I believe the original question was asking which trainers everyone has experience with, and then to explain why you like that trainer, and then somehow it came down to a Caesar bash. I have been a trainer for 10 years now and I have experience with both main stream ideas. Ian Dunbar who is mostly treat and reward based, and Caesar Millan who uses a pack philosophy to put emphasis on the role of a leader. 90 percent of my clients are puppies or adult dogs without aggression issues and in these cases I use Ian Dunbars methods. They allow us to teach a dog basic behaviors while at the same time firmly cementing ourselves as the "leader." We speak, dog listens and responds accordingly. That is the basis for a "leader-follower" relationship. On top of that, treats as rewards also places the owner in the role as a provider, a.k.a leader. But with the other 10 percent of my clients, I am dealing with dogs who have aggression issues. Some of these dogs are extremely intelligent and can sit, lay, stay till their owners are blue in the face, so long as they are the only dog in the room. Introduce another dog, and getting them to even look in your direction is completely impossible without SOME form of what Caesar calls "touch." Regardless of what most people have to say about Caesars method, it is NEEDED in some cases, and is effective in ALL cases. Being a good leader is the only way to have a good relationship with your dog. By treating our dogs as children or by over protecting them or by spoiling them, we make it impossible to have a happy and healthy connection.
I watched probably every episode of the Dog Whisperer there is, at least half of them before I got my dog. I rescued a 2 year old female beagle who wasn't housebroken, didn't respect property, and would initially lead me chases through the neighborhood.
Utilizing Cesar's techniques consistently, through exercise, rules boundaries and limitations, socialization, I have shaped her into the most Respectful, attentive, loyal, calm & submissive hound I could ever imagine her being.
A year later, she continues to amaze me with how balanced she has become, she walks next to me without a leash seldom leaves my side. I owe so much to Cesar, he really is an amazing man who has helped improve the lives of so many Dogs & Owners. I really can find no fault in what he does.
I believe the orginal question was Do you like Cesar and why?/why not? which other trainers have you watch/read about/ JMO~ I have watched Cesar, I have compared his training issues to my own, have I used any of his? no I firmly belive your not going to "cure" a behavoir problem in an animal in 30 minutes, I doubt seriously the "customers" he has on tv are really intrested in reteaching their dogs, their more intrested in being on TV...
My favorite dog trainers and who I learned the most from were my parents. Has every dog I worked with turned out to be the perfect "dog of your Dreams" UHHH, NO... I don't use chokers, clickers (yes a raging dog is gonna focus that while he is focused on a another dog)treat training is for puppies, and I never hit or abuse an animal in anyway.
If people were more like animals the world would be a better place...