Thursday, May 25, 2006

The Dog Whisperer

Here's another blog mentioning the recent release of The Dog Whisperer on DVD. Even Cesar Millan himself seems to have a blog on the National Geographic website.

As a novice dog-owner, I was drawn in by the show because of the promise of quick returns in behavior modification. Since then I have read articles knocking the quality of Cesar's methods and behavioral research, and the show's follow-up after the initial filming. I think it's unfair to make him a lightening rod for criticism because he produces simplistic made-for-TV training nuggets, but I also think people worshipping at the altar of Cesar are a bit dim.

Bottom line, the show's entertaining and presents one of many approaches to training. Don't take it as gospel.

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