A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The importance of responsible dog ownership practices is emphasized here.
Positive Role Models
Cesar Millan’s methods are respectful of both dogs and humans.
Violence & Scariness
Some aggressive doggie behavior -- biting, loud barking, etc. Nothing too scary.
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Products & Purchases
Millan drives a bright red Jeep to visit clients. Sometimes he introduces branded technology into his training.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this show sometimes features aggressive dogs who bite or attempt to attack other dogs. Also, although some of the show's methods for dealing with troubled dogs may look easy, they shouldn't be attempted by untrained people, especially kids. Warnings appear on the screen to discourage regular folks from trying some of the expert's approaches, but parents may want to reinforce that message to younger viewers.
Is It Any Good?
The Dog Whisperer is a pleasure to watch for the whole family, and dog owners especially will find helpful information in the series. Millan is charming and highly skilled with both dogs and people, which explains the media's fascination with him. Since his methods are really very simple, and dogs' problems not terribly varied, the show's content can eventually start to feel a little repetitive. But Millan tries to mix it up, and some episodes step outside the framework, as when Millan visits a women's prison and teaches the inmates how to train dogs using his methods.
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