December 10, 2013 Sections
Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION
I am disappointed by the Oct. 22 article Leader of the pack, promoting Cesar Millan's dog-training methods.
The article leads people to think Millan's way is all good. It makes no mention of the controversy surrounding him, or that the dominance theory on which his core methods are based has been disproved by science.
There is no mention of the ever-growing body of critics against his outdated methods. No mention that there are alternative methods for teaching a dog, scientifically proven ones, that are successful, less stressful and hold less potential for damaging the dog, or the relationship between the dog and guardian.
I own a Catahoula dog, the same "unadoptable" breed mentioned in the article. When I call him, even from chasing a rabbit, he comes back to me as fast as he can sprint.
Guess why? He receives a tasty food treat every time he comes back. He also stayed lying down for 90 minutes during Thanksgiving dinner. He got the occasional bit of turkey in exchange.
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Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 28, 2013 A10