Do tips on dog TV shows ever work for you?

posted 2 years ago in Pets
Post # 2
461 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

YES! Cesar Milan was super popular back in 2009ish when I got my first dog with my ex….and honestly, that was my only resource to train her…but a lot of his tips were helpful. I was able to get her to stop jumping on people entering the house, keep her off furniture, basically calm her down … “claimed my space”. She was an 85lb dog, so those things were more important to me than “roll over”. <br /><br />Now I have two very high energy dogs (6lb Pom-Chi, 6lb Chihuahua Shelter dog – Both 3 years old) and I just started reading one of Cesar’s books. We moved to another state, adopted the shelter dog, and basically all hell broke loose in this house. <br /><br />I always saw on his shows the idea that dogs need to “work”…..instead of leaving bowls of food out all the time now, we have a routine to go for a long walk and THEN they eat. They are SO much better behaved this way. My Pom-Chi also is such a jerk, never listened, but now I can get him to stay right with me even in the garage with the door open.  And I’m trying to help my FI understand that the energy he brings in fuels the dogs. ………….I’ll stop rambling.

I don’t think training based on a TV show is a great routine, but I’ve never been to a trainer and just using a few tips I saw on the show or in his book has helped immensely. What are you working towards with your dog? I feel like I just rambled forever, not sure what details you’re looking for! 

Post # 3
2107 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

The science Cesar Milan operates off of has been largely debunked.  There is no such thing as an “alpha” – wild dogs do not travel in packs except for occasional play time.  My fiance did apply a tip from Victoria Stillwell regarding mouthing with our puppy – leaving the space for 30-60 seconds, stopping playtime. Eventually the puppy gets that “hey, i bit the strange dog, and playtime stopped”.

The stuff that’s worked the best for us was recommended by the trainer in our puppy classes (“jackpot” treats for learning new things – ours loves hot dogs!), and getting to play with other puppies.

Some dogs have short attention spans, as well, so maybe your dog is one of those! Ours will only do about 5-10 repetitions before she needs a quick break.

Post # 4
4650 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

chica95110:  I never thought you could really use Ceasar’s stuff. It always seemed like he wasn’t even training them they just felt they should do what he wants them to do, if that makes sense. Like he had a gift. And yes, 15 minutes later the dog is perfect. I always felt Victoria Stilwell had better “real world” stuff that works.

Post # 5
479 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

RedHeadKel: I haven’t watched Caesar Milan in forever, but recently I heard someone saying that now his show (or some other dog training show- I don’t recall exactly!) now shows at the bottom of the screen how long the training actually takes.  Obviously they don’t want to take up 28 minutes of a 30 minute show with the dog continually messing up/not doing what the trainer wants so they edit it down.  Repetition in short bursts and practice over time is definitely key!


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