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Cesar Millan visits Queens College’s Colden Auditorium

Photo by Christina Cardona Cesar Millan spoke at a sold-out Colden Auditorium about his experiences growing up.
Photo by Christina Cardona
Cesar Millan spoke at a sold-out Colden Auditorium about his experiences growing up.

The renowned ‘Dog Whisperer’ Cesar Millan enlightened QC with his knowledge of canines and how to create happier and healthier human and dog relationships at his show “Cesar Millan LIVE!”

Held on April 19, 2015 at Colden Auditorium, the event was a full house that contained people of all ages gathered together to see the Dog Whisperer in action with actual dog demonstrations.

A woman in the audience was wearing a t-shirt that said “Proud Animal Rescuer” and a man was wearing a t-shirt that said “I Heart Pit bulls.”

On the stage there was a black couch and a table with a potted plant on it. There was a screen which displayed questions that Millan could answer if you texted the number on the screen.

Millan was introduced and as he ran on stage his Pomeranian, Benson, and his pit bull, Junior, ran with him. Millan was wearing a black t-shirt and red pants.

He started off the show expressing the idea of how important and unique the human to dog relationship is.

“Our dogs have only one goal in life, which is to fill our life with happiness,” said Millan.

He talked about his childhood in Mexico, and how he grew up on his grandparents’ farm. He connected a lot of topics throughout the show to his up bringing in Mexico.

“My grandfather always said to me ‘never work against Mother Nature,” Millan said.

He mentioned two things that he learned in Mexico that will stay with him for the rest of his life and formed the foundation of his training. The first was pack leadership.

“I learned about pack leadership from my father, I always felt very protected around him and he made me feel very confident,” said Millan.

Millan said animals respect their pack leaders, and it’s important as a dog owner to show you are assertive. The second thing he learned was the understanding and respect for the instinctual world.

“In order to connect to dogs, us humans must connect with our instincts,” Millan said .

Millan said thousands of years ago people grew up in an instinctual world, and great minds today rely on their instincts and this why they are successful.

“They said this about Michael Jordan, Steve Jobs and all the great people, but no one has ever said that about the Kardashians,” Millan said.

As a 21-year-old, he left Mexico for America to pursue his dreams. That is when he decided he wanted to train people and rehabilitate dogs.

He has gained his success through his hit T.V shows such as “Cesar 911,” “Leader of the Pack,” and his most popular show “Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan.”

Millan said that since dogs rely mostly on their instincts, they know how humans are feeling.

“If the human is anxious, the dog will be anxious while going on a walk,” Millan said.

Cesar brought out four dogs to demonstrate how to be calm and assertive during different situations. All of these dogs are up for adoption through the North Shore Animal League, who sponsored this event.

The first dog that was brought out was Rex and he was a four-month-old pit bull who was too excited. The second dog was a black lab mix named Henry, who was hyperactive. The third dog was Effie, a great Bernese and chow mix who was food obsessed. And the fourth dog was a border collie mix named Pebbles who was obsessed with tennis balls.

Millan said the reason why these dogs have behavior problems is because they are not getting what they need.

“To have a happy dog, they need three things: exercise, discipline and affection,” Millan said. “If they are missing one of these things they are unbalanced, which leads to an unbalanced house.”

Cesar professionally taught us how to improve our relationship with dogs; he also showed his comical side when he took a selfie with the audience, showed the audience a clip from an episode of “South Park” he is featured in, made references to celebrities, and twerked.

Christina Cardona

Christina Cardona is senior majoring in Media Studies and minoring in Journalism. She covers soft news such as events, and enjoys arts and entertainment articles. When she is not persuading everyone she knows that girls can do anything boys can do, she enjoys doing yoga and is a neighborhood dog walker. You can email her at christina[at]theknightnews.com.

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