Interviews

"Dog Whisperer" Cesar Millan on his critics, the American Dream, and why not to buy a puppy

The world of dog training can be as divided as religion or politics. And so it's no surprise that America's first canine expert to become a household name often comes under fire for his methods and eccentric personality. Now known to the world as "The Dog Whisperer," Cesar Millan originally came to the U.S. via an illegal border crossing from Mexico at the age of 21. After founding his own dog-training business, he was discovered by actress Jada Pinkett Smith (wife of Will Smith), who helped him build his brand, leading to the National Geographic Channel developing the wildly popular The Dog Whisperer show around him.

To launch his new show, Cesar 911 on Nat Geo Wild, Cesar Millan is now on a national speaking tour, bringing his message of "calm, assertive energy" to live audiences across the country. Millan has no shortage of critics (who like to point out that he has no formal training, and charge that his methods are dangerous and outdated). In anticipation of his appearance this Friday at the Paramount Theatre, we asked Cesar Millan about some of these concerns, also discussing his life with dogs on a Mexican farm, how dog training relates to being a parent, and why buying a puppy is usually a bad idea. See also: Temple Grandin, Colorado cow whisperer, gets local premiere

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Josiah M. Hesse
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