Do you like the Dog Whisperer?

I'm watching it right now and am always so amazed.  But I've heard that a lot of people disagree with his techniques.  I was curious what you guys thought.

Posted on February 22, 2010 at 6:29 am
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i always DVR cesar...he's awesome :0) soo charismatic, too!  i really like victoria stillwell, too!  she's great.


the dog whisperer can be a hot-button, controversial issue in many regards...when i first got luna, i posted a few dog whisperer things on the main boards, and some of the girls VEHEMENTLY disagreed with it!  it didn't bother me, though...i put it out there and they are entitled to their opinion!


the way i see it, lots of his techniques are GREAT...



  • calm energy

  • no anger

  • rules, boundaries, and limitations

  • leadership

  • patience


in my opinion all things that we can apply in daily life, too


when we got luna i did LOTS of research about how to train dogs, and i read tons!  two of my favorite reads were "don't shoot the dog" and "the other end of the leash."  both  preach lots of positive reinforcement (and they are pretty blatant in their disagreement of some of cesar's techniques, among them the "collar pop" and "dominance" idea)


i DO think some of cesar's techniques are a bit oversimplified, especially after reading the research about how dogs actually evolved from wolves and they are NOT wolves now, and purly "dominance" is over-simplification.  i do use lots of positive re-enforcement with luna....classical conditioning is an amazing thing.


honestly, like with everything in life, if you are all or nothing, it will end up hurting you.  you have to find a balance.  but for the record i do subscribe to cesar's magazine ;)

Posted on February 22, 2010 at 12:36 pm
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i love cesar! i think his techniques are amazing and they've helped me a ton with my own dogs.

Posted on February 22, 2010 at 12:48 pm
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I love Cesar!! I like that he's all about calm, assertive energy, and I like all his little sayings :) "Exercise/Discipline/Affection" is one of his mantras that is SO true. I also did a ton of research when we got Izzy, and Casar's methods made the most sense to me out of everything I read.


I have a really hard time with people who won't discipline their animals because "he/she is my friend"... No. It's a DOG. It should be treated like a DOG. It doesn't need a friend, a place in your bed, a seat on your sofa, or food from your table. It needs an outlet for its energy; and firm guidance, like it would receive in a pack. The same people think love and discipline are mutually exclusive. Well, I love Izzy, and she's very happy; but she also gets her share of exercise AND discipline, and is a much better "friend" for it. That's not to say she doesn't have some issues we still have to deal with, but we're not nearly as consistent with our approach as we could be, mainly because of time constraints.


So many people are afraid of the word "dominance" because of what it connotes. But it doesn't mean you have to hit it, snap its leash, yell at it, or otherwise damage its spirit - but it does have to know that YOU'RE in control. So, yes, dominance is important in the sense that the dog can't feel like it owns you. My friend has a full-grown boxer who gets on her lap without an invitation. She thinks it's adorable, but really it's a problem because she's not setting boundaries with the dog. I don't need to tell you that that is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to his behavior problems.


My only criticism of Cesar's advice is that it doesn't lend itself to those who can't be around their animals 24/7. The techniques really do work for those who employ them consistently, but not everyone can...


Edit: I differentiate Cesar's methods from "training" methods, as does he, though, because training (whether it's housebreaking, crate training, or teaching tricks) is not really what he's about. I agree with kb that training requires more classical conditioning techniques.

Posted on February 22, 2010 at 1:12 pm
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i love the show....he seems amazing...


luckily, we rescued our dogs....and they were both housebroken...of course, from time to time there is a mishap, but c'est la vie!  they're dogs!


i really love that show "Dog Town."  i want to go volunteer there for a week!

Posted on February 23, 2010 at 2:51 am
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I love Cesar Milan! His tips are so helpful!


It's so sad though that his pitbull "Daddy" died :'( He often used Daddy for training..and he seemed like an awfully sweet pitbull...

Posted on February 23, 2010 at 3:06 am
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@kaytana - i agree. it is very sad he's gone; fi and i loved when he was on the show. :(

Posted on February 23, 2010 at 3:07 am
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daddy didn't die?  did he?  i feel like they would have done a tribute to him in his magazine if they had... i haven't heard anything about it.

Posted on February 23, 2010 at 4:26 am
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I think he's a crazy idiot. lol Just my opinion.


And ya daddy died :(

Posted on February 23, 2010 at 6:18 pm
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@kb - it was recent. i found out through the emails.

Posted on February 24, 2010 at 5:37 am
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Yes, it was recent. Here is an article in People


http://www.peoplepets.com/news/dogs/cesar-millan-s-beloved-pit-bull-daddy-dies-at-16/1

Posted on February 24, 2010 at 8:05 am
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I LOVE Cesar!!  But I am so sad that Daddy died, he was the best!  I can't do Cesar's training because I just love my boy too much, I can't think of him as just a 'dog', he is my baby! 

Posted on February 25, 2010 at 8:58 am
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I love him. His methods are wonderful. Of course I take my training a little differently since I have a 100 pound Rottweiler puppy. He started with aggressive breeds so his tactics really work well with Baron.
Posted on April 7, 2010 at 4:42 am
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I love watching that show. I always think it's amazing how he can help those dogs...they seem like totally different fur-babies when the shows over. One of our dogs (Jack) sits next to me on the couch and just stares at the screen so I think he's a Cesear fan too :)

Posted on April 7, 2010 at 8:14 am
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broseay - that is too cute about Jack! My Tobi doesn't like watching Cesar w/me.....he barks when the other dogs bark..he seems to think they must be near if he can hear them! LMAO!

Posted on April 7, 2010 at 8:21 am
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JackieG I LOVE Dogtown too!!!!  I want to adopt every single dog on that show!!!

Posted on April 7, 2010 at 8:30 am
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I had my FI watch every Dog Whisperer and It's Me or The Dog (Victoria Stillwell) when we got our two pups because he had never raised a dog.  It really opened his eyes up and he understands them better now. It's so easy to attribute human qualities to them so it was helpful to him (and me of course). 


I only wish I could get Cesar's help with my Sophie. She isn't "trouble" but she is neurotic at times and I feel she is not happy at those times she's having her issues.  Terrified of storm drains and bridges and we have no idea why because we've had her since she was 12 weeks old so we're not sure where her fear comes from.  It's better at times and worse at others.


But I think both shows go a long way to promoting healthy dog ownership!  Even if you don't believe all of his techniques, I think that watching those shows should be a pre-requisite to dog ownership.

Posted on April 7, 2010 at 5:58 pm
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I LOVE LOVE LOVE Cesar...I think he is super talented at what he does and is so passionate about what he does. I loved his dog Daddy...I was at the hair salon one day and saw the article about his passing in People magazine and I had to hold back the tears. :(


Jackie...I love Dogtown as well. I think if I wasn't a teacher I would somehow be working with dogs, helping rehabilitate them or volunteer somehow. If I had a house (and not a small condo) with a big yard I know I would adopt so many dogs...but for now I will just stick with my puggle Bella.

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 9:15 am

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