Sunday, October 11, 2009

About Cesar Millan "The Dog Whisperer"

Do you know Cesar Millan, The Dog Whisperer?

I confess that I do not know his techniques for training dogs or people (!), have never watched him on TV or read any of his books. I do know that he is immensely popular. Today's New York Times has a really interesting business article about Millan -- his background, how he started business, how it grew.

Check it out: Whispering to Rottweilers, and to C.E.O.'s.  It's a good read.


  1. We're on the same wavelength - as usual. I read that article and was really intrigued by him. I've never seen the show, so I'm going to check it out. I loved the line "humans are the only animals that will follow unstable pack leaders". There's lots of food for thought in that piece.

  2. Hi, I am a 55 yar old college professor who has been using Cesar's way to save over 40 last chance prblem dogs since shortly after the show started. I also have an over 3100 member yahoo email list where dog owners help each other learn to apply his techniques safely and correctly. (List has open archives and another 20,000 have come in solved problems and moved on from that high volume list).
    I had an amazing experience with his new book.

    “Dallas” was bought from a breeder at age two months, by a chronically ill woman as a “companion”.

    65 days later, this once cute, now “too much” puppy was to be abandoned to the second largest animal control in the United States (57,000/year), IF no foster was found within hours.

    Even knowing that I ONLY work with problem dogs who are
    18 months to 3 years, an independent rescuer called me as the very last chance before the owner would take this now “energetic demon puppy” to a place where it would be lost in a sea of a thousand faces, all other rescues being over full.

    Having had Cesar Millan’s new puppy book “How to Raise the Perfect Dog, from Puppyhood & Beyond” a scant 15 minutes, I realized from the ,book’s detailed index that I would be able to find asnwers quickly, to teach me how puppies are different from adult dogs in behavior and socialization needs.

    TWO DAYS LATER, a new foster willing to continue Dallas’s behavior modifications which have ALREADY resulted in:
    •Proven socialization with other dogs,
    •Calm feeding ritual,
    •NOT charging out open doors,
    •Using doggy door within 2 hours/Zero accidents during visit,
    •Traveling quietly in car, seat-belted in,
    •Responds to disapproval “sound” to quit unwanted behavior,
    •Elimination of whining, barking, howling,
    •Comes when called, unleashed,
    •Walking behind on leash loosely, not pulling,
    •Staying in “sit” & “down” positions for extended times, quietly and on loose leash.

    Dallas is now a highly desirable, well-behaved adolescent. When done with his neutering, he will be quickly snapped up by waiting adopters!

    I am in the process of doing a youtube video at cjanderson which will be up by tomorrow for those who would like to see more about how the book helped create change with age appropiate applications.

    I KNOW that this information is going to make a HUGE difference to rescues who will be more willing to take on puppies because they can show fosters how to prevent the problems which so often creates problems that dogs are then (re) abandoned for!

  3. I know Ceaser. My mom an dad had me watching him from the day they adopted me. He is grrreat.

  4. Cesar's philosophy is based on dog psychology, which you can learn about through his show, books, website, DVD's, etc. I first read his first book, 'Cesar's Way' about 3 years ago and have been hooked since. What he teaches works. Many people think what he says only pertains to his clients or dogs with really bad issues. After studying dog psychology and Cesar's philosophy for 3 years, I say that his philosophy pertains to every dog. I have used his Exercise-Discipline-Affection (in that order!) principle with dogs that have been anxious, hyper, overexcited, shy, nervous, fearful, possessive (food, toys), unsocialized, the list goes on. The result with all of these dogs has been a dog who is relaxed, eager to follow my direction and please me, and trusts me.


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