I Love My Job: Cesar Millan, the Dog Whisperer [Video]
Cesar Millan loves his co-workers. Their needs are simple, they work long hours, love corporate outings and only talk back now and then. Of course Millan's colleagues are furry, but there's no dress code. It's no surprise that Cesar Millan, of television's "Dog Whisperer," loves his job.
In the Beginning
When he was 13 years old in Mazatlan, Mexico, he asked his mom if she thought he could be the best dog trainer in the world.
"She told me, 'You can do whatever you want,' " he says. He started watching "Lassie" and "RinTinTin" to pick up any tips he could.
In Mexico, there are no leash laws and Millan would walk a pack of dogs off leash. He did the same thing when he came to the U.S. and that turned out to be his calling card.
"I was called 'The Mexican Guy Who Can Walk a Pack of Dogs,'" he says. "I didn't know it was illegal. What set me apart was walking a pack of dogs in the middle of Los Angeles."
He grew to be more than just a dog walker, creating an entire philosophy for training dogs.
Looking Out for All Dogs
Millan is a brand, but he lends his name and face to causes he deems worthy. He is a spokesperson for Frontline, a flea and tick control product. He's also the face of the worldwide Pet Adoptathon which celebrated its 17th year this April.
Millan's show, "Dog Whisperer," airs in 117 countries and he takes the potential reach of his work very seriously.
"We can make an impact globally to make sure people have this emotional intelligence and empathy with dogs."
The Best and the Worst
Millan loves being outside with dogs and that's automatically built into his job. But some dogs are a challenge.
"Ninety-nine percent of the dogs have psychological problems," he says. "One percent have neurological problems. I believe the neurological problems come from bad breeding. Some people don't have good ethics and they don't know how to maintain healthy genes. And those are the dogs that I have not been able to help."
When it comes to two-legged companions, he says, "I do surround myself with people who believe in the mission of 'training people and rehabilitating dogs.' "
He's lucky to have met many of his role models, who include actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, motivator Tony Robbins and Oprah Winfrey.
"All these people want to transform the world in some shape or form," he says. "We have the same goal, we just do it in different ways."
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Carol Berman, an award-winning journalist, writes the blog, The Scribble Lounge, a unique take on current events and pop culture. She's New York bred and now lives outside Philadelphia.
Over more than 15 years, she spent many years in broadcast journalism as a producer, followed by a short award-winning stint in public relations and now makes a happy return to journalism. An avid news junkie, Carol is also a runner, a recovering triathlete, and dog lover. She loves to bake for friends and family and volunteer with different non-profits.