The Dog Whisperer is cancelled, but Cesar Millan will not stop existing
National Geographic has just announced that they’re canceling The Dog Whisperer, the long running show where Cesar Millan claims to “rehabilitate dogs, and train people.”
I’d say it’s more like he kicks dogs and confuses people. But whatever! The guy’s got charisma! So much so that the channel is bringing him back on a different show they’re introducing: Leader of the Pack. The good news is that this reality program will focus on a worthy cause: finding new homes for homeless dogs. The bad news is that it turns the adoption process into a game show.
I went to CesarMillan.com to learn more. But that site is owned by a karate/aerobics instructor from Madrid.
So, I went to CesarsWay.com, where I learned that the new show, which is also produced by National Geographic, will involve:
Training the families from the UK, Italy and the Netherlands who are hoping to give the dogs a new lease on life. Three families from each country will travel to Spain for each episode to compete for the chance to adopt one special pup, and their dog skills will be put to the test. Millan will evaluate each potential adoptee through a series of assessments designed to gauge their canine compatibility — and identify any red flags — before choosing the dog’s best match.
Wha? First of all, aren’t there enough adoptable dogs out there so that all of these people can get a dog without having to compete for it? Rhetorical question. Yes! Yes, there are.
What’s more, there are enough adoptable dogs in each of those countries to warrant an entire series. And enough potential dog owners, too. Why are they shipping families from all these different countries to Spanish dog pounds? Is that all Spain has to offer its European brethren now? A single homeless pup? Ugh.
Cesar Millan, nothing you do makes sense to me. I’ve heard other Positive Reinforcement trainers say that publicly speaking out against Cesar Millan is uncouth because it comes off sounding like “sour grapes.” So, let me be clear, Cesar: I’m not jealous of you. I wouldn’t want your fame or cult following. And dogs enjoy my company, I’m guessing more than they do yours, judging by the unhappy facial expressions and body language of the dogs you pose with on book covers and promo photos (see above). Indeed, I don’t covet anything you have in your life. I just think you’re an imbecile who has poorly guided more dog owners out there than any other single trainer I can think of. I could be all bullet point-y about why I dislike you, but I’ve done that before. It’s too late tonight, and I’m too tired from a day spent teaching happy dogs. So, tonight, I’m not hating you about anything specific. I am just stating that I find you just generally to be a confounding, repulsive man. It’s just a freeform loathing feeling that reached a kind of snarling apex tonight when I watched your smarmy mugging at the camera in the promo for your new show.
Okay, rant over. On a nicer note, I kind of like the below ads, which I came across recently. They’re for a past season of Millan’s show, The Dog Whisperer. But, even if they’re kind of funny at first glance, they–like everything else Millan does!– are misguided and misleading: I don’t see a single “issue” here that would actually bother a dog, let alone warrant training. Which is good, because training guidance is the last thing I hope viewers of this show are seeking.