Have copied this from another forum... You all know what i think of
Caesar Milan. Now read this!
"I dont have the time/inclination to add what I think but thought I should post the APDT view of caesar milan - he is coming to the UK and I know quite a few people are going....
We are aware that some of you are concerned about our apparent inaction over the forthcoming tour by Cesar Millan.
The Committee believe that the methods employed and publicised by Cesar Milan should be exposed for what they are. However, we believe that an emotional harangue would be pointless and could generate even more publicity for this man. He is well versed in working the media and has the support of skilled PR advisors who are capable portraying our stance as a form of sour grapes.
The man is, in our view, well prepared for the criticism that will come his way and even though he says, in his latest book, that he is not a trainer, the dog owning public will still see him as such. They will also be swayed by television programmes that seem to offer instant solutions to problems that require much greater time and effort to sort out under the guidance of a ¡®positive¡¯ instructor. If he can sort out a dog in minutes, why should they listen to us when we might take a few days?
We were contacted a little while ago about supporting the RSPCA with a joint press release ¨C including KC, Blue Cross, APBC etc ¨C and we decided that this provided the best way to inform people of our concerns regarding methods being shown on the television. The majority of the organisations supporting the statement are well known to members of the public, and we felt that a joint statement with welfare organisations would be more likely to be heeded than by training organisations alone.
The press release will be issued today ¨C in the UK and other countries ¨C and will hopefully generate discussion regarding methods. Please be ready to explain to your clients why the apparent ¡®quick fixes¡¯ often portrayed on TV do not work.
A website www.dogwelfarecampaign.org has been set up answering questions about dominance, dominance and status reduction programmes, punishment and finding a trainer. You will see the press release on the front page of the site. The site will have links to each of the organisations who were involved in the press release. We commend this web site to you and recommend that you publicise it at every opportunity.
My apologies that we were not able to tell you about this press release ahead of time but we ¨C and the other organisations involved ¨C were asked for total confidentiality and to limit discussion to committee.
Val Harvey APDT Chairman
15 December 2009 Embargo: 00:01, 16 December 2009
Problems with aversive dog training techniques
UK animal welfare, behaviour, training and veterinary organisations1 are warning of the possible dangers of using techniques for training dogs that can cause pain and fear, such as some of those seen used by Cesar Millan, who has announced a UK tour next year.
The organisations have joined forces to voice their serious concerns about techniques which pose welfare problems for dogs and significant risk to owners who may copy them. These concerns are shared, and the statement supported, by similar organisations around the world2 and in continental Europe3.
Aversive training techniques, which have been seen to be used by Cesar Millan, are based on the principle of applying an unpleasant stimulus to inhibit behaviour. This kind of training technique can include the use of prong collars, electric shock collars, restricting dogs¡ä air supply using nooses/leads or pinning them to the ground, which can cause pain and distress. The use of such techniques may compromise the welfare of dogs and may worsen the behavioural problems they aim to address, potentially placing owners at considerable risk. A number of scientific studies have found an association between the use of aversive training techniques and the occurrence of undesired behaviours in dogs.
The organisations believe that the use of such training techniques is not only unacceptable from a welfare perspective, but that this type of approach is not necessary for the modification of dog behaviour. Dog trainers all over the UK use reward-based methods to train dogs very effectively. Where dogs have behaviours which owners find unacceptable, such as aggression or destruction, qualified behaviourists achieve long term changes in behaviour through the use of established and validated techniques of behaviour modification without subjecting dogs to training techniques which may cause pain or distress.
We urge dog owners to carefully consider the help they choose to train their dogs or tackle behavioural problems. Anyone can call themselves a behaviour expert, but we believe that only those with a combination of appropriate qualifications, up to date knowledge as well as skills and experience should be treating dogs, and should only do so in a way which does not put the welfare of the dogs at risk.
Further information on:
the misconceptions which underlie the use of aversive training techniques
the development of behaviour in dogs
the problems associated with the use of aversive training techniques
finding a suitable trainer or behaviourist
can be found at: www.dogwelfarecampaign.org"