Cesar Millan, Dog Whisperer, to perform at Luhrs Center March 9
SHIPPENSBURG — The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University will present “An Evening with Cesar Millan: Dog Whisperer,” at 8 p.m. March 9. Reserved tickets are $49, $39 & $29 and are now on sale. VIP tickets are sold out. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Luhrs Center Box Office at 477-7469 or online at www.luhrscenter.com.
Cesar Millan will share his secrets on how to transform dogs and their owners in this unique and new live event that has wowed audiences across the U.S., U.K., Canada and Europe. Fans and dog lovers alike will be inspired by the simplicity of “Cesar’s Way” as he reveals that the secret to happier, healthier relationships between humans and their canine companions starts with transforming ourselves.
• See the multimedia and entertaining live seminar and change the relationship with your dog forever.
• Become the Pack Leader as Cesar shares his insights about the things we do as humans which create the problems in our dogs.
• See the world through your dog’s eyes, by understanding dog psychology, and how this powerful knowledge can prevent and solve behavioral issues.
• Get to know the power of instinct and energy. Learn how to tap into you and your dog’s instincts and energy and change the relationship you have forever.
Cesar Millan is a best-selling author, a much in-demand public speaker, a branded pet care product designer/entrepreneur and, not least of all, an internationally popular and iconic series star of the hit TV show “Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan,” National Geographic WILD’s flagship series. Simply put, Millan is the $40 billion pet care industry’s most recognized and sought-after authority working in the field of dog care and rehabilitation.
Notably, in addition to co-creating and starring in “Dog Whisperer,” Millan has co-authored six books. He has also generated numerous instructional DVDs and CDs, and continues to host his popular series of seminars where attendees learn how to apply his extensive knowledge of dog psychology and rehabilitation techniques.
In the summer of 2008 Millan designed and created his own proprietary, exclusive line of dog products, which include organic dog food, health aids, olfactory toys, natural treats, leashes, ergonomic collars, and specially designed, breed-specific beds, among other items. Millan’s products were well received from the beginning, selling out in 20 minutes when first offered on QVC, and today are distributed at various retailers including Bed, Bath, and Beyond, and Petco. In 2011, Millan launched a new “pack-tested” line of products that were researched using Cesar’s own pack of dogs at his Dog Psychology Center in Santa Clarita, Calif. in order to find the products, treats, bedding, and grooming tools that best suit a dog’s instinctual needs.
Millan was born in rural Culiacan, Mexico, and grew up in a small house with no amenities. He spent much of his early childhood on his grandfather’s farm in nearby Ixpalino, where he observed the behavior of the farm’s many dogs. When he was a teenager, his family purchased their first TV set. He preferred the classic Lassie and “The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin” series and, inspired by them, dreamed that he would move to California and become the world’s best dog trainer.
In December of 1990, at the age of 21, Millan, who spoke no English, crossed the border into California and began living in San Diego. He lived on the streets for a month until he landed a job grooming dogs, soon gaining a reputation for his calming effect on even the most difficult dogs. With a few dollars in his pocket, he moved north to Los Angeles and took a job washing cars.
During this time, Millan was surprised by how troubled so many of the dogs he encountered seemed to be and how disconnected Americans seemed to be from nature and the world around them. He began thinking that he should redirect his dream to becoming a rehabilitator of dogs and a trainer of humans.
He started a freelance dog rehabilitation service, primarily offering his expertise with extreme cases. He was quickly recommended around town and his client list expanded rapidly. In 1994, he came to the attention of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith who likewise referred him to other celebrities.
Millan became inspired to upgrade his business and broaden his exposure in the community, which led him to open his first Dog Psychology Center, a two-acre facility in South Los Angeles, designed to rehabilitate troubled, aggressive, and condemned dogs. The center, which housed a pack of thirty to forty “unadoptable” and abandoned dogs, was moved to the Santa Clarita Valley to allow for expansion and modernization. The new facility stretches over 43 acres and includes a sheep herding area, swimming pool, obstacle course, and hiking trails.
In 2002, Millan was profiled in the Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles-based production company MPH Entertainment and Emery/Sumner Productions called upon Millan with the idea of creating a TV series around his unique practice. MPH next developed and filmed a pilot show entitled Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan, and sold it to the National Geographic Channel, where it became the cable network’s top-rated series its first season.
Today, Millan is a pop culture icon, inspiring flattering parodies on “South Park” and “Saturday Night Live”; references on popular shows, as well as personal appearances on “Oprah,” “Today” and many other talk shows. He has also had various cameo spots in movies. Millan’s influence and the success of the show have raised so much interest in dog-related entertainment that CBS and Animal Planet, among other networks, have created their own TV shows focused on dogs.
Millan has worked with many celebrity clients including Charlize Theron, Scarlett Johansson, Oprah Winfrey, Nicolas Cage, Michael Eisner, Mark Zuckerberg, Scott Rudin, S.I. Newhouse, Ridley Scott, Rebecca Romijn, Michael Bay, Hillary and Haylie Duff, Denise Richards, Ashley Simpson and Pete Wentz, Virginia Madsen, Vin Diesel, Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady, and many others.
Millan has been recognized with numerous awards throughout his career. In 2005, the National Humane Society Genesis Award Committee presented him with a Special Commendation for his work in rehabilitating animals; in 2006, 2007 and 2009 Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Reality Program; in 2006, Millan was awarded honorary membership in the International Association of Canine Professionals; in 2007, he was awarded the Michael Landon Award for Inspiration to Youth Through Television; and in 2008, he was honored with a Treasure Award from the City of Los Angeles. He continues to be recognized and awarded by rescue and animal welfare organizations for his commitment to the betterment of animals and their relationships with people around the world.
On Valentine’s Day 2007, Millan officially launched the Millan Foundation, “a national, non-profit organization designed to aid and support the rescue, rehabilitation, and placement of abused and abandoned dogs.” The cornerstone initiatives include Shelter Stars, an affiliation program created in 2009 that promotes positive, healthy relationships between families and the dogs they adopt; a Spay/Neuter education and awareness campaign about the overpopulation of pets that leads to over 4.5 million euthanized animals every year, including a public service announcement directed at the Spanish-speaking population; and the recently launched Mutt-i-grees curriculum, a joint effort with Yale University’s School of the 21st Century that aims to teach children about social and emotional intelligence, using natural instincts to develop care and compassion not only to other people, but also to shelter dogs.
“The Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan,” currently in its seventh season, is seen weeknights across the U.S. on National Geographic WILD in addition to airing in more than 100 countries worldwide.
In the Fall 2009, Millan launched Cesar’s Way Magazine. Cesar Millan Inc. produces a weekly e-newsletter and website that features Millan’s tips, news, and other content of interest to fans and dog lovers alike. He also appears in Cesar Live tours around the world, an upbeat series of live training seminars. He has completed tours in Australia, the U.S., the U.K., Canada, and Europe. Millan announced in April 2011 a partnership with POWWOW, a VéRTICE 360 media and entertainment company, with offices in Los Angeles, Miami and Buenos Aires, have announced a partnership to create original new content for the Spanish speaking audiences of Latin America and Spain.
Please note, pets are not permitted at this live event. For more information about Cesar Millan please visit: www.cesarsway.com.
For additional information about the Cesar Millan performance, or other performances within the 2012-2013 Luhrs Center series, please call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit the Luhrs Center website at luhrscenter.com.