NBC: Cesar Milan, The Dog Whisperer, Under Investigation for Alleged Animal Cruelty

 
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Cesar Milan Alleged Animal Cruelty

Cesar Milan, The Dog Whisperer, Under Investigation for Alleged Animal Cruelty

Erin Elizabeth’s note: I only met Cesar Milan once in the early 2000s at the dog park when I lived in Los Angeles. He was pleasant and polite. I don’t watch the show so it’s tough for me to make a judgement as I don’t know if this is usual or rare…

We are happy to add any other YouTube video as well if anyone has one, as we cannot find one.

STORY: According to authorities, the “Dog Whisperer”, Cesar Millan is under investigation for alleged animal cruelty; the incident apparently happened while filming for his “Cesar 911” TV show. Investigators with LA County Animal Control and deputies from the Sheriff’s office went to his Dog Psychology Center in Santa Clarita on Thursday evening but Milan was not at home.

The clip, provided by Nat Geo WILD, is the reason for the animal abuse investigation. Soon after this episode aired, animal welfare officials were inundated with tips about potential abuse. If you didn’t watch the clip, Milan is attempting to help a dog- who had previously attacked some pet pigs- to create better memories and make better choices. However, the stage that Milan and his employees set, as is alleged in the video, allows the dog to attack and bite the small pig’s ear before he is stopped.

Animal Control has issued a 24-hour notice to Milan, requiring him to make contact.

As you can imagine, the incident has upset many people and both animal activists and animal welfare groups have taken to social media to denounce the incident and ask for the canceling of his show. Millan may be a self-taught dog behaviorist (who has some New York Times best-selling books on the subject)and he may have TV shows, but it would appear he has gone too far this time.

I love animals and it pained me to watch this. I hope this issue can swiftly come to a close and that we don’t ever see this happen again.

Source: NBC Miami








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  • sandman

    There has been a concerted effort to ruin Cesar Millan for years based on his methods which are anathema to religiously established ones run by liberal social justice warriors.This is nothing more than a hit piece rooted in contempt and jealousy. It is in the same category as climate change advocates attacking any who dare question their “science.” Or in the same vein as “health” advocates attacking raw milk producers or non-vaxers. Nothing new here. Challenging an embedded system has risks for those who dare cross the line as this site well knows.

  • lol. what

  • Chris Mullins

    I don’t know enough about dog training, but I have watched Cesar’s show. He seems to have a gift for working with dogs. I have heard he does sometimes use some practices when working with difficult cases that could be seen as questionable, but I don’t think he should be vilified for this. I consider myself liberal and I believe in social justice, but it does seem that Cesar is being vilified by certain folks. If people really care about animals or anything for that matter, they should participate in a healthy dialogue about things they are concerned about, not do things like create videos to tarnish people’s reputations. Also, the music added to the video is unnecessary. These are manipulative tactics I see all the time. I couldn’t watch the whole the video because of all of that added stuff.

  • Gloria

    I watched an old devil dog who wasn’t ever trained properly take advantage of the situation. Cesar is an excellent trainer..but this was an accident.

  • Michele Menzo Godlevski

    cesar milan uses fear and intimidation with dogs. He teaches absolutely nothing to the dog, but for the dog to fear and avoid him. cesar is abusive and uneducated. I am a professional and certified animal behavior consultant. I can tell you that little kids watch cesar’s show and get BITTEN mimicking him. It happens so often than I have started to call them “cesar bites” (they are usually to the face). Dominance theory is from the ***1950s*** Applied animal behavioral science is LOT more sophisticated and humane than this caveman’s techniques. He has become a dangerous example to young people everywhere and should be taken off the air. There needs to be a class-action suit from all of the people who have been bitten using his techniques. Perhaps, only then, Nat Geo would pay attention to what we have been trying to tell them for years. This guy is a liability and a fraud.

  • Linda Harrison

    Cesar always stresses “do not try this at home” & certainly not intended for kids. Cesar’s methods are direct & cut through the phsycho-babble the “new trainers” like to hype, sort of re-inventing the wheel. Dog-training is not rocket-science.

  • Michele Menzo Godlevski

    World-renowned animal behaviorists all agree that cesar is unethical and inhumane. Its a shame that just because he has a television show that people actually believe animal cruelty is o.k. Its really not.

  • Michele Menzo Godlevski

    Please see the ASPCA’s statement on humane training. Please see a real animal behaviorist, Dr. Ian Dunbar’s stance on training methods. Also see Jean Donaldson, Pat Miller, or Victoria Stillwell’s sites for their stance on humane training. THESE people are keynote speakers at dog behavior and training conferences I attend each year. cesar milan, is, unfortunately the consistent example we all use of what NOT to do.

  • Linda Harrison

    These people—most notably Pat Miller, who” controls” her own dogs with a barrage of treats, who took 18 months to be able to cut her dog’s nails–are hardly of Cesar’s caliber. Cookies do not train a dog.

  • Linda Harrison

    It is not cruel to be firm with a dog, or forceful when necessary. The people who think so are the ones who wind up with unreliably trained dogs who think it’s all about getting one more cookie.—which means not really trained at all.

  • Michele Menzo Godlevski

    So if you worked for me, I could force you to work, and not pay you? Do you work for no pay? Or do you work so you can eat? Funny how circus and marine mammal trainers all ask their animals to work for food. Maybe because if you force a lion to do something, he will kill you. People abuse dogs because they are uneducated.

  • belowzero

    Ask some animal control officers around the country and they will tell you that reported dog bites increase within a day or two of his episodes airing. This self-taught hack uses outdated training techniques like a back alley abortionist uses a coat hanger. Yeah, it works and doesn’t end justity the means? His so called “gift” for rehabilitating dogs is no more than intimidation, fear and careful TV editing. Remember folks, just because it’s on TV doesn’t mean it’s real. He’s not a dog trainer, he just plays one on TV.

  • Michele Menzo Godlevski

    As Abraham Lincoln said “Violence begins where knowledge ends”. It is this simple. Spend some time educating yourself – go spend some time with marine mammal trainers. When you see how they teach killer whales to accept veterinary care you might have a different perspective. Spend some time at Wolf Park so you really understand the difference between wolves and dogs. You will actually be able to go in with the wolves if you do an internship there….but NOT because anyone has alpha-rolled them. The wolves are fully capable of killing a human….but they don’t…because they have learned that they can trust them and they count on them to provide food. There are so many opportunities for you to educate yourself. You don’t have to be bigger and stronger than your dog….just smarter.

  • belowzero

    Ian Dunbar, Victoria Stillwell, Jean Donaldson, Pat Miller – these people are credentialed “real” dog trainers. Cesar Millan isn’t even good enough to wipe Dr. Ian Dunbar’s nose. It’s a shame Dunbar was not the one that went after TV fame and fortune. That’s not his style but, my god, look who we ended up with?

  • belowzero

    And that’s the problem. He says “don’t try this at home”. But people do and people get attacked by their dogs. How many dogs have ended up in shelters because people did something they saw on “The Dog Whisperer”? I work with many shelter employees and they hear it all the time “I did this thing I saw Cesar do and he bite my face. We can’t keep him if we can’t trust him. He’s dangerous”.

  • Michele Menzo Godlevski

    Agreed belowzero. I don’t even like to watch Nat Geo because they take his money. By the way,we are protesting cesar milan coming to our town by hosting a FREE behavior seminar called “Force Free Training” with the top behavior consultants in our area. We had so many people sign up for the seminar that we had to add a second date. I would recommend others do the same. Fight ignorance with education. Its our only hope for ending abusive dog training.

  • Michele Menzo Godlevski

    Thank you belowzero. Well said.

  • Linda Harrison

    Dogs have a historical partnership with humans that marine and other wild animals do not. It is not abusive to teach a dog that he must learn certain rules or to submit ( not a dirty word!) to his owner’s authority over him. I realize “submit” is another of those dirty words.

  • Linda Harrison

    No, the problem is that people are stupid. Cesar is showing what CAN be accomplished by a trainer. He teaches his methods to his clients, not to the t.v. audience. But–again–people are stupid. Don’t shoot the messenger .

  • Michele Menzo Godlevski

    “submit” was also a word used when people thought slavery was o.k.
    I feel sorry for your dogs and I hope you find a kinder, more educated way to train someday. Ironically, if you do, the trainers you bash now will actually welcome you. I just hope your dogs will forgive you.

  • Linda Harrison

    Comparing it to slavery is quite a distortion, and if that’s how you see it you need to educate yourself more about dogs. They aren’t as complicated as your type of trainer would like everyone to believe. I understand you need to re-invent so as to claim to be “better”. That doesn’t discredit the tried & true. My dear, I crawled with dogs as a toddler, have been with them all of my 66 years. Have worked with them 45 years, from back when no one neutered . My males all got along, pack of 10, no static. No cookies. I was the leader, no question. You couldn’t accomplish that with cookies in your wildest dreams. And no, I did not abuse. I’d give my life & my last dollar to save one of my animals. My being the “alpha” doesn’t mean I subjugate or denigrate.I love and cherish them with my full heart. It means they can trust me 100% to keep them safe, if they learn the rules. We all have to learn the rules of life in order to stay safe & prosper. Good luck to you & yours, you’ll need it.

  • Casey

    I would of killed that dog with my bear hands! Any dogs that chases cats, squirrels or other dogs in an attempt to fight or kill, has to be killed!!!

  • Sarah Riddle Fowler

    This is both ridiculous and unfortunate. Cesar Milan has done for pet owners and dogs around the world a huge service in helping dog owners be better pet owners. THIS particular dog just did not want to be alpha’d. This was not abuse….trying to make a dog lay down has now become abuse?? Says the same people never discipline your children and now look where our country is at. Corrective behavior is necessary for children and dogs…even adults. If Cesar is guilty of anything is his judgement about the dog. Not abuse. Some of you have no clear idea what abuse is. True abuse. There is a difference…a HUGE difference between corrective behavior and abuse. Like I said, if he is guilty of anything perhaps judgement. Create the squeel while the dog was still on the leash…. This dog was out of control…killing pigs?? Are you kidding? And you cry fowl on Cesar?? Cesar was this dogs last hope before going to the gas chamber. Good grief.

  • Michele Menzo Godlevski

    Hmmn….considering I have put a total of 18 agility championships on dogs using positive reinforcement, I don’t think I need your patronizing,outdated advice.

  • Linda Harrison

    Agility & tricks are a totally different issue. They aren’t the do or die of Life.

  • Cris

    There nothing wrong with the way he trains, Inwatch the clip and that not abuse y’all just want something to bitch about grow and get a life

  • wow…

    I completely agree with you Linda, Michele seems to deal with certain ‘types’ of dogs. My Bullie would not listen to me if I tried the treat method, he could care less. I have to be firm with him, it has nothing to do with how much I love my dog. He was a rescue dog. He tries to run the show and push people around, I have to be his pack leader or that would be it. He is a 100 pounds of solid muscle, try being all cutsie with a dog like that. He would run all over you in seconds. Cesar’s training worked for him!!
    You can blah blah blah all you want Michele, that doesn’t make you right. She seems to be the type of person that let’s her kids run around disturbing everyone because it makes the kids happy and who cares about anyone else..Cesar deals with hard to train, aggressive dogs that would be put down otherwise. I shake my head at you Michele and shake your hand Linda.

  • Linda Harrison

    Thank you, Wow, for your voice of reason. It’s appreciated.

  • Michele Menzo Godlevski

    Umm….I am a certified behavior consultant who also does InBoard training. I work with and LIVE with Bullies, German Shepherds, and just about all breeds. I do not let my dogs run around disturbing everyone….in fact…my dogs are not only always on leash unless in a fenced area, but I have mostly rescue dogs, several of whom have begun with behavior problems and later become therapy dogs and/or agility champions. I have also written 4 books on dog training. Wake up wow. Its 2016, not 1916.

  • Linda Harrison

    Various training methods work, it’s the message/lesson they teach that differs. A dog learns obedience as necessary to it’s safety, well-being and concept of it’s place in Life. I adopted an adult Ridgeback who could do every command snap-quick. His owner so liked to show him off. But the dog was in reality was a bundle of insecurity & severe anxiety. He had no authority figure. He was not grounded, so to speak. He ran around the house checking & re-checking, couldn’t relax if alone. The day he bit the infant–well, he was to be euthanized. We took him. He was also a confirmed cat-killer, and I had one. I wouldn’t have risked it if I felt I couldn’t do it, but have worked with many fighters with great success. Needless to say, he learned my cat was to be respected. He had ground-up obedience, old-school. No abuse, but no goodies either. He & my cat were cuddle-buddies. The difference in training approaches/philosophies is like the difference between getting your kid to do chores for money/privileges or simply because he/she should be a contributing member of the family. It’s the difference in the lesson learned that is critical. Does one do what’s right for the reward only, or simply because doing right is what creates harmony in one’s own personal world as well as in the world at large?

  • wow…

    Yes, the documentary Blackfish was quite eye opening, ty for reiterating my thoughts on your logic.

  • wow…

    Yes, the documentary Blackfish was quite eye opening, ty for reiterating my thoughts on your logic. Smh

  • wow…

    Lost cause lol..I am sure you THINK you are the best at dog training, get off your high horse! Writing books Ooooo, anyone can write a book lady, so what. You can do things your way and I can do it mine, so quit insulting people and recognize that we all have the same goal in mind, to have happy, healthy dogs..!!! Geez, pretentious people severely p*ss me off..Cesar is a great trainer, loves his dogs. YOU are NOT the be all, end all to dog training. You do not live with all breeds, what a ridiculous thing to say, you are trying so desperately to justify your methods you are lying through your teeth. There are 340 breeds in the world, you do not have them all living in your house smh….

  • wtf

    oh, stop already

  • Diana Jones

    Thank you both for reason! I have worked with animals for years and not just dogs. Like children, different methods work with different dogs (or any animal) but Ceaser is right..in order to get dogs and animals to follow you must assume an alpha role. Michele is living in a dream world!

  • Bonnie Gray

    What books have you written? I’d like to look for them.