This be a post all about shame. I got a sore spot on my chin and I wouldn’t stop scratching it so Mum put me in the Cone of Shame. I doesn’t like it. I don’t care about the cone so much, but I doesn’t like not being able to scratch. I has developed cunning ways to get it off like pretending I need new water and whining. This works very well on TNP. Also my scratching has got a ‘secondary infection’ or so the vet lady says so now I has to take some antibiotics too. Why the cone of shame? Mum says cos I did it to myself and ‘shame’ means “the painful feeling arising from the consciousness of something dishonorable, improper, ridiculous, etc., done byoneself or another” According to the dictionary anyways.
Ok, now for the rest of the post. This also about shame, by the very definition of the word. Mum believes in positive dog training, not just for trainings. But for life stuff too. So this can often be a bit anti to the theories and practices displayed by one popular dog trainer. Because we value all of our friends a lot Mum avoids posting about it when issues crop up and she tries not to sound mean about him when we see posts on him, because we know that some of you do like him a lot and we would not want to upset or offend anyone. We believe that everyone be entitled to their point of view and there really do be lots of different ways of dealing with something, so we don’t disregard any one trainer out of hand and everyone can agree that he has done some good, for some dogs. But we got sent a video on Facebook which someone has compiled showing one particular method that this person uses.
Edit from Mum.
After sleeping on it, I decided to take the video down. When I first saw it I was really shocked, disgusted, dismayed etc. I felt like I had to do something about it! But Ludo’s blog is not the place to show this sort of thing. Maybe because I have a sensitive dog I am more affected by these mehhods as I know what harm they would do to MY dog. Maybe every dog is different? I’ve included a link to the original post on another blog instead.
You can see it here: http://www.dancingdogblog.com/2011/03/cesar-millan-abuse-is-not-a-training-tool/
(The title, well, it’s very sensationalist and I don’t like that sort of thing, but you can’t deny the facts and it’s very different, seeing it all compiled like this. I’ve always found the kick and the choking and pinching etc that are used very unsettling, but it is easy not to realise what is happening when it is a quick second of footage contained within a segment and has someone waffling away over the top of the physicality. I realise that some of the people that go to CM to appear on the show are at their wits end, but I still do not believe that it excuses his type of ‘method’. You will see from the video, even if you ignore the very biased way it’s put together, that the dogs are often set up and then prodded etc to get a better/more dramatic reaction for the camera. I tried to ignore the kicks and look at the dogs and the setting and looked to see in what way was it necessary? I just can’t agree with showmanship meaning more than the well being of the animals.) Yes it’s true that a video could be made of all the good things he does (isn’t that what the show is?) but I would hope that you could take all the footage of a positive trainer and never be able to make a video of this ilk. It could only be put together because it existed in the first place.
ok, that’s my rant over. Sorry for corrupting Ludo’s blog with it, but it is an issue I do feel very strongly about.