Posted : 7/26/2007 11:20:34 AM
I may have phrased this poorly above, so allow me to rephrase. I think that the real industry leaders don't consider him a legitimate trainer, so occasionally the claws come out.
Animal training is now a profession, a field of study and a recognized science. The leaders in the field have spent years studying, researching and contributing to a field that did not exist 30+ years ago. Thanks to these pioneers animal training has come a very long way. We now have dolphins in the Navy that are use to find minefields! WOW! Cesar has not made any contributions on that level or even close.
So to the handful of industry leaders out there, I think CM is a frustrating thorn in their side. He is not as qualified as Jean Donaldson, Karen Pryor, or Ian Dunbar or their colleagues, and yet he is a national figure and commonly referenced as an "expert".
He has tons of experience, and has done tons of readings, but so have a lot of other trainers. Many on this board probably have the same level of education and experience, but would admit they know nothing compared to the Donaldsons, Pryors or Dunbars of the world.