What are my thoughts about Cesar Milan “the dog whisperer”?

Saro Boghozian and Cesar Millan

By Saro Boghozian, Expert Family Dog Trainer

He is what I call a “media trainer”, which falls in the same category as books, DVD’s and self-training systems readily available in the market.

Cesar is a lovely man who has helped many dogs and dog owners but Cesar himself admits that he is neither a dog trainer nor a dog psychologist.

He charmed me in the beginning but I found that there were few flaws in his system. Don’t get me wrong, some of his concepts are fairly acceptable. Many of his ideas and training tools are very helpful and seem to work. But it also seems like is the only way and that is what the TV-land wants you to believe.

His system works for quick fixes and in few cases. Many of his techniques back fire and leave a long lasting effect on the dogs and their owners. They are not long lasting solutions because dog owners are copying his style. This is because they don’t have a solid training method or background that really works and they are desperately looking for quick results.

For some dog owners, Cesar is the first thing that they come across and start mimicking his style. I do not recommend this due to lack of understanding the facts and reasons why certain behaviour are developed in dogs.

For some others they follow the Cesar’s way in hopes of seeing results right away. Yes, some people see results right away and that is because they force the behaviour in some form of punishment rather than positive enforcement. Cesar never punishes the dogs but dog owners tend to use his techniques in form of punishment.

This has caused confusion in dog owners, dog training society and of course the dogs themselves. In many cases dogs are the victims.

As Cesar suggests in his show, contact a (reliable) professional in your area if you have problems with your dog.

Just be realistic and work with a professional to solve the issues that you may have. Watching TV shows or reading books do not make you a knowledgeable dog owner in the real world.

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]https://www.jonahsark.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/saro-boghozian.jpg[/author_image] [author_info] Saro received his expert dog trainer certification from The College of Canine Behavioural Science and is also a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers and does volunteer behaviour consultation with a number of dog rescue organizations. Saro’s play, praise and reward training classes are always in high demand as are his private one-on-one training sessions. Rather than using treats or gimmicks like shock collars, Saro’s training methods help owners understand how to use a dog’s natural intelligence to achieve success. [/author_info] [/author]

One thought on “What are my thoughts about Cesar Milan “the dog whisperer”?

  1. Great post. I agree with you to a point. Yes, just because someone reads or watches tv does not mean that he/she is ready to train a dog properly, and yes, plesase do get a professional to help you with your dog, you are correct. Now, where I differ is in my opinion of Cesar Millan. I’ve seen a lot of trainers, including that new show, Dogs in the City, and I can honestly say that Cesar has excellent recommendations and is the best so far. He has an insight on how dogs think that others fail to understand. I like his methods and I like the way he is able to handle so many dogs at the same time.

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