There’s a lot of news and hype about Cesar Millan and his dog training methods. Some people love him. Some people hate him. I have never watched him because I don’t have the channel he is on… isn’t it the National Geographic Channel or something? I don’t even know for sure. But I hang out in positive dog training circles with people who support and use clicker training and positive methods, and my friends in these circles do not like him, and so I tend to sway toward the side that I don’t like him, either. I trust the opinions of my friends.
I recently got Animal Planet on my Dish Network. And I’ve been watching Victoria Stilwell on her show It’s me or the dog. And I haven’t heard much about her from my friends, but so far I really like her. I went to her website, too, and read her bio, and she does train with positive methods and she has helped out the ASPA and she is a member of the APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers). These are good signs.
The show is short, only 30 minutes, and I’m sure there are a ton of things going on, a ton of time being spent, that we can’t see in 30 minutes. But I really enjoy her innovative and creative methods of training. She doesn’t use crates, which I think is odd because I use them a lot, but she really has some great ideas about how to be a leader and have dogs behave.
So I recommend her show. Have you watched it? What do you think? Do you like Cesar or not? Just curious.