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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Simone De Groot de G

cesar, i have a frieze stabij (dutch) when the airballoons are coming in summer he is in blind panic, he will run and bite. lost him already 3 times for a few days. he did climb over a 2 meter high fence. tried it all. have tredmill, had mice to take his mind off (its a mouse hunting dog) , tried food, tried massage, tried ingnoring, tried to get close to the balloons (he was in panic for 2 days). im out of thinking


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Cesar I need your help desperately. My dog Zion (Pit Bull/Bull Mastiff mix Brindle) killed the family cat 3 weeks ago. She somehow got in our backyard and was caught off guard by our dogs (Zion and Maddie cocker spaniel). They got a hold of Mia our cat and as Zion attacked her and killed her, Maddie stood over and guarded the perimeter. Our daughter, age 13 was witness to this and it is heartbreaking.
Zion has had aggression issues for most of his adult dog life. We have had him since he was 8 weeks old and have tried to take him for walks, outside in the front yard, training classes, personal trainers visiting our home, nothing has worked. We've been told he does not have aggression, but it is just excitement he is expressing and would not attack other animals (this was from a local trainer). Since then, we have tried, but he is very strong and I cannot control him myself on a walk. We have taken both dogs to the beach to run around in the sand and water and they both love it, but we have to scan the beach to make sure there are no other dogs or animals around. He is a wonderful dog, but I fear he will never have a full dog life if we cannot trust him to take him out of our yard and cannot socialize him. Now that he has confirmed that he has the instinct to kill animals, I fear for the safety of other animals in our neighborhood and would never take him for a walk. He is a good dog to our family and our other dog, but not with any other animals. He scratches and tries to get through the fence when neighbors let their dogs out in their backyards that surround our yard, if he were to break through, it would be a done deal for the other animal and a heafty suit for us.
If there is anything that you can do to help us make Zion into a loving beautiful dog he is meant to be instead of this killer he has turned into I would be forever grateful.
Please please please help us. His life is so limited right now due to this. I would never give him up but I feel he has no quality of life just existing in our yard.
Thank you!

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Travis May

My name is Travis May. I have a year old pit named Drago. His mother was part of a pit bull fighting ring Iin Alabama & is a still on going civil case. We rescued him in hopes that he'll grow along side our 3 children as a Loving part of our family. I understand hes a puppy but I'm really @ my Breaking point. He's eaten through kennels, my door, hammock, my siding, couch, etc. We scold him bought bones,chew toys, & sticks....Large ones. His listening is that of a deaf person. Come & sit or lay down happens when he's ready or not @ all. I've vistited other sites & asked friends & all respond to "That's pit bulls & it will never change". I love this dog Drago but feel myself being taken over by animosity, overwhelming frustration, & honestly some anger. I work hard for my things & I'm witnessing being destroyed one item @ a time. I don't want to take him back to the SPCA & nor do my children. I'm trying so hard to stick this out but again im about to be done unless someone can help. My brother mentioned you & expressed your love for pit bulls. Please help keep our family together along with my house.

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Victor M Garcia Brow

Hi my name is Victor I have a white boxer mix she is super cute and sweet but she go crazy when my future wife let her out to party she bit her 2 or 3 times I don't wanna get rid off her I know she is a nice dog can u please help me.

September 10 2014 at 3:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hi my name is Daniel Wessell, I have a little bit different problem than most.I have a Coonhound Doberman Pinscher mix beautiful dog I rescued him from the local pound. His problem is when you open the door he bolts. This wouldn't be too bad if I was in a neighborhood but I live on a road where 55 is the speed limit. He's gotten out a couple of times and has cross that road 3 or 4 times each time he got out. Now that's not our only problem, he seems to be very dog aggressive. I live in Florida where it's very hot and I had brought him to the local place to have his nails done. This place makes you wait outside. Well with all the other dogs and he was trying to go after all of them. He got all worked up to the point where when they took him in to do his nails, they felt his paws and realize he had a high fever after taking this temperature they found out is temperature was 106.9 well I had to have a rush into the vet at this point and he got fluids and iced down. but now because I'm afraid that if I put my outside it is going to do that again to himself. we have a small other problem, I have to stand out there with him. I have MS and with MS I'm not supposed to be in the heat either. So we have two problems me and him so please help this is life or death.My number is 352 444 4321 thank you in advance and God bless.

September 04 2014 at 3:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hi my name Filice , I have a rat terrior he is getting meaner by the month. He peeks around the corner stocking ready to attack anyone even me his owner. I resently had a child and he has got worse that if we don't act soon someone is going to get hurt, I love him and don't want to put him to sleep because I have had him about 8 years , I have talked to our vet and he just says it's just the breed. I don't believe that , somthing else is going on I'm so working on my last option even if u can give me some advice over the internet would be appreciated. We lock him in his cage when he misbehaves but it's not working and he snaps out when we do that! I plan on making a vet appointment to get him checked out but he snaps out on them so services are limited there help! I love my dog but he is running out of options , my family doesn't like or trust him and I want to be fair to my family and my dog please help us.

September 03 2014 at 10:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hi, i watch Ceasar almost whenever i can, and owning good behaved dogs are very important to me.
I have two pitbulls one adopted at age of 3 and behaves very well and trained her easily.
Second JUDO male bluenose had him since small puppy and did my best till today 4 years but the progress is very slow. If i didnt own him since puppy i would guess he was mistreated, he is scared from the trash can or any other object!! and doesnt like small dogs. He isnt agressive but shows scare in people. so i am very much in love with this dog and worried. I like to take him to a rehab center and leave him with some other dogs for a while and think it will solve the problem ofcourse under ceasars supervision. All my friends love him and push me to contact you. Hoping to hear from you soon...thanks

August 22 2014 at 8:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

We have this minny' Aussie whom is very protective over my sister. Any time the play fights with anyone, Molly(the dog) lunges after the other person. She also has this bad habit of getting after the other three dogs when they're playing, barking and snapping at them. Worst part is that she doesn't let anyone other than my family to pet her. I'm scared she'll end up biting someone. Help?

August 20 2014 at 4:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jodi Chamberland

Hello,my name is Jodi and I have a 4 year old Saint Bernard(male) and need your help.. Do you come to Canada ? and how much does your help cost??
I love our big guy ,but he scares others and sometimes myself when they try to come visit him,he deep barks and growls at them and will NOT stop until they have left :( He has become a lot worse since we have moved into military housing and we don't have a fence up yet so he is tied to go out cause if not he runs and I'm scared for the people living around us and him(bruno) too :(
My husband says if he keeps doing this then he is gone,PLEASEEEEEEEE I need your help!!!!!!! Thank you so much.

August 19 2014 at 9:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mary Haynes Wheeler

we have adopted a sheltie from local shelter, this dog has been mistreated, we are working with him, and he has changed a lot since he has been with us. However his behavior of barking and running at the lawn mower frightens us.

August 18 2014 at 9:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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