The Book, Cat, & Cat Book Lovers Almanac

of historical trivia regarding books, cats, and other animals. Actually this blog has evolved so that it is described better as a blog about cats in history and culture. And we take as a theme the advice of Aldous Huxley: If you want to be a writer, get some cats. Don't forget to see the archived articles linked at the bottom of the page.

September 13, 2012

September 13, 2004

Cesar Millan, born August 27, 1969,  came to the US as an illegal immigrant and his success is an arugment for the wealth immigrants bring to their chosen homes. He is famous as a dog trainer and has written numerous books, including

A Member of the Family: The Ultimate Guide to Living with a Happy, Healthy Dog. This book has multiple editions but the first edition was dated 2008.  From this book we read that:

If you have a dominant high energy cat, the cat will take care of itself in almost every situation.

On more occasions that I can count I have been called in to help humans with an uncontrollable dog - only to find that the family cat has no problem at all giving the dog rules, boundaries, and limitations.

However if you have a cat that is skittish around humans, or that is shy, elderly, weak, or ill, then you must be sure you bring home a very submissive, low-energy dog in order to keep the balance in the household. If you have any doubts, introduce the cat to the dog as part of your own space. If you present y ourself as the pack leader to the cat -- in other words that you own the cat --then the dog will give the cat some space in deference to you. Don't keep dog and cat apart; your job is the create one family pack, not several

Cesar Millan's television show, Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan, began on the National Geographic Channel on September 13, 2004.  2012 is the last year for the show, and that is possibly connected with some controversies with Millan's training techniques. And while I am not an expert, I am suspicious of someone who says cats can be part of a pack.

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