Cesar Millan was born to Felipe Millan Guillen and Maria Teresa Favela d'Millan in 1969 and is a native of Culiacan, Mexico. His early childhood was spent with his grandfather in Ixpalino, thus his father being his biggest influence of his love for dogs. At a young age he was exposed to the simple life of having no electricity and just living in the farm. He helped his grandfather take care of the different animals they had in the campesino and as he grew up he became drawn to dogs. When Millan was seven, his family moved to Mazatlan to get him a good education. Through his late childhood and adolescence he still had this inkling for dogs and this proliferated further in when he moved to the U.S. when he was 21. After a few jobs here and there he put up Pacific Point Canine Academy, which catered to different customers which included celebrities like Will Smith and his wife. Once he had the resources, he enriched his mind more by educating himself and put up his own Dog Psychology Center which aimed to rehabilitate dogs. He is the president of Cesar Millan, Inc. and is a member of the International Association of Canine Professionals. MPH Entertainment, Inc. then developed the show The Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan which was soon aired in the National Geographic Channel, where it became their number one show right on the first season.
Cesar Millan is the host of the show The Dog Whisperer where he helps out dogs that have problems. He rehabilitates dogs through his ability to communicate well with them. He applies the "Power of the Pack" methodology to transform dogs into tame and pleasant pets. He also trains the dogs' owners as to how they must handle them to avoid any further conflict.
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Cesar Millan, was born to Felipe Millan Guillen and Maria Teresa Favela de Millan. Millan credits his grandfather as the man who most influenced him in his desire to become a dog trainer. In his book, Millan states that in every dog he sees the spirit of his grandfather.
Millan spent much of his early childhood at a farm in Ixpalino, near Culiac?n, where his grandfather was a farmer. His grandfather's main job was to care for the dozens of cows, herding them from pasture to stream and back again each day. They lived in a small house made of brick and clay with only four rooms and no running water, but Millan states that he never felt poor—he regarded the farm as "paradise," and none of their neighbors had modern conveniences either. He was fascinated by all animals from an early age, but was most drawn to dogs and spent a great deal of time observing the behavior of the packs of farm dogs and how they worked on the farm, such as by helping his grandfather to herd the cows or guarding family members from aggressive animals. Millan points out that those dogs never needed any special training or commands or to be rewarded with cookies—they just naturally "did the jobs that needed doing," as was in their nature. He cites those working dogs as being his true teachers in the art and science of canine psychology.
In 2005, the Humane Society of the United States Genesis Award Committee presented Millan with a Special Commendation for his work in rehabilitating animals.
In 2006 and 2007, Millan's TV Show Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan on the National Geographic Channel was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Reality Program.
In 2006, Millan and his wife Ilusion were awarded honorary membership in the International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP).
In 2007, Millan was awarded the Michael Landon Award for Inspiration to Youth Through Television.
In 2008, Millan was recognized as a "Treasure of Los Angeles."
In 2008, Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan won the award for TV Best Variety or Reality Show at the 23rd Annual Imagen Awards.
Millan guest-starred as himself in Ghost Whisperer in Season 2, Episode 218, "Children of Ghost". In the episode, Melinda (Jennifer Love Hewitt) seeks out Millan for advice on how to help "Homer", Ghost Whisperer's Ghost Dog (from Season 1), cross over into the light.
Millan has been featured twice on the Oprah program (May 2005 & September 2005).
He played himself on the September 17, 2008 episode of Bones, "The Finger in the Nest", helping Booth and Bones determine if a location was used for dogfighting.
"I rehabilitates dogs and trains people"
People Training for Dogs
Becoming a Pack Leader
Your New Dog: First Day and Beyond
Power of the Pack
Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan - The Complete First Season, DVD, 2006, ASIN B000EGDALQ
Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan - The Complete Second Season, DVD, 2007, ASIN B000QXDFSA
Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan - The Complete Third Season, DVD, 2008, ASIN B0018BD9DK
Cesar's Way by Cesar Millan with Melissa Jo Peltier
Be the Pack Leader by Cesar Millan with Melissa Jo Peltier
A Member of the Family by Cesar Millan with Melissa Jo Peltier