Cesar Milan in the UK - March 2010

Irene Horner has asked that I put the following on the forum for anyone interested?

Cesar Milan is touring UK in 2010, he visits NIA Birmingham March 4th, tickets just been released and obtainable from Ticket Factory 0844 338 0338.

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Thanks for the info Scott, i think he has some good techniques although i realise that not everyone thinks so. Of course you never know how true these programmes on tv are and how much is edited.Most of it certainly looks good
I have tried to find out if he has ever worked with a Basenji but had no luck

Thunderbird8588, I have wondered about Cesar or any others with the same type of show, working with Basenjis, also. Have they done it, or are Bs considered too challenging for them? If they have done it, did it not work or did it work too quickly for TV (not enough "drama")? Our Bs may be too smart for television:)

@BART:

Thunderbird8588, I have wondered about Cesar or any others with the same type of show, working with Basenjis, also. Have they done it, or are Bs considered too challenging for them? If they have done it, did it not work or did it work too quickly for TV (not enough "drama")? Our Bs may be too smart for television:)

IMO only…you don't see him working with Basenjis (or Akitas, or other simliar type dogs) because many his techniques aren't appropriate for Basenjis. They are not forgiving of people who use aggression and supression as a training technique. Many breeds of dogs are very forgiving, and will happily be supressed into compliance...not so much our nutty little breed.

Houston

Many breeds of dogs are very forgiving, and will happily be supressed into compliance…not so much our nutty little breed.

Thank goodness for that…

Mr. Milan's technique is not suppression or aggression. It is confidence and leadership. He talks to the dogs the way dogs talk to each other. Also, he pays close attention to what dogs say and interprets it for people who don't understand then gives them tools to use so they can talk to their own dog.

I have never seen him strike a dog or even suggest a dog should be beaten down. I use a few of his techniques on AJ and guess what…while he still has his unique personality, he does the things I need him to do. Things that keep him safe around trucks and traffic.

@Quercus:

IMO only…you don't see him working with Basenjis (or Akitas, or other simliar type dogs) because many his techniques aren't appropriate for Basenjis. They are not forgiving of people who use aggression and supression as a training technique. Many breeds of dogs are very forgiving, and will happily be supressed into compliance...not so much our nutty little breed.

I totally agree with you Andrea… on all points.. this discussion has been on the forums before... and it got pretty heated... so we all finally had to agree to disagree with his training methods, period

@tanza:

I totally agree with you Andrea… on all points.. this discussion has been on the forums before... and it got pretty heated... so we all finally had to agree to disagree with his training methods, period

Agreed Pat! This is a topic that a lot of people are passionate about on both sides. I don't have energy and time to get into an argument about it this time around. Suffice to say, lots of different people have success with different methods.

I agree with Andrea. Here's a good article on the topic of training methods if anyone is interested.

http://www.livescience.com/animals/091112-dog-training.html

I haven't watched any of the shows on National Geographic but I see there's 2 sides battling on the web on the training methods. From what I've read he has alpha methods vs the reward method. My first Basenji was easy but my second was quite wild as a pup and I tried the "putting her on the back alpha method". No worky. Also using any alpha methods on my third Basenji with the Napoleon complex didn't work either. They would just get mean. Now my new Basenji, Buddy won't get mean, he would just get real scared and hide. I don't want him scared of me. Establishing a great relationship with them and using positive rewards went much further. I've always wanted to be friends with my dogs and they with me. I'm not a professional dog trainer so what do I know. Just my opinion.

@thunderbird8588:

Thanks for the info Scott, i think he has some good techniques although i realise that not everyone thinks so. Of course you never know how true these programmes on tv are and how much is edited.Most of it certainly looks good
I have tried to find out if he has ever worked with a Basenji but had no luck

I agree around the editing part, totally. The biggest issue I have is that these type of shows (regardless of the training method) appear to make it all so easy, that you can with just a day or two magically turn your dog around from a menace to an almost perfect dog. You probably could do more harm than good in some cases with problem dogs if you try to apply certain methods that appear to work so easily on TV, but in reality took a lot more effort. Victoria Stilwell even acknowledges that regarding her show, and I really like her's over Cesar Millan's.

@lvoss:

I agree with Andrea. Here's a good article on the topic of training methods if anyone is interested.

http://www.livescience.com/animals/091112-dog-training.html

Thanks for sharing. Good article.

@Nemo:

I agree around the editing part, totally. The biggest issue I have is that these type of shows (regardless of the training method) appear to make it all so easy, that you can with just a day or two magically turn your dog around from a menace to an almost perfect dog. You probably could do more harm than good in some cases with problem dogs if you try to apply certain methods that appear to work so easily on TV, but in reality took a lot more effort. Victoria Stilwell even acknowledges that regarding her show, and I really like her's over Cesar Millan's.

Me too, Clay. Victoria Stilwell manages to explain how important leadership and structure are for dogs, without manhandling the dog.

Just sent email to Cesar Milan on his site now we shall see if get answer. Question have you ever trained Basenji if so when and what was the out come.

Rita Jean

@Rita:

Just sent email to Cesar Milan on his site now we shall see if get answer. Question have you ever trained Basenji if so when and what was the out come.

Rita Jean

IMO, doesn't matter to me if he ever worked with a Basenji or not, it is not the kind of methods that I would care to use….

Wow, I really wish I could go to that….

The trick with Cesar Milan, is to listen to his advise and not his methods. His teachings on staying calm, strong posture, the way a dog thinks and interprets situations is spot on IMO. The advise he comes with between the sessions on the show is the most interesting.
However people quickly forget that his show is about fixing "problem" dogs, not raising dogs. Like he says in the show, he trains people. If you read his books you quickly realize he is not really all about being strict.

What is sad, is when people watch his show, and then go right ahead and use his techniques on their dog as a regular method. Which I have seen very often.
I saw this girl walking her Shih Tzu, and she constantly kicked the dog on the side while walking whenever the dog wanted to move over to the grass (most likely to pee/poo). But this girl was so strict in keeping her dog to "walk nicely" she forgot that it has to be allowed to sniff and do it's business! I got real mad and commented when I passed her "Who do you think you are Cesar Millan?".

I did talk to a guy on the Cesar Millan forums some 3 years ago, and he had a Basenji. Took a private session with Millan, he said (as they always do) he worked wonders and was not as violent as people think.

@NerdyDogOwner:

Wow, I really wish I could go to that….

The trick with Cesar Milan, is to listen to his advise and not his methods. His teachings on staying calm, strong posture, the way a dog thinks and interprets situations is spot on IMO. The advise he comes with between the sessions on the show is the most interesting.
However people quickly forget that his show is about fixing "problem" dogs, not raising dogs. Like he says in the show, he trains people. If you read his books you quickly realize he is not really all about being strict.

What is sad, is when people watch his show, and then go right ahead and use his techniques on their dog as a regular method. Which I have seen very often.
I saw this girl walking her Shih Tzu, and she constantly kicked the dog on the side while walking whenever the dog wanted to move over to the grass (most likely to pee/poo). But this girl was so strict in keeping her dog to "walk nicely" she forgot that it has to be allowed to sniff and do it's business! I got real mad and commented when I passed her "Who do you think you are Cesar Millan?".

I did talk to a guy on the Cesar Millan forums some 3 years ago, and he had a Basenji. Took a private session with Millan, he said (as they always do) he worked wonders and was not as violent as people think.

I also have read Cesar books and agree here. His show is about working with problem dogs and of course they are all edited. His books do not preach aggression or even striking a dog. We raised our Basenji using many of the techniques he mentions in his books. Those techniques involve staying calm, patient, taking long walks with your dog to bond, and establishing a pack mentality. The Pack order is a very important lesson in Cesar's books.

Cesar is very smart in the way he communicates that our dogs draw energy from us. If we are nervous our dogs pick it up. If we are angry our dogs pick it up, and when we are calm, our dogs pick it up as well.

I would suggest that people at least read through Cesar's books before coming to a conclusion on what he is all about.

One of the most important lessons I think anyone can learn from him is to allow your dog to be a dog.

Victoria is also a great trainer.

Jason

@ComicDom1:

Victoria is also a great trainer.

That's the girl from "It's me or the Dog"? Ugg, I can't stand her. She is full of double standards, and says one thing but does another.

I saw an episode that made me hate her. She is really a "distant minded" person, and does not care about people at all.

She was with this family that LOVED their dog. Too much, which naturally caused problems. However once she heard they had bought their dog from a pet store she lost it! Shouted, and was suddenly a VERY big "bitch", "NEVER, buy your dog from a store! It leads to puppy mills! Aahhh!!"
She went on and on, the family suddenly didn't even look her in the eyes after that. And it's obvious they felt really bad!
What pissed me off is, she didn't know jack about the store. For all she knew it was a local and private pet-store who only gets there dogs/pets from breeders.

It's fine she wanted to warn people from buying from stores, but I really think she went overboard. After that I can't stand watching her. I have seen clips, and again she talks as if the owners are not there.

@NerdyDogOwner:

That's the girl from "It's me or the Dog"? Ugg,
What pissed me off is, she didn't know jack about the store. For all she knew it was a local and private pet-store who only gets there dogs/pets from breeders.

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And this is better in what way? puppies should NEVER be purchased from a store - she goes out of her way to put this across, of course its for TV so its a big dramatic speach, but read the impassioned emails on this forum re buying from a store or a mill and you will see the same exasperation that some people still do this and just perpetuate the problem.

That's fine, but she acted like a child. All she had to do was talk in a calm manner and inform them of the horrors of puppymills. Would of been far more effective than shouting and stomping on the ground like an idiot.
I just find it odd that someone who informs people to stay calm with dogs, yet shouts at people…

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