional help but take a lot of time to find the right person. Otherwise you could very well waste a lot of money or even do harm.
    2) Don’t try to using physical corrections or punishers, in general, without someone to show you how its done (again, get professional help) just because you read about or saw it on TV. While some people may get it, most of us will screw it up and you’ll either end up frustrated or possibly making the problem worse.
    3) Go ahead and read Cesar’s or Dunbar’s books. But keep reading and always ask yourself, “do any of these people really know what they’re talking about?”
    4) Don’t fall for the pessimism of “some dog’s just can’t be helped.” Medical conditions aside, that phrase is equivalent to “I’m not capable or willing to solve the problem.”
    5) If what you’re doing isn’t working, then try something else (including finding a new trainer).

  15. Certain things in Millan’s philosophy do make sense. For example, dogs need exercise. When they don’t get it, trouble is bound to occur. Dogs are pack animals and do recognize a certain pecking order, including who is pack leader.

    As we any training methods, you use what works for you, and discard the rest.

    Pat

  16. I can’t decide which I enjoyed more- reading the article or reading everyones comments!

  17. My problem with Cesar is that he uses methods which can be dangerous in the wrong hands and are broadcast to millions of viewers who think he is God.

    For example, hanging a dog from a choke collar (and yes, Cesar has done this – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQUegRGo0kw). It’s not only dangerous, it’s just plain wrong, and when Joe Shmoe does this because he saw it on TV, you can imagine the outcome.

    Cesar has saved the lives of many, many dogs, a majority of them Pit Bulls, my soft-spot dogs. When you work with red flag pooches like he does, you often have to mix your techniques. It doesn’t mean you should use them on television and broadcast them to the masses as methods people should be using at home on their dogs.

    I hope I’ve made some sense. I respect Cesar and I believe he truly loves dogs, but by no means do I believe his methods are safe or meant for the general public.

  18. I believe Cesars methods are the correct way to control your dog. If you live with a dog or dogs you must be the pack leader.

  19. From Dr. Coren’s depiction of Millan’s methods, I take it she has never sat through an entire episode of the Dog Whisperer. He does not “force” dogs, and never speaks of the pack leader as “Alpha male”; pack leading, he often states, knows no gender. His methods often involve great patience and even greater compassion.

  20. I agree with Ceasar on having my dogs view me as the pack leader, although I’m with the others here that I don’t agree with a lot of his methods.

    I have learned some great tips from him though. How to “claim” the vacuum has worked wonders in my house of terriers!

    I think that every dog owner needs to use the methods that work best for owner AND dog. My dogs respond best to positive reinforcement and that’s how we train them.

  21. I do think that dog training is becoming as polarized as politics in our country, and no one method is absolutely the only good one. However, whenever I watch the Dog Whisperer, I think that the dogs’ body language is screaming that they’re afraid of him. I don’t want to rely on any method that strikes fear into my dogs’ hearts. I especially hate the thought of them being afraid of ME!

    Is there a reason why the comment section doesn’t remember who I am from one visit to the next? I’m thinking that maybe I can do something to help it remember 🙂

  22. What I find most curious is that he calls himself the Dog Whisperer, while he is more of a Dog Shouter. I find B.A.T. for example much more of a true whispering technique than what he does.

    I think he has some sound ideas, and some I don’t agree with so much. I think that exercise and rules are important in dog’s life not only for him to be a good dog, but to be a happy dog.

    Do I subscribe to everything he does? No. Is he the only one using harsh methods? No.

    It’s up to us to observe, learn and make up our own minds about things.

  23. My biggest problem with Cesar and NatGeo is that they’re disingenuous about what they are doing. A lot of gruesome stuff happens OFF camera. NatGeo edits the living crap out of the footage, not showing what he really does. “Tsch” works because Cesar sensitized the dog to it through strong leash corrections or hanging the dog until it almost passes out(again they don’t show you that part). Alpha Rolling is the stupidest thing invented in dog training. It’s a great way to get bit and trash your relationship with your dog. Sure, you can get away with it with mushier dogs, however, you get a dog with backbone and you’re fixing for an ER visit. Flooding is another method he uses. This is like playing Russian Roulette. Let me put you into a closet and dump 100k spiders on you to get you over your fear of spiders. Most likely you’ll develop more issues b/c of the extreme stress you went through.

    Secondly, Cesar claims that domestic dogs behave like wolves. They don’t. Wolves don’t even behave in the manner he is claiming. Read “Dogs” by Dr. Raymond Coppinger. He scientificly debunks the dominance theory through studying wild dogs in third world countrys(who are closer related to the domestic dog then the wolf). Also read some recent work by David Mech (leading wolf researcher). Domestic dogs are not pack animals, social yes, pack no. It’s a marketing thing and a great one at that. Wolf packs are comprised of a breeding male and female and the rest of the members are the children. The breeding(alpha, as cesar calls it) male doesn’t necessarily get to eat first or any of the other claims Cesar makes. The only thing the breeding male is entitled to is sex, and that is it.
    To the people who have commented who are Cesar supporters, do some reading. Educate yourself on what he is doing and WHY it works. That is the key. I once watched him when I began to aspire to be a dog trainer. Then I went to school for dog training and actually learned why his techniques worked and how there is 1000 better ways of doing it. Check out this link. http://www.avsabonline.org/avsabonline/images/stories/Position_Statements/dominance%20statement.pdf
    I agree with the above, it has set advances in dog training back.

  24. The answer is, his methods are a big time gamble. Constantly correcting dogs makes them reactive, not active. What this means is if I constantly correct a dog without properly showing the dog what I want first, the dog will most likely shut down(this is often confused with obedience). Cesar calls this “calm submission!” What is really going on is the dog begins to be afraid to offer any new behaviors so they then become reactive. So trying to teach the dog a more complicated behavior could be extremely difficult if not improbable.

    He stays calm and is awesome at reading dogs. He just really doesn’t know the right ways of fixing them. Escape/Avoidance training just suppress’ the behavior, it doesn’t necessarily fix it.

  25. My dogs are Delta Certified and Canine Good Citizens, I have trained with treats and a clicker, I keep losing the clicker and sometimes I run out of treats. I love Cesar and my dogs, my dogs behave…even when I can’t find my clicker or treats!

  26. He’s Hollywood’s “darling”, and he continues to make them money, so they certainly won’t show him for the real failure at training he truly is.

    It’s media hype that got him to where he is, and though he’s made some good cash, it’s peanuts compared to what his producers have made. He’s a cash cow, not a dog trainer, and so his methods will continue to be sold to a gullible public.

    National Geographic, are you listening? Oh, that’s right, you have got to get your priorities straight first.

  27. Those who crtiicize Mr. Millan for agressive or cruel rehabilitation (not training) methods couldn’t possibly have watched his show or read his books with an objective, open mind. I highly recommend Malcolm Gladwell’s 2006 article on Mr. Millan published in the New Yorker, and now featured in Gladwell’s latest book titled, “What the Dog Sees”.
    By the way, Mr. Millan often uses “positive reinforcement” in the form of treats, as part of his rehibilitation methods. This fact is conveniently ignored by his critics. What his critics, mostly in the professional dog training world might really be afraid of is this: if you follow Cesar Millan’s methods and really become your dog’s pack leader, you make dog “trainers” obsolete.

      1. You are so right – following his methods a trainer is not needed. Now – a doctor may be needed……….

  28. I think Cesar Millan’s methods are perfect! All this talk about Physical force…. he uses very minimal force!! A tap on the side of a Dog that is 100 lbs is not force!! Also- you need to keep in mind that he rehabilitates dogs NOT trains them! He is coming in and dealing with dogs that already have issues! I have never seen any other method work! especially positive reinforcement training! His methods make it possible to adopt shelter dogs that would otherwise be put down. He looks at things from a dogs perspective- not a human one.! They need leaderhip and they need a pack leader, otherwise they will become one. Show me another method that REHABILITATES dogs that work??!

  29. A method that is humane and works does not need a disclaimer stating “do not try this at home.” Good training SHOULD be tried at home. I am saddened by all the Cesar robots worshiping a very smart marketer. Cesar does good when he tells people to use lots of exercise and interaction with their dogs.

    Then he prods, pokes in the butt with his foot and rolls a dog over and I cringe. He looks good on TV , he has the money to market his image and an audience that wants to know how to fix it in 30 minutes.

    There are a lot of tools for training a dog and each one needs a different combination, but none should include force. We have worked too hard and come too far to back track.

  30. I must admit I’ve seen a few of his shows on tv and I had mixed feelings about it. It seemed inconceivable to me that he could get results so quickly when the dog’s owners had failed in so many days, maybe even years.
    However, I’ve seen my own dog being stubborn about some things and learning others in just a few minutes. I’ve seen one of my friends literally “taming her” using just his tone of voice after only visiting us a couple of times.
    Dogs are all different; in my opinion, different approaches work for different dogs and there’s no “one size fits all”. There are some things we should use though: patience, understanding and no violence.

  31. So he has done what a lot of us (you) wish we could do. He’s done it honestly.Just leave him to do what he is good at. Alsow one bandad dosn’t fit all. and anybody that thinks it will needs to take a ling hard look at themself. turn around and smell your own fart befor ya bitch about somebody else.

  32. Temperament is genetic, therefore aggression is genetic(fear too, and it can lead to aggression). So I wonder if any methods really work. They cannot possibly address the roots of the issue. You can inhibit an unwanted behavior, but given the chance, an aggressive dog will probably snap.

    I have yet to see a follow up of all the dogs that were on his show and see if they are really rehabilitated.

    Positive training works 100% and it should be started the day the dog comes home. A dog needs training, proper socialization, trust. but first and foremost a dog needs to feel a bond and security to respond properly to training. I prefer Dr Coren’s and Ian Dunbar’s approach to training.

    And I also strongly believe in good breeding, with temperament being vital in any lines and breeds.

  33. I have watched many of the dog whisperer shows, I find him to be a great dog lover and the breed has benefited by his presence, His techniques are tried and proven and easily communicated to dog owners, not only helping them cope with their pets but the viewers to be educated by the fundamental principles, you cant bear experience and the thousands of dogs he has rehabilitated have earned him a very distinguished ranking with dog lovers world wide, you dog Dr PhDs need to show some respect and give some credit where earned,

  34. hi i own several pit bulls and have strayed away from spanking them as i was raised to do with dogs that mis behaved but i my youngest girl turned 1 april 2nd and she was a chewer, worst i have ever seen, i tried everything sprays time outs had over 20 toys in her room but i moved into a new house and the first week she destroyed the window seal in the front room. I grabbed her dragged her to it and spanked the shit out of her.

    funny thing…….she hasnt chewed since

    while i dont condone beating a dog some good swifts slap to the rear can do the trick for one that is simply doing because they are bored

    1. There is no bad dogs just bad humans. When you get a puppy you take him or her to a good training school & socialize your dog. Take him for exercise. Too many people get a dog and stick the dog in the back yard for exercise and never socialize the dog and wonder why the dog is vicious. I am 69 and have had many dogs including a rotwellor and none have been vicious. I have always been the pack leader with my dogs, I never hit my dogs or yell at them. I watch the dog whisperer every time it is on, I don’t always agree with him all the time, but he works with dogs that have never been trained when they were puppies.

  35. All the supports for the Dog Whisperers methods need a swift kick the head. They are bad for the dog, and bad for long-term means. They are what sets up the use of choke collars, prong collars, shock collars, and other methods. BAD. Positive reinforcement is the ONLY acceptable way. It is the method used by Service Dog trainers, and they do more than just getting a dog to walk on a leash. STICK WITH THE SMARTER FOLKS.

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