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Wisdom from the Dog Whisperer

The Dog Whisperer is back with a new show
The Dog Whisperer is back with a new show
The Dog Whisperer is back with a new show

Too many dogs in the world are abandoned and come a sorry end. Luckily, at least one special person is looking out for them

Cesar Millan, the world-renowned dog behaviourist is combatting the global issue of canine abandonment and giving “unadoptable” dogs a second chance at life in his new series, Cesar Millan’s Leader of the Pack.

Following the wild success of his long-running series Dog Whisperer, Millan’s new show takes him to Spain where, each week, he transfers extreme canine cases to his new Dog Psychology Centre in Miraflores. In each episode, three candidates compete for the chance to adopt one special pup, with their dog skills put to the test in a series of special canine challenges.

Meanwhile, Millan employs his “exercise, discipline and affection” method to overcome hurdles with dogs that are particularly skittish or aggressive, to painstakingly rehabilitate each one and prepare them for adoption.

“Dog Whisperer had a passion, but Leader of the Pack has a mission,” says Millan.

“My goal with this show is to awaken the world to how many dogs are euthanized in one year, how we kill them and how the world really treats what we call man’s best friend,” he says.

Through the series, Millan’s followers will learn how to find a compatible dog for their family.

Here is a short excerpt of a recent interview with him.

Which questions should a person who wants to adopt his or her first dog ask before making this decision?

Number one is: “What is my life style? How many hours do I work?” Number two: Economical responsibilities, because a dog also has to have a health care. So those two things you have to be very, very aware.

What is the secret to whispering to dogs?

I’m quiet; I’m silent when I’m meeting a dog for the first time. That is the biggest secret, the biggest ingredient, because the dog is going to tell you how it feels. Then, you wait for the behaviour. So, patience is number two. Number one is to be quiet, to be calm, when you meet a dog for the first time.

Cesar Millan’s Leader of the Pack is on National Geographic Channel, every Wednesday, 10pm, SingTel mio Ch 201 or Starhub Ch 411.