Cesar millan has been called the dr. Phil for dogs. With an uncanny ability to rehabilitate problem dogs of all shapes and sizes cesar has captured the national spotlight with his hit tv show on the national geographic cha... more »nnel. This is all 26 episodes of the first season of dog whisperer. Studio: Uni Dist Corp. (mca) Release Date: 07/11/2006 Run time: 662 minutes« less
Russ B. (Happyfeet) from BENSALEM, PA Reviewed on 10/3/2018...
Please watch this series
Charles Rinehimer | Nazareth, PA USA | 05/11/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am a veterinarian and I see many behavioral problems. I have euthanized many animals that have taken control of their owners. I am also a college biology instructor and I can assure you that Cesar's methods are right on. Dogs are pack animals, all of them, from pekinese to border collie. They can never escape their genetic background as pack dominated social animals. Cesar uses that pack energy to establish order. The person who talks about pain and intimidation never watched the show. His methods are far more humane than prong collars and crates. I have used his techniques with my clients and have had great success. I thank him daily. Be the pack leader, watch this DVD"
Dog Whisperer With Cesar Millan - The Complete First Season
Katrina Ondracek | Lincoln, NE USA | 05/15/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have three stubborn, larger, loving dogs. For the past six years I used love, affection, and the reward system. Although the relationship I had with my dogs was great, nobody else could see that wonderful relationship. I could not invite friends over because my dogs would jump on them. We could not go to the dog park because me dogs would chase other dogs - not to hurt them, but it scared the other owners. We had to walk before 5am or after midnight just to make sure we did not run into other dogs on our walk. I was becoming so frustrated I was beginning to think I might need to get rid of my bulldog.
But then I found Cesar....I immediately began using his techniques because it made sense to me. My dogs did like and enjoy the pack-ness of our home - they just did not see me as the leader. I am happy to say that by following Cesar's rule of exercise, disipline, affection (in that order) we have a much happier household. Not only do my dogs respect me, but everyone else they encounter, especially while we are on our daily 45 minute pack-walk.
As hard as it was for me to admit, THEY ARE DOGS, not people - they do not have ability to reason like we wish they could...and at least for me and my pack a clicker was just something else to chew up.
Cesar saved my dogs from my insanity and uneducated approach.
Buy this DVD and book if you want a simple, dog appropriate, proven system."
The negative reviews just floor me...
Dave | CA | 06/24/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've seen the negative reviewers describe Cesar's work as "so out of date as to be archaic..." "Cesar's methods work. But they use force, fear, and pain" (CelticRaven7). "I think his methods are very old fashioned" (P. Smulders). "Cesar Millan's methods are old fashioned and psychologically violent." (Barbara Tosto "dog lover").
Old-fashioned techniques? Have dogs somehow evolved to a higher level in the past 20 years, and are no longer hard-wired pack animals w/an alpha leader?
Force, fear, and pain? While I've just recently discovered the "Dog Whisperer" TV show, I've watched every episode NGC puts on, taping the ones that air at odd hours and watching them later. I don't see how a quick jerk on the leash is "force", the standing foot-tap "pain", nor do I see him coming in and making the dogs "fear" him. I'm no expert, but I imagine a fearful dog would either try to attack Cesar, or run away w/tail between legs. I've seen neither occur.
As far as "psychologically violent"... well, I guess you'll have to hire a pet psychic to verify that one. [/sarcasm] What I see are dogs that have gotten out of control in one way or another, some quite violently, and Cesar coming in and adapting his methods to the dog's problem. The little Shih Tzu that wouldn't walk on its leash? He just took it out of sight of its house, put the leash on, and stood for a few minutes till the dog acclimated to the sensation, then started walking, calm and assertive.
At the other end of the scale, the episode with the snarling Korean Jindo, "JonBee", brought me to tears, as did the one w/the aggressive boxer that was a day away from being put down--Cesar's so-called "red zone" dogs. Psychologically violent? I don't know about "dog lover", but I think it would be far more psychologically violent to give a dog the death injection than a sharper tug on the leash (the boxer), or carefully but resolutely coaxing the dog into the submissive posture (the Jindo). Cesar saved those dogs' lives. I doubt gentle persuasion would have worked--and obviously hadn't.
And that's kind of the point. He usually visits owners who have already tried other methods (tho not all have), and have come up empty. They are usually at their wit's end. If the other techniques mentioned by the negative reviewers work, more power to them. If they don't, however, what are you going to do, let your dog run your house? Or kill it?
We have a 4-year old terrier that we got at 3 years old. He's a good dog, but becomes fearful on walks, pulling ahead of me no matter how hard I tightened up the leash, and he freaks out when any wheeled contraption--skateboard, bike, stroller--goes by. Also other dogs and strangers. The first walk I began applying Cesar's methods--the sharp "shh!" and the quick leash tug--as soon as we got out the door, while he was still at "level 1". Tho the walk wasn't perfect, by the end of it I had a dog who spent more time walking next to me w/a slack leash, than a dog who was choking himself pulling in front of me to get home. My lesson? I was letting a sweet little "beta" dog try to be an "alpha" outdoors, because I wasn't leading, and it freaked him out.
Now I will work w/him every day to make sure he knows I'm there, at the head of his little "pack", and that he doesn't have to worry about a thing, other than to just be a dog.
Thank you, Cesar."
It's sad to see other dog behaviorists trash-talking Cesar
Cesar believer | STL | 05/26/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"They are putting their interests before those of the dogs.
Sure, positive reinforcement works for many dogs, but if you have an aggressive dog, you may need to get that dog under control right away, Cesar-style. Some dogs need serious intervention; their lives may be at stake. (Cesar, for the record, does not inflict pain on the dogs.) As long as people are getting professional advice that's helping them and their dogs, who cares which method they choose?
If your dog is aggressive, anxious, barky, destructive -- please watch this series. The "pack leader" approach works. I've seen it with my own aggressive dog."
Dogs love Cesar
North of the Northern | WI, USA | 05/12/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The poster who stated that Cesar's methods are archaic and use pain to correct the dogs obviously hasn't spent time watching the show.
Cesar never causes the dogs any pain or injury. In fact, several of the dogs on his show have bitten holes in his hands but he never, never reacts in a way that is painful to the dog. He maintains his calm assertive self.
Cesar's corrections consist of a noise "shhhh" and a brief tug on the leash. Cesar works with the type of collar the owner has on the dog. That may be buckle, choke, martingale, or pinch/prong. None of Cesar's corrections are physically damaging to the dog. Incidentally, the prong/pinch collar is not a cruel device when used correctly. It is meant as a TRAINING AID, to be used for no more than 2 weeks to help gain control of larger dogs that need help mastering leash etiquette. A person should ALWAYS consult a professional trainer for information on the proper use of pinch/prong collars. Shock collars should never be used unless they are set on a "beep" only setting and under the supervision of a professional.
Please, if you own a dog, watch this show! This DVD set is filled with valuable information about canines and our relationship with them. Cesar gives good information in a no nonsense way that anyone can follow. The first season was wonderful, and you can bet I'm going to tune in for season two! Our canines need an advocate like Cesar.