Tonight America’s most famous dog trainer, Cesar Millan, hits the stage at the Auditorium Theater in downtown Rochester. And his appearance has local dog trainers abuzz with discussions about dominance-based dog training and what many of them call his inhumane training methods.
In fact, a group of local trainers will be outside, handing out an informational sheet that explains why shock collars and other force-based training methods are inhumane, along with a list of local positive-based trainers.
In the interests of full disclosure, I have never seen “The Dog Whisperer” on TV, have not read Millan’s books (although I did pick up a copy of one at the used bookstore recently but haven’t read it yet) and I know almost nothing about Cesar Millan or his dog training methods, other than a brief profile on CBS Sunday Morning last year. (I found him to be very interesting as a person and was impressed that he had about a bazillion dogs living together when I have three dogs and a cat at war.)
But I’ve also seen some of his training clips and thought, “Uh, I wouldn’t want anyone to do that to my dog.” I saw dogs clearly in distress, exhibiting extreme anxiety, and being pulled, shoved, and even … let’s call it nudged with the heel of a boot … into obedience.
But since I’m neither an expert on Cesar Millan or on dog training, what I’m about to say is based only on my own reading about dogs, dog behavior, dog evolution, and animal communication. We’re talking several years and dozens and dozens of books. – and some personal experiences with aggressive dog training methods that in hindsight make me sick to my stomach to know that I put my dogs through what must have been terrible experiences.
What I’ve learned: boo on dominance-based training. Continue reading
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Tagged Auditorium Theater, books, canine evolution, Cesar Millan, dog training, Dog Whisperer, Ian Dunbar, John Bradshaw, NY, Raymond Coppinger, Rochester
Join the folks from Pitty Love Rescue on Wednesday, October 19 at The Little Theater as they host the Rochester, NY screening of the documentary film, “Beyond The Myth”.
The film explores the contributing factors behind the public’s generalized fear of “pit bulls”, and examines the conflict existing between advocates and opponents of breed discriminatory laws, commonly referred to as breed bans. It investigates the myths associated with the breed, challenges the idea that they are inherently vicious, presenting eye-opening research regarding the media’s role in influencing people’s opinion on “pit bulls”.
The screening begins at 7 PM on Wednesday, October 19 at The Little Theater, 240 East Avenue. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance at www.beyondthemythmovie.com.
For more information about Pitty Love Rescue, visit their website.
Posted in Dog behavior, Dog laws, Dogs in entertainment, Dogs in the news, Events, Rochester NY
Tagged animal adoption, animal rescue, dog behavior, dogs, Pets, Pit Bulls, Pitty Love Rescue, Rochester
This morning CBS Sunday Morning did a show of reruns of pieces they’ve done on pets, from Dean Koontz’s book “A Bit Little Life” to Alexandra Horowitz’s “Inside A Dog” to Bill Geist at a fish show to Austin, TX and their bats.
Tucked in there was a commentary from Faith Salie about not being a pet person.
On my personal blog I shared my thoughts about her commentary. But what do you think? A little bitter? Funny or not funny? Or do you agree with her?
Country music star Trace Adkins and his dogs Bella and Daisy.
Waggin’ Train dog treats has teamed up with country music star Trace Adkins for a fun contest designed to celebrate the special relationships people have with their dogs – and you and you pup are the stars!
The Waggin’ Train Tail Waggin’ Jingle Contest is searching the country for dog owners who have such a “tail waggin” good time with their best buddies that it inspires them to sing a jingle about it. One lucky Grand Prize winner will win the chance-of-a-lifetime to perform his or her jingle in a recording session produced by country music star Trace Adkins. Continue reading
IKEA gave us this funny “April Fool’s” joke today, with their “new” Doggy High Chair. Funny, except that I told you last July about the doggie high chair/booster seat that lets your dog eat at the table: Continue reading
I freely admit that I couldn’t have cared less about yesterday’s Super Bowl. Instead, I watched Masterpiece Classics’ “Emma” on our local PBS station, followed by a few episodes of “A Touch of Frost” on Netflix. So of course I missed the two biggest Super Bowl attractions: the half-time show and the ads.
As for the half-time show, I already know The Black Eyed Peas stink, so I didn’t miss anything.
But from what I hear, there were a few cute ads. At the top was the “Volkswagen Darth Vader” ad. But of course, the dogs also garnered big thumbs up, from Doritos and as usual, Bud Light. If, like me, you missed the ads, you can catch all 63 of the Super Bowl ads on the AdBlitz channel on YouTube. But here are three for you: Darth Vader, Bud Light’s Pet Sitter, and Doritos’ Pug Attack.