Dog Owner Regrets Using “Outdated Methods” on Dog

Auckland, New Zealand: Dog owner Lewis Nicholls writes that he has “had enough now of talking about how great [he] thought Cesar was because it upsets [him] that [he] did: “Here is what I have since learnt. Cesar Millan is a self-taught ‘dog behaviourist’. He has no academic background and he uses a lot of dangerous, aversive, outdated and abusive methods in the name of training. The methods he promotes cause a lot of fear, stress and anxiety in dogs. His methods can ‘work’ because the dog learns they have no other option especially in cases of aggression. The dog behaves appropriately to avoid any physical or confrontational corrections.” Nicholls now uses positive reinforcement training.

About Susan Nilson

Susan Nilson began her career with Reuters in London, England, and has over 15 years’ editorial experience in print and digital publications across Europe, Asia and the Middle East. She is currently managing editor of BARKS from the Guild. She is also a companion animal behavior consultant and trainer (Centre of Applied Pet Ethology) and an accredited professional canine behavior consultant (Pet Professional Accreditation Board).

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