Do you whisper to your dog...?

United States
May 25, 2008 10:54pm CST
Have you used any of the Dog Whisperer's tips or techniques on your dog? Did it work for you and result in the desired behavior? http://www.cesarmillaninc.com/ I have used the "distraction noise" and it works GREAT. (I use a similar noise on my cat lol). I also was able to train my dog regarding baths. When I first got her, it was quite an ordeal to get her into the tub. She is a Golden Retriever and we got her full grown at about 3 yrs old. You should have seen me and my daughter trying to carry this struggling full-grown large breed dog to the tub! Well, I watched an episode of the Dog Whisperer one night a couple of years ago and he addressed this exact issue. So, I implemented his technique (which mainly involved using a leash and also giving treats liberally at every stage of the bath time as they responded appropriately). It took a couple of times...maybe three...but now she is an absolute delight to give a bath to. All I have to do is call her to the bathroom and she walks in and gets right in the tub without me saying a word. It's awesome! I never would have even known I could train her to do that let alone how to do so if it wasn't for the TV show. Do you have any similar stories to share?
4 responses
@Seraphine (385)
• Finland
26 May 08
No I haven't used any of his techniques and I never will. I refuse to follow advice given by a guy who pretends to know all about dogs but does not have any formal degree in dog behaviour. He's basing all his knowledge about dogs (and therefore also his tips and techniques) on outdated scientific research that is no longer accurate. I will stick to the real dog trainers and their techniques, people who actually know what they're talking about and won't scare or hurt a dog just to get it to obey.
• United States
26 May 08
WOW. I don't think we are talking about the same person. If you have watched him work for any length of time, then you are certainly entitled to your opinion. However I have never once seen him scare or hurt a dog. And my dog certainly was not harmed in any way when I trained her regarding the bath or, which I didn't mention in my original post, use the distraction noise to address her nervous habit issue of licking an area of skin on her paw raw. Sometimes degrees are over-rated. His tangible experience in growing up with and closely observing packs of dogs since before he could even talk is invaluable...and likely more so than any simple head knowledge obtained behind a desk. (Though I have also seen educated-only people handle dogs just fine as well!) He has rehabilitated numerous dogs on the brink of being put down, and countless owners including many well respected celebrities who have a plethora of doggie mental health doctors at their feet. (That is not to say celebrities always make the best choices...ha). Anyway, thank you for stopping by and responding with your point of view, I appreciate it. Your pooch is just adorable!
• Finland
26 May 08
I'm pretty sure we talk about the same guy. Cesar Milan is the Dog whisperer on tv at least. I agree formal degrees aren't everything, but in my opinion it at least gives them more credibility than Cesar has and you don't get a degree in dog behaviour without doing extensive work with actual dogs. It's not just studying behind a desk. I've seen numerous of Cesar's Dog Whisperer shows on tv. I've seen him drag a dog onto a surface that he was terrified of, forcing him to stay on it while being so scared he peed on himself. I've seen him alpha-roll big adult dogs and get bitten in the process. I've seen him using choke chains yanking dogs up the air to get them to stop pulling (choke chains can by the way cause severe physical damage). He seems to think everything a dog does is displaying dominant behaviour, for example simply walking out of the door before you or walking ahead of you, and the only correct way a dog should be is submissive and so fearful that the dog won't even dare to do anything but obey out of fear. I've seen enough of his so called methods to know that I personally want nothing to do with them. He's great at talking and getting thru to owners and convincing them he knows what he's talking about, but in my eyes his training techniques is nothing but a big joke. I can't even watch his shows anymore unless I turn off sound and simply watch the dogs and using the time to learn more about how dogs communicate. But you're right, it's my opinion based on what I have seen and you're certainly free to your own. If it works for you, great. I just wouldn't feel comfortable to do the things he does.
• United States
26 May 08
Totally off topic but I just learned something...when you commented back to me it came through as another response. I always wondered if I would miss continued discussion like when *I* respond to someone else and comments continue...I don't get notifications of those so if I do not go back and recheck the discussion, I miss out sometimes. That doesn't happen on my own discussions...COOL! (Obviously I haven't had a responder comment back before so thanks!) Anyway, I am glad you have your opinion based on actually seeing his show. (Even if it differs from mine. ) So many people shoot off about stuff and then come to find out they don't even have first person knowledge of what they're talking about. I appreciate you taking the time to come back and talk more. Thanks for the continued discussion. Have a great day!
@Galena (9120)
26 May 08
ownership works. our deerhound is a bit naughty about trying to take food off your plate. she's really blatant, just walks right up and starts sniffing around trying to pick what she wants, without the slightest regard for the fact it's not hers. so we square up the body language, give her a dirty look, and take a posessive stance over our dinner. and she goes away and lies down. I also take this stance over my lurcher when the deerhound is harassing him. showing her he is MINE and she can't mess with him. it works.
• United States
26 May 08
The pack leader. Thanks for responding.
• United States
26 May 08
No ~ no dog whisperer for me but I do whisper "I love you" to her :)
• United States
26 May 08
hehehe...that is sweet. Thank you for responding!
@maliki2 (255)
• United States
26 May 08
No, I don't whisper to my dogs. They wouldn't care regardless, all they do is bark bark bark, at strangers. Any other time when it's quite here, they don't care!
• United States
26 May 08
So, maybe you would benefit from some dog training techniques...lol. Thanks for coming by and responding.