A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Contains strong pro-animal themes. It underscores the idea that the majority of aggressive dogs can be rehabilitated if both the owners and the dogs are trained correctly.
Positive Role Models
Millan clearly loves and understands dogs and offers constructive and concrete assistance with them. Millan has been criticized by some animal groups from his methods of training aggressive dogs. Owner behavior is often misguided, but they do love their pets and would rather work to change their behaviors than give them up or euthanize them.
Violence & Scariness
Aggressive dogs bark, snap at, lunge towards, and sometimes bite humans of all ages. Contains stories about people going to the hospital with serious dog bites. Desperate owners sometimes consider euthanizing their animals. Some of the actions taken to train the dogs might seem too aggressive to some.
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Contains occasional fully-bleeped curses, usually uttered out of pain or fear.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Cesar 911 features famous dog trainer Cesar Millan helping owners with very aggressive canines who might be too scary for younger viewers. Dogs are shown barking, snapping, lunging, and even biting people, including children, (though no injuries are shown); the dogs' rehabilitation process can also be intense. There's an occasional bleeped word (usually uttered out of fear or pain). Owners of all ages are cautioned against attempting some of these training tactics without the help of professionals.
Is It Any Good?
Cesar 911 features Millan's trademark approach to assessing, training, and retraining dogs, which includes lots of calm, patience, and clear breakdowns of their behaviors. It also includes clear (though simplified) explanations to the featured owners about how their actions are creating and perpetuating the dogs' aggressive tendencies.
The intensity of the animals featured here might make those already skittish around dogs feel a bit more nervous around them. But no doubt that dog lovers and dog owners will find the information and and advice offered here both interesting and useful.
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