With Cesar Millan, the Dog Whisperer, filming all over the nation for his upcoming season of Dog Whisperer, he not only attracts millions of fans but he also gets attention from his numerous critics of his methods.
Many animal experts and trainers say that Millan’s methods are unacceptably physical, confrontational, and risky. They fear that the way that Millan interacts with the dogs will lead to an increase in aggression, won’t lead to positive long-term results, and pet owners may be in potential danger when trying to follow Millan’s methods.
An ASPCA spokesperson stated that he is: “disappointed that while we have made enormous advances in our understanding of the science, (the program) presents out-of-date techniques. It’s not necessary to physically manhandle a dog.” Some animal behavior experts are even saying that they are being hired to undo what Millan has done with a dog.
One animal group, the International Association of Canine Professionals, does publicly support Millan and they say that Millan is showing people that there is help out there for troubled dogs.
Millan is unfazed by the critics and says that most of the dogs that he works with “have an appointment to die” and that he would rather train a dog psychologically instead of physically but that does not always work.