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Cesar Isn’t The Way

07/06/2014

I have a lot of people ask me for advice about dogs. It can range from where to foster or adopt from, to complicated behavioural problems. I am always willing to listen and offer my point of view on the situation at hand, but I always remind them that I have no formal dog training qualification. The dog world can be vicious, and because of this, I try to refrain from posting blogs about dog behaviour because I don’t have the energy to argue with another person about it. Today is different though.

I am writing this post to those of you who are not in the dog world and probably don’t know a lot about this. I’m only writing about my experiences in my life and it is understandable that your experiences and what works for you is different. I have read a lot of different things on dog behaviour, from books to scientific journals. I have completed a Zoology Degree (haven’t got the certificate yet) and have trained many foster dogs who have stayed with me, but again I have no formal dog training qualification. In saying that, it doesn’t seem to be a prerequisite to creating an empire on dog training, just look at Cesar Milan. He is actually less educated than I am but reaches a huge audience with his training ideas. An article popped up in my news feed about Caesar Milan and the science behind his ideas. It is called “The Damage of the Dog Whisperer: A scientific critique of Cesar Milan’s theories and training methods” and it is really worth reading. It explains how out-dated the view of animals needing a rigid structure in a pack are. This idea by itself isn’t particularly destructive; it’s the ways in which Cesar ‘deals’ with this that is the problem.  He believes everything in your life with your pet should be focused on you asserting your dominance over them. Little things like eating before your dog aren’t harmful, but they also aren’t necessary. Then there are the big things that the article goes into detail about, and it just makes me sick. He mistreats scared and anxious dogs and pushes them to be aggressive. I would never be able to treat animals the way he has on many of his TV show episodes. It makes me wonder if he actually connects with animals at all.

I have had so many different dogs in my house, each with their own personality, temperament and problems. My way of helping them is by giving guidelines and lots of love so that they feel safe. I like to explain it as I treat my dogs as I would children. They feel safe here and are allowed to do anything they like, within reason. If they destroy items or aren’t being nice to each other, then they get told off. They sleep on (and in) my bed and yet show no aggressive tendencies or behaviours indicating that they are ‘dominant’. My first rescue Pickles, came with anxiety and timidness but now at age 4 is the happiest little dog in the home environment. She gets intimidated by any raise in voice tone when being told off, so can you imagine what would have happened if I implemented Cesar’s techniques? She would be a scared shell of herself. I would never see her big tail wag or her happy dance when I get home.  I would never hear the bark that is only used to get my attention and to me sounds like she’s saying Mum. These things fill my heart with joy every single day and I wouldn’t get to witness them if I hadn’t taken a very gentle loving approach with her. Every foster gets treated the same way here too. They sleep in the kitchen so that the moving process is easier for them but other than that, that are treated like children too. I love them with all my heart and get so much joy from each step towards happiness that they take. My love for my dogs and fosters is what makes the relationship so enjoyable.

I assume if you’re reading this, that you’re a dog lover too and want the best for your dogs. The way your dogs will be happiest is if you treat them like a family member. Give them love, attention and talk to them daily, this will make them a very happy pup. On top of that, give them basic guidelines of what they can and can’t do and more than anything, make them feel safe. Following Caesar Milan’s advice won’t make for a happy pet, and if you’re anything like me it also won’t make for a happy you. There are so many other ways to sort through animal behavioural problems, anxiety and aggressiveness, please find a different way to help your pet. It might take some extra research but you and your pet will be so much better off because of it.

Pickles and I
Love, Alinta

4 Comments

  • Cyndi Kiser 07/06/2014 at 9:26 pm

    I couldn't agree more! The notion of dominance over dogs IS outdated. Love and reinforcing positive actions works so much better. I've just started fostering and actually got picture updates today of our two recent fosters. It's hard to let them go but knowing that we found them an amazing home where they are loved, spoiled and treated like furry children is very rewarding. Looking forward to our next foster! (and nail polish…always looking forward to nail polish)

    • Alinta McMurdo 08/06/2014 at 6:08 am

      Oh that's so great that you have started fostering. It certainly is hard to let them go but the updates are worth it. I love it when they adopt them and say "the dog wont be allowed to do X" and then the first update you get is about how they have allowed the dog to do it. You know they have fallen for them when you see that 🙂

  • Jacinta W 08/06/2014 at 8:10 am

    Well written 🙂

    • Alinta McMurdo 08/06/2014 at 8:25 am

      Thank you lovely. I had you in mind when writing this. I was writing to people like you who love their dogs but just don't know a lot about the training world. The original article is worth a read too, it's got good info 🙂

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    With it being #pridemonth, we are going to talk about the A in LGBTQIA+ (while you look at some of my rainbow-ish nails from over the years). The A stands for Asexual, or Aromantic, or Agender,, but not Ally. Asexuals are people who don’t experience sexual attraction to others (or only do in certain circumstances, like those who are grey or demisexual). It’s a spectrum, we’re all different. Many aces still have relationships, whether romantic, sexual or queer-platonic. Asexuality is about attraction, not relationship status. Aces are frequently erased from the queer community. Last pride was particularly bad for ace erasure and hate. Aces belong in the queer community. Many aces have a hard time coming to terms with being ace in our hyper-sexualised society, and then they have to deal with erasure from their own community too. I personally would have been saved years of worrying that something was wrong with me if someone had just explained the difference between sexual and romantic attraction to me as a teen. There are so many amazing aces out there who deserve to be supported, especially by the queer community. So, don’t forget to include the A if you’re going to use the LGBTQIA+ acronym, and show for aces, whether you’re in the community or an ally. 
#pride #asexualpride #LGBTQIA #pridenails #rainbownails
    With it being #pridemonth, we are going to talk about the A in LGBTQIA+ (while you look at some of my rainbow-ish nails from over the years). The A stands for Asexual, or Aromantic, or Agender,, but not Ally. Asexuals are people who don’t experience sexual attraction to others (or only do in certain circumstances, like those who are grey or demisexual). It’s a spectrum, we’re all different. Many aces still have relationships, whether romantic, sexual or queer-platonic. Asexuality is about attraction, not relationship status. Aces are frequently erased from the queer community. Last pride was particularly bad for ace erasure and hate. Aces belong in the queer community. Many aces have a hard time coming to terms with being ace in our hyper-sexualised society, and then they have to deal with erasure from their own community too. I personally would have been saved years of worrying that something was wrong with me if someone had just explained the difference between sexual and romantic attraction to me as a teen. There are so many amazing aces out there who deserve to be supported, especially by the queer community. So, don’t forget to include the A if you’re going to use the LGBTQIA+ acronym, and show for aces, whether you’re in the community or an ally. 
#pride #asexualpride #LGBTQIA #pridenails #rainbownails
    With it being #pridemonth, we are going to talk about the A in LGBTQIA+ (while you look at some of my rainbow-ish nails from over the years). The A stands for Asexual, or Aromantic, or Agender,, but not Ally. Asexuals are people who don’t experience sexual attraction to others (or only do in certain circumstances, like those who are grey or demisexual). It’s a spectrum, we’re all different. Many aces still have relationships, whether romantic, sexual or queer-platonic. Asexuality is about attraction, not relationship status. Aces are frequently erased from the queer community. Last pride was particularly bad for ace erasure and hate. Aces belong in the queer community. Many aces have a hard time coming to terms with being ace in our hyper-sexualised society, and then they have to deal with erasure from their own community too. I personally would have been saved years of worrying that something was wrong with me if someone had just explained the difference between sexual and romantic attraction to me as a teen. There are so many amazing aces out there who deserve to be supported, especially by the queer community. So, don’t forget to include the A if you’re going to use the LGBTQIA+ acronym, and show for aces, whether you’re in the community or an ally. #pride #asexualpride #LGBTQIA #pridenails #rainbownails
    3 months ago
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    Plastic packaging and beauty products. What can one change do? When @trilogyproducts changed from plastic spatulas to bamboo ones, they stopped producing 208,000 plastic spatulas a year. For me, that means I now won’t be adding to my very large pile of plastic spatulas that I have accumulated over the years by using the Trilogy Replenishing Night Cream every day. No other night cream compares for me, so I’m glad I won’t add to that pile. I kept them all hoping that I would find a use for them but that has yet to happen 🤷‍♀️ A lot of beauty brands market that their plastic can be recycled, but many of those products can’t be put in curbside recycling. When they can go into the recycling bin it doesn’t mean customers are actually doing that, and even when the plastic does make it into the recycling bin, it doesn’t mean it’s actually recycled. There’s a huge amount of plastic in recycling centers that never gets made into something new. So I appreciate it when brands do make changes like this because I can see the result as a consumer. That doesn’t always mean the change is automatically better for the environment, because there’s no way of knowing if the brand uses more materials or greenhouse gases to make the new version. Beauty brands can be very cagey about their greenhouse gas emissions, particularly their scope 3 emissions. Therefore as consumers we can often only make best guesses as to which brands and products are the most sustainable choice. Changing plastic packaging is however a very obvious difference for customers, because we see the difference in where our waste goes. So as a customer I do like seeing brands moving to products that aren’t plastic, or at the very least using plastic that is easily curbside recycled. Many beauty brands have a long way to go before their products are easily recycled, but Trilogy is one of the brands who have made an effort to change this. So long story, short, I love Trilogy skincare products and appreciate that they are trying to make the brand more eco-friendly. What’s your opinion on this? Do you have a weird plastic spatula pile, or is it just me? 
#trilogy #trilogyskincare #discovertrilogy #lovealinta
    Plastic packaging and beauty products. What can one change do? When @trilogyproducts changed from plastic spatulas to bamboo ones, they stopped producing 208,000 plastic spatulas a year. For me, that means I now won’t be adding to my very large pile of plastic spatulas that I have accumulated over the years by using the Trilogy Replenishing Night Cream every day. No other night cream compares for me, so I’m glad I won’t add to that pile. I kept them all hoping that I would find a use for them but that has yet to happen 🤷‍♀️ A lot of beauty brands market that their plastic can be recycled, but many of those products can’t be put in curbside recycling. When they can go into the recycling bin it doesn’t mean customers are actually doing that, and even when the plastic does make it into the recycling bin, it doesn’t mean it’s actually recycled. There’s a huge amount of plastic in recycling centers that never gets made into something new. So I appreciate it when brands do make changes like this because I can see the result as a consumer. That doesn’t always mean the change is automatically better for the environment, because there’s no way of knowing if the brand uses more materials or greenhouse gases to make the new version. Beauty brands can be very cagey about their greenhouse gas emissions, particularly their scope 3 emissions. Therefore as consumers we can often only make best guesses as to which brands and products are the most sustainable choice. Changing plastic packaging is however a very obvious difference for customers, because we see the difference in where our waste goes. So as a customer I do like seeing brands moving to products that aren’t plastic, or at the very least using plastic that is easily curbside recycled. Many beauty brands have a long way to go before their products are easily recycled, but Trilogy is one of the brands who have made an effort to change this. So long story, short, I love Trilogy skincare products and appreciate that they are trying to make the brand more eco-friendly. What’s your opinion on this? Do you have a weird plastic spatula pile, or is it just me? #trilogy #trilogyskincare #discovertrilogy #lovealinta
    4 months ago
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