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Cesar Millan Booking Profile

About Cesar Millan

Renowned dog behavior expert Cesar Millan is one of the most sought-after specialists working in the field of dog rehabilitation. From bullying Chihuahuas to timid great Danes, Cesar has an uncanny gift for communicating with dogs and seeing the world through their eyes. Cesar has been called “a Dr. Phil for dogs,” and for good reason. His amazing rehabilitations of aggressive, scared, lazy, compulsive, and jealous dogs captured the national spotlight when his National Geographic Channel (NGC) series Dog Whisperer premiered in 2004. Each episode of Dog Whisperer follows Cesar as he goes directly into the homes of dog owners without any prior information about the case and documents the remarkable transformations that take place under Cesar's calm, assertive guidance. Cesar once again travels the country, from Miami to New York to Los Angeles, rehabilitating dogs, training owners and sharing his exercise, discipline, affection formula for balanced dogs. In addition to co-creating and starring in Dog Whisperer, Millan has co-authored three New York Times Bestsellers: Cesar’s Way, Be the Pack Leader and A Member of the Family. In October of 2009 he released his fourth book titled How to Raise the Perfect Dog: Through Puppyhood and Beyond. He has also created numerous instructional DVDs and CDs, and continues to host a popular series of personal appearance seminars where he teaches attendees how to apply his techniques in the training and rehabilitation of their dogs. Millan was born in rural Culiacan, Mexico, and grew up in a small house with no amenities. He spent much of his early childhood on his grandfather’s farm in nearby Ixpalino where he observed the behavior of the farm’s many dogs. When he was a teenager, his family purchased their first TV. He preferred the classic Lassie and The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin series and, inspired by them, decided that he would move to California and become the world’s best dog trainer. In his first few years in the United States, Millan was surprised by how troubled so many of the dogs he encountered seemed to be. He began thinking that he should redirect his dream to becoming a rehabilitator rather than trainer of dogs. With the money he saved from his job washing cars, he started a freelance dog rehabilitation service, primarily offering his expertise with extreme cases. He was quickly recommended around town, and his client list expanded rapidly. In 1994, he came to the attention of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith who likewise referred him to other celebrities. That same year, they opened the Dog Psychology Center, a two-acre facility in South Los Angeles, expressly to rehabilitate troubled, aggressive, and condemned dogs. Then as now, Millan keeps a pack of thirty to forty “unadoptable” and abandoned dogs at the center. Today, Millan has become a pop culture icon, inspiring flattering parodies on South Park and Saturday Night Live; references on popular shows including Jeopardy! and Two and a Half Men, appearances on Oprah, Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Martha Stewart Carson Daly, Today Show,The View, Nightline, World News Tonight, The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet, and Live with Regis and Kelly; as well as cameo roles on the hit series Ghost Whisperer and Bones. He has worked with many celebrity clients including: Charlize Theron, Scarlett Johansson, Oprah Winfrey, Nicolas Cage, Michael Eisner, Scott Rudin, S.I. Newhouse, Ridley Scott, Rebecca Romijn, Michael Bay, Hillary and Haylie Duff, Denise Richards, and Vin Diesel. Millan has been recognized with numerous awards throughout his career. In 2005, the National Humane Society Genesis Award Committee presented him with a Special Commendation for his work in rehabilitating animals; in 2006 and 2007, Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Reality Program; in 2006, Millan and his wife Ilusion were awarded honorary membership in the International Association of Canine Professionals; in 2007, he was awarded the Michael Landon Award for Inspiration to Youth Through Television; and in 2008, he was honored with a Treasure Award from the City of Los Angeles.

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