A national television channel, has brought to our country a programme on education canine, not very successful from my point of view, promoted and reported the “dog training” as I have never seen in the 13 years I’ve been by profession. It is logical that viewers are confused in this regard, how can a television channel promote a canine competition as stimulating as the Agility, or programmes on education for teens, children, food… and at the same time disseminate an obsolete method of the online dog trainer review training, verging on occasions the line of animal abuse?
Since the first program aired, canine educators who we believe in positive education, we do not allow to receive comments from owners of dogs that Millan techniques, have seen how increasing the problems of their dogs, which in the worst cases of aggression, have ended with the slaughter of the animal.
And I wonder is where worth boost ratings?
It took long time to decide to write this article. With this article I just give my opinion on a working method, it is not my intention to criticize a colleague’s profession. The program takes a long time, issuing and hoped that the chain will hear the voices of experts in the field who have been featured on numerous occasions, to create a canine education program with current and environmentally friendly techniques with the dog. After insisting it has achieved something, at least put a sign that he says “Do not try these techniques without the supervision of a specialist”. The problem is that some of them, the specialist should even use them. At the insistence of the channel, no response. And of course to continue promoting the program and increasing audience, this time him to publish a book in Spanish. Jala is promote as well as interesting as “The signs of calm” books (Turid Rugaas), “A puppy at home (Ian Dunbar)”, “do not kill him, teach him (Karen Pryor)”, etc.
Another confusion for the Viewer is that good advice how to do a physical activity that is appropriate with our dog to channel and burn their energy, is generalized for all dogs, as if came to all well skate to all mecha from the first day, regardless of the problems you have. It has not stopped to think, that the activity should be appropriate for each dog and that must be not subjected them to high levels of stress without rating the consequences of that exercise. In some dogs, certain activities can be counterproductive because we activate them instead of relaxing them, that is what is sought with this kind of exercise. Other dogs, simply it can be scary, so it would get progressively.
César Millán, always has the same diagnosis for all dogs and during the program, never discard problems medical-veterinary which can be one of the causes of the problem of the dog. He based all his work in the classical theory of dominance, now disused, because they are based on studies of herds of wolves in captivity, which differ greatly from herds in freedom and of course family groups in which the dog joins household current. The concepts used as “submit”, “discipline”, “master”, can lead to a focus of conflicts and arguments in families. People who see the program usually tell us that when the dog does not obey to a member of the family, is because it is not imposed or fails to submit the dog… so every time they scream and cry more and of course, it is never enough so you have to use other more “offensive” formulas. Again, used the same resources for owners, or not “they discipline” enough to the dog or are insecure people is not best to find collaboration instead of imposing?
Other techniques that are often used in the program to solve almost all of their cases are the saturation or flood. That dog is afraid the pool, then shot her head; the dog growls when you try to cut hair, then subject you with all my strength so that it is still even if it growls, and cut it; that it launches to skateboards, because I put a child to skate in front of him so that it passes to 10 centimeters of the dog, with the danger that this entails for both. What really worries me is what can happen when it is no longer a Cesar Millan and the owners risk with any child that passes down the street, without working progressively and keeping a safe distance. Not to mention the endless session work in which gets enormously stressing both dogs and their owners. In any program I’ve heard of desensitization, counterconditioning, habituation…
In addition to exercise the dog needs to exercise your mind, at this point we all agree. From my point of view, we can use educational games, practice canine skills based on positive training, pleasant walks to the dog in that they can sniff out, being with other dogs… From the point of view of the working method used by Cesar Millan, the mental activity is also on the rides, but in a different way: the dog can not sniff the ground, it can not greet another dog. Necklace must be the upper part of the neck (if with a necklace of strangulation or barbed, better), program explains that it is better controlled at the dog, I agree completely, it is the part of the more sensitive neck and logically, where do you more damage. And if the dog is smacking, yawns, or turn your head to one side, it is not taken into account. Do you know that you can be a sign of calm due to the stress that is causing in certain situations?
Could also talk of curfews used and care that can be of several types: one of them is hitting the dog with two fingers and say ‘Relax’; We continue with the legacy technique to turn the dog to hold you and “take” (known as “Alpha or Dominace Roll-Over”). Without saying the consequences or effects of these touches of care that can aggravate the problem, cause fears… Another touch, is classic belt pull. Let us not forget the best of teachers highlights: necklace of shock, on the way to being banned in some countries and we see how in some program has been used with impunity (at least I’ve seen it already in two programs).
Honestly, it would be a wonder that all canines problems solved in one day as does Caesar Millan “charming dogs”. Unfortunately not always it can be, by the years of experience that I’ve been working with canine behavior problems, I have seen that normally is required much more time. With living beings there are no magic formulas, miraculous recipe or instruction manuals. When charming goes, the spell is finished, the Prince returns to be frog and problems reappear or worsen.
I firmly believe in education as a process and the education in positive. I think that, you can enjoy the company of our dog, without having to subject you to this type of training. The truth is that it is a pity that with the amount and quality of canine educators that exist in the United States and Spain, have had to choose this program as a model. The positive part that has the dissemination of the programme, is that many people are becoming aware about the possibility to solve your dogs behavior problems.