|Barked: Sat Jan 19, '13 1:10pm PST |
|Well I guess I should go back to Cesar or Victoria.....lol
I've learned things from both. I like Cesar's idea of calmness, some assertiveness (believe this depends entirely on the dog in question), and rules. But not so-called "dominance rules." I do expect my dogs to not bolt out the door, to sit reasonable quietly to be leashed up, but if it is more convenient that they go out the door first, so be it. But, all in all, he is a pack theorist, not a dominance theorist. And I am quite sure about this because I read "The Monks of New Skete" and raised a puppy with a very few of their ideas, which made absolutely no impact on his development.lol I have to say I really like the work that Cesar does with very aggressive dogs, pitties, and his rehoming of dogs that don't work out with owners.
Victoria is certainly not as charismatic as Cesar, be that as it may. She is amusing with her dress, her flashy car, etc. The premise of her show is markedly different. In addition, she works with dogs, usually, with much more minor problems than Cesar does, with less aggressive dogs. She works a lot with people who have "spoiled" their dogs, although I seen Cesar work with some very spoiled Chis and learned a lot from this. I remember in particular with Victoria, a dog who only ate ON the table from a fork, and a dog who wouldn't let the husband in bed. Fascinating and over the top behaviors, and amazing that the owners allowed them. I also found it interesting that by teaching the partner(s) who didn't like the dog a few tricks she improved the relationship. I don't know that that would work in all situations. She, like Cesar, puts a good emphasis on physical exercise and walks, which I feel is so important for all dogs. I have to say I also adopted the "Eh-eh" she used to use, rather than "no!"
But I find that both of them do stupid things. Just recently Cesar was teaching a Flattie to give up tossed toys. I thought he went about it completely wrong. And Victoria doesn't do enough obedience training in the home for me, or rather enough manners training.
So six of one, half dozen of the other. Heck, I used to watch Barbara Woodhouse and grew up with a Rudd Weatherwax book! I don't think I absolutely ruined a dog either.
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