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By VIRGINIA STILL

Psychology Center, I probably have about 30 or 40 dogs,” added Millan. “Some of them are permanent residents and others are just there to be rehabilitated.” One of his most interesting clients was Jada Pinkett Smith, who was also one of his earliest clients. She had a pack of four gigantic Rottweilers that were a bit too much for her to handle. “What was most interesting about Jada is that she just got it when I showed her how to work with the dogs and be their pack leader,” added Millan. “We’re still good friends and she’s also the one who paid for an English tutor for me for a year so that I would be ready to go onto American television.” This led Millan to other celebrity cases including Howie Mandel, Patti LaBelle, Vin Diesel, Nicolas Cage, Scarlett Johannson, Hilary Duff, Daisy Fuentes, Annie Potts, “Downtown” Julie Brown, and movie directors Ridley Scott and Michael Bay. Here is some advice that Millan would like every dog owner to know: “Life is simple. We make it complicated. Dogs are in touch with that simplicity because they live in the moment. Humans are not, because we either dwell in the past, which causes regret, or worry about the future, which causes anxiety. These emotions in turn affect our energy, which our dog reflects. If your dog is misbehaving, look at your own feelings and behaviors first. She’s trying to tell you something.” For more information on Cesar Millan, visit trainingcesarsway. com ■ 209MAGAZINE

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On stage at the Gallo Center in Modesto, Cesar Millan was demonstrating how to handle a dog that gets excited when he sees food by being calm and assertive, which made the dog calm in a matter of minutes.

Cesar Millan was on stage with Nevie the pit bull, a dog that was saved by Wags and Whiskers rescue group, showing the audience along with her handler that she could be calm when she is around a toy.

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ter a few minutes Nevie was just sitting there and was patiently waiting. “I am self-taught,” stated Millan. “Much of what I do I learned instinctually and from the experience of working with thousands of dogs over the past 25 years. “The vocation came from being around dogs and other animals from a very early age, so in one sense I’ve been working with dogs all my life, although I decided it was something I wanted to do for a living as a teenager.” Millan talked about growing up in Culiacan, Mexico, and the differences between American and Mexican pet dogs. “I work with a lot of other animals as a way to work with dogs. I have a horse, a llama, chickens, goats, two turtles, and a macaw, among others,” said Millan. “The great thing about animals is that they communicate with energy so, unlike humans who speak different languages, a dog and a horse know how to 'talk' to each other immediately. “In my personal pack, I currently have six dogs: Junior, my pitbull; two Chihuahuas, Taco and Coco; one Pomeranian, Benson; a Yorkie, Alfie; and the latest addition, a yellow Lab named Bentley.” Millan has a Dog Psychology Center in Santa Clarita Valley that stretches over 43 acres and includes a sheepherding area, a swimming pool, agility course and hiking trails. At this facility Millan rehabilitates dogs, conducts training courses and clinics. “At any one time up at the Dog


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