Cesar Millan finally gets his....I was certain I may have been the only TV/radio personality to directly confront Millan on-air.
I don't know UK TV host Alan Titchmarsh, but I most certainly celebrate his direct approach. He's asked the right questions.
It's the American Humane Association who negotiated at the time with the National Geographic Channel to put warnings on TV, scrolling as Millan trains - which essentially says, "Don't try this at home." For the first time, it seems Millan agrees those warnings are good idea. But then if his methods are not to be replicated - as he seems to admit - what's the point?
Also, I only hope he didn't quite tell the story of the parrot on the shoulder of the dog owner quite right. From here, it sounds like he was endangering the parrot.
Once on the air and live on WGN, Millan - by then frustrated with my dogged questioning about dominance, asked me. "Well, who's in charge at your house?" I answered, "Our cat." He was quite taken aback. Interesting, ever since, he's been sometimes using the cat example.
Titchmarsh is correct in every way. Punitive training is not necessary (you don't see 'warnings' on TV on anything Victoria Stilwell does, do you? Punitive training techniques are dangerous because when replicated, people may get hurt. While Millan doesn't mind getting bitten, most pet owners do (particularly children); if that happens - then what happens to the dog? Of course, then you likely have a dead dog.
He's also right about the RSPCA view on Mr. Millan's techniques. Many organizations have publicly withheld making statements for fear of being sued (which had been threatened on and off over the years - as I very much know). That's as punitive approach as his training methods, right?
Millan was apparently blaming me. Now, he can point that finger at someone else. Finally, a TV pro who's done his homework, and who isn't afraid of Cesar's wrath.
Tags: Alan Titchmarsh, aversive dog training, Cesar Millan, dog training, Dog Whisperer, It's Me or the Dog, National Geographic Channel, positive dog training, punishment, punitive dog training, RSPCA, Steve Dale, Steve Dale archives, Victoria Stilwell