Suzy Godsey was on the Cesar Millan Dog Whisperer show…
“I would like to share something on the editing aspect of the show. I was on Cesar’s Dog Whisperer show as the first dog walker in action. I had two cases I had not been able to create a result with and applied for Cesar’s help.
Filming the Dog Whisperer Show took a whole day
Filming the show took a whole day, so of course there was a lot of editing and the show could have been done in numerous ways. But when it was aired I was really impressed. It not only gave the essence of what happened that day, it also showed Cesar’s frustration with those two cases.
He commented that he’d rather work with an aggressive dog than what I had presented to him: Two hyperactive Golden Retrievers, and a ball obsessed lab, which only took him 45 minutes to change. And his energy with the Lab was very different from the Goldens. He used what you would call a different level of “motivation”. The Lab responded to that very well. It took him a while to get through to the Goldens and in the show it was indicated that this was one of his bigger challenges.
I had watched all of his first and second seasons of The Dog Whisperer
I had watched all of his first and second seasons repeatedly, I had seen lots of episodes of the following seasons and I had been to his center in Los Angeles once with an aggressive dog owned by one of my clients before his show started, years ago. To me in person he is just like he comes across in the show. He is real and humble and his talent is phenomenal. He can “project” what it is he would like to achieve in a way that makes your body react.
When he was showing me some of the signals the aggressive dog I brought to his center would give before the attack, my hair stood on end. I felt like I was going to be bitten. He really knows how dogs communicate in all aspects! And I have to say that the show is as close to what is going on in the session as possible, going by my own experience of the show I was in. It is episode 416, “Energy Crisis, Jake, Riley and Norton” if you are interested in watching.
After Cesar left I worked hard with the Goldens and also the ball obsessed Lab. In both cases I kept working with the dogs for two months several times a week to establish a different, lasting result. And these dogs are changed now! They have responded to the original change and kept it with the reinforcement of keeping up the program. It not only changed my way of working with dogs, it also showed me that once you “break through” keeping up is a definite possibility if you are willing to put the effort in, thanks to the dog whisperer!”
Shayne Rusbatch, a dog trainer from
Christchurch, New Zealand
shares his thoughts on Cesar Millan:
“My points about Cesar: We have had him on our TV for a long time now and I have watched probably 25 episodes. I too have been impressed with his attitude towards dogs and training.
On a couple of shows he was training using the pinch collar. If I hadn’t known what it was it wouldn’t have been obvious, but on one show he showed it to the camera and explained how it should be used and that whatever works for the client and dog, he is happy with. I found this very refreshing especially since there is so much misinformation concerning this very useful training tool.”
I ordered your book and love your training methods.
I totally agree about the editing of the Dog Whisperer show. I was browsing looking for new stuff about him and the show and ran into several anti Cesar websites pretty much saying he is inhuman and abusive. One particular site was just aggravating. I don’t know if you saw the episode of I can’t remember if it was a wolf hybrid or a husky type of breed. It was handler aggressive on the walk and Cesar had his shirt torn because the dog kept biting it. Also the dog I think was taller than Cesar when on two feet. Well, this forum was of course pretty much a positive only forum and they were just hammering him on how he should be using treats to redirect the dog and posted the video on this particular segment and how the dog’s tongue was turning blue (which it wasn’t) and how he almost killed the dog, lol.
I am very open to different ways of training, I think a lot depends on your dog too. I tried the treat training and found with my male dog that if I don’t have a treat, he didn’t listen. I always come back to your style of training. I want my dog to respect me, not the treats. Just from Cesar’s show alone I have improved all of my dogs by at least 80%. I can pretty much go anywhere and I get compliments on their behavior. I like that I ran into your site because this will help me add to what I have done and have a better understanding on improving my dogs and my handling skills. The secrets book is amazing and something I will always keep and use for future dogs.
Dogproblems.com Dog Training Tips Newsletter
IN THIS ISSUE:
Video Lesson of the Week… “Nothing In Life Is Free” – Dog Psychology
Christopher McIntyre wrote to tell me:
“I have visited Cesar Millan’s Dog Psychology Center
I have visited the dog psychology center three times. Not because my dogs needed help, but rather to adopt Popeye (the one eyed pitbull). Most of the dogs in his pack are either up for adoption (rescue dogs) or client’s dogs.
Regarding the chain link fence: No, the dogs are not separated from each other. Some dogs are separated when a client’s unstable dog comes for rehabilitation. Otherwise, all the dogs are allowed to co-mingle. The chain link fences also keep the dogs out of certain areas (like the pool) when Cesar doesn’t want the dogs in that area.
Regarding the “Energy”, you are correct. Its the way you carry yourself. He explained this to us while he taught my wife how to walk a pitbull and a rottweiler while pushing a stroller. Head up, shoulders back, and walk with a purpose. Its not magic.
Regarding the location: its in South LA. Very Very close to South Central (in fact it is just off of South Central Ave between Florance and Avalon). The property is in an industrial area. The street he is on resembles an alley. So as far as cost, I don’t think he paid alot for it. It is a pretty “bad area, but like you said, anyone would feel pretty safe with 40 – 50 pitbulls and rottweilers. And you are right about not being able to get rid of dog aggression. Popeye was raised to fight. That is how he lost his eye. He has quite a few scars as well. He loves people and other calm big dogs, but he hates cats and little dogs. I can get him to ignore and tolerate, but not like.