• Cat

    Demystifying the many myths about cats

    He is called “the dog whisperer,” but as it turns out—somewhat famously—I called him “the dog screamer.” And I was not shy about it. What Cesar Millan was doing was hardly as subtle as a whisper. His TV shows often highlighted aversive training techniques, and I was not the only one exasperated by Millan’s methods—so were members of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (ACBC), who happen to like the humane and science-based notion of positive reinforcement. However, as Millan’s programs enjoyed success, more dog trainers began marketing themselves as whisperers or hanging a shingle on their doors and websites, calling themselves behaviorists (which, unless they are boarded diplomates of…

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