WASHINGTON (March 4, 2013)—Millions know Cesar Millan as one of the world’s most sought-after dog rehabilitation specialists. “The Dog Whisperer,” his popular show on the National Geographic Channel, vaulted his name and catchphrases into popular vernacular, but Millan’s life was not always so celebrated. National Geographic offers an up-close-and-personal view of the charismatic dog trainer in “Cesar Millan: The Real Story,” now available on DVD for $19.97 (SRP) on shopNG.com, in stores where videos are sold or by calling (800) 437-5521.
The documentary follows Millan’s incredible rise from poverty to fame, as he revisits his birthplace in Mexico and talks of his perilous entry into the United States, where he struggled to make a new life for himself. His uncanny skill with dogs led to a successful training career that eventually drew the attention of television producers. With the launch of “The Dog Whisperer” on the National Geographic Channel, Millan soon became a popular figure on and off the screen, becoming a New York Times-bestselling author, lecturer to audiences around the world and a mainstay on afternoon and late-night talk shows, including “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “The View.” He was parodied on “South Park” and “Saturday Night Live” and referenced on “Jeopardy!” — but his success also brought challenges.
National Geographic cameras follow Millan as he embarks on his live world speaking tour, films his new television series in Spain and leads thousands of dogs and owners on a “pack walk” in Washington, D.C. Along the way, Millan reflects on his humble past, his family life and his ever-evolving philosophy, which inspires people to improve their relationships with their dogs while becoming the pack leader of their own lives. He speaks candidly about his struggle to maintain balance in his personal life while keeping up with the demands of his career.
The DVD also includes a bonus episode of “Cesar Millan’s Leader of the Pack,” now airing Tuesday evenings on Nat Geo WILD.
Millan is a best-selling author, a public speaker, a branded pet care product designer/entrepreneur and international star of “Cesar Millan’s Leader of the Pack” and the iconic TV series “Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan.” In addition to “Cesar Millan’s Short Guide to a Happy Dog,” just released through National Geographic Books, Millan has co-authored six books: the New York Times No. 1 best-seller “Cesar’s Way,” the New York Times best-seller “Be the Pack Leader,” “Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan: The Ultimate Episode Guide,” “A Member of the Family,” “How to Raise the Perfect Dog” and “Cesar’s Rules.” He also has generated numerous instructional DVDs and CDs, and continues to host a popular series of seminars where attendees learn how to apply his extensive knowledge of dog psychology and rehabilitation techniques. In 2007, Cesar officially launched The Cesar Millan Foundation, a national nonprofit organization designed to aid and support the rescue, rehabilitation and placement of abused and abandoned dogs.
“Cesar Millan: The Real Story”
Street Date: Available now
Suggested Retail Price (DVD): $19.97
Run Time: Approx. 45 Minutes
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