Posts in category "Cesar Millan"

Sophia Yin, Lorie Huston: Giant Contributions for Pets

Sophia Yin, Lorie Huston: Giant Contributions for Pets
 Dr. Sophia Yin, an applied animal behaviorist, was one of the first to join my public outcry of then-popular dog trainer Cesar Millan’s emphasis on forceful, aversive dog training as well as conveying misleading messages regarding dog behavior. In a 2005 newspaper piece for this column, Yin said of Millan, “He seems to have found success... Read more »

Dog Behavior Book, American College of Veterinary Behaviorists

Dog Behavior Book, American College of Veterinary Behaviorists
To this day, Google “dog screamer” in the number one position, up pops a story I wrote for this national newspaper column, called “He Ought To Call Himself the Dog Screamer.” That column, written back in 2006, went crazy viral. I received hundreds of pieces of hate email because I dared express concerns about dog... Read more »

Bill Leff WGN Podcast: Obama and Service Dogs; Pets on Halloween; Fixing Werewolves and More

Bill Leff WGN Podcast: Obama and Service Dogs; Pets on Halloween; Fixing Werewolves and More
I talk about a wide variety of topics with Bill Leff of WGN Radio. LISTEN HERE Bill Leff  was a problem for me….I couldn’t stop laughing….Always enjoy appearing on Bill’s show – but my stomach hurt by the time this guest shot was over. I seriously did speak about the VA’s sudden suspension of support of service... Read more »
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Nailing Cesar Millan With Tough, Truthful, Appropriate Questions - It's About Time

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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... Read more »

Cesar Millan's Dutch Response: Piep You, Steve Dale

Cesar Millan's Dutch Response: Piep You, Steve Dale
I know I’ve been outspoken and publicly critical of Cesar Millan’s training methods (of course, I’m not alone). One example is here…..Still, there are many topics where I agree with Millan. As one example, I admire his support to elevate the status of Pit Bull type dogs. No matter, I believe I am civil and... Read more »

Dog Whisperer is Silenced

Dog Whisperer is Silenced
I received several thank you notes, thanking me for Cesar Millan’s apparent cancellation from National Geographic’s WILD.And I will no doubt receive hate mail too. Thing is – this isn’t about me…. Nearly from the time The Dog Whisperer premiered (in 2004) on the National Geographic Channel, I have been critical (concerned is a better... Read more »
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To Teach Dogs, Follow the Science or Follow Your Heart; Not the Dog Whisperer

To Teach Dogs, Follow the Science or Follow Your Heart; Not the Dog Whisperer
By Steve Dale Author Jennifer Arnold couldn’t say it all in her first book, “Through a Dog’s Eyes,” so she wrote a second book, “In a Dog’s Heart” (Spiegel and Grau, New York, NY, 2011; $25). In the new book, she focuses a lot on the connection we can develop with our dogs, and how... Read more »

WGN Radio Petcast: Benefit for Canine Pioneer; Miss Meowsky with Scary Pet Costumes; Jennifer Arnold "In A Dog's Heart"

WGN Radio Petcast: Benefit for Canine Pioneer; Miss Meowsky with Scary Pet Costumes; Jennifer Arnold "In A Dog's Heart"
Listen HERE to this WGN Radio Steve Dale’s Pet World Petcast – a podcast for pet lovers. (may take a few moments to load) The dog community is pulling together to help Stacey Hawk, a pioneer dog agility instructor as and founder of Wiggley Field, the dog park which made all other Chicago Dog Friendly... Read more »

Pet Behavior Myths

Pet Behavior Myths
I love this story at DVM 360, “!0 Life Threatening Behavior Myths,” by veterinary behaviorist Dr. Valerie Tynes. It’s a particularly well written read but an important one because animals really do lose their lives as a result of these myths. Behavior problems continue to be the leading cause of relinquishment and euthanasia of pets... Read more »
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Pit Bull Fact and Fiction

In many places the over-population problem among dogs, and their numbers in shelters has diminished a lot! However, it seems most shelters in most places do have an abundance of Pit Bull-type dogs.
Pit Bulls today really do get a bad rap. A recent Yahoo.com story told the truth. Historically, Pit Bulls have always been terrific family dogs. It’s true, from Poodles to Pomeranians – all dogs are loyal, and love their families…Somehow, some way that devotion ranks even higher among Pit Bulls. In fact, they were chosen... Read more »
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