Thursday, December 2, 2010
The Cesar Milan Debate
I hear this all the time from shelter volunteers and from industry professionals: not many seem to be a fan of dog trainer Cesar Milan's methods. They feel he forces the dog into fearful situations. I feel as though I stand alone when I say that I enjoy Cesar Milan, and that I am not opposed to his methods. An electric collar for example, can be an excellent tool when used correctly. Secondly: discipline doesn't have to be a negative experience.
With horses, I learned a long time ago that animals can sense your emotions, so the real trick to accomplishing the difficult was remaining 1) calm 2) assertive 3) persistent. I was also never going to allow the horse out of a situation simply because he was afraid of say, a river in our path. I was taught to push the animal through the fear, 99% of the time, their reaction was "Ohhhh. It's not so scary." Sometimes, we had to have a battle of wills several times before the horse willingly crossed the river.
I think people have their methods. I wouldn't say one method over another is wrong, it's just different. I do not feel that Cesar is abusive ... I think his tactics are founded on the "face your fear" belief.
How do you feel about Cesar? Do you like him? Do you dislike him? We're all entitled to an opinion.
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