Controversies Surrounding Cesar Millan, The Dog Whisperer

Cesar Millan has been a household name since he landed his first cable show in 2004, but controversy has followed him in the years since. Groups ranging from animal rights organizations to other dog trainers have challenged him, claiming that his techniques are bogus and based on bad science, and there have been allegations that Millan is a fake dog whisperer.

Under Millan's training methods, a human shows dominance over their dogs as if they're the alpha in a wolf pack, even using displays of physical force. This reflects our old understanding of wolves - that a pack's leadership is always in flux as wolves challenge each other for the alpha position. But a lot of recent research contradicts those ideas.

These controversial theories have resulted in allegations of animal cruelty against Millan. The National Geographic network also began issuing an on-screen disclaimer during Millan's show, Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan: “Do not attempt these techniques yourself without consulting a professional.”