The self-proclaimed “Dog Whisperer” became known through his eponymous TV series. To help dogs with behavioral problems, their owners keep turning to Cesar Millan. We’ll explain why this is not a good idea.
1. Cesar Millan’s “Help means”
Millan uses electric shock and choke collars so the dogs do what they want. The result is mostly frightened and panicked animals.
2. Pressure and violence
Cesar Millan works with the idea of being a pack leader. Therefore, he uses intimidating and violent education methods that can turn dogs into ticking time bombs. Why Millans methods are not agreed with the Animal Protection Act, the Administrative Court of Hanover (Germany) has made clear.
3. Troubled relationships of trust
Although Millan speaks of “communication and understanding,” he does everything to make the dogs react out of sheer fear. He tells in his book how great it is when the dog crawls on the floor in fear as soon as the owner approaches. A relationship of trust between dog and human can not arise in this way when dogs are punished and maltreated.
4. Outdated methods
Millan’s methods, based on the pack theory, are ancient and have long been obsolete. Dogs are family members and should be treated like this.
5. Animal protection merchandise
Cesar Millan distributes a choke collar and a dog box, which he recommends for the “storage” of the charges – not only for transport, but also for the night or when the holder leaves the house. But when you take a dog with you, you also have to spend the time looking after it.
6. Animal cruelty on video
There are many videos on the internet that show that Cesar Millan scares the dogs and puts animals at risk.
In such a video he “trains” a dog who has killed a pig before. He lets go of the dog without a leash or muzzle on a pig that is held by an assistant. At least one animal is injured by the dog.
7. No idea about dog training
Serious dog trainers work with positive reinforcement and can, unlike Cesar Millan, have successfully passed a proficiency test.
Millan did not pass this test despite interpreters in Lower Saxony.
In autumn 2019 Cesar Millan returns to Germany tour.
Please do not visit any shows of Cesar Millan and also clarify your environment on the animal tormenting methods of self-proclaimed “dog whisperer” on.
My comment: Millan claims that the dog is the only creature in the world whose life purpose is to make his masters happy.
This is somewhat reminiscent of the times of slavery in which the slave was completely subordinate to the master because the slave-owner had demanded that of him.
In his book Millan then explains the actual motive for this absurdly animal-hostile behavior: it only gives him the feeling of superiority. It’s a wonderful amusement to be able to control a dog and tell him to stay on foot and do that and the other.
How nice, he says, when the dog crawls on the floor in fear when the owner approaches. So the desire to dominate. “I am the born alpha animal, the pack leader, the lord,” is Millan’s motto.
According to his theory we could then accept the dressage of the circus animals and call the cruel tamer “wild animal whisperer”!
For me, Cesar Millan is an abnormal animal tormentor, an inferior sadist is Cesar Millan, nothing else.
My best regards, Venus