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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 course. Clinics 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, clinics 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.


Associate 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 at Fundamentals I courses 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 at Fundamentals I courses in California and Florida.


Clinics trainers

 

Jennifer Gray, Director of the Dog Psychology Center in Santa Clarita, brings more than 20 years of dog training experience to the Clinics. Jennifer has taught dog programs in everything from basic obedience to agility to treibball to therapy dog and movie set training. She specializes in matching dogs’ breed and individual characteristics to activities that lead them to thrive and bond with their human companions. Her many certifications include wolf handling/wrangling, ASPCA temperament testing, FEMA Urban Search and Rescue and treibball training. A Senior Pack Trainer, Jennifer teaches Clinics at the Santa Clarita DPC.

"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 the Clinics at the Dog Psychology Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.



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 leads Clinics at the DPC in Santa Clarita.



Toriano Sanzone has worked with dogs for over 20 years in Chicago, Minneapolis and now Southern California. He has a nationwide client base of more than 2,000 members and is founder of 7DDV, a non-profit that helps veterans with PTSD by providing them with therapy dogs. “I am very excited to teach more people Cesar’s Way of training and watch their dogs transform!” says Toriano. Toriano teaches Clinics at the Santa Clarita DPC.