(Closed) Anybody else a fan of Dog Whisperer and Cesar Millan?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
138 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

i love him!!! He is amazing 😀 but i am animal and dog mad so i guess thats why lol

Post # 4
9631 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I love that show!  Those tips even work on humans, lol . . . I’ve tried it.  (the mind/energy tips)  Wink

Post # 5
3618 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@Sunfire:  LOL! Yup! I use his techniques on our dog as well as my niece and it works!

Post # 6
7293 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

We are! Caesar has helped us raise one of the most well behaved and friendly dogs in the neighborhood, in fact we’ve even started working with other families and there dogs who are interested in learning and training their Dog to be well balanced 😉

Post # 7
8222 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I love Cesar and think he is amazing, but the one thing I don’t like is that so many people try to imitate his methods without professional help. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard of people “alpha rolling” their dogs for ridiculous reasons, and most of the time making the situation even worse.

Post # 8
2616 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I love him, and I love Victoria Stillwell too, even though their techniques are different.

Anyone see the “South Park” with Cesar training Cartman? Classic!

Post # 9
2607 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I LOVE Cesar, and I actually have a huge crush on him!  He’s one sexy little Mexican!

Having said that, before getting our pup, I did extensive research on training methods and philosophies and I found Pat McConnell.  She’s an animal behaviourist (a PhD no less) and although many of her theories and teachings are similar to Cesar’s hut she doesn’t buy into the whole “dogs are like wolves” theory, instead taking the view that they have adapted to be more of a scavenger than a predator.  

She doesn’t believe in asserting dominance, although she does teach techniques that will definitely put you in charge.  I really enjoyed her books.



Post # 11
216 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

If you choose to watch him for entertainment, that is obviously your choice, but the American Society for Veterinary Behavior does not agree with his training methods. As a veterinarian, I firmly believe in reward-based training rather than punishment-based/dominance training.

Here is an article on dominance theory and its potential dangers


Try watching his show with the sound off….it’s a much different experience when you  see dogs giving up and turning blue due to lack of air, and urinating and defecating out of fear.



Post # 13
216 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Take The Reins:  

“Anyone who chooses to learn and implement any method or technique based soley off a TV show is an idiot, period.”

And this is exactly the problem. Because some viewers do attempt his training methods. When you have dogs that are aggressive because they are fearful, punishment/dominance-based training is generally a disaster and makes these dogs even worse. Can his training methods work for some dogs? Sure. But many owners don’t know how to discern the driving force behind their dog’s behavior and punishment-based training can be dangeous for owners who don’t have Mr. Millan’s physical strength.

Positive and reward-based training, such as the Nothing-in-life-is-free program works for the vast majority of my patients and allows owners to develop a relationship with their dog based on positive interactions rather than fear. Reward-based training can modify undesired behaviors into desired behaviors.


Dr. Sophia Yin also has some great videos on youtube


Unfortunately, not very many veterinary schools in this country currently have a veterinary behavior program, but for graduates of schools that do, I actually doubt you would find that very many of them would support punishment-based training.

Here is also the AVSAB position statement on punishment:




Post # 14
1140 posts
Bumble bee

He is very inspirational. I love watching him and I am glad he is out there for people to get educated on that most dog problems are stemmed from neglect or from the owners. 

Post # 16
241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I happen to be a Ceasar Milan fan, I have found his shows to be inspirational and really an eye opening experience for people who don’t have a good understanding of how to handle their dogs. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with finding a well balance state of mind and being able to connect with your dog in that way. I have watched many of his shows, and I don’t interpret his techniques as punishment based dominance, as one poster puts it. I don’t ever remember a situation where he put any dog (his own or one he was rehabilitating) in a harmful situation.There’s a difference in being assertive vs violent/punishing your pet, the latter of which I would never condone. 

I just think its important to note for those skeptics to take into consideration all the aggressive, misunderstood, and “hopeless” dogs that were saved (aka not put down) because of Ceaser’s rehabilitation techniques where a “red zone” dog was successfully able to turn over a new leaf and get adopted into their forever family. Imagine how many more poor red zone dogs could be saved…..

However, I do agree that there are different methods of training, some more effective then others and depending on the situation, so I don’t discount any other methods that were mentioned, by any means. Only we can make the decision of what is best for our pets and how they are raised, similiar to children I would think.



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