CESAR MILLAN ANSWERS THE CALL WHEN TERRORIZED COMMUNITIES BLOW THE WHISTLE ON UNRULY DOGS AND OWNERS IN NAT GEO WILD'S NEW SERIES "CESAR 911"
When Neighbors, Co-workers, Relatives and Friends Cry Foul on a Four-Legged Menace, Cesar Uses His Unmatched Canine Abilities to Restore the Peace
Cesar 911 Premieres Friday, March 7, at 9 PM ET/PT on Nat Geo WILD
(Washington, D.C. - Jan. 10, 2014) They bark incessantly. They nip at your fingers and toes. They growl and bare their teeth. They annoy friends and fellow dog walkers. And sometimes they scare the ones you love. When the neighborhood has literally gone to the dogs, someone needs to pick up the phone and dial Cesar 911!
Cesar Millan (@cesarmillan) is back, and this time he's bringing his unmatched canine abilities to communities terrorized by unruly hounds. His new series, Cesar 911, produced by ITV Studios America ("Hell's Kitchen," "Four Weddings") in association with Leepson Bounds Entertainment, premieres Friday, March 7, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Nat Geo WILD. The series also premieres on Nat Geo Mundo March 7 and internationally on Nat Geo WILD as Cesar to the Rescue in April. For more information, visit www.natgeowild.com and www.cesarsway.com, and follow us on Twitter (@NGC_PR).
Each week, Cesar travels to a new neighborhood in desperate need of his help. He is summoned by co-workers, relatives, friends and neighbors who "blow the whistle" on a four-legged menace that has turned their lives upside down. Cesar witnesses firsthand how the dogs wreak havoc on the community sidewalk, dog parks ... even restaurants and offices! Whether it's a spoiled Chihuahua going wild in a family business or an aggressive mutt spreading fear throughout the neighborhood, Cesar uses his unparalleled expertise to bring balance to the dogs and the community.
In most instances, the owners unknowingly reinforce their dog's problem behavior. Some treat their dogs like spoiled children, ignoring their bad habits or dismissing them as "not that bad." Others show fear and hesitation when handling their dogs, allowing the dogs to gain the upper hand and "lead" their humans. In one instance, a couple's relationship woes and the resulting anxiety and tension transfer directly to their dog and negatively affect his behavior.
When Cesar arrives in the neighborhood, he quickly evaluates the situation at hand and within moments begins to turn the situation around. He's not a magician. His calm, assertive approach to rehabilitating problem dogs produces rapid results. But in many instances, rehabilitating the dog is not the hard part. Training the humans to be composed, confident pack leaders themselves is the tricky part.
Each episode of Cesar 911 will consist of two stories within one community. Cesar first meets with the whistle-blowers to get briefed on the situation. He then evaluates both the dogs and owners through impromptu visits to the businesses and neighborhood locations where the dogs display their problem behavior. At times, he can provide quick and effective training right on the street. In more serious situations, he must relocate the dogs to his Dog Psychology Center for more in-depth rehabilitation, or invite owners to his new Home Learning Annex to practice and improve upon their leadership skills in a controlled environment.
Cesar uses surveillance cameras after he works with the dogs and owners to track progress and ensure a lasting solution. The final test comes when all parties gather together at a central meeting place within the community; owners equipped with the knowledge and tools only Cesar can provide, and dogs ready to show off the new behaviors they have mastered. The transformations are inspiring, and the positive impacts on the affected communities are extraordinary. Once again, Cesar saves the day as only he can!
Premiere episodes include:
Cesar 911: Family Feud
Premieres Friday, March 7, at 9 p.m. ET/PT
Orange County whistle-blower Debi alerts Cesar to her neighbors, the Dong family, who are scared of their first family dog - a black Lab mix named Misty who has bitten every member of the household. Debi and other neighbors have suggested the Dongs do the unthinkable: put Misty to sleep. Cesar immediately notices that Misty is showing signs of insecurity and, after working with the family, suggests taking Misty to his new Dog Psychology Center to help her build confidence around his pack. Will Misty return home a changed dog for the Dongs? Cesar's next stop takes him to whistle-blower Brad, who is having major trouble with his sister Nicole's Shiba Inu mix, Auggie. Auggie constantly attacks Brad's dog, Kimo, at family outings. Cesar teaches Brad and Nicole about giving dogs boundaries as well as personal space, and points out that their nervous energy leads to aggression in their dogs. But can he arm these siblings with enough skills to end this canine rivalry once and for all?
Cesar 911: Boss with a Bark
Premieres Friday, March 14, at 9 p.m. ET/PT
Whistle-blowers Lori Jo and Patti are fed up with their boss Takis's three unruly bichons frises, collectively named the "Moos," who constantly disrupt business by barking obsessively, knocking over trash cans and even honking the delivery truck's horn! Even Takis's wife, Joanne, has had enough of the unruly Moos, but Takis doesn't see anything wrong with their uncontrollable behavior. Cesar must convince Takis to change his ways so that his beloved dogs will stop terrorizing everyone around them. Cesar then heads to the Freedom Writer's Foundation to meet whistle-blowers Tiffony and Sue Ellen, whose workplace is being disrupted by their boss Ms. G's Labrador retriever, Beau. Though Ms. G's work teaching at-risk youth was featured in a major motion picture, she can't seem to change bad boy Beau's behavior. Cesar concludes that Beau is a dominant dog that feels the need to protect his environment, due to the fact that Ms. G gives the dog too much affection and too little discipline. Cesar works on exercises with Ms. G to help her write a new chapter for her and her Beau.
Cesar 911: Dog Fight
Premieres Friday, March 21, at 9 p.m. ET/PT
In the posh hills above Sherman Oaks, Calif., whistle-blower Josh needs Cesar's help with his neighbors Lilly and Nadav, who have no control over their aggressive boxers, Chip and Mocha. These dogs terrorize their neighborhood and have attacked more than 15 other dogs. Lilly and Nadav quickly assert their fears about Mocha, who they consider to be a "silent killer" and the more dangerous of the pair. Next, Cesar meets with whistle-blower Lorraine, a dance instructor who is greatly concerned for her pregnant business partner Stefanie's fearful and aggressive Chihuahua, Nuts. Cesar observes Nuts in Stefanie's arms, trying to bite every student who signs in. He invites Stefanie and her husband to his home training annex where he teaches them how to create boundaries for Nuts. Will they learn the right moves so they can two-step away with a calmer, happier pet?
Cesar 911 is produced for Nat Geo WILD by ITV Studios America in association with Leepson Bounds Entertainment. Executive producers are Cesar Millan, David Leepson and Jordan Roberts. For Nat Geo WILD, executive producer and senior vice president of development and production is Janet Han Vissering, and executive vice president and general manager is Geoff Daniels.
About Cesar Millan
New York Times best-selling author and twice Emmy-nominated television personality Cesar Millan has earned trusted reputation as the preeminent authority in the field of dog rehabilitation. With more than 25 years of experience working with canines, Millan uses a philosophy of trust, respect and love to rehabilitate aggressive, frightened and neurotic dogs, while educating owners on how their own behavior affects their pets. Millan extends his reputation in dog training and care through retail and home entertainment products, books, a bi-monthly magazine and a website that have become top resources for dog help and advice and the ongoing work of the Cesar Millan Foundation, in addition to connecting with TV audiences through his new series, "Cesar 911," which premieres March 7 on Nat Geo Wild. For more information, visit www.cesarsway.com. Follow Cesar on Facebook (cesar.millan), Twitter (@cesarmillan) and YouTube (CesarMillan).
About Nat Geo WILD
For more than 30 years, National Geographic has been the leader in wildlife programming. The networks Nat Geo WILD and Nat Geo WILD HD, launched in 2010, offer intimate encounters with nature's ferocious fighters and gentle creatures of land, sea and air that draw upon the cutting-edge work of the many explorers, filmmakers and scientists of the National Geographic Society. Part of the National Geographic Channels US, based in Washington, D.C., the networks are a joint venture between National Geographic and Fox Cable Networks. In 2001, National Geographic Channel (NGC) debuted, and 10 years later, Spanish-language network Nat Geo Mundo was unveiled. The Channels have carriage with all of the nation's major cable, telco and satellite television providers, with Nat Geo WILD currently available in 56 million U.S. homes. Globally, Nat Geo WILD is available in more than 100 million homes in 90 countries and 28 languages. For more information, visit www.natgeowild.com.
About ITV Studios America
ITV Studios America, the U.S. based production entity of ITV Studios in the UK, is one of the largest international producers for the U.S. market and a major force in acquiring, developing and producing reality and scripted programming for U.S. networks. ITV Studios America has a slate of series in production with major networks and syndicators, including Hell's Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, The First 48, After the First 48, Four Weddings, The Car Chasers, #RichKids of Beverly Hills, The Chase, The Bill Cunningham Show and America Now.
ITV Studios is a world leader in television production and distribution. It has international production centers in the UK, Germany, France, the Nordics and Australia as well as America. The distribution business, ITV Studios Global Entertainment, is a distributor of programs to all regions worldwide. For further information visit: http://www.itvstudios.com/us.
About Leepson Bounds Entertainment
Leepson Bounds Entertainment, headed by veteran multi Emmy award-winning executive producer David Leepson, is currently in an overall deal with ITV Studios America. In the last 19 months, the company has become a key player in non-fiction programming by developing and selling multiple shows to series order to five different networks. It also has a number of pilots in development with various networks.