WHO IS CESAR MILLAN?
Cesar Millan is a world-renowned dog behaviour specialist, known for his uncanny ability to walk large packs of dogs at a time. Not only that but, from poodles to pit bulls, these now well-behaved canines have each been rehabilitated and, rescued from a wide range of extreme behaviour issues - anything from insecurity to severe ‘red zone’ aggression!
Born and raised in Mexico, his blessed gift - a primal communion with nature – always came naturally to him, but his unique connection to canines became most noticeable around the age of 13. Everywhere Cesar went, there always seemed to be a swirl of dogs surrounding him. The locals gave him a nickname, ”El Perrero” - Spanish for “The Dogman”.
Cesar embraced this gift wholeheartedly, and he came to America to pursue his dream of becoming the greatest dog trainer in the world. He soon realised, though, that he was searching for something rather more profound than teaching dogs basic commands.
Heeding his grandfather’s advice to ‘never work against Mother Nature’, Cesar acquired yet another pack of dogs. He passionately studied books on dog psychology, but it was through his own observation, awareness, and first-hand experience that Cesar distilled his own formulas that clearly kept dogs balanced, calm, and submissive.
In the wild, a dog’s very survival depends on a strong, stable, and organised pack, where every member knows its place and follows the rules established by the pack leader. The pack instinct is perhaps the strongest natural motivator for a dog.
Cesar Millan teaches that, in order to properly fulfil both our dogs and ourselves, we each need to become our canine’s calm-assertive pack leader. A dog that doesn’t trust its human to be a good pack leader becomes unbalanced and often exhibits unwanted or anti-social behaviours.
Cesar does not “train” dogs in the sense of teaching them commands like “sit,” “stay,” “come,” and “heel” - he rehabilitates unbalanced dogs and helps “re-train” their owners to better understand how to see the world through a dog’s eyes.
Cesar counsels people to calmly, assertively, and consistently, give their dogs rules, boundaries, and limitations to establish themselves as solid pack leaders and to help correct and control unwanted behaviour. He doesn’t believe in “quick fixes.” Though changing some behaviours can appear to happen in a relatively short period of time, none of those changes will “stick” unless the human acts consistently with his or her dog every day to keep unwanted behaviours from returning. In Cesar’s opinion, no one should ever hit or yell at a dog to correct unwanted behaviour.
You can read Cesar’s own account of his life here.