Caesar Milan practices the opposite of positive dog training. The video turns my stomach, but the chart explains why Chico can’t hear me call his name when he’s all riled up by an approaching dog.
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…
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