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The New Yorker, May 22, 2006 P. 48

PROFILES of dog psychologist Cesar Millan. In the case of Sugar v. Forman, Cesar Millan knew none of the facts before arriving at the scene of the crime. His job was to reconcile Lynda and Ray Forman, of Mission Hills, California, with their dog, Sugar. Cesar is built like a soccer player. He is in his mid-30s, and has large, wide eyes, olive skin, and white teeth. He crawled across the border from Mexico 14 years ago. He began to ask questions. Did Sugar urinate in the house? What about discipline or physical touch? It was time for the defendant. Sugar was cute, but she had a mean, feral look in her eyes. Cesar placed a newspaper, a plastic cup, and a TV remote in front of her. Sugar grabbed the newspaper. Cesar snatched it back. Sugar picked it up again and jumped on the couch. Cesar took his hand and “bit” her on the shoulder, firmly and calmly. He stood, and firmly and fluidly held her down for an instant. She struggled, then relaxed. She lunged at the remote. Cesar looked at her and said, simply, “Sh-h-h.” She hesitated, then went for the cup. Cesar said, “Sh-h-h.” She dropped it. Soon, she closed her eyes in surrender. “You practice exercise and affection,” Cesar told the Formans, “But you're not practicing exercise, discipline, and affection. When we love someone, we fulfill everything about them…” Cesar runs the Dog Psychology Center in South-Central L.A. In the center's yard, there are 47 dogs. He takes in people's problem dogs and keeps them for a minimum of 2 weeks. He has no formal training. As a child, he studied dogs until he felt he could put himself inside their minds. Cesar is the host of “Dog Whisperer,” on the National Geographic channel. In every episode, he arrives amid canine chaos and leaves behind peace. Describes how he allows the dogs in the yard to play with tennis balls for 10 minutes or so, then stops them with a single short whistle. Describes an episode about a vicious Korean jindo named JonBee, who belonged to Patrice and Scott. Cesar tries to get the dog to lie on its side-and all hell breaks loose. Finally, Cesar gets the dog to sit, then lie down, and then lie on its side. Dogs are students of human movement. Mentions Brian Hare's experiments which show that dogs look to humans for behavior cues. Cock your head, even slightly, to the side, and a dog is disarmed. Standing straight, with your shoulders squared, can mean the difference between whether a dog obeys a command or not. Mentions ethologist Patricia McConnell and her theory about the meeting between two leashed animals on a walk. What JonBee saw when he looked at Cesar was someone who moved in a very particular way. Movement experts like Karen Bradley use Laban Movement Analysis to make sense of movement, describing how fluid and symmetrical people are when they move. Combinations of posture and gesture are called phrasing, and great communicators are those who match their phrasing with their communicative intentions. To Bradley, Cesar had beautiful phrasing. Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan also had great phrasing; George W. Bush does not. Dance-movement psychotherapist Suzi Tortora analyzed the meaning behind Cesar's movements. “To a dog that's all over the place, he's bringing a rhythm…,” she said. As JonBee snapped and squirmed, Cesar seemed to be moving along with him, providing a loose structure for his aggression. Using the language of movement, Cesar was telling JonBee that he was safe. Describes Tortora's movement therapy with Eric, an autistic boy. When Cesar was 23, he married an American girl named Illusion. “Cesar was a macho-istic…person who thought the world revolved around him,” Illusion recalled. While in therapy, Cesar had the epiphany that women, like dogs, have their own psychology. Describes the case of Bandit the Chihuahua, who was placated and indulged by his owner, Lori, even after he attacked Lori's teen-age son, Tyler. Cesar reached out and gave Bandit a sharp nudge with his elbow. Lori leaned forward to object. “This is a case that's not going to work,” Cesar said, “because the owner doesn't want to allow what you normally do with your kids…The hardest part for me is that the father or mother chooses the dog instead of the son….”

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What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures is the fourth book released by author Malcolm Gladwell, on October 20, 2009. The book is a compilation of the journalist's articles published in The New Yorker.[1]


Gladwell initially covered business and science in The Washington Post before joining the staff at The New Yorker in 1997.[2] Each of the articles first appeared in The New Yorker and was handpicked by Gladwell. The stories share a common theme, namely that Gladwell tries to show us the world through the eyes of others, even if that other happens to be a dog, hence the title.[1]


What the Dog Saw is a compilation of 19 articles by Malcolm Gladwell that were originally published in The New Yorker which are categorized into three parts. The first part, Obsessives, Pioneers, and other varieties of Minor Genius, describes people who are very good at what they do, but are not necessarily well-known. Part two, Theories, Predictions, and Diagnoses, describes the problems of prediction. This section covers problems such as intelligence failure, and the fall of Enron. The third section, Personality, Character, and Intelligence, discusses a wide variety of psychological and sociological topics ranging from the difference between early and late bloomers[3] to criminal profiling.[4]


What the Dog Saw was met with mainly positive reviews. It received profiles in many high-profile publications, including the New York Times, The Guardian, Time Magazine, The Los Angeles Times and The Independent.[1][5][6][7][8] In particular, Gladwell was praised for his writing and storytelling, and reviewers looked upon the essay format positively, with The Guardian stating "one virtue of What the Dog Saw is that the pieces are perfectly crafted: they achieve their purpose more effectively when they aren't stretched out."[5]What The Dog Saw was criticized for its use of statistics and its lack of technical grounding.[1]

What the Dog Saw debuted at #3 on the New York Times Bestseller List.[9] It spent three weeks in the top 3 and a total of 16 weeks on the chart, appearing concurrently with Gladwell's previous book Outliers.[10][11] It was also an Amazon Top 25 seller for the month of November.[12]What the Dog Saw was named to Bloomberg's top 50 business books of 2009.[13]


  1. ^ abcdPinker, Steven (2009-11-07). "Book Review - 'What the Dog Saw - And Other Adventures,' by Malcolm Gladwell". New York Times. 
  2. ^Millar, Anna. What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures - Malcolm Gladwell InterviewThe List. April 29, 2010.
  3. ^Malcolm Gladwell (October 20, 2008). "Late Bloomers. Why do we equate genius with precocity?". The New Yorker. Retrieved January 4, 2016. 
  4. ^Maslin, Janet (2009-10-19). "Changing the Subject, Maintaining the Tone". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-11-09. 
  5. ^ abSample, Ian Gladwell's great strength is his ability to make his readers thinkThe Guardian. October 17, 2009.
  6. ^Altman, Alex Q&A: Author Malcolm GladwellTime Magazine. October 20, 2009.
  7. ^The New Yorker writer's sense of curiosity burns bright in this collection of essaysLos Angeles Times. November 22, 2009.
  8. ^A 'New Yorker' stalwart incounterintuitive moodThe Independent. November 1, 2009.
  9. ^New York Times Bestseller List 11-08-2009
  10. ^New York Times Bestseller List 01-07-2010
  11. ^New York Times Bestseller List 11-08-2009
  12. ^Bestsellers in Books for November 2009Amazon.com.
  13. ^Pressley, James Top 50 Business Books, Animal Spirits to What the Dog SawBloomberg. Jun 17, 2010.

External links[edit]

All of the articles in What the Dog Saw can be read for free on Gladwell's website.

Part 1: Obsessives, Pioneers, and other varieties of Minor Genius

Part 2: Theories, Predictions, and Diagnoses

Part 3: Personality, Character, and Intelligence

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