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I M SO GLAD YOU COULDNT THINK OF ANYTHING ELSE TO PUT THERE BC THISIS PERFECT . NOTHING ELSE BEATS THIS.
THANK YOU SO MUCH
I haven’t ! I’ll look into it tho :3
did you know that scientists did a recent study showing that if you take a blue whale and lay it out onto a basketball court, the game is immediately cancelled
The number of times I’ve seen people with white GSDs, malamutes, and huskies being passed off as “Arctic wolves” is staggering - and frankly, rather aggravating to boot. Just because a dog has a white coat, upright ears, a long tail, and pale eyes, does not mean it’s a wolfdog.
Here are examples of true white wolfdogs of varying content for comparison:
Above is a high-content wolfdog. Note that this animal has a very narrow arrow-shaped skull, small angular eyes, lanky build, and rounded, well-furred ears. It also has dark pigmentation on its nose and around its eyes. This animal has many physical characteristics of a true white wolfdog.
Above is another high-content animal. It displays even more wolfy characteristics, including the cow-hocked stance of its back legs, pre-caudal gland on the tail, and large finger-like digits on its paws. They are not compact little ‘cat feet’ as seen on huskies.
But these are high-content animals. Low-content ones are much harder to distinguish, right?
Yes, and no. There are still many differences between a white wolfy-dog, and a real white wolfdog. The trick is to look past the coloration.
Here’s an example:
The above pup is a low/low-mid content wolfdog. Compare that to a white GSD/husky mix:
The difference should *hopefully* still be very apparent, as the physical build of the wolfdog differs greatly from that of the GSD/husky mix. He’s got well-furred rounded ears, defined cheek ruff, and almond-shaped eyes.
Here’s yet another example to drive the point home:
Can you guess which of these two has wolf content?
If you guessed the bottom pup, you are correct. Even though it has what appear to be blue eyes and a pink nose, it’s still got wolf traits that the upper pup does not, including a heavy cheek ruff, smaller eyes compared to skull size, hare feet instead of cat paws, and a longer, narrower muzzle. His lack of color is admittedly unique for a wolfdog, but it’s important to remember that phenotyping is about looking at the bigger picture, not just a collection of traits. This is especially true when it comes to lower-content animals!
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it’s a long topic because CM is VERY charismatic and /seems/ like a cool dude…but he’s really awful, like seriously seriously awful.
I was brainwashed by his philosophy at one point. It’s still a struggle sometimes to unwrite the impulse to “correct” a dog, but I’ve seen first-hand the damage it can do and I know that science based training is more humane, more effective, and faster.
This is my “why CM is awful” tag (and I just realized I’ve been spelling his last name wrong, whoops?), so there’s a lot of stuff in there. I’ll pull the most applicable posts and link them here.
Watching videos of him with the sound off can help you see how horrible he really is to the dogs. Watch a clicker trainer with the sound off and you can often still tell when the clicker starts clicking because the dog (or horse or bird or mouse or fish or…) immediately responds and engages in a happy, excited way.
His methods lead to aggression from the dog:
The highest frequency of aggression occurred in response to aversive (or punishing) interventions, even when the intervention was indirect:
• Hitting or kicking the dog (41% of owners reported aggression)
• Growling at the dog (41%)
• Forcing the dog to release an item from its mouth (38%)
• “Alpha roll” (forcing the dog onto its back and holding it down) (31%)
• “Dominance down” (forcing the dog onto its side) (29%)
• Grabbing the jowls or scruff (26%)
• Staring the dog down (staring at the dog until it looks away) (30%)
• Spraying the dog with water pistol or spray bottle (20%)
• Yelling “no” (15%)
• Forced exposure (forcibly exposing the dog to a stimulus – such as tile floors, noise or people – that frightens the dog) (12%)
In contrast, non-aversive methods resulted in much lower frequency of aggressive responses:
• Training the dog to sit for everything it wants (only 2% of owners reported aggression)
• Rewarding the dog for eye contact (2%)
• Food exchange for an item in its mouth instead of forcing the item out (6%)
• Rewarding the dog for “watch me” (0%)
(source) (CM uses 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, a version of 9, and 10 extensively; I’ve never seen him use anything from the non-aversive methods shown here except one time when he threw carrots at a dog and called it positive reinforcement. Not threw them /to/ the dog, purposefully hit the dog with bits of carrot.)
His misogyny (in general he is always saying that women can’t be pack leaders because blah blah blah, but here are some specific examples):
Women are the worst offenders in his world. In one of the outtakes included in the four-DVD set of the first season of “Dog Whisperer,” Mr. Millan explains that a woman is “the only species that is wired different from the rest.” And a “woman always applies affection before discipline,” he says. “Man applies discipline then affection, so we’re more psychological than emotional. All animals follow dominant leaders; they don’t follow lovable leaders.”
(source) (By the way, that last bit about animals following dominant leaders instead of lovable leaders is BS - I’ll try to find the source, but there was a study done on feral dogs that found that dogs prefered to follow the “leaders” who had the most friends, not the “leaders” that were most confrontational, like CM’s dominance mess is. Think about it: who’s more popular, the friendly teacher who jokes around with the class, or the hard-ass who doesn’t even allow talking in the halls between classes? Who would you willingly follow?)
Another instance, from a touring show in Victoria, Canada:
…THEN he kicked off the second half after intermission by comparing dogs to women in third world countries. Not even kidding you. You see Lainey, dogs today have too much food and affection. They are fat and loved but they have no discipline and exercise and therefore are unhappy…. women in third world countries, well they have no food and no affection but plenty of discipline and exercise and they are unhappy too. You see? Dogs and women need food, love, discipline and exercise, all FOUR….just imagine if you tried to tell a woman to go to the gym… you have to TRICK them into doing it HAR HAR HAR… just like dogs. The arena went SILENT. This comparison carried on for about 5 minutes while he tried to dig himself out. It didn’t work and he has lost me and I HOPE any other woman in that arena at that point.
I’m here to answer any questions in specific, but in general:
-He promotes ABUSIVE, ineffective, DANGEROUS training
-He is sexist in a very bold, demeaning way
-He refuses to educate himself further in the field of dog training, though he now has the time and resources to do so
Thankfully it seems his fame is winding down; “The Dog Whisperer” is done, his show where families competed to win a rescue dog is done, and his new show where he was doing something with experienced dog trainers is dead before it even started.
If you want some examples of good dog trainers, I recommend checking out:
- Nando Brown
- Victoria Stilwell
- Emily Larlham (Free YouTube videos under username “kikopup”)
The following trainers have wonderful, useful books:
- Dr. Sophia Yin
- Dr. Ian Dunbar
- Susan Clothier (haven’t read them personally but they’re recommended by people whose opinions I trust and value)
- Dr. Patricia McConnell
- Jean Donaldson
- Karen Pryor (I LOVE her book about clicker training.)
For specific issues:
- Scaredy Dog! Ali Brown (fearful dogs)
- Feisty Fido, Patricia McConnell (over-excitable dogs, reactive or “aggressive” dogs)
- I’ll Be Home Soon, Patricia McConnell (separation anxiety)
- Train Your Dog Like A Pro, Jean Donaldson (basic training)
- Control Unleashed, Leslie McDevitt (next-level training)
I’ll round this out with my last little anecdote about Opal.
Opal is my family’s German Shepherd. When she was a puppy I was still half-in, half-out of my CM brainwash phase. She began getting nervous and excited around other dogs during her second fear period, and began to bark and lunge at them. Our trainer at the time fitted her with a prong collar and told us how to use it.
It didn’t work. It made her worse. And yet, for a couple years we continued to use it because how else were we supposed to handle this ferocious, out of control dog? My dad, who is both tall and heavy-set, had to sit and hold her around the chest because he couldn’t hold onto the leash when a dog walked by on the other side of the road. She pulled my sisters down and across our entire front yard and down the driveway to get at other dogs. Once when I was walking her, she lunged at a dog in a (luckily) fenced in yard, and the prong collar broke off of her (another reason they’re shit, besides the pain-causing design). That was the turning point for me. I managed to catch her again while she was fence-running with the yard dog, got her home, and researched other ways to stop her from pulling and lunging.
Thank goodness for Victoria Stilwell’s “It’s Me or the Dog.”
After a couple months of focused desensitization/counter-conditioning (making her feel good about other dogs through gradual, at-a-distance exposure coupled with good things happening when she sees other dogs, for the non-training-geek), she was loads better. (Harnesses are brilliant and awesome and I love them.) I was able to attend a dog training class and have her focus on me and learn. By the fourth hour-long session, she was lying on her side (not cued or forced by me!) while the trainer was explaining new exercises - which is big, because that is a very vulnerable pose for a dog and she was in a room with five other dogs, including two mini schnauzer sisters who would often start fights with each other during lessons.
I now can take her running on a popular trail, where we pass dozens of dogs on each trip. She will walk by them and barely turn her head if I give her the “on-by” cue (on a good day. On a bad day I stand between her and the dog and she looks at them as we pass. Still loads better than before!).
We went to the dog park after our run yesterday to get her some water before driving home. The only other occupant was a slightly fearful pointer mix, who wasn’t sure if she wanted to play with Opal or not. Opal, in a complete opposite fashion from when she was younger and we were CM groupies, gave big, obvious “I am not a threat” body language. She approached on a curve, she did lovely loose body language and floppy goofy tail wags, she did play bows when the pointer started to play with her, and when the pointer had had enough and went “BLAARRRARARARRRRGGH” Opal looked away, then calmly walked away. (The pointer did not have the same clear body language as Opal. This happens often with punished dogs - they’re told “No, you can’t growl, no you can’t lunge, no you can’t say “I’m scared” so they bottle up their emotions until it’s all too much and it explodes.)
After that, the pointer started playing with Opal again, chasing Opal as Opal chased a frisbee. Pointer didn’t want Opal to engage with her, so Opal and I played fetch and pointer just ran after Opal wherever she went. It was sad to see the pointer acting as Opal had years ago, but such a contrast between the two was a striking illustration of just how far Opal’s come along once I understood her and started working with her rather than against.