|Barked: Wed Sep 19, '12 12:49pm PST |
|You are not wrong, Mulder. It is just gray. There is no training that will succeed with every dog. And as regards training that is successful, for some it will come up as the ideal. For others, not. My only concern is if the training is credible.
THIS VIDEO was my epiphany episode. It is the whole episode, and IMO whomsoever wants to critique CM needs to look at him at his best, to be fair to him PERSONALLY. Those who object to his show I have no argument. With him as a person, or with his right to practice how he practices? That is where I bristle.
This is one of the episodes where he is in his element and he shines. It is a DA Rottweiler, brought to his rehab center. I not only extracted a tremendous amount of insight from this novel approach, but the progress of this dog is utterly remarkable. In a few weeks of work, a dog with long term, ingrained aggression frolicking with friends in his backyard. Hell-freakin-lo. I was eye rolling until I caught this episode. They were running a marathon right when a Dogster thread blew up so I investigated. Curiously good timing. This knocked my socks off....the progress and a very novel approach, with the pack in the background, their cohesion and behavior to captivate me.
Forget the home visits. A show to focus on his Center would be a ridiculous source of new insight for those in dogs long term. You can't adapt it to suit, but you still learn, get a window in. And this episode was a MASSIVE window for me. I for starters remain intrigued how his pack integrates so seamlessly...all those different breeds together....but also seeing how these troubled dogs adapt, and through those adaptions actually can have self discovery....although science would banish me from such a term Particularly so with Rotties, who he learned on, and Pits. There are some dogs who come to him where he the ideal. After seeing that episode, I can say that with confidence. Some where I can safely assume, as is true of all trainers, he is positively not.
There are certainly uncomfortable scenes in this....there are fights, there are pinnings, but all leading to positive outcomes and a highly unsocial dog actually making friends.
This work was, IMO, brilliant. Plenty others not, but it's all I needed to see to understand the uniqueness of his journey and vision. He's very much in his own bubble, not appropriate ala Jackson Galaxy for his own show, but that is not what he set out for. *THIS* is. It is an incredibly novel approach and there is stuff we can learn. The show isn't going anywhere. I wish it wasn't on but as I said, were it never to have been on, the dog world would have missed out on a unique insight had he at least journaled this unique approach. Those who say he doesn't know what they are doing can't do what he does, which is cause enough, IMO, to figure he is one up on us somewhere. This was remarkable work.
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