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he star of NatGeo WILD’s brand new series called “Cesar 911” and the original host of National Geographic’s “Dog Whisperer” series, Cesar Millan, performed dog training techniques and shared the fundamentals of how to have happier, healthier relationships between humans and their four-legged family members to a soldout crowd at the Gallo Center for the Arts in March. Some of the topics he discussed were behaviors like separation anxiety and aggression, which Millan explains is often misunderstood. “I teach people how to respect species and let a dog be a dog, and I help people understand how their energy affects the human/ dog dynamic,” said Millan. “It is a lot of fun, and people tell me I’m very funny onstage.” The idea of performing live began in 2006, when Millan shot his first Mastering Leadership DVD, “People Training for Dogs,” which was shot with an audience. “We got a good response and, for me, it was very energizing, so I actually started touring later that year,” added Millan. “The show has evolved and grown over time, until it became ‘Cesar Millan Live.’ ” Two rescue groups, Pupz N Palz and Wags and Whiskers, were on hand at the Gallo Center with a few different canines so that Millan could demonstrate his methods and give guests live examples with multiple dogs that have different issues. A pitbull named Nevie was brought out on stage by a representative from Wags and Whiskers Rescue. The group rescued the dog after she had been shot and was going to be euthanized. Nevie was a bit obsessive over toys so Millan showed the crowd how to deal with this type of situation. Millan stated several times throughout the performance that as humans we have to be calm and assertive with our dogs along with being the ‘pack leader.’ According to Millan, the dogs see people as energy and they will feed off that energy. In the demonstration with Nevie, he took the toy and placed it on the ground and would not let her take it. Af-

PHOTO BY ALLAN WEISSMAN

209MAGAZINE

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APRIL/MAY 2015


209 Magazine - Issue 7