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With more than 25 years of experience, renowned dog behavior expert and New York Times best-selling author Cesar Millan is one of the most sought-after authorities in the field of dog care and rehabilitation. In March 2014, Millan brings his unmatched canine abilities to communities terrorized by unruly hounds in Nat Geo WILD’s new series “Cesar 911.”

During the nine-season run of his hit series “Dog Whisperer,” he rehabilitated hundreds of aggressive, scared, lazy, compulsive and jealous dogs, as well as the families that were usually in the dark about how their own behavior contributed to their dogs’ quirky traits.

Millan has grown into a pop culture phenomenon, including parodies on “South Park” and “Saturday Night Live”; references on popular shows including “Jeopardy!” and “The Colbert Report”; and appearances on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” “The Today Show,” “The View,” and “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”

Millan has been recognized with numerous awards throughout his career, including Emmy nominations in 2006, 2007 and 2009 for Outstanding Reality Program.  He continues to be recognized and awarded by rescue and animal welfare organizations for his commitment to the betterment of animals and their relationships with people around the world.  Millan’s Dog Psychology Center in the Santa Clarita Valley stretches over 43 acres and includes a sheepherding area, swimming pool, obstacle course and hiking trails.  It was designed to rehabilitate troubled, aggressive and condemned dogs.  The center houses a pack of 30 to 40 “unadoptable” and abandoned dogs at any given time.

In addition to executive producing Cesar 911,” Millan has co-authored six books, including Cesar Millan’s Short Guide to a Happy Dog (now available in paperback).  He has also generated numerous instructional DVDs and CDs, and hosts a popular series of live training seminars where attendees learn how to apply his extensive knowledge of dog psychology and rehabilitation techniques.  In the fall of 2009, he launched Cesar’s Way Magazine,and he also appears in Cesar Live tours around the world.  In 2007, Cesar officially launched the Millan Foundation, “a national, nonprofit organization designed to aid and support the rescue, rehabilitation, and placement of abused and abandoned dogs.”

Millan has more than 20 years of experience with canines.  His unique talent with dogs first developed on his grandfather’s farm in Mexico.  In 1994, he came to the attention of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, who began referring him to other celebrities and friends.  Other celebrity clients include Howie Mandel, Patti LaBelle, Vin Diesel, Nicolas Cage, Scarlett Johannson, Hilary Duff, Daisy Fuentes, Annie Potts, “Downtown” Julie Brown, and movie directors Ridley Scott and Michael Bay.  

Millan was born in Culiacan, Mexico.  He lives in Southern California and is the proud father of two sons, Andre and Calvin.

15 comments
Evelyn Young
Evelyn Young

My uncle got 6 Dogo's and gave one to my mother. They are wonderful dogs we love them. Several months ago the breeders he purchased them from were splitting up and moving and needed to get rid of the two remaining dogs. We expected them to be well socialized and like ours. They were are very aggressive. They love my mother and are friendly to her, but nobody else. They seem to have a more severe aggression to children. It is breaking my heart and I know my mother is heartbroken as well that my uncle is going to have the dogs put down. He said he just couldn't stand it if he gave them to someone and they attacked anyone or a child. They are powerful dogs. I asked him to not do that until I contacted you first. I know how wonderful and sweet they can be. It isn't their fault that they are aggressive and we can't do anything with them. They are full blooded but don't have papers. You were the first person I thought of when he said they were going to be put down. We want to give them to you. I hope you will take them. Their names are Zeus and Momma.



Amy Barwick
Amy Barwick

My husband is a veterinarian. He came home upset after having to euthanize an aggressive deaf Great Dane. He was 2 years old and if the owners, or anyone for that matter, raised their hands above their chests, the dog would attack. We would like to know of it is possible to rehabilitate an aggressive deaf dog?

Leah Lackey
Leah Lackey

Does Cesar or his staff really look at the blogs?  Our dog Howi came to us as a pup with severe separation anxiety.  I have read all of Cesar's information on the subject and Howi has "real anxiety," not a learned behavior.  As a puppy, he was extremely destructive when we would leave (we tried to crate train and he PULLED THE METAL BARS THROUGH and escaped and tore up the place anyway);   the first year of his life was tough and after trying to work with his behavior, we started Prozac and has been on it for 4 years


He turned a corner and has been amazing the past 3 years - just a different dog who actually listens and does not destroy the house, however, if he is boarded at the vet, he rubs his nose off and acts like he has rabies.  He hates the cage.


We had 2 of his pack members die over the past 18 months.  Ruby (12 year old shep/lab/standard poodle) was his foster Mom for 5 years.  She died suddenly;  Howi was VERY attached to her.  About a week after she died, the destructive behavior started again and he has gotten so much worse.  We have to take him wherever we go and we have not taken a family trip, because of his extreme anxiety and fear.  Not only has he destroyed parts of our home, but he has hurt himself in the process. 


We have exercised him before we leave the house;  for example:  we take him to the lacrosse fields for several hours and think he would be worn out and tired--but as soon as we walked out the door for dinner the incessant barking, crying and destruction starts.  He is also fearful of other dogs and people, so we have been trying to expose him to a variety of situations. 


Recently, he tore up my library curtains and ate the doorframe to our garage door - so much so, there was blood spatter and splinters everywhere and he hurt all of his bottom teeth and gums.


The dog whisperers we've talked to are concerned they can't handle such separation anxiety.  :( Others have suggested that he is so mentally ill, that he is miserable and we should put him down.  Our family would never do that, as he is a loving part of our pack and because he is SO good when we are here -- we think he has great potential.  We are desperate for him - it is so obvious he doesn't like living this way and we can't have our house destroyed or the potential of him hurting people or other dogs because he is so fearful.  At this point, we are at a loss and Cesar is our ONLY hope.  I am sure others have said this, but it is true.


PLEASE help us.  We are all still grieving the loss of Ruby as well -- she was our "Junior" and there will never be another dog like her.  Jake - who died a year before Ruby was the same.  We have NEVER had an issue with any of our dogs until now.  :( 


--Leah - desperate in Atlanta, GA

Katy Shelton
Katy Shelton

Cesar, I have a unique problem that I think only you can help me with. I have been successfully training male dogs for 30 years. My problem is I haven't been successful in training female dogs. I wish to be able to train both male and female dogs and instill confidence in them instead of intimidating them because I am the Alpha in the pack. My problem is being the alpha I get the beta reaction from both male and female dogs. I have no problem bringing them to a calm submissive state, but I wish them to be comfortable and happy around me without the intimidation factor of being the alpha in the pack.


Sincerely,

Katy Shelton

Tammy ChanceCover Hps
Tammy ChanceCover Hps

I just wish I could find someone who practiced your methods close to me here in Vancouver, WA. Poor Castle needs to get over his obsession or separation anxiety with me.

Dwan Needham
Dwan Needham

Cesar, we are at our end and don't know what to do. About 9 months ago we adopted Tyson a 2 year old male Boxer. We brought him home after having him meet our 21/2 yr old female Dixie. They have been great friends and he is a joy to our family. So I'm sure you're asking why we need your help. Well Tyson was very very skinny when we brought him home, of course we started trying to "fatten" him up. But he got to where he wasn't eating. After several trips to the vet and nothing showing up in blood work she was about to refer us to an internal specialist in Austin. But as a last result she xrayed him and found an obstruction. He was immediately prepped for surgery and in his colon (that was blocked by the debre) was found a passifier and a piece of cloth from a rag or blanket, who knows. Needless to say Ty started to finally gain weight. He has recovered from surgery but now he is still eating everything he can get his mouth on. We have lost count with how many Kong toys he has chewed up. We gave him a new one this morning and he has already chewed it up. Mike (my husband) was able to get part of it out of his mouth but unfortunately he did swallow a piece of it. Cesar HELP we are at a loss of how to stop him. We are sure (from watching your show Dog Whisperer) that this is an emotional situation but we are lost as to what to do. Oh did I tell you that he also has an attitude and does not like to be told NO. Plus he has gotten out twice and run off but thankfully just in our neighborhood.

CESAR HELP US PLEASE!! We love our boxers (Ty is our 5th so we are familiar to the breed).

Sincerely,

Dwan & Mike Needham and Tyson too. 




Ann Lousch
Ann Lousch

Cesar Help! Norman is a 3 yr old old English bulldog. Gentle giant with people children & cats. He Hates other dogs! My son is ready to put him down. Please help us save Norman!!!

Brenda Massingille
Brenda Massingille

I have a four year old beagle.  He is the light of my life.  I've been diagnosed with an incurable disease.  This dog has saved me.  He's always by my side.   I need help because he can't be left alone.   He cries he tears things up he makes himself sick.   When someone is around he's fine the best dog ever.   I love him and want with all my heart to keep him.  I need this surgery that will require me to be gone for three months.  If I can't get him so he can be alone  while my husband is at work.   He works long hours or get him to be ok with someone else helping watch hm.   Please we could use your help.  Thank You.

Kacie Stalter
Kacie Stalter

 We are in need of help with our 4 1/2 month old German Shepherd.  We are a military family and we would like for our dog to break his current habits before my fiance leaves for another deployment.  Since my fiance comes and goes with work a lot, I have taken the lead in training and socializing our puppy.  He is a very timid dog when it comes to other dogs and people.  With other dogs he tries to hide behind us and with other people he tries to bark forward toward them. I walk with him at my side to ensure that he isn't in front of me and feels like he needs to protect me.  I am also a very calm person and his behavior doesn't cause my energy to change, but he doesn't seem to respond to any of the training I have tried. I have tried making sure that he is in a calm state before taking him for walks or having him meet people and it doesn't seem to change. I have also tried snapping him out of his excited state right before he starts to bark at someone and that doesn't seem to work either.  He also mouths a lot and we have tried so many ways to teach him that his mouthing hurts.  We have tried yelping like a puppy would and then ignoring him, redirecting his mouth to one of his chew toys, getting up and walking away until he calms down, directing him to his bed to calm down and not get up until he is in a calm state, we are running out of options.  Being a military family and having a lot of the responsibility fall on me since my fiance is gone a lot is hard enough, I just want to be able to take our dog places and have company over without our dog scaring them.  We would greatly appreciate any type of help from you!!! If you could reach out to us we really would appreciate it. 

Karen Gz
Karen Gz

we need some help when I first moved to Hesperia we bought a puppy Chihuahua of some girls in front of the store she is grown now but I recently brought a new dog home she is a American bully right now she is 3 months old the Chihuahua does not get along with her she actually does not like any other dogs she growls, shows her teeth and snaps at them the American bully can not walk or try to play with the Chihuahua because she will snap at her we have to constantly keep them apart we need help please

Denise LaFountain
Denise LaFountain

In need of help. We have a choc lab n German shorthair. We can't keep them in the yards so we put them on chains n I don't like a chain. Need help so we can take them off help!!!!!

Suzanne Sonnenberg
Suzanne Sonnenberg

So glad you are back. I have missed you. I have a 10 yr. old GSD female. She is all of a sudden out of the blue frightened of noises. Even the vacuum upstairs she tries to get on the couch with me. Is this common for older dogs?

Mara Godfrey
Mara Godfrey

We have 2 cane corsos (a male and female that are still intact) as well as an (un-neutered male) Neapolitan Mastiff. The males do not get along at all and we are in desperate need of help. We love them all and want them to all get along. Please help us!!! 

Carol Hutchings
Carol Hutchings

I WOULD LIKE CESAR TO COME AND FIX US ALL.

HOW WOULD I GO ABOUT DOING THIS?


Carol Hutchings
Carol Hutchings

MY DOG IS A MIN PIN MIX AND HE TENDS TO BARK A LOT WHEN PEOPLE COME OVER, AND HE TRIES TO BITE PEOPLE IF THEY COME NEAR ME OR MY HUSBAND. HE HAS ALSO BITTEN ME MORE TIMES THAN I WOULD LIKE.