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Cesar Millan

Cesar Millan, dog behaviorist/TV personality/author: "I'm always learning. I'm always learning from dogs, learning from the experiences. So, for me writing this book was very important because I always said - to me a dog is not a student. To me a dog is a teacher. He teaches you calmness, he teaches you to be confident, he teaches you loyalty, trust, respect, true love, unconditional love. Many people don't love themselves. A dog loves himself and he loves you from what you are. So, those are lessons that everybody tries to learn, to find who can influence them and for me a dog has influenced me my whole entire life."

Cesar Millan, dog behaviorist/TV personality/author: "We are creating our own dog dynasty, my kids, myself. I think I have done a great job being a great follower as I grew up following my grandfather and my father and now I'm leading and so it's important for me to see what I grew up listening and hearing, that I can actually implement it so they can actually do what I'm doing. What I'm doing in life is making a difference in the world with my common sense * and they're going to make a difference in the world with what they're going to come up with. So, for me it's the opportunity to create a platform to show them that an immigrant can create opportunities for other people, that a person that comes from low income status, having no money doesn't make them not achieving his dream."

"What I'm giving him is responsibility. Before he was part of it but he didn't have a responsibility just to make sure that he follows direction 'cause he was little and we were working with very unstable dogs at that time and now it's more like he's commanding the stage, he's reporting, he's teaching me, he's helping. So, he's taking control of a certain part of the show, which is very important, something that I can never do."

Cesar Millan, dog behaviorist/TV personality/author: "What do you do?" Andre Millan, TV personality/Cesar Millan's son: "My job on the show is to not only teach him about why America's so great and makes America, the history, the reasons why things are here, how important things are in this country. So, I also get to help him with language. He's not really fluent in English so I still help him become literate and articulate but also I manifest the resources around me. I have social media, which I can keep expanding and growing from there because he doesn't know how to utilize that because he comes from such a traditional background. So with me, as I'm growing up and things are modernizing, I'm grasping that and using it in a positive outlook." 

Cesar Millan, also known as The Dog Whisperer, likes to say he doesn't train dogs. He rehabilitates dogs and trains people how to deal with those dogs. The dog behaviorist says people can actually learn from dogs too as he says he has done from the dogs he's cared for over the years. That's the focus of his new book "Cesar Millan's Lessons From the Pack: Stories of the Dogs Who Changed My Life," published by National Geographic. It's partly a teaching book as he shares eight stories about dogs that inspired him the most and lessons he learned from them about healing and more. At the same time it's part memoir as he shares some of the most significant times in his life, from growing up on his grandfather's farm, to coming to the United States without permission from Mexico to his divorce and problems with his partners with whom he put out his popular show, "The Dog Whisperer." "I'm always learning. I'm always learning from dogs, learning from the experiences. So, for me writing this book was very important because I always said - to me a dog is not a student. To me a dog is a teacher. He teaches you calmness, he teaches you to be confident, he teaches you loyalty, trust, respect, true love, unconditional love. Many people don't love themselves. A dog loves himself and he loves you from what you are. So, those are lessons that everybody tries to learn, to find who can influence them and for me a dog has influenced me my whole entire life."

One of the stories he shares is about the years he was alienated from his sons, Andre and Calvin, during his divorce. He says now that they're back on good terms he's helping them to become TV stars in their own right. "We are creating our own dog dynasty, my kids, myself. I think I have done a great job being a great follower as I grew up following my grandfather and my father and now I'm leading and so it's important for me to see what I grew up listening and hearing, that I can actually implement it so they can actually do what I'm doing. What I'm doing in life is making a difference in the world with my common sense * and they're going to make a difference in the world with what they're going to come up with. So, for me it's the opportunity to create a platform to show them that an immigrant can create opportunities for other people, that a person that comes from low income status, having no money doesn't make them not achieving his dream."

That's one of the reasons the elder Millan decided to have his son Andre co-host his latest show "Dog Nation." (His son Calvin has his own show on Nickelodeon called "Mutt & Stuff). While both his sons made appearances on "The Dog Whisperer," in this new show Cesar says he and his son are a team as he continues his mission to bring unruly dogs into line. "What I'm giving him is responsibility. Before he was part of it but he didn't have a responsibility just to make sure that he follows direction 'cause he was little and we were working with very unstable dogs at that time and now it's more like he's commanding the stage, he's reporting, he's teaching me, he's helping. So, he's taking control of a certain part of the show, which is very important, something that I can never do." That, says Andre, includes bringing dad up-to-date on things like social media. "My job on the show is to not only teach him about why America's so great and makes America, the history, the reasons why things are here, how important things are in this country. So, I also get to help him with language. He's not really fluent in English so I still help him become literate and articulate but also I manifest the resources around me. I have social media, which I can keep expanding and growing from there because he doesn't know how to utilize that because he comes from such a traditional background. So with me, as I'm growing up and things are modernizing, I'm grasping that and using it in a positive outlook." "Lessons From the Pack: Stories of the Dogs Who Changed My Life" is now available and "Dog Nation" premieres on the Nat Geo channel on Friday, March 3 at 9 p.m. ET.

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Cesar Millan brings son Andre into new show 'Dog Nation'.