This guy travels from problem dog to problem dog and "fixes" what's wrong with them. One dog was obsessed with laser pointers, and would always walk with his head down, looking around frantically for the light. Other cases had jealous dogs, protective dogs, and the like. Most of the dogs he cures he does through asserting his dominance over the animal. Tivo it or catch it if you can, it's not bad.
I saw it for the first time last night. He had a dog that was "OCD". He would constantly pace and run back and forth. In the back yard, he had made a path in the grass from running so many times back and forth. The owner said that he looked like he was exhausted but just could not quit. The trainer said that when they brought him home from being adopted, they let him have free reign of house and yard and it was too much for him... On the 2 different dogs that I saw, the one common training issue was to make sure you take them for a walk at least 30 minutes a day... aggressive dogs need to take a longer walk. It was very interesting!
I watch the dog whisper reguarly. and have used some of techniques on my dogs. Ceasar Millan is coming out with a book next year. I have lots of success with his techniques. I got gunny not to be afraid of water, A fear I was told was incurable by trainers and books. He is not fullt confident in the water yet. but he is not afraid to go in and is building his cofidence. Ceasar has a great view on the Alpha theory. I tape all his shows now.
Can you please, please tell me what episode it was that Caesar dealt with the laser pointer? We're desperate, our dog grows worse daily with chasing shadows and would love to know how Caesar dealth with the problem. Thanks so much!!
Regarding the laser pointer episode of The Dog Whisperer: I'm pretty sure it was the episode "Harry and Brooks." You can see a full listing of eps here: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/channel/dogwhisperer/episodes.html You should watch the episode of course, but the main thrust of Ceaser's solution was to take Brooks for regular walks (big surprise! ;>). During the walk, Ceaser had Brooks's leash up high--like they do in dog shows, and it prevented Brooks from looking down. Ceasar said if the owners continued to regularly prevent Brooks from indulging in the behavior (and gave him a regular outlet for his energy) that Brooks would eventually stop looking for lights or shadows or whatever. The keys seemed to be: draining the dogs energy, immediately correcting the negative behavior, and doing these things consistently. Ceasar also emphasized that it would take a while for the dog to permanently stop--but that it was very important that the owners kept up the routine the entire time.
Scout1 Well, Just from watching the show. (I will be attending cesars seminar in feb.) Cesar defintly believes in playing on the pack instincts of a dog. with importance to being the leader. THe intresting thing is how applies the "alpha theory" with calm assertive dominace. He is not over a over bearing tyrant, nor a bleeding heart. he seems to have found a great balance between dominating a dog and being humane. He is releasing a book in july 2005. which i am eagrly awaiting. his theory is pretty simple. dogs do what there allowed to. and dogs can defintly sense our state of mind. Cesar defintly is highly educated about dogs. although i do not know his formal education. he seems to know a great deal about human psychology also.