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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Viewers see how effective rehabilitation methods can improve dogs' behavior and their relationships with their families. Many of the techniques Millan teaches the families in the show can be used by viewers with their own pets. Each episode also features fun facts and other information about dog breeds and pet care in pop-ups that appear on the screen.
Cesar Millan is a strong proponent of responsible pet ownership, and his rehabilitation methods are simple and easy to replicate at home. He advocates making caring for pets a family job and always involves both the kids and the parents in the process.
Positive Role Models
Millan is always respectful of animals and people, and he's an expert in his field. Over the course of each story, he explains the psychology behind his training methods, which gives viewers a better understanding of why he does what he does. (Not everyone agrees with Millan's methods, but that isn't addressed in the show.)
Violence & Scariness
People talk about having been bitten by their dogs, and kids especially are intimidated by animals' aggressive behavior, which includes barking and growling.
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Millan has other TV series and multiple advice books about caring for and training dogs.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan: Family Edition is a family-friendly series in much the same vein as the celebrated dog trainer's first show, The Dog Whisperer. Each episode moves quickly through two families' issues with dogs' difficult behavior, which tends to oversimplify the matters themselves but still offers plenty of intriguing insight on both the problems and the solutions. You will see some potentially threatening behavior such as dogs nipping, growling, and jumping at people, which makes the animals' turnaround under Millan's care all the more impressive. There's always something to learn from the host's impressive gift -- particularly if you have a dog -- but be sure to remind kids that training and behavioral rehabilitation isn't something they should tackle without adult supervision.
Is It Any Good?
Much like in his original TV endeavor, Millan's intent here is to facilitate strong relationships between people and their pets by way of proven training processes that keep all parties safe and happy. His magnetic personality quickly wins over the people he works with, and his obvious mastery of his trade works wonders with the canines involved. It truly is remarkable what he's able to achieve in short amounts of time (often the elapsed time is shown in a corner on the screen) with previously problematic dogs.
Because he works with animals of all different breeds, sizes, and unique troubles, it's hard to predict what you'll see in any given episode. For most viewers, this isn't a problem, but if your little ones are sensitive to aggressive animal behavior, they might fret over seeing the "before" video clips. That aside, this is a family-friendly series centered on a self-made, successful professional whose work makes a real difference in the lives of people and animals, all of which are great reasons to tune in.
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