TV Host Alan Titchmarsh Grills Controversial Dog Trainer Cesar Millan

UK television host Alan Titchmarsh grilled controversial dog trainer Cesar Millan on his ITV program last week in a seven minute interview, calling his methods barbaric. Titchmarsh confronted the high profile Millan, who claims he “rehabilitates dogs and trains peopl,” with accusations reflecting the overwhelmingly negative sentiment of viewers, including that he punches dogs in the throat and uses spiked collars and shock collars.

Titchmarsh lobbied this salvo at Millan “You punish dogs. You hit them. I’ve seen you punch a dog in the throat to get it to behave, and to most people, like myself, this is totally unacceptable as a way of training an animal. You also work with electric shocks and spikes on collars – and that’s pretty barbaric treatment,” then allowed his guest to respond. Viewers can decide for themselves how effective and convincing Millan’s responses are.

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    • We would like to see less judgement on a typo and more opinion on the issue at hand 🙂

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  1. Interviewer is an idiot, watch any mother in nature,dog,horse etc control their offspring be forceful as much as is required

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    • Bullshit. No mother dog ever strangled her offspring with a leash, no mother dog ever kicked or punched her offspring. No mother dog ever electrocutes her young. It is idiotic to try to imitate dog behavior anyway since we are NOT dogs and do not have the same attributes. Interspecific behavior has nothing to do with intraspecific behavior. Only an idiot would think you could ever apply observations from one area to another!!!

      By the same concept you would need to lift baby fish out of the water to save them from drowning because that’s what a human would do to her offspring.

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        • We would like to see less anger and judgement on a simple typo. Please contribute to the the actual subject or ask yourself if you have anything constructive to say in regards to the conversation. We’re almost for certain you do and asking is a more healthy outlet for your physical state than exhibiting anger.
          And btw: the name Caesar is one of the proper ways to spell the name. The dictionary will reveal the truth. Love and blessings 🙂

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      • You are apparently a bit hyper-exagerative and need some training in being calm and rational yourself. Unless that would be too interspecific??? Huh? Lets see if we can get you back in the water so you can stop flopping around. CM does not “strangle”, “kick”, “punch” or “electrocute” his subjects. I have seldom seen a dog respond more affirmatively to a trainer in so short a period of time as his “patients” do with Mr. Milan. He is truly a dog whisperer, while you seem to be a bit more of a dog whistle – high pitched and painful.

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      • First of all, if you as a human want to have decent contact with another species, you want to adopt or get as close to some the creatures behavior when training them. This does not constitute abusing or harming them. I have never seen Cesar go as far as abusing dogs and would you please mind that the dogs in Cesar’s show are extreme cases who are unresponsive to other attempts at correcting a certain behavior. The final idea is to get the pet in a liveable situation again and yes, Cesar does train humans how to do things differently. There is no intend of harming the animal but rather avoiding it being sent to a shelter where it might end up getting killed if it’s actions cannot be corrected. These spiked collars don’t hurt the dog unless YOU yank them too hard.

        Actually, your final assessment does really say it all. People without brains would take the fish out of the water to save it from drowning. People with a brain would ad water to the bowl if it was empty. Can you grasp what I just said or are you stuck in your ways and in need of a shock collar? Or will a soft finger punch to your throat area suffice?

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      • Hogwash! Reasonable amount of force does not hurt dog! Cesars results show this. remember that he is dealing with dogs that are already a problem since no training or knowledge was applied as a great deal of folks have no business owning a dog in the first place.

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      • If people listened to the experts do you know how many dogs would have been put down? Milan does not kick but with his foot gives a light touch when the dog least expects. The host insisted on calling it a punch but Milan mimics the grip that the mother would use on her pup or a dog would use to pin down another dog. It is ludicrous to say we don’t treat our children that way. No because they are human beings and one can reason with them. The collar the host called shock, Milan has put on his own hand and the owner’s hand to show the vibration at full force and they do not experience any pain but vibration. If the host had been honest he would have shown a clip to make his point but then he could not have been able to lie. SHAMEFUL. Milan has saved so many dogs and made the Vets and trainers look bad so they are after him. Disgusted if one is a dog lover or animal lover.

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    • Let me guess; you’re not human, you’re a frog, or most certainly, an ass. Where did you get that idiotic idea about animals “controlling” their offspring through force and violence? WTF is wrong with you? You’re a real moron; get a grip. Tell you what; why don’t you get a tutor to teach you how to read, as your coloring book collection is really not an adequate source of information about animal behavior. Actually, here’s a better idea” put your head in an oven and have any dog that’s smarter than you –which is every dog — turn on the gas.

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      • Ummm, you color in a coloring book collection, you don’t read them. As your right to an opinion is completely respected, your coloring book reference is out of order….and your use of put downs and “death wishes” are viewed as animalistic more than human. Please know you are still loved though 🙂

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  2. Cesar’s methods have been proven and he is NOT barbaric on the dogs. Forceful – yes. Consistent – yes. He does what he does to rehabilitate an animal that the human didn’t train properly and makes them to be able to be a happy part of a family.
    This guy has no clue.

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    • Proofed by who ? His methods are not acceptable, he is working w/ Pressure only and doesn not understand the nature of a dog. All he does is breaking there own will. He is a wanna be trainer, a arrogent asshole.

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        • In a perfect world judgement on a comment would be preferred to be silent, unless the judgement were asking ‘I believe you meant to say “Proven by whom” would be the correct way of STRUCTURING.’ “Proofed by who” contained no spelling errors what-so-ever. Love and blessings 🙂

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    • by “proven” you mean that his show is totally edited to make it look like his methods always work??? yes people, it is a TV SHOW! of course they are going to make it look that way. get a clue. TV is not REAL LIFE!!!!

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      • Actually the truth of the matter is that his methods have been DISPROVEN. There are at-least two studies PROVING that using confrontational training methods will potentially make dogs even more aggressive.

        What is however even more important: there IS in fact a way to rehablitate dogs without resorting to use abuse – and where there is a way to do something painlessly you DO have to wonder what kind of person would CHOSE to do it with methods that are stressful and painful.

        Either the guy doesn’t KNOW how to do a decent behavior therapy (including BAT, counterconditioning or desensitizing): then he should go back to being a groomer… OR he does know and prefers to be violent: then he should perhaps solve his aggression issues differently.

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  3. Interviewer is soooo wrong…please dogs are not children. I love my golden so much, and I would let Cesar handle my dog any time. I am trying to be nice and not call you a name. 🙂

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    • Dogs are not children. Agreed. They are also not wolves? They are NOT unfeeling robots that you can kick, strangle, punch and electrocute…. Not unless you are missing the part of the brain which causes people (homo sapiens) to show empathy…. The term “barbaric” hits the nail pretty much on the head – because the behavior shown here has nothing to do with behavior modification (which requires professionals to do the job) – it is just a method based on the LACK of empathy OR knowledge.

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      • Are you kidding????? Dogs are stupid wolves. we had to dumb them down in order to get what we want from them. They are genetically identical to wolves- and did NOT descent from wild dogs. Their instincts, communication patterns and social drivers are still intact. If you want to make a factual statement, please try using facts. If you need help with this please refer to Dr. David Suzuki’s` `The Nature of Things.` His presentations are clear, concise, and you will have no comprehension issues.

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        • Such an uninformed, unbelievably arrogant and idiotic statement!!! They are NOT dumbed down – on the contrary: they can fulfill jobs and tasks that wolves could never perform. They are NOT “genetically identical” to wolves otherwise they would BE wolves DUH. That’s the same as saying people are dumbed down monkeys….(which in your case may actually be true – ROFL).

          Their communication patterns are NOT identical to wolves either – that was proven by Eric Ziemen in his study with wolves and pudels.

          Dr. Suzuki has never claimed that you need to abuse animals to train them – nor does he assume that interspecific communication is valid for intraspecific communication and vice-versa. As far as I can remember Dr. Suzuki is NOT a veterinary behavior therapist anyway.

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          • It’s a three hour segment, with Suzuki narrating- the information and input is from various sources, presenting both genetic, longitudinal behaviorism studies a spectrum of all canis lupus behavior both comparison and contrast, along with paleo- anthro and archy, studies. Also there are cross reference notations ,offered by said scientists and behaviorists that were used as reference. Enjoy. it’s fascinating stuff, especially when the creationist “scientific” voice starts to spew. i f do do not choose to self enlighten do not put the onus on others to do so for you.

      • Wacko roboto alert. Dog, child, wolf comparison abandoned. Short circuit. Empathy overload. Behavior modification needed. Homo sapien, canine cross species compassion fail. Phd’s needed. Freud or Jung requested. Empirical evidence rejected as unknowing. Phfzzzzz Zoouull Pooff.

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    • Our Dogs are like Children to me, the mean a lot, they familiy and I will never do them any harm, beat them up ect and you know what they behave well,
      Sandy you have no idea, it`s better that people like you don`t have dogs
      or any other animal because you one of many humans who treat animals like 2nd class. They have any rights humans have and they deserve our respekt.

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    • …if you REALLY love dogs as you love a child…, if you are sensible enough..YOU CAN HANDLE AND TRAIN HIM better than CM…I adopted a stray WILD from the desert in north Africa, …he was really difficult ,but with love and understanding he became the best doggy I ever had for 14 years. If he was in some one’s else care he would have been put to sleep :(((

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  4. You stated he punched the dog in his throat. You made a statement now back it up. I hope what you are saying it so not true. Where is all this negativity coming from?

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  5. Dogs, when left to their own devices, will absolutely form a pack. It happens far to often where I live. I am in a rural farming community and all to often livestock owners will lose young animals (calves, lambs, baby goats) to wild packs of dogs. I don’t know what animal behaviorists their are consulting but I’ve seen the pack mentality and it is NOT pretty.

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