The Dog Whisperer, Cesar Millan: advice to President Barack Obama & family re: new puppy.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Feb 14, 2009
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Bonus: Now, with Video of Cesar Millan, the Dog Whisperer offering advice to the Obamas re: their puppy adoption!

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My idol, Cesar Millan, just offered some advice to my idol, President Barack Obama re the most famous puppy that hasn’t been adopted yet, ever:

…Obama, 47, promised daughters Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, that they’d be getting a dog for their move to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in January. So what should the First Family have in mind when looking for a pooch? Cesar Millan, the star of National Geographic Channel’s Dog Whisperer, has some advice for the Obamas. 

First, don’t expect the canine to be impressed by the commander-in-chief just because of his resume. “The dog won’t know he’s Barack Obama and won the presidency,” says Millan. “Dogs don’t know if they live in Beverly Hills or the White House. They don’t know what you do for a living.”

The entire family should “play pack leader roles and greet [the dog] in a calm assertive way,” says Millan. And because they have such busy lives, Millan suggests a “medium energy level” dog for the family. 

When it comes to recommending a breed, Millan echoes Obama’s campaign when he says not to judge a dog by its looks. “You could look for a rottweiler who is a medium level energy dog or a poodle who is a med level energy dog.” 

Joking about his own background, Millan, who is from Mexico, adds, “In Mexicans we have low, medium or high level energy [people]. So it’s not a race or a breed. It’s an energy you are born with.” 

As for what to teach Malia and Sasha about welcoming a new pet into the family, Millan says, “I teach my kids when you meet a dog, no touch, no talk no eye contact. Let the dog come to you. And keep a calm and stay assertive energy.” 

That calm assertive energy is something Millan sees “coming out of Barack during his speeches” and advises him to maintain it – not just with dogs but with world leaders as well. “Animal leadership and human leadership goes together”…

…for the rest, go to People. Yes, the first time I’ve ever linked to…People.

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About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


8 Responses to “The Dog Whisperer, Cesar Millan: advice to President Barack Obama & family re: new puppy.”

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  2. ellie says:

    Cesar makes a few good points, but overall his methods are based on negative reinforcement/ corrective based training. He teaches dogs ‘what not to do’ using force, and often intimidation. Using reward based training to teach a dog ‘what to do’ is more fun, humane, and clear to the dog. You can use reward based training with all behaviors, including and especially aggression. Negative reinforcement doesn’t work in the long term. When you see a cop, you slow down (neg reinforcer). Once you drive by, you speed up. It’s a temporary fix to a larger issue. The same goes for dogs. Once Cesar leaves- I guarantee that Dalmation was in the road.

  3. Obama dog says:

    The Portuguese Water Dog are wonderful pets, their curly hairs are so handsome and they are good for allergic people. A good choice for the Obama family, now some questions remain: male or female, how will they call it?

  4. […] I opened my inbox this morning to this brief, simple message from “The Dog Whisperer,” Cesar Millan, who I first read about in a dozen-page profile in The New Yorker a few years back. Cesar is one of […]

  5. Victoria says:

    the dalmation wont go back on the road if the people caring for him practice rules bounderies and limitations, and exercise dicipline and affection. he is about energy, but what ever floats you boat.

  6. I've never seen him be negative. He's calm assertive—totally different. He doesn't employ force, though he uses touch, just as momma dogs do. And it works. He's actually very, very gentle, part of what inspires and trains me as an owner to be more calm and firm without giving way to anger or helplessness.

    Still, thanks for your perspective!

  7. […] also rented the whole series of Dog Whisperer TV shows on the National Geographic channel, having read about his dog psychology/human training […]