Clients are often surprised to learn that I don’t support the training techniques demonstrated by Cesar Millan, the dog trainer who gained fame on TV. His training methods rely on outdated information. The use of forced based training and flooding result in increased anxiety, fear, and aggression. These are not compassionate techniques and can fracture the bond between dogs and their owners. Serious injury of animals and people can result. Warning signs of aggression can become inhibited, leading to increased risk of injury in future aggressive incidents.
AVSAB, the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior, released a Position Statement following recent controversy in which a dog reportedly bit a pig on the ear. Please read this document for more information.