Pet-care celebrity Cesar Millan, star of Nat Geo Wild’s “Cesar Millan’s Dog Nation” and original host of the “Dog Whisperer” series, is coming to the Keswick Theatre June 23.
An authority in the field of dog care and rehabilitation, Millan enthusiastically repeated in a phone interview what he continually hammers home in his various TV shows — the key to an obedient, loving and social dog has everything to do with the energy the animal picks up from the alpha-figure of its pack.
“Dogs don’t care if you have no money, or are blind. Everybody thinks you have to train your dog, but you have to train the humans. If the human doesn’t know how to fly a plane, you wouldn’t want to fly on that plane. Humans are the only species that follow unstable leaders. Animals don’t follow unstable leaders,” he said, noting that even former Presidents Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama have experienced a problem, at one time or other, with their family dogs.
“When people see a 2-month-old puppy chewing on socks, or biting on a towel, they think it’s cute. ‘Aww, it’s just a puppy.’ (If it’s a large dog breed,) In a short time, that’s going to be scary,” Millan said of his philosophy of prioritizing discipline over affection.
In “Cesar Millan Live!” he will share what he has found to be the secrets behind happier, healthier relationships between humans and their canine companions. Then Millan will present examples via live training demonstrations with multiple dogs from local rescues. His famous four-legged companions, Junior and Benson, will also join Millan on stage.
According to “Ceasar’s way,” when you’re nurturing a dog, exercise is even more important than discipline for bringing harmony and balance into your and your dog’s lives. “(A dog’s) excitement is the equivalent of the gas pedal on a car. You need the brakes,” he said.
In “Cesar Millan’s Dog Nation” Millan and his oldest son, Andre, cross the country to work with non-profit organizations and dog lovers. Philadelphia is one of the cities where they have found inspirational stories and people working to make the world a better place for humans and dogs, including organizations that help veterans and their service dogs, community-run animal rescue groups training K-9 police dogs and therapy dogs that help children with autism. Follow along at www.dognation.com.
Millan has also authored books such as “Cesar’s Way,” “Be the Pack Leader” and “A Short Guide to a Happy Dog.” He has also generated instructional DVDs and CDs. Resources are also available at www.cesarsway.com for navigating dog behavior issues, rescue and adoption, and health issues.