Dog whisperers…

phrgdog whispererWhen Rangely animal shelter manager Vicky Pfennig learned that Cesar Millan, made famous by the National Geographic Channel’s show “Dog Whisperer,” would be in Salt Lake City last Friday, she wasted no time gathering people to attend the show with her. Irene Kilbaine from the Meeker Cat Coalition, Susan Turgeon, Fern Arnn, and Pfennig watched Millan work with two dogs, one with food aggression and the other with toy aggression, who changed their behavior when Millan approached them without emotion and communicated what he wanted. “It was instantaneous,” Pfennig said. “He said that being aware of your emotions is the biggest thing, that you have to keep zero emotions to be the leader of the pack. And it’s true.” Pfennig plans to use Millan’s strategies in working with shelter dogs, some of whom she hopes will become more adoptable as a result.