It's not the only issue I've mentioned and others have mentioned other concerns, some have tried to redirect and make it seem personal when it's not.
I think you ask a fair question though.
IMO part of the problem is these are serious dogs doing serious work. To focus too much on 'characterization' of the trainers/owners does a disservice to subject matter. For me personally it's also boring. I want to learn more about the dogs not the fake drama between KC and the cop.
I have never given a thought to Bachelor/ette shows or Survivor Island and what not because hey...it's all kefluffery and just not my cup of tea.
One thing I've learned getting involved in protection sports is most (not all mind you) but most people who are truly committed to these type of dogs do tend to be serious about the sport and dogs so this is just the nature of the situation being created.
In addition to the other concerns I wonder if this is just a bad decision on the part of Nat Geo and the kennel in mixing apples and oranges in this format.
Also, fwiw I've NOT mentioned anything technically about the training as I do not feel I am qualified to critique that aspect. I can guarantee you, however, that type of critique is happening and will continue to happen.
If you think people are hard on Ceasar Milan or V. Stillwell just wait.
btw- I'm just the messenger here, this was all pretty darn predictable given the format
This kennel is going to get feedback, it's bound to happen. Some of it will be fair, some of it won't.
I wonder if Petco likes this or not? I really don't know, could be good attention but petco does not sell dogs/kittens.
Anyhoo...As for me, I gave it a chance, 4 episodes, it doesn't appeal to me. Too much kerfluffery about the people, dramtic bits that look totally fake, not enough about the dogs. Back to my nerdy Micheal Ellis DVDs and Sheila Booth SchH OB book.
So everyone's issue with this show seems to be the guys and what they say and not the actual programing. So they say some stupid stuff and the producers blow it out of proportion (like the statement about the security clearances, why is that included in the intro?). I'm sure these guys aren't that happy with some of the stuff they're seeing get advertised and repeated over and over on the show...but at the end of the day its a TV show.
The first "reality work" show was American Chopper. I've watched the "making of" it and the producers said they really wanted to focus on the bikes. After the show came out, and they included some of the family drama, the response was way more towards that stuff than the actual building of the bikes. So this is why these shows focus on the human element...more people will watch. You'll still get us (the dog people) to watch because of the dogs, but you need a bigger audience for the show to survive.
For example...anyone that watched the "fight" between the father and son...so overblown and unnecessary. They built that issue up all episode from the beginning and then at the end the dad apologizes and everyone is happy.