Thursday, August 31, 2006

down with the dog whisperer

nyt editorial pack of lies.

Mr. Millan builds his philosophy from a simplistic conception of the dog’s “natural” pack, controlled by a dominant alpha animal (usually male). In his scheme, that leader is the human, which leads to the conclusion that all behavior problems in dogs derive from the failure of the owner or owners to dominate. (Conveniently, by this logic, if Mr. Millan’s intervention doesn’t produce lasting results, it is the owner’s fault.)

Women are the worst offenders in his world. In one of the outtakes included in the four-DVD set of the first season of “Dog Whisperer,” Mr. Millan explains that a woman is “the only species that is wired different from the rest.” And a “woman always applies affection before discipline,” he says. “Man applies discipline then affection, so we’re more psychological than emotional. All animals follow dominant leaders; they don’t follow lovable leaders.”

Mr. Millan’s sexism is laughable; his ethology is outdated.

bad sexist dog trainer, bad! good boy, wally! (here's were you do the clicker and give me a snack). i really need to train you naked apes better. bad naked apes! down!


Blogger Tin Tin Blogdog said...

I'm with you, Wally.

Millan, fetch me a crocodile sandwich.


And make it snappy.

Chow for now,

Tin Tin xo

11:26 PM  
Blogger wally said...

yo tin tin--

good thing we'll never need his help because we're the kinda dogs who never need training. we're perfection dogonified.

your burpday looked awesome by the way. befitting a dog of your stature.


6:50 AM  
Blogger Sid the Dog said...

The real trick is to make the oppressors think and feel that they are the "alpha" while bending them to our will. After 9 1/2 years I've got this pretty well figured, it looks like you do too Wally.

Did you see the article about Mr. Dog Know It All in the New Yorker this spring? They had a human movement specialist watch his show and his body language is apparently really good. Everything else is about as brown and smelly as something I made B pick up this morning.

Have fun,
Sid the Dog

11:04 PM  

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