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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 and II programs. Training Courses are taught by Cesar’s Pack Trainers.
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 and II 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.
“Teach the human to lead and the dog will follow,” says Colleen Steckloff, a veteran of more than 16 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 is a Head Trainer for Fundamentals I and a Trainer for Fundamentals II.
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 is a Head Trainer for Fundamentals I and Trainer for Fundamentals II.
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 is a Trainer for Fundamentals I and II -- and in 2016 was named Head Trainer at the Santa Clarita DPC.
Art Ortiz is the founder of DogFit Dallas. Art believes that "dogs should live in a world where we, the humans, create balance and harmony." Art is well known around the Dallas/Fort Worth Texas Metroplex for his training, ranging from basic leash skills to the rehabilitation of fearful or aggressive dogs. As a former student of Training Cesar’s Way, Art is a Trainer for Fundamentals I and II.
Steve Del Savio is a dog psychology and behavior expert in the New York City metropolitan area where he is well known for his expertise in dealing with canine behavior problems and proficiency with aggression. Steve has successfully rehabilitated thousands of dogs, some of which were deemed untrainable or even recommended for euthanasia. The founder of Pack Leader Dogs in Hoboken, New Jersey, Steve gives people the knowledge and a blueprint for achieving balance with their dogs. Steve is a Trainer for Fundamentals I.
Yoaciel Cristobal is the founder of Pawmily, a family-owned company offering dog training and other services in Puerto Rico. Yoa began his work with dogs at local shelters where he quickly became recognized as the "go-to" trainer, especially for families with difficult cases. He now has three vans picking up dogs daily for camp and dog-sitting services -- and plans to open the first Dog Psychology Center in the Caribbean. Yoa is a Trainer for Fundamentals I.
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 is a Trainer for Fundamentals I..
A graduate of the Animal Behavior College, Dana Trujillo has been working with dogs since 2010. She apprenticed for two years at the DPC, 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.
Equipped with her certification from the Animal Behavior College and immersed in the Cesar's Way philosophy, Kim Erickson incorporates her personal experience with her reactive dogs into every course she teaches. Kim believes that the transformation of becoming a pack leader for one's dog equips people with valuable tools for a healthy and happy life. Kim teaches Courses at the Santa Clarita DPC.
As a Marine Corp veteran and father of two, Robert Villaneda combines structure and knowledge with patience and detail to help dog owners become better pack leaders. His calm and assertive energy, coupled with his long-felt deep bond with animals, makes Robert well-suited to working with reactive and difficult dogs. Robert teaches Courses at the Santa Clarita DPC.