SUMMARY: A link to a well-stated articleA few years back, someone gave me Milan's training book, knowing that I am a "dog person" but not themselves really knowing much about dog training and not knowing that I had already seen enough of Milan's work to feel that it was overly harsh and as (politely stated) old-fashioned as whipping your lazy slaves into obedience. You know, "The beatings will continue until morale improves."
I gave him the benefit of the doubt and read the book. I did like some things that his book said. Dogs need exercise, although very few people are going to be able to jog with them 30 miles a day, or however much he does--most of us have other jobs, other activities, physical limitations, and so on. Dogs need clear, consistent, firm leadership from their people, although to me that does not mean choking, intimidation, or brute physical dominance.
His methods, in short, sucked.
I'm not a professional trainer and have not worked with truly troubled dogs, but the trainers with whom I have worked and spend many of my weekends, the well-regarded books I've read, and the dog-behavior trainer training that I have attended are all greatly at odds with his methods.
Enough about me: Linda Knowles (a successful agility competitor and a trainer) had posted the clearest statement I've seen about Milan's work and shortcomings. Please read What Do I Think About The Dog Whisperer?
Oh, huh, wrote this similar post about 3 years ago with a link to another good anti-Milan article.