Meet Dr. Dare Miller - Inventor of DOG-MASTER®
SOME OF DR. MILLER'S TV GUEST APPEARANCES
JUST WHO IS DR. DARE MILLER?
Yes, he goes back a long ways. Yes, he is legendary. Part of this stems from his outstanding academic background not usually found in the dog world. But let us start with some bits of interesting information:
THE EARLY YEARS
Dare Miller was born in Longmont, Colorado in 1927. Following his mother's death at age 7, he came to live on his aunt's cattle ranch on the plains of Wyoming. This family, like most in the area, had a dog: "Bronzy," an American Shepherd. Ranchers expected their dogs to work and Bronzy was no exception.
This sort of loyal, working relationship with the family dog is not uncommon to rural America. Bronzy made a lasting impression on young Dare Miller. How deep this impression really was would not be fully apparent even to himself until he moved to Los Angeles, following his World War II naval service, and began his life's work.
THE LEARNING YEARS
His aunt was a school teacher, so it was not unusual that he should seek higher education. Though he originally began his major in Medicine, by the time he had finished Pre-Med his strong interest in human behavior had guided him into the fields of psychology instead. Income from the G.I. Bill for Veterans was not sufficient so he sought part-time and summer work. Observing great difficulty the city people had with their dogs and making full use of his boyhood knowledge, he was soon in demand training dogs.
However, the "obedience system" originating with the WWI German military-style trench dog training so common back then required physical force and punishment. He came to object to these methods, for his own experiences told him that dogs need not be physically forced to behave correctly for man. If actions spoke louder than words, what was really being taught? Dare Miller sought the answer as he worked toward his Doctoral degree in Psychology. Eventually Miller's keenly analytical mind crystallized the main problem: most city dog owners had no meaningful working relationship with their dogs, therefore no mental communication with their dogs. Furthermore, owners who tried physical force and punishment only seemed to make the situation worse by unintentionally reinforcing the problem.
THE "CELEBRITY" YEARS
What follows next is several years devoted to research on what would eventually become DOG-MASTER® LEARNING SYSTEM. In the 1960's, when one of his method patents for dog teaching initially broke the news, all of the big TV shows at the time sought his appearances. And of course, they saw the nearly unbelievable demonstrations: Dr. Miller controlling dogs— both good AND bad— with only his soothing voice and the unique canine communication instrument in his hand. No leash, no chains, no collars.
For these he received noteworthy comments from the big wigs at the time like Johnny Carson and Art Linkletter, including the unforgettable exclamation "It really works, it's no humbug!" from an astonished Joe Pyne. For those who remember Joe Pyne, he was very good at exposing "humbugs" on The Joe Pyne Show.
All this fame, celebrity, and media exposure were really quite a stark contrast to Dr. Miller's early life as a young cowboy growing up on the great Wyoming prairie. To this day, he is still a cowboy at heart, often reminiscing about his Native American friend, his horses, and his dog.
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