Brad Pattison, CET Dog Training, & In The Doghouse

Brad Pattison is a well-known dog trainer in Canada. He has his own dog training television show, called At The End of My Leash which airs in Canada and Europe. 

Brad Pattison’s show just started airing in the United States, under the name In The Doghouse, on Saturdays, at the Animal Planet.

Brad Pattison also runs a CET (Certified Educator Trainers) dog training program. Presumably, after attending one of these programs, you will get to put the CET stamp after your name. However, before enrolling in one of these classes, and fulfilling your lifelong dreams of becoming a CET, please watch this short video of Brad Pattison in action in one of his classes.

[Sadly, this last video has also gotten yanked from rutube.]

It is often difficult to find videos of Brad Pattison in true action because these videos keep getting yanked from their online sites. However, the fact that Pattison and gang feels the need to yank short ‘training’ class videos, says a lot about Pattison’s “training techniques”.

In the dog training arena, there is a fair amount of debate between the people who mostly support reward training and the people who mostly support aversive training.

Victoria Stilwell is a popular television dog trainer that uses reward training (It’s Me Or The Dog, which airs on Animal Planet) and Cesar Millan is a popular television dog trainer that has a greater emphasis on aversive training (The Dog Whisperer, which airs on the National Geographic Channel) .

So where does Brad Pattison fit in?

Bad Pattison seems to be a standard traditional dog trainer. He uses aversive dog training techniques and relies very heavily, almost exclusively, on leash jerks or leash corrections.

However, to differentiate himself from Cesar Millan, Brad Pattison further ups the aversive ante and not only applies physical aversive methods on the dogs, but also verbal aversive methods on the dog owners. This is in contrast to Victoria Stilwell who applies some aversive methods on the dog owners, and Cesar Millan who applies some aversive methods on the dogs.

Even the people who support aversive methods generally agree, that what was shown in the Brad Pattison video clip is not good ‘dog training. Anyone who trains dogs, owns dogs, or even just watches Cesar Millan occasionally, knows that the energy you use to interact with a dog is extremely important, and can greatly affect the dog’s behavior.

Performing leash jerks using angry or frustrated energy only teaches the dog one thing, and that is to blindly fear you. There will be little respect or trust involved. When angry, annoyed, or frustrated, your erratic behavior will only confuse the dog, and set back his learning process. It will also increase his stress levels, lower his quality of life, and weaken your human-canine bond.

In fact, such energy is also counter-productive for teaching humans.

Which teachers do you respect most? The ones who communicate with calm authority, or the ones who shout and act in an erratic fashion? The ones that positively encourage you or the ones that quickly lose their temper and publicly denigrate you?

Here is an  eye-witness opinion of Brad Pattison’s dog training techniques

I saw him first hand this past Sat., he was in Woodbridge and all I can say is this – “I don’t understand why anyone would follow his methods”. Someone once told me, “don’t judge a book by its cover”. So I had to see things for myself, and what a wake up call it was.

What he does to train dogs is not nice at all. In fact, he makes the dogs fear him. One even got away from him as it was tied to his leg. Now, that’s got to give you some insight or idea of what your dog is trying to say to you. Another dog got away from one of his CET trainers. Go figure, they don’t want to be abused or yanked all over the place.

Sorry, but this is not training at all. I have trained dogs for 5 years now and not one has tried to get away from me. They stay close to me and watch everything I do.  I use positive methods without food just praise.  …

~~[ Shadow – full comment can be found in the comments section below ]

I also caught the first episode of Brad Pattison’s In The Doghouse program and I must say that it was less than impressive.

On the positive side, there was no crazy, angry, frustrated leash jerking. Brad Pattison also briefly talked about the force of the leash correction and being careful not to over-correct the dog, which are both good points.

However, these brief interludes of semi-saneness were insufficient to combat the general negativity and lack of focus that characterized the rest of the show.

If there was to be a silver lining to this dark cloud, it is perhaps that more people will realize that aversive methods are not generally effective for teaching humans OR dogs.

As for Brad Pattison and his CET trainers, I will keep my dogs far, far away from them all. I will also keep myself safe and stay away from this particular cloud of nastiness.

** Special thanks for Calmassertiv for giving me the link to Brad Pattison’s video clip, and for alerting me to the airing for Brad Pattison’s show.

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  1. Nataly says

    Does any one knows what happened to the supposidly agressive dog Everest of season 2, episode 13? Everest was a very nice and loving dog that had aggression issues due to being taken away from the litter much too early. In the show, it is shown that the dog was sent to an animal shelter and Bred chose a new puppy for the family. I was very disappointed to see this. Even if a new dog were chosen, why not show us the rehabilitation of Everest, an abused creature in many forms . First, by the shelter giving away puppies that are only 4 weeks old. Then by the family who allowed the disciplinary problem to escalate. The poor dog never had a chance in life. I really hope and pray that poor Everest , was not uthenized after it served it’s purpose as a show hook.

  2. Nicole says

    Anyone who says Brad Pattison is nice check this video out it’s shocking

    Dog did nothing to deserve this. 🙁

    I’m not into aversive training or Cesar Milan.

    I do respect what Cesar is trying to do though, but I don’t follow the training as it isn’t needed for me and I feel shiba inu does best with positive training. Bella my mom’s boxer does best on positive training.

    Our last three dogs were horrible on leash no matter what we tried we tried everything, but positive methods. 🙁

    Bella is first boxer to walk well on leash she still has her moments, but she is improving each month.

    i feel BP trainer is far to angry for any type of training.

  3. Sandra says

    If Brad is so bad why have you not reported him to animal cruelty or domestic abuse. I know why Brad gets pissed, so many of you should not even own a dog. You all forget dogs are animals and can hurt or even kill humans.
    I saw him work first hand without intimidating or even hurting a dog, everyone is entitled to their opinion, and to me he ROCKS!

    • shibashake says

      Frankly I do not understand why so many people take discussion on the pros and cons of various dog training techniques as a personal insult to themselves.

      For me, it is very simple. I want to find and use the best techniques that are most suited for my dogs so that they can have the best quality of life. It really isn’t about me at all, but about my dogs. Everybody has an opinion about dog training, but I care most about hard facts and scientific studies. For example, here is one from the University of Pennsylvania –

      In terms of animal cruelty and abuse, hitting dogs, choking dogs, kicking dogs, etc. are often not considered abuse by the law. Only more extreme cases that cause immediate serious physical harm are prosecuted. And even then, it is difficult to prove and the resulting fines and penalties are miniscule compared to the crime.

      Our laws are created mostly to protect people and not dogs. Dogs can’t vote, so they have very few rights, and none at all in some places.

      Yes, dogs can hurt and even kill humans. But then, humans can also hurt and kill humans. Humans also often hurt and kill dogs. I don’t see what relation any of that has to the matter at hand.

      If the point is that only pain aversive techniques can stop aggression in dogs, then that is false. Many scientific studies show that pain based aversive techniques actually have a much higher risk of encouraging aggression in dogs.

      We may choose to believe random people that we meet, random people on the internet, and random people on t.v.; or we may rely on the many years of rigorous study and results in animal behavior science and behavioral psychology. I choose the latter.

    • wht wolf says

      I met him, took his course and almost became a trainer, thank god I didn’t finish because it was very sad and disappointing

  4. shibashake says

    Thanks for sharing your story with us BeKind!

    BTW, I have trained dogs for fifteen years using reward training and I have never had a dog fail to learn obedience that way.

    Always great to hear from professional trainers like you. The more we spread this message, the better it will be for both dogs and dog owners.

    When I got my Shiba Inu, I thought that aversive techniques was the only possible way to train a stubborn dog.

    It was a good thing that a trainer recommended that I read “Bones Would Rain from the Sky”. She also told me she had trained many stubborn and difficult dogs with reward techniques, and that such dogs actually respond much better to reward training.

    And she is right! 🙂

  5. BeKind says

    This article on Brad Pattison has made me feel better today – thank you.

    Now let me explain before everyone thinks I like this jerk. About a week ago I saw him in front of my neighbour’s house ‘training’ a dog for an upcoming show. I watched him lift the poor puppy (maybe four months old?) off the ground by the collar so that it was hanging. I watched him pull the dog off of its feet through leash jerking. And finally, I saw him yell at the owners twice to punch their pet in the face- hard! That poor puppy was cowering in fear from this abuse. I damn near went out and ‘trained’ this jerk!

    All week I have been feeling alone – like I am the only one who sees this as abuse and a crime. I am so glad to see that other people feel the same way.

    BTW, I have trained dogs for fifteen years using reward training and I have never had a dog fail to learn obedience that way. I say that any ‘training’ that would be a crime if done to another human is cruelty to an animal.

  6. Shadow says

    I guess they don’t want people knowing the truth which is sad. If your a good trainer I’m sure you would want everyone to see the methods you use. Not only for T.V. but in person or in this case videos been taken from semiars. Myself love showing what I can do with my dogs through positive methods, and how they want to be near me and not fear me. A dog which is in trouble will run from you as mine stand their ground and let me put them on a timeout. Which would you pick a dog who is going to run off on you or a dog who is going to want to be by your side?

  7. shibashake says

    Ok, it must have been gone when I looked because I only watched the positive Kelowna News clips.

    These guys are really efficient at censorship of content. Perhaps they should consider changing professions 🙂

  8. Shadow says

    All i can say is this. Positive training methods for me is to get the dog to trust and respect you as a handler. By not using a positive method you will not be getting the dogs trust nor will you get the respect from your dog. I have a bond with my dogs like no other, and people around here are quit amazed by it. My dog always wants to be near and around me; even if i were to walk away from my dogs and have someone else watch them while i’m in a store a friend may come by and ask if they can give my dogs a treat, and of course i’ll say yes as i know them, but my dogs may know the people too, but yet will not take any kind of treat from them unless i’m there. This is what i mean by having a great bond with your dog, and a dog who’s not going to fear you but want to be with you no matter where you are.

    As for the videos all i can say is this. Why would anyone want a dog to listen to you out of fear? Myself i much reither have a dog who isn’t going to fear me, but will respect, and trust me.

  9. shibashake says

    Thanks for the link Shadow. The videos were interesting – always good to watch hard-hitting reporters at work – chasing the untold story and challenging their viewers 😉

    Strangely, even these prepared, positive videos did not come across as very positive to me. Maybe it is just me … what did you think of the videos?

  10. Shadow says

    The videos are of Brad Pattison, i was looking around for funny dog tricks/training and i came across those videos so i thought i would let you know the website that i saw them on.

  11. Shadow says

    I just wish people would open their eyes on puppy mills. There was a show way back on the market place about puppies bought from a pet store, and where the puppies came from. People are still buying puppies from pet stores and as long as people keep buying they will stay in business which is very sad. Dog’s locked up in wire cages no love or human contact makes me sad to see what it has been done which is nothing. Puppy mills need to be stopped and if people keep buying this will go on. It’s hard to watch what is being done to these helpless dogs and their puppies, i try to get out the word as much as i can even if i think it helps just one person to open their eyes that’s a start.

    On a happier note i’m glad you enjoyed the videos it’s been a while since i updated that page other then just adding videos. My dogs love to play and Lulu is very loving Jack Russell she looks out for the little guy, where as the other one could care less as he bugs her too much so she just stays away up high where he can’t reach her. I’m trying to get more trick videos of them, but sometimes they are not in the mood; i think they can get just as moody as we can.LOL.

  12. shibashake says

    Hahaha – that is a great video! I watched many of the other videos as well – Lulu and Sweetie look like they have a whole lot of fun.

    Love the one with Lulu walking on her hind legs. The chi-playing one was also a lot of fun. I like how she just played without overwhelming the little dog. Also liked the beach one. Such happy dogs 🙂

    That animals should be loved video was really difficult to watch. I liked the ending though. I really don’t understand why puppy mills are still legal. Bad trainers are not great for dogdom, but the bad that they do is a mere trickle compared to puppy mills. Everyone who works with dogs hates them, and yet they are not only legal, but pervasive.

  13. shibashake says

    Could you change into that it’s just my opinion?

    Done. I wouldn’t worry about it – lots of people expressed similar opinions here, and it is fine to say what we think.

    So if the videos were on youtube and you copy them and then place them somewhere else who is the one to get in trouble with the copyright laws?

    Depends on who has rights to the video, what the video distribution license is, who got permission, etc. Technically, a person has to own the rights to the video to put it up on youTube. If you don’t, then the original owners can get it removed – which is what Pattison and co. does. If I copy that same video and show it on my site, then they can demand that I remove it as well. They can also take legal action, although I am not sure what that entails.

    Would love to see your dog on video. The best way is to load it up on youTube, and include a link here. I am not sure how to enable video embedding in the comments section. Knowing WordPress, there is probably a way to do it, so I will have to look into it. 🙂

  14. Shadow says

    This would be my own video. Not someone else’s as i love showing off my dog on what tricks she can do. That’s why i asked. So if the videos were on youtube and you copy them and then place them somewhere else who is the one to get in trouble with the copyright laws? Not that i’m going to put any videos of him, but my own like said above.

  15. Shadow says

    I have a question. If someone says something about another person can one get into trouble? As i do not want any trouble nor do i want to get anyone into trouble. I can say that this is my opoin of him which would better in the statment. Could you change into that it’s just my opoin?


  16. shibashake says

    Hi Shadow,
    Based on what I have read, you are absolutely right. Yawning can be a sign of stress and anxiety. When dogs are stressed, they may yawn to try and calm themselves, as well as the other dogs and people around them. I have noticed that my Shiba will also sniff the grass.

    However, as you say, these behaviors are all context based. Sometimes my Shiba is just sniffing the grass because it smells of other dogs or animals.

  17. Shadow says

    Couldn’t a yawn mean a sign of stress, nervousness, lack of oxygen, tired, bored or just waking up? I notice with my dogs when they yawn they are one of two things just waking up and being bored of something. This is what i found when looking for what it meant. Also could it mean axitey as well?

  18. shibashake says

    Thanks Shadow. I have included your comment in the post. Let me know if you want anything changed.

    What does it mean when a dog yawns? As he did say something about when a dog yawns it means that they are using their brain.

    According to Turid Rugaas, yawning can be used by dogs as a calming signal. If we get angry, frustrated, or agitated during training, a dog may yawn to tell us to calm down 🙂 Dogs also use that when meeting other dogs.

    I think it all depends on context, and other cues the dog may be giving at the time. Sometimes, a yawn is just a yawn 🙂

  19. Shadow says

    What does it mean when a dog yawns? As he did say something about when a dog yawns it means that they are using their brain. Myself don’t believe that is true, but i thought i would bring this up as well.

  20. Shadow says

    Sure i don’t mind sharing what i have saw. I needed to get this out as people need to know what he’s all about since he keeps taking down the video’s. He even said that he does not want anyone video taping as the last time it was up on youtube. I’m sorry but if your a good dog trainer wouldn’t you want to show off what you can do? I just don’t get this guy nor do i get why people follow this method.

  21. shibashake says

    Hello Shadow, thanks for sharing what you saw.

    Can I include it in the main article? I think it provides some really good insight and first hand evidence on Brad Pattison and his style of ‘dog training’. Let me know. Thanks!

  22. Shadow says

    They were up and then taken down, and then they were up again now their gone. It’s like he is hiding what he does when training dogs. I saw him first hand this past Sat. he was in Woodbridge and all i can say is this. I don’t understand why anyone would follow his methods. Someone once told me don’t judge a book by its cover. So i had to see things for myself and what a wake up call it was. What he does to train dogs is not nice at all. In fact he makes the dogs fear him one even got away from him as it was tied to his leg. Now that’s got to give you some insight or idea from what your dog is trying to say to you. Another dog got away from one of his CET trainers go figure they don’t want to be abused or yanked all over the place. Sorry, but this is not training at all and i have trained dogs for 5 years now and not one has tried to get away from me. They stay close to me and watch everything i do, and i use positive methods without food just praise. Sorry i had to get this out or i was going to brust, and i thought i should share what i had seen with my own eyes.

  23. shibashake says

    I remember that episode! The funny thing was before the commercial break there was a voice-over snippet, with that exact clip and the voice over said something like – “or has some of them gone too far …”

    Then after the commercial break, the owner said the muzzle slap thing, and Pattison didn’t say anything at all … :-/

    And yet he always seems to find the time to tell people not to hand-feed their dogs and to throw away all their toys.

    It is good that he is off-the-air. Personally, I don’t understand why he is popular anywhere at all. Even his own people are embarrassed over his treatment of dogs, which is why the video of him over-correcting a dog always gets yanked.

  24. lynda says

    Seems like In The Dog House was suddenly taken off Animal Planet. Well I wonder why?.. Probably the thousands of emails that the station received on this ‘dog trainer’? Hmmmm….
    Honestly, it didnt even seem that Mr. Pattison liked dogs. Except his own(we hope for their sake). Certainly not the hapless creatures he was supposed to ‘train.’
    The last straw for me was when the owner of the two small pugs said he ‘smacked the dogs’ (when he got annoyed by their behavior). Mr. Pattison made made a displeased expression and repeated ‘you smack the dogs?’ Thats it. No comment, nothing, zip, about hitting a dog. He changed the subject.
    Found that unbelievable. As a ‘dog trainer,’ not a word about hitting a dog? How complicated could it be for Mr. Pattison to give an OPINION on this?! My guess is that he didnt much give a crap. Cares only about elevating his ego and up his tv ratings. What a nut. Good doggy, bad man..

  25. shibashake says

    Hello GreenFireFly Girl,

    Thank you for posting an alternative point of view. You make your points very well.

    As you say, I think all of these trainers have certain things in common that help all dogs. Some lessons that all of them teach –
    1. We need to fulfill our dog’s needs – including their need for exercise.
    2. Dogs need discipline and structure.
    3. We must take on the leadership role because our dogs are living in our human world.

    However, my personal opinion is that one can teach all these lessons without all the ego, with calm energy, and without the need for physical aversive techniques.

    Also, what Pattison says about food and toys is just wrong. There was one episode where he states that hand-feeding dogs cause food aggression – which is totally ridiculous.

    As you point out, no trainer or dog owner is perfect. Therefore it is best to keep an open mind, learn as much as we can, and only adopt the techniques that do the least harm and make the most sense for our dogs.

  26. rons girl89 says

    I disagree with the no alfa thing if u don’t take control than the dog will it is instinct that’s my 2 cents sorry for any grammer errors blackbery

  27. says

    Well, you wanted to hear from a Brad Pattison fan, so here goes: Yes, I too get frustrated by the lack of seeing the training of the DOGS on his shows, and all the people stuff, but I’ve seen Brad in action and can tell you that he can quickly (within minutes) train a dog to think about it’s actions, and what you want from it.

    It’s not about hanging the dog, and jerking it around on the leash, it’s about reading the dog, and timing your correction perfectly. The umbilical training teaches the dog to follow you through an obstacle course, named “urban agility” and to watch you for signals of what to do next, not just go off and do what it wants. There is no alpha rolling, Brad is very much against that, but does use pinning when a dog needs it.

    Like the poster above said, it’s about using just enough force, Brad says about 2% more force than the dog is using, that’s not Massive and Inappropriate force as stated above either.

    Does Brad have an ego? yes. Does he rile up dog owners? yes. Is Cesar’s show better for dog training info? yes. But Brad has helped and inspired many dog owners to have better relationships with their dogs, and that is not an abusive thing, that’s a good thing!

    There are Brad haters, there are Cesar haters, and there are Victoria Stilwell haters, but the thing they all have in common is that they love dogs so much they want to make their lives with humans better by training the humans to be good leaders.

  28. Schultz says

    I am completely dumb-founded why Animal Planet gave this idiot air time. He is worse than Cesar Millan.
    The training methods used by these guys has been condemned by the American Vet. Society of Animal Behavior.
    Above is the link to their position statements. Take note of their positions on Dominance and Punishment.
    From their statement on Choosing a trainer:
    4. Respectful. A good trainer should be personable and respectful of both you
    and your dog. Avoid trainers who recommend using physical force (e.g. alpha
    rolling, pushing a dog into position, hitting, choke chain or pinch collar
    correction) or methods/devices that have the potential for harm, as an
    acceptable way to train. Additionally, avoid trainers who make you feel bad
    about the speed of progress that your dog is making. (See AVSAB Punishment
    Position Statement on the AVSAB web site)

    Animal Planet needs to cancel Pattison’s show. NatGeo needs to wise up and get rid of Millan too. The two are dog training horrors. Promotion

  29. shibashake says

    Jeez – why is the LATimes writing about this canine disarming thing like it is some sort of amusing miracle cure. Hahaha – look at that dog biting the shoe and not being able to bite properly – *sigh*. And they wonder why people don’t buy newspapers anymore …

  30. calmassertiv says

    Just an update on Cotton, the little white fluffball whose teeth a misguided dentist ground down because their idiot owners couldn’t follow Cesar’s instructions. The owner herself wrote an article for the LA times, which I link to here:,0,2987125.story?page=2

    Just to summarize: The dog still bites, still rushes out the door, still gets no guidance from its owners, but can’t do as much damage anymore. The owners still haven’t trained the dog, which of course was its only problem all along. I really hate stupid.

  31. calmassertiv says

    Another week, another two episodes of watching Pattison make his women clients cry and his dog clients cringe. The exercise where he has the children tie the leash around their waste and randomly change direction amongst a row of trees was particularly onerous, with the guy actually cheering the children on as the dogs got their faces pressed against the trees when the leashes got wrapped up in confusion. While he commands his clients to perform this domineering psychological abuse
    with their dogs one saw that each time he arrived at the client’s house he was holding the leash in the normal way, in his hand, which is of course what he should have been teaching instead of the around-the-waste garbage. When he returned days later to chastise the children for no longer performing the exercise all I could think was good for the children. They know animal abuse when they see it.

    One really appalling note not dog-related. The episode had a father who had been told he was going to die at any moment from an aortic aneurism, and the family’s whole life was dominated by the fear of this event. The people were told the situation was inoperable. I have a little experience with aortic aneurisms and seriously question the inoperability of this man’s condition. There are actually many ways to address this problem surgically, so I was trying to figure out why they haven’t sought out a second opinion, and then I realised: they live in CANADA, home of the infamous government-run health care shortage. This man needs to go to the U.S. and find a heart surgeon who does lots and lots of aortic aneurism surgeries and get his problem fixed before the Canadian government system neglects him to death.

  32. calmassertiv says

    The Pattison abuse video has been removed from the website where it had been posted for the world to see. The site seems to have wimped out. One can only wonder whether it was due to Pattison banging on them, or maybe Animal Planet. We’ll likely never know. :((

  33. calmassertiv says

    I loved it when the guy called Pattison’s behavior bul***it. The gimmick of kicking out the owners and rummaging thru their house is lame, although he certainly does find a lot of interesting stuff. When he dumps the interesting stuff in the sink he shows how different his karma is from that of Cesar Millan, the person whose show they flagrantly are trying to clone. In every episode so far Pattison has made the woman cry, then put his arm around them to ‘console’ them, an even more pathetic gimmick than that of the house search. Bad karma notwithstanding, however, in all fairness this episode did end up with the dogs coming when called and walking calmly on loose leashes, and the husband seemed to respect Pattison when it was all over. I have to wonder if the production people (director, camera/sound people, etc) somehow get involved in the process off camera, because as was pointed out above one really gets to see very little of Pattison’s instructing the people or the dogs. The alpha-dog and no-free-lunch mantras get mentioned and the rest just magically happens between filmings, a testament I think to the truth of the message more than to the talent of the messenger, but again, in this episode anyway, I have to grudginly give credit where credit is due. As grating as Pattison’s persona is, my interest in studying dog and human behavior will keep me tuning in, just like I tune in to Animal Planet’s other show, with Victoria Stillwell, if for no other reason than to reinforce the appreciation and respect I have for the straightforward techniques and interpersonal skills demonstrated by National Geographic’s short Mexican guy.

  34. shibashake says

    Hello Kayla and Alex,

    I just watched that episode, as well as the one with the Malamute.

    I agree with you both. His show focuses too much on fixing people relationships and not enough on the dogs. Those dogs really did not need much – just some training, routine, and exercise. Dogs really don’t come with a repertoire of human commands. I also got a bit irritated with the episode on the Malamute. The woman was going on about how her dog is such a bad dog because he was chewing on their house. And then she goes on to say … and if he doesn’t get walked every day he goes bad … or something like that. DOH!

    I would like to lock her in the house every day with nothing to do and see what becomes of her.

    On the good side, Brad Pattison did tell them to exercise their dogs and to be consistent.

    On the unfortunate side, he blamed everything on giving the dogs toys, food, and using a prong collar. As you say Alex, that had little to do with the root of the issues. That is why that older gentleman told him he didn’t know what he was talking about.

    He could have progressed with his program of exercising the dogs and socializing them, and not changed anything else, and the results would have been the same.

    He also didn’t talk at all about timing and not rewarding at the right time which is what the older gentleman was calling him out on.

    As far as I could tell, the two dog training techniques he showed were snapping his fingers and tying the leash to our waist. The snapping fingers thing was especially magical. Snap – and the dog suddenly reads our minds and does what we want – lol. Gotta get me some of that action.

  35. Alex says

    I watched the In The Dog House episode with the two terriers and the older, super rich lady and her crabby husband. I don’t blame the husband too much, though, because Brad is very irritating the way he raids people’s houses and blames them for things he’s not sure of. As opposed to Cesar, who can tell just from what the people tell him and how the dogs act what the problem is, Brad blames it on treats and makes false accusations.

    Brad even said that the reason the dogs wern’t coming when called was because they had too many treats! What kind of sense is that?
    What is with his show, too? It really doesn’t show how he gets the dogs to behave, just what he tells the people.

  36. says

    I too watched “in the dog house” with Brad Pattison and found this show very very annoying. The episode had an older man who kicked Brad out of his house, due to the fact that this “dog trainer” does not know how to interact with people, much less dogs.
    He is condesending, arrogant and quite frankly, doesnt know what he’s
    doing or talking about. Jeez, get this guy off the air before someone comes along and listens to him!!
    Will take Cesar and Victoria anyday.

  37. Alex says

    I have the DW taped on my DVR, so I’ll have to watch it tonight. I’m going on vacation so I won’t be able to watch it.

    Puppy Mills and backyard breeders, I think, should be illegal. They are only adding to the dog overpopulation, and they are only adding inexperienced breeders = no positive furthering of any breed. Backyard breeders are especially bad because they usually only know the “treat them right” theory to having a good dog, and so the puppies inherit that and thier mother’s instability.
    Puppy mills arn’t illegal because no one cares. It’s just a money making scheme that creates nothing but hardship and suffering. Just because the puppies have papers, though, everyone assumes that they’re “pure” or “perfect” dogs; puppies from reputable breeders.

  38. calmassertiv says

    If you follow this link you can see part of the Cotton episode where Millan gets the dog out of its cage (poor dog) in the garage. There’s nothing wrong with this dog that a little ownership change wouldn’t fix.

    Regarding puppy mills, it seems to me that they’re just a corner case of the larger issue of animal abuse in general. Animal Cops shows all have shown hoarders, dog-fighters, breeders, etc, getting away with constant abuse of mass numbers of animals. They get away with it because judges sentence them, when charged at all, to some piddly time on probation and an inconsequential fine. The laws are there, but the judges don’t take it seriously.

    I am looking forward to both of your takes on tonight’s New episode of Dog Whisperer, at 6/9 pm Pacific time.

  39. shibashake says

    Hey great article link Calmassertiv. I have said many times before – there should be stricter laws with regards to dog ownership. These people should not own any dogs – period. They are not willing to put in the work to train a dog, and then resort to medical procedures to gimp the dog without dealing with the root of the problem behaviors.

    However, given that they already have the dog, and are not willing to train it, there are not many options left.

    Dog training and dog trainers are only as good as the people they try to teach their methods to. If the people refuse to learn, then there is little that can be done and the ultimate victim is the dog.

    I truly believe that more controls at the breeder level will help a lot. American Eskimos, for example, are a feisty breed, and should only be sold to owners who already have good experience with dogs or who are willing to listen to simple instructions, and put in the time and effort necessary.

    I still do not understand why puppy mills are legal in all States … why? why? why?

  40. Alex says

    Those people are idiotic monsters. They shouldn’t even be allowed to have a dog! That poor thing, after Cesar comes in and helps, the owners are too stupid to keep with it for even a day!

    Did you see how the article tried to say that Millan was at fault for thier failure? Like he had failed, and not them. People are so stupid sometimes.

    And I agree with you, calmassertiv, I would be happy to control the remotes for the other family members. 🙂 Or take the dog home with me. I could do more WITHOUT Cesar than they could with his help.

  41. calmassertiv says

    I stumbled article today.,0,2409055.photogallery

    Sorry the link is so long — you might need to enter it by hand because somehow hubpages breaks it up into two lines. It is a series of 16 pages with pictures and text that describe a little white dog owned by a family of morons who have let it become so aggressive that everyone is getting bitten. These idiots hire all kinds of ‘experts’ who suggest all kinds of nonsense, ranging from aroma therapy to euthanasia, but what really drives their retardation home is how they brought in Cesar Millan to help them, he comes and shows them what to do, poses for pictures with a transformed peaceful dog, then a day later they ignore everything he taught them and they go back to reinforcing their dog’s bad behavior. They even go back to Millan a second time, he tells them to use a muzzle until they teach themselves how to rehabilitate their dog, but they decide instead to get the dog’s canine teeth filed down. They actually find a doggie dentist who, like so many professionals, is happy to take their money to perform an unwarranted procedure which, in the end, of course makes no difference to the dog’s behavior whatsoever. These people psychologically abuse their dog, then find a medical professional to physically abuse their dog, and all the while all the poor dog needs is an owner to do like Millan says and let the dog know such behavior is unwanted by its pack leader.
    My solution to this problem is to put a shock collar on the humans, and when the dog asserts its dominance the humans should be given a mild shock to get them to do their job and correct their dog. I volunteer to operate the remote.

  42. shibashake says

    Hahaha – actually I have a couple more Cesar Millan articles that I am working on. Will get them out soon – and then I will look forward to reading your glowing praises 😀

  43. calmassertiv says

    Don’t forget to watch the new Dog Whisperer episodes starting this Friday @ 6/9pm. I look forward to reading your glowing praises 🙂

  44. shibashake says

    Hello Alex and Calmassertiv,

    I apologize for the late reply. I have just been slimed lately with all sorts of things, my laptop is acting up, and there has been some drama going on at HubPages – the site that I do a lot of my writing at. As a result I am in the process of moving my articles to my home website 🙂

    Because of all this, I missed Pattison’s second episode. I have set my DVR up to tape it though so hopefully it will catch it on a rerun and will certainly catch all the new episodes.

    I am working through the old episodes of DogTown on my DVR and I must say that I really enjoy the show. They really take the time to gain their dogs’ trust and I also really like how they give all their dogs a second chance. Even the older ones with illnesses.

  45. calmassertiv says

    Okay, I watched the 4th episode. ANOTHER crying owner. With the ever-empathetic Pattison giving her hugs saying it’s okay. Yuk. But back to the dogs…
    This episode had a big white dog that clearly needed exercise, and so was bouncing excitedly over people coming into the house, pulling on the leash, etc. No mention of need for exercise by Pattison. The home-inspection-gimmick showed fur everywhere, but no mention of the need to groom the dog. A close-up of Pattison’s own poodle in his house showed a dog with hair covering its eyes, so grooming clearly isn’t on the top of Pattison’s agenda.
    The exercise with putting the leash around the waist and running up and down with the dog getting jerked wildly when the owner abruptly does an about-face and runs the other way just makes me feel sad for the poor dog. Same massive jerking on the leash by the owner at the end when Pattison is about to throw a stick off a cliff, when the dog appeared to be behaving perfectly well without the jerking. One of the many subtleties of the lessons of Cesar Millan is the use of ‘just enough’ energy when Correcting a dog’s undesired behavior, as opposed to what seems to be Pattison’s preference for Massive and Inappropriate force when the dog’s behavior is already just fine. He makes a big deal of telling the owner to walk Into the dog, because in his view walking Around somehow let’s a dog Win. It seems his desired state for the dog is one of pins and needles, having to be alert that its owner will suddenly, without warning and without regard for the dog take some action that will cause it bodily harm if it doesn’t instantly, even clairvoyantly, react in time. There’s a difference between the dog having respect for its handler and the handler having No respect for the dog, and Pattison is on the wrong side of the line here. To be fair, it does seem to work, in the sense that the dogs quickly learn to heel, but I have to wonder whether a feeling human being can continue to batter their dog in such a way. One hopes that they lighten up and learn to assert themselves with much more appropriately scaled energy. It’s ironic that in this episode the owner felt herself a victim of abuse from her ex-boyfriend, and one can only wonder if her dog is being made to feel those same thoughts about her.
    Lastly, while Pattison touts his life-coach talents as much as his dog-handling skill, I really have no interest in these family-and-friend scenarios, watching the owner get her nails painted, etc. Making the lady feel empowered in her life is something Millan has shown in many episodes, but he does it by showing the owners how to control their Dog, demonstrating that the human is in charge of the dog and not the other way around, and how calm assertive energy can make a difference in other areas of your life, but without subjecting the audience to watching closeups of the owner getting a pedicure.

  46. Alex says

    I agree with calmassertiv on all of his/her points. Brad still just kicks me off a little. His personality is just too annoying for me. I literally didn’t see him interact with the dogs at all, which begs the question, “does he really like dogs or is he just trying to get famous?” The above mentioned video says he doesn’t (or at least not enough to control his emotions for). He also humanized the dogs a bit by saying that the Boston Terrier was acting scared and hurt to get the owner’s attention. While this might be a learned behavior, I don’t think Brad was there long enough or has enough experience to tell; he was simply guessing at what might have been the cause.

    What do you think of his first episode, ShibaShake?

  47. calmassertiv says

    Okay, I just played the first of the two Pattison dog episodes from yesterday. I took notes, so lots of comments. Both good and bad, interestingly. In chronological order, not order of importance:

    I still hate the Dog-Whisperer-ripoff warning text up front, and the Me-Or-The-Dog-ripoff use of the PC with the simulated inserted video in his living room, but these gripes are really about sleazy producers than about dog training per se. Watching him run with a bunch of dogs in the lead-in is designed to make you compare him to Cesar Millan, which is just lame on his and his producer’s part.

    The show actually started out ok, pointing out that the past is the past and don’t coddle the dog because the old dog died. Donating all the bedding and toys in the name of the dead dog was a nice touch, but the gimmick of searching the house with the owners outside is just a waste of everyone’s time. Getting the wife to start crying seems to be a recurrent theme in these shows. When Pattison puts the dog on a leash and applies steady tension and recommends that they wait out the dog under tension I have to disagree, but by the end of the show the dogs are all walking nicely so this one is empirically going to have to wait a while. When he hangs the dog on two feet this can’t be good, however, and one can only wish to see him try that with a dog his own size. The trip to the vet for a second opinion on the heart murmur was good, and overall it seemed to work out, but on a personality level I still don’t like the guy. These cases were pretty trivial but by the end the owners did improve their behavior considerably, so I’ll give Pattison credit for this at least and wait to review the next episode.

  48. Alex says

    I just got done watching “In the Dog House” and I have to say I was less than impressed. Where was the dog training in there? There was little to nothing about how they got thier dogs to behave. I’m not even sure if HE told the owners how to do it. He was also nit-picking at tiny little things that he claimed to be “wins” for the dogs. (The owners moving around the dogs instead of moving straight into them and making them move)

    I have to say I like Victoria just a little over this guy. He’s like a male Victoria trying to use EXTREME alpha-dog techniques. He even held a Boston Terrier up by her neck with a leash just to get her to sit down (he claims that pushing down on their butt can damage thier spine [?!]). Anyone who likes this guy must be either crazy or ignorant.

  49. calmassertiv says

    Alex, Shibashake – In case you hadn’t marked it on your calendar, the second set of imported Pattison episodes comes on in another hour. I’m going to tape them just so I can be sure to get the details of my anticipated critique correct. On a more pleasant note (at least for me) is it appears National Geographic finally has produced some new Dog Whisperer episodes and will begin airing them Fridays @ 6/9 pm. I look forward to trading observations on all of the above.

  50. Alex says

    Haha. I was just thinking of what I’d do if he did that to my dog. Some physical abuse might be in order… or at least verbal. I’d probably hold him down and put that choke chain on him, and procede to teach the class using him as the dog; choking and slapping and hanging as I please.

    He’d probably throw me off and call the cops, though. Ah, my mental fantacies are wonderful sometimes.

  51. shibashake says

    “What makes old Brad’s actions even more disturbing is that no one seems to be taking exception to his methods!!!”

    Yeah – it is especially strange to me why anyone would attend his classes and endure his abuse – not just on their dogs, but on themselves. I suppose he presents a strong authority figure, and in that circumstance, the “intimidation” can enhance his sense of authority.

    It would be great to hear from some of his supporters though. Maybe we are all missing something …

  52. Alex says

    Most people who follow Cesar and use his techniques generally agree his techniques shouldn’t be seen as negative. They, like any good dog owner, don’t want there dogs to see them as negative or bad to be around. We just see it as the way a dog communicates naturally.

    Shock collars are debated in the forum on his website. The reason I bring this up is because a shock collar is a negative stimulus. Like in the case of the tire-biting dog, though, it was nessesary to keep that dog safe. Shock collars are aversive, and some people on the site think they are just cruel.

    Other things like certain collars can cause discomfort, and that is why I like using a prong collar; it mimicks a “soft mouth” or “inhibited” bite, and is much more effective than flat collars, chains, harnesses and more. The people on the site are very friendly and willing to give information. Stop by and ask a question if you want to see more people’s opinions other than mine.

  53. stevamo says

    What makes old Brad’s actions even more disturbing is that no one seems to be taking exception to his methods!!!

  54. shibashake says

    Hello Calmassertiv,

    Thank you for taking it down a notch. 🙂

    “Your heart, unlike Pattison’s, is in the right place, but you do your message a disservice when you try to equate these two men”

    That is very well said, my friend. It really was not my intention to equate Pattison with either Stilwell or Millan. As I explained to Alex above, my message is simply that as is shown by Pattison and Stilwell, using aversive methods on people, is not an effective way of teaching. Millan’s positive approach to people and much greater popularity I think showcases this well.

    I also believe that the same is true for both teaching and controlling dogs.

    If there are particular areas that you think I have misrepresented Millan or come across as being too harsh, please let me know, and I will definitely try to fix it.

    “I appreciate your good intentions with this article as well as the opportunity to engage you in honest discussion in your blogs …”

    I also appreciate your comments, participation, as well as willingness to both engage and listen.

  55. shibashake says

    Hi Alex,

    You really are the voice of reason, and I always appreciate your calm and balanced comments.

    “Please give me a definition of aversive”

    An aversive method is simply a method that applies an aversive stimulus – i.e. something that a dog or human does not like. So for example, Brad Pattison scolding and ridiculing his student is an aversive method because it applies an aversive stimulus (scolding & ridicule) that people in general do not like. Victoria Stilwell often does the same thing with her clients – i.e., takes a highly aversive stance against them. As you see, aversive methods need not always involve pain, although in the case of Pattison there is certainly intimidation involved wrt. his clients.

    This is in contrast to Cesar Millan who is extremely adept at using reward methods on his human clients. He is always calm, positive, and provides them with a lot of encouragement. I think this is one of the key areas of his genius, and is one of the reasons why he is so popular and successful with people. This is also beneficial to his clients, because they learn more quickly and have fun learning.

    Indeed, experts in behavioral psychology say that reward methods are generally more effective even for cases of control. This is what B.F. Skinner said on this matter –
    “controls are an everyday reality – traffic lights and a police force, for instance – and that we need to organise our social structures in ways that create more positive controls and fewer aversive ones”

    I believe that the same holds for dogs – i.e. teaching and controlling their behavior can be more effectively achieved through positive controls. That is all.

    This is not to say that aversive methods do not work, but merely that I believe positive controls are more effective. I also believe that they are easier to implement and contains fewer risks.

    Hope that better explains my position. Always good to see you Alex, and hope you are enjoying your summer holidays 🙂

  56. Calmassertiv says

    Shibashake, far from avoiding ‘personal attacks’, it was my intent to make as personal an attack on Brad Pattison as I could muster, a person who should be receiving anger-management training instead of scamming students of dog training. My frustration with your well-intentioned article, one seemingly aimed at that same target, was that it then jumped to superficial equation of his technique to that of the frequently Zen-like Cesar Millan, a person as far on the opposite side of the personality spectrum as one could ever find. Your heart, unlike Pattison’s, is in the right place, but you do your message a disservice when you try to equate these two men. I appreciate your good intentions with this article as well as the opportunity to engage you in honest discussion in your blogs and hopefully others will follow up on our mutual aversion to this “In The Dog House” punk.

  57. Alex says

    This guy need to get balanced himself before he should ever be allowed to get near a dog. Anyone who is going to get mad at the owners and then take it out on a dog is a danger to themselves, the owners, and most importantly, the dogs.

    Like you said, Cesar always emphasizes the use of calm/assertive energy, which this guy desperately lacks.

    Please give me a definition of aversive. It seems like everyone has a different deffinition, and in the terms of dog training it seems very negative to you. As I’ve said before, I do not see Cesar’s techniques as pain, fear, intimidation, or discomfort-based. That is why I don’t like calling those techniques aversive. As long as one’s not using a threatening energy and not being overly harsh, I don’t find how they can be negative. Poking the dog doesn’t cause discomfort (I’ve tried it on myself and other people) it only distracts and, “snaps them out of it,” as Cesar says. Leash corrections can be a bit harsh at times no matter who is using the leash. That is why I don’t like using choke chains, only a prong collar. It doesn’t put so much pressure on the dog’s neck, and it mimicks a bite.

    This man, on the other hand, seems very negative and ‘aversive’-based. Even being around a dog with negative energy is harmful to the dog.. and often times the owner. He seriously needs to be taken off the air, because frankly, he’s just a scammer.

  58. Calmassertiv says

    The article above only skims the surface regarding this Pattison character. He isn’t up-and-coming, actually, he’s been around for several years, and even on TV in Canada since deciding to rip off the Dog Whisperer show back in 2007. He charges about $5000 for group classes wherein he then ‘certifies’ his hapless students as ‘certified’ dog trainers. In these classes no treats are allowed at any time for the dogs, ever. He sells a $25 collar and a $25 leash from his website, and it or one just like it is required equipment for the class. The lady in the video clip referenced in the article above is scolded for not having bought his ‘approved’ leash, but one can clearly see that there is nothing wrong with the leash that he misuses as part of his abusive treatment of her helpless dog. The guy is flaming nutjob. His disgusting, pedantic, grating obnoxiousnous comes thru right away when one watches him behave with the owners on his rip-off TV show. The above article’s mentioning of Cesar Millan in the same breath as this malodorous putz is inexplicable and certainly unwarranted. While the author should be commended for on-balance coming out against this Pattison clown’s technique, the attempt to slur Millan by some supposed similarity between the two is ill conceived and inappropriately placed. Drawing attention to Pattison’s violent approach to his clients and their dogs should have been the sole purpose of the article. The author’s misplaced (and frankly, disconcerting) attempt to dilute the main point of the article by including cheap pseudo-intellectual shots at Millan serve only to destroy the author’s credibility, something Millan posesses in great quantity and which Pattison posesses no more than a common street thug.

  59. shibashake says

    Dear Calmassertiv,
    I am sorry that you are dissatisfied with the article.

    I mention Cesar Millan and Victoria Stilwell because they are popular television dog trainers and would provide interesting contrasts to Brad Pattison.

    In the article I simply point out factual differences between the training styles. Millan has a heavy emphasis on calm, assertive energy which is a positive aspect that Pattison does not show in the short video clip. Millan also uses aversive methods, including leash corrections, which are also used by Pattison. Stilwell also uses verbal aversive methods on the dog owners, similar to Pattison, but she does not use them on the dogs.

    If you do not think that any of these points are factually accurate, then please let me know and I will correct them.

    This article also expresses my opinion on the different dog training styles, and I am simply sharing that opinion on my blog.

    As you know, I have no problems with dissenting opinions and am always happy to hear other sides of the issue. But it is best to stick to the issues and stay away from personal attacks.

  60. Kristof says

    He probably would be reported for animal abuse if the laws were modernized to levels that they should be living in a first world country. Dogs are animals however we choose to keep them as pets and must act as caregivers.

    Be it animal or humans, neither deserve to be punched in the face due to behavior.

    You can check out Brad’s Book in which he clearly details the “correct” way to hit a dog in the face. NO ONE who works with dogs would ever condone this behavior. The damage that could be done to the dogs snout or eyes alone would be life altering for the dog, hit “properly” or improperly.

    Just because something has a remote chance of hurting you does not give you the right to hit it.

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