About Cesar Milan, Master Illusionist

It’s a rainy day so I looked at another episode, again with a title designed to draw in the dog fight crowd (“AN AGGRESSIVE GERMAN SHEPHERD BIT ME!”) this time, with a male owner and make buddies. Milan never treats men the way he treats women, we get a very different sound track, but again, he doesn’t give the owner any training exercises they can use except the idea that they should “correct” (in this case, choke and tsst) the dog when it does something scary. In case you were hoping Milan might ask about how much exercise the dog is getting or mention why it’s a bad idea to leave a dog tied out on a prong collar, nope, that doesn’t happen. But again, Milan’s editing crew creates a video “instant” result, where the people on-screen marvel at the miraculously instant transformation that takes place when you intimidate a dog, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnC7HmKhap4 . Spoiler alert: this dog isn’t going to do well living like this.

So it’s no surprise that Milan has ventured into selling shock collars. He’s got his pop-psycho mumbo jumbo just like any good magician, and gear to sell. This is entertainment, an illusion designed for people who know nothing about animal training. Will there ever be an episode where we go back and see how these dogs are doing in two weeks or two years after Milan has tssted his way through? I did find one, a few years ago, where the dog had been transformed from Jack Russel Terrier into a Puggle! I wrote a review about that, and the smoke and mirrors of that, and then that episode was taken off-line. If you see one where they go back a year later, please post it in the comments.

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Jenny Ruth Yasi

author, sailor, animal trainer,rally, agility and freestyle competitor, owner/proprietor Whole Dog Camp, now located in Freeport, Maine. For 31 years we lived on Peaks Island Maine. Now we are sailing with our 2 dogs in the Bahamas, and will return to Maine in 2017

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