Thursday, May 25, 2006
I admit it - I'm a fan of the The Dog Whisperer. I started watching it a year ago when I was housesitting for relatives with cable TV, and I thought it was great. What dog owner hasn't needed Cesar at one time or another? Of course, watching a show called The Dog Whisperer hasn't added to my credibility as a sensible person, so I was very pleased when Mr. Millan was profiled recently in both The New Yorker and The New York Times. Take that, skeptics.
Actually, I've read that some traditional dog trainers/behavioral specialists are indignant over the methods espoused by Mr. DW (and detailed in his recently published book), but that all sounds a bit like sour grapes. It's like Western medicine writing off freaky! unproven! shams! like acupuncture and chiropractics in the 80s. Don't knock it if it works, I say.
Anyway, I've tried using some of Cesar's techniques on Arthur, and for the most part, he just looks at me like I'm crazy. I guess I'm just not whisperer material.