Cesar Millan was not a name I was familiar with, although I had heard people talk about The Dog Whisperer. This TV show is a take off on the "Horse Whisperer," a movie about a guy who could work with troubled horses by simply getting intimate with them. The Dog Whisperer guy does the same thing, more or less, supposedly with dogs instead of horses.
Actually, if you watch a few episodes you’ll notice that Cesar Millan doesn’t work so much on the dogs. He "fixes" the humans who own the dogs. He has an intense gaze, and he starts by asking a lot of probing questions. Then he begins to work on changing the pet owner’s unwholesome state of mind.
"Oh, the dog was rescued from a horrible life? And that’s why you indulge him and let him control you?" "Well," he says matter of factly, "this dog doesn’t live in the past. It lives in the here and now."
The Dog Whisperer teaches people that animals understand elemental communication best of all. They will allow themselves to be ‘managed’ only by someone who first establishes dominance. A leader establishes dominance and is firm, without being rough or abusive. To have maximum influence a Leader has to know how to work from the present moment.
If you haven’t watched ‘The Dog Whisperer’ I highly recommend it. The basic message is enticing and yet also elusive; in other words, it’s easy to see it applied to other people. The question is how do you apply that lesson to your own life?