You should check out Jean Donaldson's writings, if you haven't already. She is very much into debunking the "Disney myth" and having people focus on what motivates a dog - what's safe and what's not safe, what works and what doesn't work. She is also a huge proponent of backing up training theories with science, so her writings can be a touch dry, but still fascinating.Is CM's methods based on *he* pretending to be a DOG? I guess I don't really know how he trains in the end (other than those snippets from the few shows I've seen...).
I was more interested in how he brings to light how humans' preoccupations/temperament/personality/expectations/desires manifests in the dog who is on the receiving end of those emotions. I'm familiar with all the alpha theories and clickers and what have yous, but this very notion, I had not been aware before I saw the show. Grain of salt type thing for me, maybe.
True, people aren't going to watch every training session for weeks, but I really encourage you to watch "Barking Mad". I think they do a great job with the editing of showing the time that passes and the work the humans need to do to get the desired behavior.Calypso...
yep..that's true. That's how EVERY dog training show/snippet, inbetween filler I've EVER seen, from Barbara Woodhouse to Warren Eckstein...has ever been. People AIN'T gonna watch a 2 hour long show three time a week of one dog getting trained. At least not enough to make it financially feasible.
Cesar isn't responsible for the length or editing of his show...the network is. But apparently he gets to take the heat...!
I was asking Gina about that -- he obviously *has* something (vibe-wise) that most of us don't, and we discussed a bit about how her friend was trained to sort of carry himself and even think/emit vibes differently. I think this is the hardest part for humans, no matter what training method you use, because when you have a *difficult* doggie, it's easy for us humans to get frustrated/scared/distraught that we forget we're totally sending these messages to our dogs. This is the part of CM that I like, that he makes the humans look at themselves to see if their personal issues have been reflected in their dogs.It is interesting to me that all the ones I have met, the problem wasn't fixed. It was fixed for him, but when he wasn't around the aggression continued.
I totally agree, that it's an "of course a tired dog is a good dog!" kind of thing! I think, in terms of TV, this is another reason why the show is so popular. It seems to provide an easy solution. And, I think in a lot of cases of bored butt-less and energized dogs, simply wearing them out on a long power walk in the morning can do amazing things! The issue many of his clients on the show seem to have, though, is that these people are afraid to walk their dogs because of their behavior, and they end up being confined to a "jail" where they can't expend their energy.I get very frustrated because a huge part of what he preaches is exercise, but people choose to pass right over that. I was so disappointed the first time I saw his show because I had been hearing so much about him, but I didn't see anything that they weren't doing twenty years ago when I first started training my dogs.
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