Originally posted by Bob the Dog:
I am familiar with his original DPC and here's an excerpt of those days.
"Back then, my rate to work with a dog was $10 a day per dog.
I couldn't afford rent, so the arrangement worked out perfectly for both of us. I am sure to many the area looked like a dump, but to me, it was a palace!
I had so much time with my pack back then. I used to walk more, be in the mountains more, and challenge the pack more.
We used to take trips to the store together. One of our favorite destinations was this small Mexican meat market a few blocks away. I would walk the pack there and buy them huge hunks of raw meat. Then, for the entire twenty minute walk back, they had to hold those pieces in their mouth – without eating them! When they got back to the warehouse, they'd find a place to cool down and enjoy their treat. It was a great challenge, but what a scene we must have made – a pack of Rottweilers off-leash running with meat hanging out of their mouths following that Mexican guy. It was amazing, just beautiful!"
that's an anecdote, written by Mr Millan - & note that all the dogs involved are Rotts ["a pack of Rottweilers off-leash... following that Mexican guy"].
A, I already told U that the dogs he warehoused had bite histories -
is he likely to have run them off-leash thru the neighborhood, to a row of stores?
B, they weren't "all Rotts" -
there were a large number of bully-breeds & mixes among them, pitbulls / APBTs / AmStaffs, AmBulls, etc, but it was a random grouping of good-sized dogs with BITE HISTORIES in common,
C, he charged over $30-us per dog per day - not "$10".
I got that factoid from an article in an L.A. newspaper; they'd interviewed a BoD member of one of the non-profits who'd been leasing cage-space from Mr Millan. He was furious over how it had been announced, the short time-frame, & the timing.
Thanksgiving to Xmas is one helluva hard time to find volunteer hours to locate new boarding facilities for dogs who are potentially dangerous, then transport them all to the new site.
If i find the original article, i'll be happy to post a link.
As for my qualifications, @Bob The Dog
- I grew up on a family farm.
We had: chickens, geese, ducks, meat rabbits, sheep, ponies, horses, calves raised for slaughter, Siamese cats [indoors], free-roaming moggies [outdoors], & loads of wildlife.
Animal behavior was a daily feature.
- got my 1st pony at 8-YO.
Cotton was a hellion; he'd step on U, mash U against the stall wall, run under clotheslines, tree branches, etc, or run along a fence trying to smash yer knees.
I survived him, & learned to stick in self-defense.
- began doing wildlife rehab at 12, with the help of our DVM.
I raised & released injured, ill, & orphaned wildlings, including a grey-phase Screech Owl, several lead-poisoned raptors, fledgling birds, young mammals, a box turtle run over by a car, etc. // More animal behavior, plus safe handling & low-stress restraint.
- 3 years with a local GSD breeder & trainer in Bucks Co, PA:
Mrs Frank Arnold, who imported all her foundation stock direct from Germany by flying there & picking them on the ground.
She had 2-YO bitches with Utility Dog titles - titling Fs then was virtually unheard-of, as breeders couldn't control estrus [no suppressing Rx then] & only got titles on potential sires; the bitches were just puppy-makers. // She also had the 1st red-&-blacks i'd ever seen, & all of her dogs were not only beautiful, but had wonderful temps.
- trained my own 1st pup under her direction.
He got a red ribbon in CompObed the 1st fall, & a blue the next; the error that 1st year was all mine, he was sniffing during the long down, & i tried to get him to stop... I said his name
. He looked confused, got up & came to me; my fault. // The blue was what he deserved. 198 points of 200.
- was shepherd of our sheep flock from age 12 to 19.
Breeding records, feed, budget, shearing, lambing & midwifery, bottle-feeding those who couldn't nurse their dams, treating ill or injured, yadda-yadda.
At 19, my sire sold the flock - I was in college, & he couldn't be arsed to care for them.
- bought my Arab-cross mare at 15; she was 3-YO, & unbroken.
I trained her myself.
- over 10-years teaching group classes & working with owners 1 to 1.
- 5 years in college as a pre-vet undergraduate; 134 credits, 3.2 GPA
Main campus of Penn State; dual major, Ag Ed / An Sci.
Ed Psych, Psych of Behavior, livestock production of multiple species, labs, lectures, etc.
- read, went to seminars, watched videos, attended conferences.
Raising Canine [Susan Smith], TawzerDog, ASPCA, Maddie's Fund, etc.
- decided to specialize in B-Mod in 1985, vs "train" [teach cued behaviors].
- joined US-apdt in 1997; member #1827 of fewer than 2K.
- joined IAPDT in Canada; let it lapse when it became apparent it was a one-person show.
- joined APDT-Aus, sponsored by Pat Miller;
let it lapse when i couldn't afford the fee, after a medical catastrophe in July 2009, & a full year out of work.
- I'm a subscriber to BEN
/ Behavior Educ Network [Hetts & Estep] & Udemy
Currently, a $500 order is en route from J&J Dog Supplies, & i haven't even ordered leashes yet. Plus $300 in pet gear coming from Overstock, all bought on clearance.
ATM, I don't own a dog - yet I have a 55-gallon barrel of dog toys, 3 [60-ml] pump-spray bottles of DAP, about 20# of various dog-treats [duck, salmon, tripe, lamb-lung, liver...], the full size-range of Anxiety Wraps, & 4 Ace bandages never worn by a human - only by dogs & horses [two 4-inch, two 6-inch].
I own 4 shipping crates - 2 [2 x 2 x 3], 1 for a 40# dog, 1 for an ~100# dog.
I have multiple copies of McClellan's booklets for lending to clients, plus DVDs on aggro, puppy raising, etc, from Tawzer & DogWise. I have educational posters & handouts from DreamDogs.
About 100 clickers remain from my 300-piece order.
I have all 3 volumes of the Handbook
. And i've read them - cover to cover.
I have over 60 volumes of dog books, not counting fiction. Many of the books i recommend on this forum are those i already own. Pryor, Dunbar, Burch, Donaldson, ...
Anything else U'd like to know?
And i don't have a website.