The Untold Truth Of The Dog Whisperer


The story of Cesar Millan is often seen as
a typical rags to riches tale about a young man from Mexico crossing the border in pursuit
of the American dream. While that’s more or less how things happened,
the reality of Millan’s eventful life is a little more complicated. While Millan became known to millions of viewers
worldwide as the Dog Whisperer, his off-camera life has been anything but quiet. He was bullied for his love of dogs Millan grew up on his grandfather’s farm in
Sinaloa, in northwestern Mexico. During this time he became accustomed to working
with a variety of animals, though he claims to have had a “natural way with dogs” from
a very young age. This connection with canines was so strong
that MIllan found himself being followed by dogs every time he left his home, a fact that
didn’t go unnoticed by the other kids. He was constantly teased by his peers, who
started calling him El Perrero, which, according to Millan, roughly translates to “the Dirty
Dog Boy.” Millan refused to let bullying change his
mind about his love of dogs. Instead, he concentrated on making his dream
a reality from a young age. By the time he was 13 years old he had laid
out plans to become the best dog trainer in the world — and he’d decided that the best
place to begin his takeover was the US. Inspired by the immaculately well-trained
performing dogs he saw in TV reruns of Lassie and The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin, Millan
set his sights on Hollywood, convinced his talents would be most welcome there. He entered the US illegally In 1991, Millan made his way from his home
to a Tijuana bus station with $100 to his name, seeking transportation across the border. When he finally found a way out of Mexico
via a hole in the border fence, he was forced to pay $100 — every cent he had — in order
to pass through. Millan entered the United States with no money,
no friends, little to no knowledge of the English language, and nowhere to live. He spent his early days in America living
homeless on the streets of San Diego, sleeping under a freeway and surviving on nothing but
convenience store hot dogs. Millan recalled that he could get two hot
dogs for 99 cents at the time, meaning all he had to do to survive was somehow make a
dollar a day. Many hot dogs later, he managed to land his
first real job Stateside. He found work as a dog groomer Using the first English sentence he ever learned
… “I learned to say “do you have application
for work?” That was the first sentence I’m gonna learn.” … Millan managed to arrange some part-time
hours in a local dog groomer’s office. The owners were instantly impressed with his
assertive handling of larger, aggressive dogs that had previously been impossible to control. Millan saw the value in this and, after moving
to Inglewood, decided to start charging for a group dog-walking service. He quickly attracted attention with his unusual
— and very much illegal — style of walking his group off leash, quickly earning a reputation
as “the Mexican guy who can walk a pack of dogs.” Some of his first clients were Will and Jada
Pinkett Smith, who paid for Millan to have a year of English language lessons. His reputation grew quickly Millan and his dog-walking business spread
like wildfire by word of mouth, and he eventually earned enough money to open his Dog Psychology
Center in South Central Los Angeles. His success at rehabilitating dogs with particularly
troublesome pasts lead to him being profiled in a 2002 edition of the L.A. Times, and the
reaction was huge. The story led a string of producers to his
door hoping to create a new TV show highlighting Millan’s techniques, and the trainer signed
on to front Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan soon after. The National Geographic Channel ended up picking
up the show for 26 episodes after Animal Planet refused to commit beyond a pilot. He has been involved in a number of lawsuits Things weren’t all sunshine and rainbows
for Millan, however. ” … it’s alright, it’s alright.” The Dog Whisperer star was the subject of
two lawsuits in a single week in 2006, the first involving his former publicist Makeda
Smith and her partner Foster Corder. The couple claimed that they had come up with
the name “Dog Whisperer” while in discussion with Millan. After they received no recognition of their
contribution they decided to sue the National Geographic Channel, asking for $5 million
in damages. Millan was in hot water again days later when
8 Simple Rules producer Flody Suarez claimed that his five-year-old Labrador retriever
Gator was subjected to inhumane treatment at the celebrity trainer’s facility. Suarez’s lawsuit stated that Gator was covered
with bruises and gasping for breath after being forced to run on a treadmill. The producer went on to describe how a choke
chain had caused damage to Gator’s esophagus and that surgery was needed to correct it,
with the vet’s bills totaling more than $25,000. He has been accused of animal cruelty “Cesar Millan … AKA the dog whisperer, is
under fire, for of all things, animal cruelty.” The incident with Gator the Labrador is not
the only allegation of animal cruelty Millan has faced. American Humane, the oldest national organization
specializing in the protection of animals, revealed they had sent a letter to the National
Geographic Channel in 2006. The letter in question expressed outrage about
the “inhumane” and “potentially harmful” tactics employed on Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan. Other critics of Millan’s methods include
certified animal behavior consultant and pet journalist Steve Dale, who refers to Millan
as the “Dog Screamer,” along with British television personality Alan Titchmarsh, who
berated Millan over his “barbaric” techniques during an interview on his afternoon TV show. He hit hard times in 2010 2010 was a terrible year for Millan, starting
off in the worst possible way when his sidekick Daddy died of cancer at the age of 16. “He helped me for 16 years. You know I don’t think I did much for him,
as much as he did for me.” The gentle giant, whom he’d adopted from rapper
Redman, was not just Millan’s assistant on the show — he was his best friend off camera. Sadly, Milan barely had time to mourn the
loss when he was hit with more bad news. The following month, his wife of 16 years
informed him she had filed for divorce. Millan was forced to assess his finances,
and that was when the third blow came: He soon realized that, despite being one of the
most recognizable TV personalities in America, he’d made a series of bad business decisions
that had left him with little to show for his nationwide fame. He tried to end it all In 2012, Millan opened up about the full extent
of what he’d gone through two years earlier. He claimed he’d lost his “source of calmness”
when his beloved dog Daddy died, and the added pressure of his divorce and financial woes
sent him into a downward spiral of depression. The famous trainer got to the point where
he didn’t want to be alive anymore, taking what he described as “a whole bunch of pills”
and hoping not to wake up. Fortunately for Millan, his sons discovered
him before it was too late and he was rushed to the hospital. He later talked about how regaining consciousness
in a ward full of patients who loved his show helped him to get back on track with his life. He used his own methods to bounce back Millan was offered antidepressants after he
failed to take his own life, though he decided that the best way to heal was to practice
what he preached. In place of pills, Millan devised a rehabilitation
schedule based on his knowledge of pack life, using exercise, discipline and affection to
conquer his depression — and it seems to have worked wonders. His path led him to new partner Jahira Dar
— whom Millan credits as being instrumental in his recovery — along with a series of
new opportunities in television. He was soon back on small screens everywhere
in Cesar Millan’s The Leader of the Pack and Cesar 911. He’s even branched out to younger audiences,
working alongside his son Calvin in Nickelodeon’s live action series Mutt and Stuff. Thanks for watching! Click the Looper icon to subscribe to our
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100 thoughts on “The Untold Truth Of The Dog Whisperer

  • Angry๐Ÿ˜ Earthling๐ŸŒŽ.
    I HAVE YEARS OF DOG TRAINING EXPERIENCE UNDER MY BELT AND THAT INCLUDES TRAINING TWO HYBRID WOLVES FOR OBEDIENCE AND IF ANY CANNINE ATTACKED ME AND I HAVE HAD A FEW ATTEMPT TO DO SO I WOULD BE WELL WITHIN MY RIGHTS TO DEFEND MYSELF AND ATTACK BACK BECAUSE A MEDIUM OR LARGE SIZED DOG HAS THE POTENTIAL TO SERIOUSLY INJURE OR EVEN KILL A HUMAN BEING AND FAILING TO MAKE THEM UNDERSTAND THAT ATTACKING A HUMAN IS NOT PART OF THE RULES DEFEATS THE PURPOSE OF THE EXERCISE, HUMANS ARE THE MASTERS AND THEY CANNINES ARE YOUR LOYAL FRIENDS AND I HAVE NOTHING BUT ADMIRATION FOR CEASOR MILANO AND AS FOR THE TACTICS HE USES TO GET THE BEST OUT OF THE CANNINES HE TRAINS, WELL THEY ARE PERFECT AND SHOULD BE FOLLOWED BY ALL DOG LOVERS WHO WANT AN OBEDIENT AND LOYAL CANNINE BY THEIR SIDE, SO WELL DONE SIR AND MAY I WISH YOU THE BEST FOR THE FUTURE. .P.S. IF YOUR DOG ATTEMPTS TO ATTACK YOU AND IT IS USUALLY MALES THEN GIVE HIM A GOOD KICKING BUT MAKE SURE IT IS DONE TO THE TOP AREA, SIDE OF THE BACK LEGS AND NOT IN AREAS WHICH MAY CAUSE HIM/HER INJURY OR BROKEN BONES BECAUSE THE OBJECT OF THE EXERCISE IS TO LET HIM/HER UNDERSTAND WHO IS IN CHARGE AND REMEMBER YOU ARE NOT ONLY DEFENDING YOURSELF FROM A POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS DOG BUT YOU ARE LETTING THE CANNINE UNDERSTAND THAT IF HE EXHIBITS THE SAME BEHAVIOUR TOWARDS YOUR LOVED ONES HE WILL BE VERY QUICKLY KNOCKED BACK DOWN THE PECKING ORDER.

  • Many more illegals have turned towards crime, even bringing the types of crime to the USA they escaped from.

    But I'm always in favor of the under dog, and I do back those that take personal responsibility over their lives and to improve their lives without harming others. Mike

  • I was expecting to hate this. Instead, I learned something about Cesar Milan that encourages me and, I hope, is found inspirational for many people.

    Bouncing back after losing everything and everyone he valued says much about the manโ€™s character.

  • What else is new, so many people out there are quick to jump on your success and do their best to sink your boat even if they get nothing out of it. One word haters

  • Everyone has a story to tell, everyone gets bullied whether its in their face or behind their back. Yaaawwwwwn

  • Americans have no shame over suing for anything and everything- quite the long running and deserved international joke.

  • I love the way you handle dogs and train them …..Keep going ….we would love to see more videos ……As a pet lover I love your work ….salute you

  • We lived in a World of Selfish and Fruitless fig nuts , may we all learn to help not turn your back on your pet .

  • if my dog bite me id do the same as this man. If a dog in the street bite me I do the same as this man. what are you to do if any dog bites you just let it the dog off This how pit bull have a bad name people backing off when the dog shows it teeth. Do it this way and you will end up with a danger dog. a dogs only one step away from been a wolf. .I wish people would understand this iv train a lot of dogs in the past 30 years and iv kick the dog for attacking me. many times. sometimes you got to be cruel to be kind. if not your dog will be put down for been a danger to people.

  • it's sad that such a great man who helped so many dogs was dragged through the mud by a bunch of overly sensitive dog owners who otherwise can't control their dogs. If they have an issue with correcting bad behaviors then they have no business owning a dog. Shame on everyone who sued this great man, and I hope Cesar is now ok and puts these bad experiences behind him for the good of the dogs he has and will help in the future. If their dogs were so great they wouldn't have needed his help. Bad dogs need discipline to correct the behavior, it's simple as that. Positive only trainers fail and balanced trainers have to pick up the pieces of these scam artist "trainers"

  • He learned from the dogs…. best teacher! He watch and listen to the dogs and think like them. Thats, why he ist successful! But He understand much good! For me he is the best!

  • We suffered a loss of our beloved Odin. A trainer I hired that studied with the dog whisperer walked him to the point of death! I was called by the trainer to meet her at the Vet Hospital not even a hour since she took him. Odin had suffered and died from heat exhaustion, he was only 4 years old and in perfect health. The Vet told me all his organs were in perfect condition so there was no underlying factors that caused his death. She told me his temperature was so high it was unreadable. This "walk" method of training requires the dogs to walk behind the handler. I believe that because of that very fact, our poor Odin was not being watched. How could you know an animal is suffering if their behind you? I still believe the trainer had the responsibility to monitor our dog on this "walk" especially since she knew he was a house dog and not use to the heat here in Florida. My point is, please keep a close eye on your dog. I don't give a crap about this you being the leader shit. I'd rather have our dog with us here today, safe and sound, healthy and happy..

  • No sh*t they called him a 'dirty dog boy', only in the west are people indoctrinated and antisocial enough to actually not be totally disgusted by dogs at first sight.
    There's a reason other cultures call dogs vermin.

  • The lab was chomping on his hand what was he suppose to do say โ€œbad boy sitโ€.
    Iโ€™ve got dogs but if another dog did that to me I would have swung for it instantly and donโ€™t say thatโ€™s cruel!
    Who would heal first…..
    The dogs bruise or my torn up bleeding hand!

  • No matter how many good things he does – all you "haters gonna hate!"
    You're "basement dwelling" TROLLS! ๐Ÿคจ

  • Some of these law suits are so childish. And even his competitors allegations appear more jealousy than anything else

  • Know what?The methods he uses are exactly the same methods dogs would use if they'd live in nature to "train" each other.

  • I see this man has lived the American dream.
    Trump hates him.
    But what would trump have done if he was born into the same situation?
    No millionaire daddy handing you a silver spoon.

  • He clearly is very talented. Caesar , don't get married she's going to take all you're hard earned money. Have fun with your dogs and enjoy spending time with your sons. Just enjoy life.

  • Cesar Millan is an animal hero. He is a gift to this world. His long years of experience alone is greater than any certificate or training in animal paychology. Cesar knows better than graduates of animal psychology who had less experience with an actual animal encounter. Iโ€™d rather consult Cesar than anyone else bragging to be a experts in animal behaviour.

  • Why would you bully someone for loving dogs. People are awful. I work with dogs and cats but when dogs bite you they can cause a lot of damage. He's not an abuser! He helps them to become better, if you were a good owner you would realize that.

  • 0:23 I watch the episode where this clip is taken. The dog inflict a puncture wound on his hand from the bite.

  • i really doubt he is a abuser of dogs. the thing is that some dogs are so aggressive his methods are physical and sometimes that could look abusive. those dogs that are like that would be put down by others i'm sure, he is working with difficult cases. the thing i like about how he helps people and their dogs is that he helps the people to see their part in the dog issues and leads them to changing their behaviors. 'there are no bad dogs…'

  • I don't care what ppl say about him. He's helped dozens of ppl and dogs that may have been put down. I love Cesar and his work.

  • Idc what they say, he has a GIFT! And is perfectly allowed to keep a damn dog from chewing his arm off! ๐Ÿ™„ people get so sensitive when it comes to discipline. Perhaps it isnโ€™t the show for you?

  • There is nothing special about him, he's just a dog lover who has experience of dogs. Just in the right place at the right time. Life is like this. You either get a lucky break one day or you don't.

  • He is a great and ingenious man, mistakes happen and that's completely normal. But just how much he helped the dogs, that says enough about him. Greetings from me and my dogs, and thanks for sharing this video. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Very tough job to do. Everyone has their own methods to train a dog. He understands dogs are pack animals and treats them so. He is a professional.

  • This is BS. I have applied Cesar's principles with three dogs, and they work. All that crap about him entering the US illegally shows how much determination and courage he had to pull himself out of poverty. Yeah, kick the uppity Mexican! No mention of the many awards and honours Cesar has received.

  • I am also a big fan. I think that those who sued for 5 million for calling him the Dog Whisperer should have been berated by the Judge for filing a law suit over that for sure. Everytime I have watched Millan, he was knowledgable and truly concerned for the dogs. I am glad he has made his way back from depression. Good boy Cesar (a joke, not meant to insult )

  • Hello Cesar millan my name is Angela Solis and I'm from Skokie, il.I have a very big problem and wondering if I could maybe use your help. We have a rescue dog that that is half lab and we think maybe half great Dane overall he is a good dog. Actor are a couple issues I really need help with . It's very hard to take Mike on a walk when it comes time to put the chain on oh my God he gets so excited camping foaming at the mouth and it's hard to get to so when it's time to proceed up the door he literally exchange down the stairs and pause me now while all of this is going he is parking to so when I proceeded to open up the gate he flies out of to do and the ๐ŸŽ races meanwhile all the parking is still going once I finally get pulled to the all he wants to do run run run run run or I should say we can't let him run down the street by himself and column to come cuz he hasn't really been trained my brother and I were watching one of your episodes and we saw do you have your dog under truck mode to try to get rid of some of that energy so my brother went out and bought a very treadmill and he wanted no part because I'm trying for a couple of Dave God I wish I could just talk to you or email you to ask for advice and this is not even to quarter of the story we decided to get another a rescue dog she is a chiweenie dash hound that's a whole other public my first dog Mike he ended up getting kinetic glaucoma and he lost one eye one year ago as today plus we have a lot of dogs on our block and anytime one of the dogs pasts House they both go nuts parking at the window all the time I just have so much to say but I'm starting to write a book oh yeah my son just purchase a labradoodle so when he comes to visit Grandma I just want to make sure I can dogs get along okay please let me know if there's any you can up

  • PEOPLE ARE STUPID. SOMETIMES TO HAVE TO SMACK THE CRAP OUT OF AN EXTREMELY AGGRESSIVE DOG. DOGS ONLY RECOGNIZE THE ALPHA AS THE PACK LEADER.

  • i got a staffy too exactly the same as daddy, olso mentally. when he dies my life wil be brokan too. lucky he nearly 5 years old. fingers crossed for many many more years too come ๐Ÿ™

  • He's an imperfect man. You know, like the rest of us! He's goes 100% into living his life. Respect to you Cesar Millan.

  • The stupidest lawsuit is whoever sued him 5mil cuz they helped with the title.. Really yall want 5 mil cuz you helped the title the dog whisper? Lol omg they deserve 50 bucks at most.

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