ON his website, Cesar says an electronic dog collar is the most successful at stopping unwanted barking, but says owners should seek expert advice before using them. He says: I use many techniques to rehabilitate dogs. In extreme cases by which I mean cases where I am the last resort before a dog is put down ‘these tools may be helpful. But they are just one of many techniques.’
Unfortunately Cesar Millan never states that ‘Tools’ he uses should not be introduced or purchased from pet shops or Ebay, he forgets to state that if one has problems to seek professional advice.
I would further comment that when I ran schools many owners would inform me that they had seen on TV Cesar perform some task which only took a few minutes! I was asked ‘Why if Casar can do this in a few minutes why can’t we’? The answer was simple ‘Three minutes filming can take three hours or more! I know this because I have been involved in training dogs for movies.
I am from the old school and pleased that 27 years ago I took further various courses in London with John Fisher and Annette Conn and others also attending many training schools in the UK and USA, the result of which I was able to advance and educated myself to progress studying root causes of unwanted behaviour and use modern methods.
One of these included using a head collar especially good for senior people that have a pet dog yanking them along the street. The head collar changed this to pleasure and never punishment.
It is sad that many Police Service dog handlers who retire do not address the issue of training and working with pet owners which is a total different ball game. At the time of writing this I am mentoring one police officer who works in corrections (Prison) in Las Vegas and another new friend with the Sydney Police working with two dogs and they now want to study behaviour. More should follow this example.