Cesar Felipe Millan Favela is a Mexican-American dog trainer born in 1969. He has given more than 25 years of his life to dog training. His Emmy-nominated television series – Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan was broadcasted in more than 80 countries and garnered him a lot of fame.
Cesar Millan Work Experience
Millan also manufactures dog products and releases dog training instructions DVDs. He also has experience in rehabilitating very aggressive dogs. His dog rehab institution – the Dog Psychology Center was functional in Los Angeles from 2002 to 2008, after which, it relocated to California. He has authored three books on dogs, each of which became New York Times Best Sellers. His bestsellers have sold more than 200 million copies in more than 80 countries across the globe. In 2009, Millan also began a monthly magazine known as Cesar’s Way, in partnership with IMG. However, this magazine stopped publications after their 2014 November issue.
Cesar Millan Personal Life
He was earlier married to Ilusion Millan and with her, he started the Millan Foundation. Later, they got divorced and he renamed the foundation as Cesar Millan Foundation. Currently, it is called Cesar Millan Pack Project. This institution focuses on providing financial assistance to animal rescue centers. It also looks into re-homing and rescuing abandoned and abused animals. It also conducts and funds spaying/neutering programs.
Cesar Millan Training Methods
He handles and trains dogs with his ‘calm-assertive energy’ theory. He encourages all dog owners to train their dogs by becoming calm, assertive and portraying the role of the pack leaders. He educates us that dogs have three basic needs; exercise, affection, and discipline. The owner should channel the dog’s energy levels in proper exercise, set certain rules and abide by them and also show affection to the dog. He believes that most dog owners do not provide the right amount of affection to their dogs, provide very little exercise and also do not bother about discipline. He further teaches all dog owners to understand the needs of a dog and act accordingly.
His television programs are based on dog rehabilitation and dog handling philosophies. He believes that healthy and balanced dogs need a strong ‘pack leadership’ and owners should display such leadership. The trainer also undertakes more intensive rehabilitation programs for dogs with very bad behavior. He often uses commands such as ‘tsch’, gestures and a typical body language while training dogs and communicating with them.
He does not use the dog’s name in his methods. The dog trainer also encourages all dog owners to develop their own unique dog training sound, as dogs can sense and respond to such sounds more easily than human speech. Milan said that his main aim while rehabilitating dogs is to create better relationships between dogs and their owners. According to the New York Times, he is so successful today because of his personal sense of calm and balance, which according to him, should be present in uber-balanced men.