Re: Cesar Millan
He's less about the psychology of the dog and more about instilling the fear of what may befall them into the dog so that they quickly fall into line. It's very hard to get results on a program based on motivation and reward with only as many corrections as you need and it takes time to get results but the relationship is then built on trust, respect, and understanding. The dogs clearly react to Cesar as someone who must be obeyed lest they be tossed to the floor. If you ever see how Cesar rebukes Daddy, that is the most telling. Cesar gives him a minor verbal correction along with a hard stare and Daddy just melts into the ground and bellies up. Sorry, but I just don't want my dog to wilt like that under such tiny pressure. If I give a correction, all he needs to do is stop and wait for further instructions rather than act like I'm going to kill him and eat him for dinner. The dogs in his pack also seem very "subdued."
I *DO* like how he emphasizes discipline and exercise. Too many dogs are underexercised and overspoiled but Cesar doesn't emphasize mental exercise. If all we did with our GSDs was to take them on such a slow, controlled walk as the "Cesar Millan Walk," they would all consume our houses and excavate our yards clear across the planet. I can bike my dog until I fall off the bike but he's ready to go for more after a little rest. Mental exercise (training) does way more for my dog than any physical exercise and after a hard day of mental exercise, he's good for the next couple days. Back on the psychology, the alpha rolls that he's so well known for is completely against anything a dog is naturally prepared for. Dogs don't get shoved into position by any leader other than a tyrant out to destroy- the dogs move into this position on their own to appease and reduce the pressure.
Victoria Stillwell I think is much better. Of course she does things I don't agree with, but I have yet to meet a trainer that is 100% right on every single thing. I used to really like Cesar, but as I learned more about dogs and training and behavior, I like him less and less.
Renji - 6 y/o M GSD x chow rescue
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