I read a really outstanding article on Cesar Millan and his methods, in the blog of Patricia McConnell, which I follow regularly… Here is a snippet which catches the essence of her point of view:
I personally believe that Cesar loves dogs without question and wants to help them. I love that he advocates for more exercise for dogs and illustrates that many behavioral problems can be solved. However, I am deeply at odds with his perspective that behavioral problems are primarily caused by “dominance” issues, and that owners need to be physically forceful to achieve “leadership.”
The link takes you to it. The comments are very interesting too!
UPDATE: That article was written a while back, but these issues tend to be timeless, so it’s still well worth reading. As I was looking around the website of dog trainer Nicole Wilde recently, I found her article about why the Cesar Millan pig incident in the media wasn’t just about the pig. Again, excellent!
And here is a snippet from that article:
The problem is a man pushing dogs over threshold time and time again until they react, punishing them for it, and then deeming them cured.