Everyone has their own methods.
However, I watch his programmes and sometimes, am of the opinion that even when he feels, or states that a dog is in a 'passive submissive' state, I see a dog that is still somewhat stressed and unsure of what is going on.
This is indicated by a wide gaping mouth and panting.
All very well if the dog has been running around like a merry lunatic, or in hot weather, but a dog which has not been running or indulging in strenuous exercise, and is indoors, or in cool weather, and is panting rapidly and has a dripping or salivating tongue, is demonstrating a sure sign of a stressful mind-frame.
Cesar Millan has an outdoor Buddhist 'temple' room, and it would seem that he is a devotee of the practice.
But prong collars, and electrical gadgets - to my mind - merely teach the dog thorough Pain and Aversion.
This is not the way I would be happy to operate.
My advice to anyone wishing to use such advice, can be summed up in nine words:
"YOU put it on - now, give me the controls."
As one of my teachers pointed out - "A man convinced against his will, is of the same opinion, still....."
I work with
the dog, and help it to see that, if I perform certain actions, it's perfectly ok for him/her to co-operate with me, and give me seniority, because it's far more comfortable to do that.
The dog realises that if I take charge, I'm better equipped to do so, because I understand the world we're in, better than the dog does. So the dog willingly relinquishes the role of sometime leader, because it's not a role it feels comfortable adopting.
When an owner gives the dog mixed signals, the dog will give mixed responses.
What other choice does it have.....?
This is why I very often get owners saying -
"Sometimes he'll do this...." or "Sometimes, he'll act like that...."
It's the 'sometimes' that is a dead give-away......
But you know what?
The dogs 'get it', just like *that*.
It's the owners who take ages.
Because it's the owners who have to change their mind-set.
The dog, is a dog, is a dog.
It can't be anything else.
It's the human who has to stop thinking like a human -and expecting the dog to do likewise - and start thinking like a dog.
But once the human 'gets it' too.... well, it's a marriage made in heaven.......!
You want me to come visit, one day?
I only live in St Albans......
It'd be cool to meet up!
I'm offering, ok?