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Meet Cesar Millan and his pack trainers

There’s only one place in the world where you can learn the essentials of Cesar Millan’s approach to dog behavior – the training programs of Training Cesar’s Way. Cesar himself teaches the Fundamentals I program. Training Courses are taught by Cesar’s Pack Trainers.


Cesar Millan


Cesar is a best-selling author, public speaker, and internationally acclaimed star of the TV shows “Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan,” “Leader of the Pack” and the new hit “Cesar 911,” making him the pet care industry’s most recognized and sought-after authority working in the field of dog behavior and rehabilitation. Cesar personally teaches the Fundamentals of Dog Behavior and Training I program.

In December of 1990, 21-year-old Cesar Millan crossed the border from Mexico into California. He lived on the streets of San Diego, landed a job grooming dogs, and soon gained a reputation for his calming effect on even the most difficult cases. With a few dollars in his pocket, he moved north to Los Angeles and took a job washing cars.

With the money he saved, he started a freelance dog rehabilitation service, primarily offering his expertise with extreme cases. This led him to open his first Dog Psychology Center, which eventually became the current 43-acre site in the Santa Clarita Valley, now including a sheep herding area, air conditioned kennels, swimming pool, obstacle course, and hiking trails.

In addition to co-authoring six books, Cesar has created numerous instructional DVDs and continues to host a popular series of seminars where attendees learn how to apply his extensive knowledge of dog psychology and rehabilitation techniques. With the courses and workshops of Training Cesar’s Way, he shares his invaluable experience and insights in a more intimate setting and a more in-depth way.

Fundamentals trainers


“Teach the human to lead and the dog will follow,” says Colleen Steckloff, a veteran of more than ten years of dog training and behaviorism. The founder of L.A.K-9s, Colleen is well known across Southern California for her expertise in everything from basic training to rehabilitating dogs with extreme behaviors, particularly aggression. She has appeared in “The Dog Whisperer With Cesar Millan” and assists Cesar in his international touring program. Colleen, a Senior Pack Trainer, assists Cesar in the Fundamentals I program in California and Florida.

Heather Beck is founder of K9 Lifeline in Draper, Utah and has worked with dogs for nearly 20 years. She became one of Cesar's Senior Pack Trainers as a result of her recognized success at socializing difficult dogs. Besides leading K9 Lifeline, Heather works during part of the year with Saga Humane Society in Belize as an Animal Control Officer, trapping packs of feral dogs, creating education programs and coordinating teams of visiting vets. Heather assists Cesar in the Fundamentals I program in California and Florida.

Todd Langston is a canine behavior expert and owner of Pack Life K-9 Behavior Solutions in Orlando, FL. Todd has helped thousands of dogs by teaching their owners how to be the best pack leaders they can be through an easy to follow method that emphasizes the power of balanced energy and proper communication. While Todd believes the best teachers are his clients and their dogs, he has also had a chance to learn and work with some of the best minds in the business. Todd assists Cesar in the Fundamentals I program in Florida.

Courses trainers


Jennifer Gray, Director of the Dog Psychology Center in Santa Clarita, brings more than 20 years of dog training experience to the Courses, having taught everything from basic obedience to movie set training. She matches dogs’ breeds and individual characteristics to activities that lead them to thrive and bond with their human companions. Her certifications include wolf handling/wrangling, ASPCA temperament testing and FEMA Urban Search and Rescue training. Jennifer teaches Courses at the Santa Clarita DPC where she is Head Trainer.

"Cesar always says, 'Dogs live in the moment,' says Rick Denning. "And I like to add, 'Be that moment.'" Rick has over 25 years working with dogs and horses and his love of dogs was influenced by his grandmother who raised and showed various breeds. Rick incorporates Cesar's philosophies in his work and seeks to help dogs and their owners find harmony through a healthy balance of energy and needs. Rick teaches Courses at the Fort Lauderdale, Florida DPC.

Lisa Porter began her canine career ten years ago through rehabilitating her aggressive pit bull, Stitch. The process changed her life. She has a long history in dog rescue, particularly in preparing troubled dogs for adoption. “My passion is working with owners to teach their dogs how to be social creatures again,” says Lisa. “It's wonderful to be able to empower people through the rehabilitation process of their dogs.” Lisa teaches Courses at the Santa Clarita DPC..

A graduate of the Animal Behavior College, Dana Trujillo has been working with dogs since 2010. She apprenticed for two years with Jennifer Gray, Director of the Dog Psychology Center, assisting with all Training Courses. She recently started grooming dogs professionally to help clients with groom-averse dogs. Dana's passion is enabling families keep their beloved dogs by helping them create balanced and healthy relationships. Dana teaches Courses at the Santa Clarita DPC.

While running a smog testing business for seven years, Jesse Medina always felt he was meant to work with dogs. Pursuing his passion, he graduated from the Animal Behavior College and began volunteering with several organizations while apprenticing with DPC Director Jennifer Gray. Jesse's calm, assertive energy makes him well-suited to working with reactive and difficult dogs. Jesse teaches Courses at the Santa Clarita DPC.

Certified as a Master Trainer by the National K-9 School for Dog Trainers in Columbus, Ohio, Kristin Gavin is the founder of "For the Love of Dog Training" in Los Angeles, where she teaches dogs and humans everything from puppy basics to service dog training. Kristin is a vigorous advocate for dog adoption and assists rescue and adoption groups with "hard to adopt" cases. Kristin teaches Courses at the Santa Clarita DPC..

Working with dogs since 2004, Heather Mickelson is founder and owner of "Barking Wagon" and "Balance and Harmony Dog". "In order to transform your dog," says Heather, "you must first be willing to transform yourself" -- and it is her passion and honor to lead people in this journey. By helping others understand energy and how to be a pack leader, Heather helps bring balance and harmony into their lives. Heather teaches Courses at the Santa Clarita DPC.

Working with dogs since 2004, Francesca' Tardue's passion for rehabilitating and training dogs began as a shelter volunteer and foster dog parent. She became a dog trainer to rehabilitate rescue dogs to be ready for adoption. She specializes in aggression, separation anxiety and obedience, saying, "I love to help people bring out the best in their dog so that they can experience the dog of their dreams." Francesca teaches Courses at the Santa Clarita DPC.