51 of 59 people found the following review helpful
Take a Breath,
This review is from: Be the Pack Leader: Use Cesar's Way to Transform Your Dog . . . and Your Life (Hardcover)
The major criticism of Millan is that his methods are too "harsh". What people fail to realize is that 1) the technique of "flooding" (forcing the dog to face/experience the things he fears (giving him praise and positive reinforcement each time) until he realizes there is nothing to be anxious about, while not often appropriate for humans is EXACTLY the way to approach animal/dog behavior; 2) touching the dog with an approximation of a mother dog's mouth (hand open, fingers apart like teeth) is not hurting the dog; neither is touching it with your foot while the dog isn't looking; 3)this man LOVES and RESPECTS dogs and would NEVER hurt them. AND he is not training dogs; he is rehabililtating them from being out of balance with their natures.
Get a grip, folks. There's always a critic out there, especially when someone has made a name for him/herself.
I've lived with/trained dogs since I was 5 years old and this man has taught/reminded me of many things that have improved my Doberman's behavior. He is now even happier than he was and I am trying to train myself to stop the behaviors that keep my dog unstable. If people don't like some of his methods then use only the ones you like. If you don't like any of them then go back to your own life and leave him alone.
This book, even more than his other one, is invaluable. Unless, of course, you don't want to look at your own dysfunctional behavior.