Cesar Millan, I submit

Cesar, you once wrote: “When I learned how to be calm-submissive to my wife, it improved my marriage 100 percent!” But you are now divorced. Did your recipe for an “improved” marriage lead to its eventual breakdown? Were you resentful about being submissive? Was your wife looking for a partner and not a prisoner to…

One Step Forward. One Step Back.

I was still basking in the afterglow of 3 days of solid canine science yet I knew the feeling couldn’t last. The world of dog training lives in two worlds. One world is populated by people who study and understand science, who use modern methods and apply ethical standards to their interactions with our non-human…

Cesar Millan’s Pain Flowchart

With this handy chart, Millan and fans can easily dismiss any and all concerns about a dog’s well-being. Deutsch   Français   Español   Svenska Related articles Shadow and Cesar Millan: An Update on the Strung Up Husky (psychologytoday.com) Exhaustion and Emily the Pitbull Millan is proof that Positive Reinforcement Works Cesar Millan Kicking Dogs Cesar Millan Hanging…

5 Tall Tales from 1 Small Mind

I am an occasional visitor to the Natural Dog Training (is there such a  thing as Supernatural Dog Training?) blog authored by snake-oil salesman and new-age mystic Kevin Behan. Reading the blog is amusing and infuriating. I find it painful to see him lie to readers and distort the latest science story to support the sales his energy…

Exhaustion and Emily the Pitbull

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…