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More than 50 meet 'Dog Whisperer'

Posted: June 1, 2008 1:02 a.m.
Updated: August 2, 2008 5:01 a.m.
More than 50 fans of dog behavior specialist Cesar Millan lined up at a Valencia bistro Saturday to catch the Dog Whisperer during a book signing.

Millan, a Santa Clarita resident, is currently in the midst of bringing his Dog Psychology Center to the local area as a means of educating dog owners about caring for their pets.

During the afternoon event, Millan, host of the National Geographic Channel's "Dog Whisperer" TV show and author of dog training books, mingled with customers dining at Off Broadway Bistro, offering advice for overcoming problematic dog behavior while giving out an autograph or two to the excited fans.

Laura Ritter of Canyon Country was waiting in line for Millan to sign her copy of "Cesar's Way: The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems."

Ritter said before implementing Millan's dog training techniques, her 105-pound Alaskan Malamote, Koal, would constantly act out. Now she believes that it is important for dog owners to remain in control of their pet.

"His suggestions have made a huge difference," she said, later adding, "I'm here to say thank you."

Valencia resident Nicole Rubalcava studied Millan's dog training style before she bought her two pugs, Skippy and Ruby.

"I was afraid to get a dog," she said. "I researched all the breeds and watched Cesar's show (Dog Whisperer) for two seasons."

Amanda Jellison and her mother said they both read Millan's books and watched his television series.

The pair from Newhall own five dogs and as they continue to study Millan's techniques, they said some of their dogs are improving their behavior.

In between signing books, Millan said he wants to re-open his Dog Psychology Center in the Santa Clarita Valley (it was previously in South Central L.A.) because he now lives locally. He hopes to open the center in the Bouquet Canyon area "as soon as possible."

He views the center as a place for not only rehabilitating troubled dogs, but also creating a positive environment for them through off-leash dog parks.

"Every city should have a Dog Psychology Center," he said.

Millan is currently filming the fifth season of his show.


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