President Obama has had rough few months, being growled at from every direction - and now from Cesar Millan, the Dog Whisperer.
Millan says that because Bo (the First Family's Portuguese Water Dog) pulls on the leash, walking in front the President (or whoever else is holding the leash) the dog is clearly in charge.
When Bo pulls the President on a leash, it means Bo is not trained. Or Bo's training isn't being reinforced. Also, by using a flex-type leash (which I believe I've seen used on Bo on TV), Bo is actually being reinforced to walk ahead just by the very equipment being used and how it is used. None of this has anything to do with what Millan asserts - and that is that the dog is in charge.
Millan has said repeatedly on TV, "you must be the pack leader."
To demonstrate leadership; walk ahead of your dog, and depart from doors before the dog. It sounds good, maybe...but I am telling you he made this stuff up. This demonstrates nothing (except maybe a well trained dog). There's no sound explanation based on any science whatsoever! Except, I must say I like it when people leave through doors first because it's safer. If your dog bolts out the door first, it either means you don't have control (a training issue - not a leadership issue) or your dog's really gotta pee.
Here's what Millan told Leslie Stahl on CBS "60 Minutes"
"If your dog doesn't learn to follow, you'll never have a disciplined pet.
I've seen them (President Obama and Bo) day one, and definitely day one was not a good
scene. The dog, Bo, was in front of the President of the
It's a matter of teaching Bo to heel and the Obama family reinforcing (all of them reinforcing) what the dog has been taught. It could be Bo is going every which way because he hasn't learned otherwise. However, I can assure you Bo isn't ahead of the President because he wants to run our nation, rule the White House or even take over as head of the Obama family.