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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can u please help us with are female dog names Hershsey. She is really aggresive twords other dogs and she will try to kill them and one time when we let her off the leash at are little park area, and there was another family with (2) other dogs she ran to them and she bit 1 or maybe 2 of the dogs legs. And after that there was a police person who came and talked to us about it so we really need hele here is are information. We live in Wisconson are city is Franklin 8111 south steeple veiw drive 53132 on Becon hill and are house phine numeber is (414)-529-2933. And my phone number is (414) -369-9449. And my email is Please help us thank you if yopu can and we would really like it to be on a weekend, mostly in a Saturday. But If you contact us we can talk about. MY family and I really hope that you can help. Thank you.

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please help

Thursday at 8:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Mr. Zippy is a rescue from humane society...he is a yorkie. He barks like crazy if you leave the RV....after traveling 12,000 miles cross country we are struggling. He has been to 2 Petsmart training classes and also a series of private trailing there as well....we were told to get a shock collar...he is 5 pounds and 3 years old. This week him along with my 88 year old father In laws black lab they escaped and chased the mail lady....she now refuses to deliver mail to their house! Pleaz pleaz rescue us....we want to learn how to handle this theory in dog ownership is you own them for life

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Phillip Eldiablo Sim

We need help. 3 dogs, all rescued. We took the one from a friend who was gtting divorced. We are in over our heads. Major seperaton anxiety and barking. Driving everyone crazy. Please help.

Wednesday at 11:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Phillip Eldiablo Sim

We need help. We have 3 dogs. One of them barks constantly and has seperation anxiety making him bark all the time if I am not home. Please help. We saved this dog and have no idea what to do with him.

Wednesday at 11:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Dear Cesar we need your help desperately. Our neighbors have 2 little dogs and the owners need help getting control over them and becoming the leaders in there house. Every time I walk my dog past there gate to go to my car, there dog Milo or Eddy runs to the gate barking as if going to attack. My dog gets so scared he runs by the gate very fast and I have to drop the leash or he will make me fall. They have had other troubles with other people's too. Please help us all. We are at our whits end. We have even called the police. We don't want then to put there d i vs down. PLEASE HELP. Cindy - Carson Carolina Apts Carson City NV

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I have a two-year-old Belgian Malinios I rescued about 4 months ago. She is a sweet loving friendly dog. Recently she has begun attacking other dogs in the pack and I have been bit pretty badly while breaking up a fight. She has also unprovoked injured two toy dogs in the pack. She was not spayed when I rescued her and I have an appt in three weeks for that. I do not want to have to rehome her to a home with out other animals. I feel her prey drive is extreme even for her breed and living with what she seems to be viewing as prey is going to be dangerous for the pack as well as humans. I am an obedience trainer but living with her prey I fear is going to cause sever injuries. Can you please help us to help her to be able to be a member of the pack that loves her?

March 20 2015 at 9:52 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

My name is Angela and I live near Albany NY. I have a 2 year old belgian Malinios that I adopted about 4 months ago. I have you breed dogs also and she has begun attacking every other dog in the pack. The attacks are unprovoked and no warning is given. She has bit me badly while breaking up a fight with one of the dogs and she just injured two of the small dogs. Aside from these attacks she is a sweet obedient docile dog with people. She seems to have an extremely high prey drive even for her breed. I do not want to place her in another home without pets however I am a dog trainer and am concerned that these instant attacks are unable to be worked with while she is living with what she feels is prey. Please help keep this loving dog with her pack, I am determined!

March 20 2015 at 9:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Elizabeth Dermody

I wish this guy was in my area!! Shyann is male. I feel bad for him because we have to keep him in a cage. If we dont he goes totally nuts and goes right after the cats. On top of that if theres anything on the tabels, well theres not after he gets out. Walking him doesnt work because he goes nuts. From one side to the other. Hes a hunting dog so i guess its in his blood. He is not like what you think. Hes not like other dogs. If he gets out of that cage one day....oh the poor cats...i wish he could help because those cats mean everything to me and so does Shyann. I want him to be able to have a normal life. Instead of being in a cage his whole life...

March 19 2015 at 8:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Elizabeth Dermody

God i wish this would happen for my friend. I take care of the animals so im the one that walks him and takes care of him. The second i go to walk him he goes nuts!! I mean, this dog is NOT like what you think. This dog is crazy! He means well but we have to keep him in a cage because he gets over excited and goes nuts!! We have tryied everything but nothing seems to work. I wish this guy was in my area!!

March 19 2015 at 8:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

My name is Moneca Moreno
My dog is Bronco.
Ever since he was a puppy we new we were going to have some issues with him.
He isn't friendly at all. He has physically atacked my daughter twice. We can't completely enjoy are dog like we want to. Anytime people come over he has to stay outside. Walking him is also an issue he lunges at everyone. I am always so stressed out and terrified he will bite someone. I am desperate for your help!!!! He is great with only a few people. the rest of my family is afraid of him. I want to live a happy calm life with Bronco. Please Help us.:)

My contact info.
(661) 236- 8546

March 13 2015 at 2:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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