How to Get 'Dog Whisperer' Cesar Millan to Come to Your House

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Have you ever wished the "Dog Whisperer" Cesar Millan would come to your house and help you with your unruly canine? You're not alone.

"We get thousands of applications from people wanting to be on the show," one of the show's producers, Sheila Emery, tells Paw Nation. "But we're only able to pick a small percentage." So how do the producers decide which dogs (and their owners) merit a visit from Millan? Paw Nation attended a "Dog Whisperer" casting call to find out.

On a sunny December afternoon in Santa Monica, Calif., Leah Pacheco and her husband Meftali Villasenor wait nervously to talk to one of the show's producers, who is holding auditions at a local grooming salon. The couple has driven two hours for the chance to be featured in an upcoming episode of "Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan." They have four dogs and are desperate for help.

"We have a year-and-a-half-old Doberman pinscher named Jordan and she's crazy," Pacheco tells Paw Nation. "She dominates our other three little dogs and bats our Chihuahua around like a soccer ball." Does the Chihuahua like playing with the Doberman? "No!" Pacheco says, "Buttercup, our Chihuahua, is terrified!" Jordan also has a scary habit of jumping on the car whenever Pacheco's husband gets inside the vehicle.

They've tried everything that Millan suggests on his shows -- exercising Jordan on a treadmill, making her run alongside as they bike -- but nothing works. "It's our fault," laments Pacheco. "When Jordan was a puppy, we spoiled her. We're hoping to get on the show so Cesar can help us."

Dogs are allowed to attend the casting calls, but Pacheco and her husband have opted to leave the overbearing Jordan at home. They are, however, clutching the requisite application materials: a release form, questionnaire and a video showing Jordan misbehaving.

Inside the grooming salon, three-year-old rescue dog Berkeley (pictured above) and his owners, Kelly Berry and Peter Pappas, meet with producer, Emery.

"He's a good, sweet loving dog," Berry says, "but he's territorial and doesn't like smaller dogs. He goes nuts whenever he sees a UPS truck and spins in circles and does intense barking." Berkeley has gotten kicked out of daycare after just one day, Pappas says, because he was aggressive towards another dog. "We put a muzzle on him and shot video of him jumping up and trying to bite us," Pappas says. "Oh, good," Emery murmurs.

"The better the video, the better your chances of getting on the show," Emery explains to Paw Nation afterwards. "The video doesn't need to be professionally shot, but it does need to show the behavior." (Click here to read the show's submission guidelines.) Bonus if you're dog is quirky. "We love phobias," says Emery.

Currently in its sixth season on the National Geographic Channel, each episode of "Dog Whisperer" features three problem dogs. "We look for stories that are unique that we haven't done before," says Emery. "Maybe there's something unusual about the dog or the owner. Maybe it's a breed we haven't done before or a location. The same problems tend to come up, so we try to mix it up by combining the personality of the owner with the problem with the dog."

The show's producers like to feature people who they think will most likely follow through with Millan's advice. It's one reason Emery likes the young couple with the problem Doberman. "They've tried things without success and it shows they're motivated," she says. "When I hear about the problems with certain dogs, I wonder, 'How is Cesar going to fix this?'"

After six years working with Millan, Emery says she remains "completely mystified" when it comes to guessing how the dog behavior expert will solve a problem. "Cesar is so creative," she says. "We just give him the material for him to do his magic."

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Elizabeth Hughes

We just rescued a 70 pound pitbull. His name is Rhino. He was found as a stray in south LA. He spent a few months at the shelter before being adopted. However 5 days later he was returned for showing aggression towards children. We adopted him one month later and he is nothing but respectful , obedient and loving to our daughter , female pitbull and 4 pound chihuahua . However we are desperate because we have three beautiful Persian cats and he hates them! It seems as if he wants to kill them! We have tried everything to help desensitize. His pray drive is so strong that he searches the house for them. We have gates up in every room to prevent him from possibly breaking through one. We now have to keep the cats isolated to one room and put all three dogs outside when we are not home in fear he could break down the door. He is 70 pounds of pure muscle and power ! However when he can't smell the cats he is a gentle giant. I have a non profit that rescues and fosters dogs and supplies bedding to shelters across the US. Giving this dog up or returning him to a shelter goes against everything I believe in and have fought for. Daily I watch innocent beautiful pitbulls be euthanized. I will drop supplies on a Monday and by Wednesday the dog is dead. I can't let our Rhino suffer this fate. We need Cesar's help. Rhino doesn't deserve to go back to the shelter. Everyone else had given up on him in life and I can't be another person to let him down. We are willing to do anything to keep him. Can Cesar help us and maybe stand up for the pitbull breed and show what kind of dog they truly are ?

Tuesday at 1:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

hello there my name is chris and we have a pit and boxer mix hes two almost three and all of a sudden hes goten agressive i need help asap my girlfriend is preg with our first child due in april lil scared at this piont need help baddy...........thank u...

Sunday at 2:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

hello well we got a pit and boxer mix vary good and good peaple skills untill now he is 2 almost three can be nice at times but most of time hes been really agressive here as late i have a girlfriend who stays home with him i work away from home she is pregent with our first child please help use.............thank u...

Sunday at 2:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I have a 2 year old 65 pound male dog named Luke, he is either a lab German shepherd or a lab Rottweiler. I got him from someone who got him but couldn't care for him when he was a puppy. Luke has some severe aggression/trust issues & I fear that if I can't get it under control he's going to hurt someone. 

With all the research I have done I started trying find ways to help fix him a few months back but nothing is seeming to work. He is neutered, up to date on his shots. Gets long walks twice a day and lots of potty breaks. Hes on a schedule. He eats iams wet & dry food & I have him on multivitamins for brain function. He has tons of toys & treats he is crate trained & I have a 1 year old cat that he loves. I've also tried melatonin & canine anxiety medicine to help knock of the edge. 
Luke wants to attack everyone who touch's him except for me. He adores me & I adore him we have an incredible amount of trust for one another but it's becoming more or an issue. He won't let anyone around me. If him & I are laying on the bed together & my boyfriend walks in he will corner him. He growled & bared his teeth at the vet on Friday while doing a physical exam. Turned on a friend of mine while he was petting him. Steals my boyfriends seat on the couch then tries to attack him when he looks at him. Barks obsessively out the window unless it's just him & I. he had to stay at the kennel this weekend & he barked so much his voice is raspy tonight. Tries to take food out of my boyfriends hand & growls at him if he won't give it to him.My boyfriend and I got Luke together Yet he can't take him out, pet him, give him treats or take things from him because all of Luke's hair stands up and he goes after him.... 
I'm sorry to go into so much detail I just don't know where to turn. I've tried the vet I've tried friends who breed dogs I've tried to do it myself but I can't & giving him up or putting him down is not an option for me. I love him way to much for that but it's getting out of control. I don't trust him with people & I can't trust him with other dogs so even putting him in obedience glasses is a stretch. Hes not a bad dog he's just emotionally damaged. I just really need some help.

January 18 2015 at 11:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Cesar I have a pack of dogs 4 to be exact two to are rescues Luci 4 trex 3 bear 2 and an older dog we just took in Reese she is 10. I have an auro immune disease and arthritis and I'm getting weaker and harder to control my dogs I am the pack leader I have a blended family with animals and humans I have 2 sons and there girlfriends and a new husband we are going to be blending our animal and human family soon my husband and step daughter have 2 rabbits and a cat we also have a cat I need to get these dogs in control trex is a lab hound mix and he is a scardy cat bear like a to bite at people when they come in the house he is a husky Collie Shepard mix Luci is a terrior beagle mix she barks and gives the other dogs wind up I need help getting these dogs under control I give shelter to dogs when they are over ceoudes at the shelter our home becomes a foster home please help I'm getting sicker and my dogs mean the world to me please help my family dog and human Diana Stacey d.herring22@

January 18 2015 at 9:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I have a 5 yr old pitbull mix got her from pound when she was 8 wks old. I live on the corner and I am by a elementary, jr and high school. All ages walk by my fence. She will stalk the fence and has barked and charged fence. Broke open her tail and vet said would have to amputate tail if it would not heal. It did heal but does split open now and then. The kids know that she will be there and tease her and she has gotten very aggressive. If I have my front door open and screen in shut she will go crazy mean. Also at the gate fence if someone walking dogs and she see them or the mail man also. Can you please help

January 17 2015 at 9:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hi Cesar -
I have a pitbull mix she is 5 yrs old. I got her from the pound when she was 8 wks old. I live on in a house on the corner of thwo streets and I am near a elemartary, jr high and high school. I have all age kids that walk by my fence and she stalks the fence, and will bark at the kids and now the kids like to tease her. She has broke open the tip of her tail and i was told by vet that if does not heal will have to amputate the tail. It took a while but did heal, but however now and then it splits open. She is very aggressive to the fence and also if I have front door open and metal screen door is shut if someone would walk up to door she goes crazy mean. This also happens to the fence gate at the other side if she should see someone walking dogs or even the mail man. Please help thank you

January 17 2015 at 9:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i have 2 cats and just moved to area. my sister want to DE claw my cats and not sure if this is a good idea. i have 9 year and 13 year. my one cat has torn up one couch and want him off the furniture. he has always had free range of the apartment. i need some help.

January 17 2015 at 10:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michelle Vogeler

I'm desperate for your help.I
I have a4 month old Queensland shepherd Mix that lives with an 80 year-old women that is constantly barking and biting her myself and her older dogs.We've had a trainer in in that kept her for a week says he said it was the worst dog. He's trained in 7 years. Please please please please please help us.

January 14 2015 at 11:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Fanci Lea Brown

My name is Fanci. i live in Phoenix, Az, and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. i have a german shepherd that is terrified of everyone. Because she is so terrified it is extremely difficult to walk her. As a result she is really hyper at home. she is a really good dog at home. She is not aggressive towards people, just terrified like her life is in danger. I really need help with her. If i had got her as a young puppy im sure she would not have been like this.

January 14 2015 at 8:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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