Understanding animal behavior often requires knowledge of physiology. Without an adequate knowledge of involved processes, less informed dog trainers resort to story-telling involving “energies”, “magnetism” and “submissiveness”.
Case in point, Emily the pitbull; here Cesar Millan mistakes physical exhaustion – and probably hypoxia from the leash on the trachea – with submissiveness and relief.
For 8 more seasons Millan would continue to induce a state of hyperarousal, fight the dogs into exhaustion and then declare he had achieved “calm submission.” The trend has continued into his new show, Leader of the Pack.
- Flight or Flight Responses: A Psych Overview (psych.answers.com)
- How Cells Communicate During the Fight or Flight Response (Learn. Genetics – The University of Utah)
- How Fear Works (How Stuff Works)
- Fight-or-flight response (Wikipedia)
- Shadow and Cesar Millan: An Update on the Strung Up Husky (psychologytoday.com)
- Millan is proof that Positive Reinforcement Works
- My Way is Not the Only Way
- Cesar Millan Hanging Shadow
- Cesar Millan’s Pain Flowchart
- Frozen by Punishment