The Dog Whisperer

TV review by
Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media
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Doggie therapy that's fun for the whole family.

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 5 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The importance of responsible dog ownership practices is emphasized here.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Cesar Millan’s methods are respectful of both dogs and humans.

Violence & Scariness

Some aggressive doggie behavior -- biting, loud barking, etc. Nothing too scary.

Sexy Stuff

Millan drives a bright red Jeep to visit clients. Sometimes he introduces branded technology into his training.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byLightflow June 14, 2013

His heart is in the right place, but his methods are too violent and dangerous.

I rated this as 10 and up because the methods used in this program have been connected to increased aggression in dogs, and a higher likelihood of being bitten.... Continue reading
Parent Written bydoggymom September 30, 2012

Need more men like CM

Very nice program for dog owners. Cesar Millan seems so passionate about
the special gift he has with dogs. To be able to communicate with dogs on a spiritual... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byKatielovesdogs February 19, 2021

One of the best dog shows

Personally I'm obsessed with dogs so this is the perfect show. Yours Gould of course tell kids that they should not try these techniques. But it's int... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byHTFMime April 26, 2011

Becareful! Sometimes it can be a little bit violent.

This show is great! Its kinda like Supernanny only he disciplines dogs, however I think you should becareful if you let your child watch it. 3 years ago I saw a... Continue reading

What's the story?

Cesar Millan runs the Dog Psychology Center in Los Angeles, where he rehabilitates troubled and dangerous canines. Millan travels to dog owners' homes to find solutions to their various doggie dilemmas. After listening to the owners describe their dog's issues, Millan is able to pinpoint the problem and almost instantly make some impressive changes in the dog's behavior. His philosophy is based on the idea that a dog's behavior problem is really a problem with its owner's behavior.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about pets. Would any of the methods described work for their dogs? What about for other pets? What kinds of changes would your family need to make to change your dog's iffy behaviors? Why do families think Millan is so successful with animals? How can his methods for dealing with dogs translate into dealing with people?

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