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The Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan...love him or hate him?

  • Love him

    Votes: 99 32.2%
  • He's ok

    Votes: 121 39.4%
  • Don't care one way or another.

    Votes: 48 15.6%
  • Hate him.

    Votes: 39 12.7%
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The Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan...love him or hate him? Take a poll.
 

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He amuses me. The only thing that amuses me more is when people with about 5 minutes of actual dog experience try to mimic his methods. Every time I hear "Ssssst!" in Petsmart I just roll my eyes.
 

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Ssssssstt Poll should be there now. :)
 

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I would not take the poll. I do not like his methods. But I do not HATE him.
 

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I votes "He's ok" because he does seem to have his heart in the right place. He's a great personality to watch, at least entertainment wise. He takes on cases that a lot of other trainers probably won't which is a plus. I'm not a big fan of the whole alpha roll type with a nervous or reactive dog, but he does have some good methods.

I think overall, he seems like a pretty good guy. The world (dog world included) is probably a better place with him in it.
 

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He amuses me. The only thing that amuses me more is when people with about 5 minutes of actual dog experience try to mimic his methods. Every time I hear "Ssssst!" in Petsmart I just roll my eyes.
:rofl: I love that too

I put "he's ok"

I'm not a fan of his, I do not like most of his "methods" but he is helping more dogs than he's hurting.
 

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I put he's okay. I honestly believe he can read dogs and they respond to him...I'm just not sure everyone can accomplish the same things he does using his methods.
 

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I'm not going to pretend to be an expert on dog training or behavior. I'm still trying to potty train Dutch :)

Watching his show, however, I think a lot of his method is based on his personal connection with dogs. It makes for an interesting show, but it's not something that can easily be taught, and even more difficult to learn. Some people just have a very calm, almost zen-like connection with animals, and I think he's one of them. The way he establishes dominance almost immediately is fascinating, but how do you teach that?

I've also watched that show, "It's Me or the Dog" with Victoria Stilwell and I think she deals with actual methods and training tools. I found her show to be more useful as a first-time dog owner.
 

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I didn't take part in the poll because I don't hate him - I just don't like most of his methods or his show. The things that he says that I agree with have been said by a hundred people before him with the difference that he is a good business man and knew how to market himself.
 

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I didn't take part in the poll because I don't hate him - I just don't like most of his methods or his show. The things that he says that I agree with have been said by a hundred people before him with the difference that he is a good business man and knew how to market himself.
It's amazing how much junk they sell at PETCO with his name on it.
 

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I LOVE him and I don't care who knows it. HA! He really does take on the hopeless cases. He is the last resort for many dogs. I still remember the episode with the shelter rottweiler - very people aggressive, had a bite history, etc. He was to be PTS, unless he was given a chance to be on the show. That was one scary dog. I would not have approached him.
Cesar not only rehabilitated the dog, but the dog now belongs to his son. I was amazed.

And most of all - I wish I had one ounce of Cesar's calm, serene, relaxed nature. My blood pressure would be so low. No. You can't teach that. Sure wish ya could.
 

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Well weather you love him or hate him, like his theories or not, he takes on hard cases and helps them, alpha roll or no alpha roll it works for him.
 

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I think he's unoriginal and (no offense) the accent irritates me. I much prefer Victoria Stillwell. Alpha rolls are mostly unsuccessful and just compound the issue. I loved the South Park episode where they made fun of him with Cartman.
 

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I chose "he's ok"

I watch every episode of his show because I love anything dog related. I loved the episode with the 2 black GSD's :wub:.

I dont agree with everything he does, like sticking a racket in a dogs face or forcing the dog to submit but some things I do agree with like when he exercises the dogs and tells people how important it is to make sure your dog is not fat and gets plenty of physical and mental stimulation.

Some of the things he says blows my mind, I find myself sitting there thinking that he is a loon that somehow got a tv show. But he is helping dogs that were almost pts. So he gets points for that. So he's ok IMO.

P.S. I prefer Victoria Stillwell's positive training over Cesar, but I think she tends to give too many treats to the dogs.
 

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Ok. So I just wanted to explain that one of the main reasons that I dislike him (and even though i put down hate, i really think that's too strong a word) was because as a trainer I have so mnay poeple who come to me for help and then insist that "ceasar doesn't do that" or "ceasar does it this way." It makes it hard to help someone if they are constantly trying to correct what you are saying because you are teaching a different method for a different type of dog. I agree that he helps alot of dogs who are on their last hope, and what he does is great for them, but that doesn't mean that what he does is how you are supposed to train a puppy with no issues. It ends up causing issues in my book. Anyway, that's my two cents.
 

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You can't teach dominance. There are mousy people all over this world, and they are typically the ones with dogs that are out of control or mousy themselves. In human groups, a "rank" of status is immediately formed in any situation. Dogs size us up just by reading posture and body language, the same way we spot people and read everything they aren't saying. We say more with mannerisms and with gestures than we do with words. 90% of all communication is nonverbal. People giving their weaknesses away with their body language is hard to correct. I know dogs pick up on it. My dog does. I swear he is different on days when I feel confident and centered than he does on days where the stress-o-meter with the kid and husband and house has blown off the charts and I lose my center.
 

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This is a hard poll. For me, I don't "Love" him. I marked he is OK. The thing is, I agree with the majority here in that his heart seems to be in the right place. He's helping dogs, regardless of his methods. A lot of the cases he takes probably would have a much different outcome if it were not for him.

The interesting part is that while I have come to question some of his methods- if it were not for Cesar, his show, and his books (of which I've read two of the four), there is little chance I would have considered putting Pimg in an obedience class. Cesar is in many ways my "gateway drug" into the world of obedience and basic dog care. I probably wouldn't be as interested as I am if it were not for him.

So maybe I should have marked "love him" after all.
 
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