This week, a German magazine* reported that Cesar Millan, presenter of National Geographic's hugely popular and equally divisive show The Dog Whisperer, would not be allowed to train dogs in Germany because he failed to pass the required exam.
This will not come as a surprise to Millan's many critics, who point to his training techniques as proof of his lack of knowledge. For example, he often fails to properly characterize a dog's behavior - he frequently describes stressed-out, shut down dogs as "calm". He also claims that dogs have a similar "pack mentality" to wolves, which he claims to justify his use of harsh physical punishments to create "submission."
According to the article, Millan's team put in an urgent application for a license to train dogs so that he could do hands-on demonstrations at a show in Hanover. Millan took the test with the help of an interpreter, but failed to meet the required standards. Although the show will still go ahead, Millan will not be legally permitted to touch any dogs in a professional capacity. He will effectively be muzzled.