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Cesar Milan

TV series documenting Cesar Millan as he rehabilitates dogs and trains their owners

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Cesar Milan's approach to dog training

  • Mar 9, 2010
I'm a huge fan of Cesar Milan.  His approach, with its emphasis on how dogs think, and not how people think, is a lovely change from the idea that somehow a dog is supposed to learn how to think as a human and do what we want.  As if they were even capable of it (or had a reason to want to).

I don't get the opportunity to watch his show on a regular basis, but I truly believe that if we all took his approach to training dogs, we'd be much more tolerant and understanding of other people,too, and we'd learn a ton about how to live more peacefully in this world without the power-over games that humanity plays so frequently.

I've used many of his training concepts on my two dogs and, for the most part, have found them very effective.  To a large degree this is more due to me learning to manage my own emotions and actions than it has to do with the dogs.

Dogs truly are amazing mirrors.  They just mirror what they experience in their human companions.  If I'm nervous or upset, one of my dogs completely ignores me, and the other becomes frightened of everything and can get aggressive.  But when I get conscious of what I'm doing and actively put myself in a more peaceful state, they both settle down and are model canine citizens.

Dogs are the best tool for self mastery around!  And Cesar's approach has made me a better and more consistent person.

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I have always loved animals and have been given the gift of being loved back by them. Seven years ago, I adopted an 8-month-old puppy who was starved and mistreated from a local shelter. In learning about … more
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TV series on the National Geographic channel that documents Cesar Milan's real life work to rehabilitate dogs and train their owners.  He's received national acclaim as an expert in his field, has been featured on Oprah and ABC World News Tonight, and the show is Emmy-nominated. 

At the beginning of the show, viewers are introduced to the difficult dog (or dogs) and their owners. Home movies are often shown of the pet's misdeeds, and owners describe the problems that they face. Millan is then introduced, and a narrator often describes the experience Millan has had with difficult cases in the past.

Millan then conducts an interview, where he sits down with the family as they describe the issue at hand. He usually then offers suggestions on how the owners may alter their own habits to become a "pack leader" for their pet.

He then demonstrates pack leader techniques with the dog, often to the astonishment of the owner. The show usually features Millan going through his three step process, as he repeats the words "exercise, discipline, and then affection."  He encourages the use of "calm, assertive" energy from the pet owners, and gives explicit direction in how to achieve it.  Sometimes, in serious cases, he will take the dog to his own Dog Psychology Center to introduce it to his own pack. In the most serious cases, such as an extremely aggressive or obsessive-compulsive dog, it may stay at his center for a number of days or

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