The one-hour special follows Millan’s incredible rise from impoverished illegal immigrant to celebrity dog trainer to international superstar. The cameras roll as he embarks on his latest Cesar LIVE world speaking seminar, begins filming his new Nat Geo WILD television series Leader of the Pack in Spain, and leads thousands of dogs and owners on a Pack Walk in Washington, D.C., to raise awareness about dog adoption.

“For years, the world has known me as the Dog Whisperer,” says Millan. “But not many people know my personal story.” Until now!

In the new special, viewers will follow Millan around the world as he inspires people to become pack leaders in their own lives in his latest world tour, and join him in Spain as he films his NEW series Leader of the Pack, which will sneak preview the same night, Sunday, November 25, at 10 p.m. ET/PT, before premiering in January.

During the hour, Millan recalls how his incredible skill with dogs led to his rise to fame as the Dog Whisperer, and addresses those who are critical of his methods. “I don’t think there is only one way to help a dog,” says Millan. “In nine years on television I have shown that there are many ways. So when critics come after me, it doesn’t really bother me.” He continues, “My show gave people hope that they could have a good relationship with their dog. And that’s something that I’m very proud of.”

Millan also reflects in detail on the impact his hectic travel schedule had on his family life, and the darkest time in his life. While in England three years ago, he received a call from his wife telling him she wanted a divorce. “It was hard, because I wasn’t expecting it,” he says. “I went into a big depression. I lost a lot of weight. And I felt that I lost the most important thing, which was my family.”

But the story doesn’t end there. Cesar courageously pulls himself out of the dark time, and for the first time talks about finding new love and renewed personal balance.

“Everything I am, I learned in Mexico. And everything that I became, I learned in the United States. They both facilitated something very important for me,” adds Millan at the end of the hour. “I think my life has everything, you know, it has comedy … has drama … has action. I don’t know about the ending yet. I’m just glad I can tell the story. Hopefully people get inspired, they get motivated. It doesn’t matter where you come from. Really what I would like for people to get out of this is just to not lose hope, no matter what happens. You should never lose hope.”

Tune in to Cesar Millan: The Real Story this Sunday, Nov 25th at 9P

Comments

  1. maxine nason
    pittsfield maine
    November 21, 2012, 3:06 pm

    i just love your show i have two dogs 1 and 2 years old at 74 i found its not easy to train a puppy but i love them i alone they very good company they both very active they keep me on my toes and keep me young or try i watch your show all the time love you and your dogs they so well behave i will keep watching by for now

  2. Susanne Jurek
    Denmark
    November 21, 2012, 4:12 pm

    When will it be possible this special i Denmark?

  3. Mary McG
    Springfield, Pa.
    November 22, 2012, 5:15 am

    Special Story for Cesar Rainbow Bridge re Daddy
    Just this side of Heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
    When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
    There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

    All the animals who have been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are
    happy and content except for one thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

    They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

    You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face;your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

    Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….
    Author Unknown

    God bless you,Cesar and Daddy too.

  4. jimmy mcmullan
    Dublin, Ireland
    November 23, 2012, 11:19 am

    Love your show Cesar, and have learned lots from watching them, sometimes many times over. I wish you and your family all the best in the future. Keep up the great work, there are a lot of grateful pet owners and pets out there :-)

    Jimmy

  5. Irene Kam
    Malaysia
    November 24, 2012, 8:56 am

    When will it release in Malaysia?

  6. Barb Nystrom
    100 Mile House, BC, Canada
    November 24, 2012, 10:02 pm

    Is this documentary available on NatGeoWild in Canada?

  7. Margie Mayer
    United States
    November 24, 2012, 11:03 pm

    Dearest Cesar, I LOVE your show. I have 4 dogs.A doberman a ,German Sheppard cross, a German short hair pointer, and a Cocker spaniel . I have learned to be my pack leader most of the time. Thank you for all the help. Looking forward to your new show. Head up, shoulders back, and breath… Works in all parts of my life… Margie

  8. Vivienne burgess
    United Kingdom
    November 25, 2012, 2:59 pm

    Hi when will I be able to,watch cesars show in the uk please x need my cesar fix x

  9. Mary Andre
    Wisconsin, USA
    November 26, 2012, 1:18 am

    Just got done watching the show. Excellent! Good luck on moving forward in your new life.
    Here is some love for Junior, Daddy(RIP) and all the dogs you have helped and will help…♥♥♥

    Let us hope the whole world follows suit!

    Mary

  10. Tapan Patnaik
    India
    November 26, 2012, 1:40 am

    While in Spain. He must talk to people on abuse of hunting dogs. It is horrible practice.

  11. Sara MItchell
    England
    November 26, 2012, 6:04 am

    When will this be shown on UK tv???
    I had a look yesterday on the 25th and it was not on our Nat Geo Wild channel, so I assume it was only in the USA…………..when can we watch it????

  12. jan losito
    atlanta, ga.
    November 26, 2012, 2:02 pm

    words cannot describe how Cesar, the Dog Whisperer, has affected our entire family .. good luck with your new show .. we we certainly will be watching (even repeats) ..

  13. Michael Ball
    Wisconsin USA
    November 26, 2012, 4:32 pm

    Loved your show (“The Real Story”) I respect your experiences and insights and believe you have a lot to contribute to the world. I am grateful you are still with us.

    Immediately after that, I watched the first episode of “Leader of the Pack.” I was a little disappointed that it was a “winners & losers” type of format. Anyone wanting to adopt a dog should be encouraged to do so. I didn’t find myself intereste in who “won” as in the people’s interest about learning from you.

    A better format might be to interview people to determine the type of dog that would be compatible with their lifestyles, then explore some different rescue dogs. Show them how to fit the dog into their lives and make them and the dog both happy. I think this might go farther toward your goal of getting dogs adopted than the current format.

  14. Cindy Martino
    Anderson, SC
    November 27, 2012, 12:26 pm

    Have always been a huge fan but am now extremely dissapointed! The true story had not one mention of “DADDY”! I really would of thought some sort of tribute to him would of been appropriate!! Instead we had the new girlfriend shoved down our throats!! Glad you have one, but it seemed more of show to get back at Illusion. DADDY was always there for you and as you have said in the past, taught you so much of what you know today. Wow, what a let down!

  15. Lisa Wong
    November 27, 2012, 10:20 pm

    I missed it; anybody knows if NatGeoWild will show it again?

  16. Lois Benson
    Santa Rosa CA
    November 28, 2012, 9:30 pm

    As a Dog Whisperer fan, I was interested in the new Leader of the Pack show, but I turned the preview showing off mid-show. Four families compete to adopt a troubled dog that Cesar has chosen. There are so many dogs that are killed each year without finding homes, I was saddened and bothered to see families willing to adopt be eliminated and scrutinized for why they should not adopt. People were also making impassioned pleas and statements in the show about why they wanted to adopt this dog they had just met, a process that might have over shadowed their normal gut feeling about whether this was the right animal for their family. The show set up situation of relying on Cesar to choose for them and allow them to believe and feel this was the right animal. One family with very small children seemed really hesitant when they met this dog.
    Why not tweek this idea a bit, and show a family Cesar has already chosen before show begins, learning to work with a new pet who comes from a shelter with a troubled past, who in this case had been returned to the shelter several times. That is what we really need to know. And you could help us save dogs from killing with this information. If I adopt an animal that is in a shelter because it has already been rejected, how do I turn this situation around and offer this dog a home, without replaying the problems that are already known. There are so many shows that are about contestants vying for prizes, this seems like the wrong idea. Adoption works because of connections that are made. Teach us how to make those connections, and how to control these rejected animals, and you will have a better show.

  17. Jodi Lang
    Brampton On
    December 1, 2012, 7:22 pm

    What about Canada?????…i have tried to find it here on Not Geo Wild for the Nov 21st or 26th showing…and then they said it would air again Dec 1st…which is today…but only a nite of Bid & Destroy is on..i am SSSSOOOOOOOOO BUMMED OUT!!! :( I so want to see the show…when will it be aring in Canada Please…Thanks ….Cheers

  18. David Estrada
    Toronto,Ontario,Canada
    December 1, 2012, 9:48 pm

    My whole family watch your show amigo,we were looking forward to see this show but it was never shown in canada last week now it shows for tonight but is not listed here in canada again,when is it going to be avalaible?

  19. Rudolf Hamele
    North Bavaria GERMANY
    December 6, 2012, 5:40 pm

    Thank you so much Cesar.
    We do need more Cesar Millans all over the world.

  20. Delia
    Us
    December 7, 2012, 6:44 pm

    Really don’t like the new leader of the pack series. I want to see Cesar work with animals and their owners who need help. We don’t need another reality series with competition. Sadly, we’re dropping our more expensive cable package and losing Nat Geo Wild. It’s no longer worth the additional money to us.

  21. Sue
    San Diego, CA
    December 15, 2012, 11:55 am

    Cesar, I love your methods and theories, and I have been a huge fan of the Dog Whisperer show. Your theories have had an impact on me and my life when things got rough. I hope you get back to a show similar to that. As much as I am a fan of yours, I cannot watch more of the “Leader of the Pack”. It doesn’t make sense to me that your goal is to encourage dog adoption, yet you have two families who walk away without adopting a dog each show. Why wouldn’t you have a show in which you find a way to match up a dog for each family? Why does only one dog get a home, and the losing children, who had started to bond with a dog, are left crestfallen? It doesn’t match your goal or your philosophy. It also isn’t entertainment. I hope you’ll find a better way.

  22. Kimberley Politis
    Australia
    December 16, 2012, 1:31 am

    I love watching Cesar work with animals. It makes me sad to think this amazing man who gives so much felt that down. When can we see The real story in Australia? You are a gift from God Cesar and single handedly balancing he human race one, sometimes two families at a time. We love you Cesar you are welcome in Oz anytime. Our door is always open to you xxx.
    Regards,
    Kimberley Politis
    Victoria
    Australia

  23. Robin
    NJ
    December 16, 2012, 2:02 pm

    I can’t stand this man. I have never seen anyone pick up a dog by the throat until I saw him. He should be banned from ever taking care of any animal the rest of his life. His way is the WRONG way. And I hope Nat takes him off the air. I can’t stand the abuse his hands put on those poor dogs. He really needs some jail time.

  24. Caroline Johnson
    Australia
    December 18, 2012, 3:28 am

    Same request as Kimberley when is Cesar Millan: The Real Story going to be aired in Australia :)

  25. Robin
    NJ
    December 30, 2012, 10:35 am

    I want to see his degrees for animal care. Or did he just say I’m a dog whisperer. Now he says he is going to TRAIN people. You have three family, family meanin with children. So he gets three families and HE says who gets the ONE dog he has. Does he have any idea what he is going to do to these children? It’s mean! Natgeo you better be careful because he is going to put you in lawsuits.

  26. Kate
    Oklahoma
    January 1, 2013, 8:03 pm

    I sure hope that Cesar has a tough enough hide that he doesn’t let all the idiots with their negative comments discourage him. If you think your ideas are so great why not put your money where your mouth is. I really hate it when a person is so quick to judge another person, yet they will sit on their lazy behind and do nothing. I am just grateful that someone chose to dedicate his life to such a wonderful cause. I love that you have found happiness again Cesar. Good for you.

  27. jenn
    United States
    January 2, 2013, 2:22 am

    I can’t wait t hear Cesar’s Full story. There’s something about him where its like I can listen to this guy talk for hours. The way he understands his environment is something really worth understanding. And its really shocking that somebody like him could lose control over his state of mind to go through such darkness. We all care about you want to know more about you and see you doing really well.

  28. alejandro
    bs. as. argentina
    January 5, 2013, 9:03 am

    me gustaria saber como puedo hacer para que Cesar se entere de que a mi perro no lo puedo sacar ni a la esquina por que quiere atacar a todos los otros animales… necesito ayuda. gracias

  29. Debbie Houlihan
    Chicago,IL
    January 5, 2013, 11:04 pm

    Dear Cesar,
    We admire you so much and hope you will make it out to the Chicago area:). We are animal lovers and want to have a dog in our family. Please help us to be a leader of the pack:)

    Amor,Debbie

  30. Gail Holley
    Falcon, CO
    January 5, 2013, 11:34 pm

    Cesar I just watched your new show The Leader Of The Pack and disagree with you giving Jenny Jet. She is an animal hoarder and you just added to her animal house. Anyone with 4 dogs, 11 cats in the house and she says you have to wear shoes there is a problem there. Always loved your shows till now. Why would you give her a 5th dog with what she already has?

  31. calmassertive
    January 6, 2013, 12:18 pm

    I was very disappointed in the new show. It’s a clone of an old show that also had 3 families compete to adopt a dog, but they gave the dog overnight to the families an decided based on video the families recorded with them interacting with the dog. That show was a flop, but even with all the additional insights that Cesar’s show includes it’s still not as good as the Dog Whisperer show. No one cares about the families, and no one wants to see people let down who travelled so far to adopt a dog. The producers of this new show,. with its staged scenes and bogus dramatic pauses, really belittle the intelligence of the fans of the Dog Whisperer show, whose format was far superior. The product placement of the care package at the end was an abomination, a rip-off of what Animal Planet did with Stilwell’s show making the people eat Kit-Kat bars. That show was thankfully killed, finally, and sadly all the condescending unreality dramatic-editing nonsense from this show will likely cause it the same fate. Bring back MPH entertainment, to whom Cesar owes so much as his former, outstanding, producers, and go back into production of the Dog Whisperer format which was so successful and informative.

  32. GW
    New Jersey
    January 8, 2013, 11:26 pm

    Am one of Cesar’s “Dog Whisper” fans and do not have issues with his dog training methods. Cesar is truly gifted…
    However, the recent show >The Real Story which includes all of the new girlfriend glimpses are a real problem. Watching Cesar act silly with a girl half his age is very, very distasteful and has made me feel quite different about him and the image I had of him.
    I know Cesar is just a guy, but I really think the GIRL should stay in his personal life and not be part of his TV show.

  33. GW
    New Jersey
    January 8, 2013, 11:31 pm

    Am one of Cesar’s “Dog Whisper” fans and do not have issues with his dog training methods. Cesar is truly gifted…
    However, the recent show >The Real Story which includes all of the new girlfriend glimpses are a real problem. Watching Cesar act silly with a girl half his age is very inappropriate.
    I know Cesar is just a guy, but I really think the GIRL should stay in his personal life and out of his TV shows.

  34. Lori Harvey
    United States
    January 9, 2013, 1:21 am

    I love Caesar and his message of hope! His methods helped me with my dogs a lot and they worked! I also used them with an aggressive rooster and it did work for a time, and when it quite working on the rooster – well he became dinner in the Irish way : ) Thank you Caesar for helping us with our dogs in such an encouraging and positive way. Your shows always made me feel joyful, hopeful, and encouraged!

  35. Paula Inês Foist
    Praia Grande/SP/Brasil
    January 9, 2013, 11:59 am

    Acho você um ser abençoado, não há equívoco quando os animais aceitam uma pessoa, porque eles muito raramente erram quanto ao julgamento da real intenção da pessoa por terem a capacidade de ver além do que os olhos físicos enxergam. Desejo a você toda felicidade do mundo, sempre!

  36. John Snell
    Beaverton, Oregon, USA
    January 12, 2013, 12:09 pm

    I really loved Dog Whisperer, and watched Leader of the Pack hoping it would fill the void.
    I hate to say this, qbut what a disappointment. A great, interesting and compelling information-based program has been turned into a bad game show. Someone needs to rethink the format.

  37. cookie marsh
    usa
    January 12, 2013, 3:52 pm

    Please tell me why we cannot view full episodes of Ceasar, this is one of my favorite shows and my cable company does not carry it.

  38. Gosia
    Ireland
    January 13, 2013, 9:55 am

    Thank you Cesar, your methods helped us so much with our bitch an american bulldog, Zoey… She is very demanding at times…
    I’m a big fan of The Dog Whisperer. I admire your work and love to animals…
    All the best
    Gosia&Zoey

  39. elizabeth aksan
    Mt. Sinai, New York
    January 15, 2013, 8:36 pm

    Does anyone know when they will re-air his documentary i missed it and really want to see it? I loved the dog whisperer and will miss it too. i learned something helpful in every episode. He really is an amazing man. For those who don’t get it it’s there loss.

  40. Tim Moriarty
    Massachusetts, USA
    January 17, 2013, 12:43 am

    Have enjoyed Cesar and how he has helped dogs by fixing their owners for years. It was also nice to see more about where Cesar came from and how well he has done. I have to say though, I MUCH prefer The Dog Whisperer show format to that of the new show. I have no problem with Cesar working with three families to find the best fit, but with so many dogs up for adoption around the world, couldn’t the other families be given dogs also, ones better suited for what they can handle rather than the families going home empty handed? I think the new format is especially difficult on the children who participate and get their hopes up for a dog.

  41. Jodi
    NC
    January 28, 2013, 8:54 pm

    I really loved “The Dog Whisperer” show and wanted to like the new “Leader of the Pack”. However, I was disappointed in the competitive format and how little we see of rehab./training in the new show. It is very disappointing to see children go home without a dog. I have quit watching the show as it is just not enjoyable anymore.

  42. Evon B
    CT
    January 30, 2013, 6:16 pm

    My husband and I admire Cesar Millan and watch all the ‘Dog Whisperer’ episodes. But we also stopped watching ‘Leader of the Pack’ . One suggestion: announce the ‘winner’ and eliminate she annoying ‘drama’. Also, give the ‘losers’ a dog that suits them, and everyone is happy (including the show’s viewers)!

  43. DANIELLE FALUBA
    BRASIL
    January 31, 2013, 7:00 pm

    GOSTARIA QUE VIESSE AQUI NO BRASIL POIS EU AMO CÃES E OS SEUS METODOS,,, SOU SUA FÂ…

  44. Juan
    Buenos Aires, Argentina
    February 8, 2013, 1:40 am

    Dear Cesar:
    You are a truly inspiration for many people, but you know that already. Of course I have many heores in my life such as my father, but your history really touched my heart and reinforce the actitude to follow your dreams. I really want to make a difference, a better world not just for us, but the animals to. Thank you for being you and for the risks you have taken in your life so that you can be were you are now. Sincerely,
    Juani from Argentina

  45. calie
    america's hometown;Plymouth,MA USA
    February 23, 2013, 3:44 pm

    Cesar, I don’t think YOU see these”comments”,but,when I learned of your split with Ilusian ,and your OD attempt-I am a paramedic, and I am your age. I have had 4 dogs, 2 were sent to me by a higher power,for their good! I now in the last 2 years have lost my 2 “girls”,I hospiced my #1-she was amazing,loving &sooo good&smart whippet/pointer&beautiful! my eldest Dal, was 14, I am a mess and am not in the $place that I was, therefore,I can not get another 2 dogs, in 43 years I have NEVER been w/o a wonderful,loving and unconditional companionship/friendship of theDOG! They are better than people, I have a similar way, not close to YOUR true gift, but people would always call for MY help w/ an issue w/ their dog. I also went thru a divorce much longer ago than yours, but, I am NOT over that one man! We(i) tried a few years ago,,,5+/- to no avail, and we were so good tog. money was nice, and I miss my cars and my home, I first want to say I miss the show dog whisperer, and am forced to see your God given gift w/dogs via “leader”…..My heart goes out to your loss of Daddy, but you had many years w/ him, and he is in your everyday/nite because you had Junior while Daddy was alive, I always did that, at 4-6, I would get a puppy, and when I lost the elder, she lived on thru the pup I’d gotten. I never wanted babies, my Exhusband was 10yrs my senior&OK w/that. I had my girls….we did….now, out of any man I would love to be w/ you, not show off my big boobies, and jimmy choos, etc, I’d be there 4 you! I’m 5’3′ and fit! 120#, I love the dogs, the work that comes with it, the $ and all is just the bonus. YOU do something to me that I can’t explain. I wish I could have a home again, not be a vagabond, my $ and things stolen,ruined, and even tho I,ve never been hit or abused by a man ,my family are all together in the same cemetary, I have NO idea how to get out of being destitute, no audi….let alone a subaru wagon 4 the dogs I want&need in my existance each tearfilled day, I have a lot of love 2give and if not my Ex, who I miss, I wish I could be were Jahira is….next to you and Calvin,and your pack, Calvin is about 15 now?! I guess you’re happy w/ the femine longhaired young gal, and Calvin seems to like her, she seems a bit young for you, I’m mostly Irish, brown hair w/a silver swish at my left temple , blue eyes, and a huge heart. period. I wept when your story aired, but if you but if you watch it, you see the oddness with Jahira….she’s more like arm candy for you with a love for money, and closer to Andre’s age.(does he still have Diablo? the rotti?) anyway, I am into healthy, not obsessed, and can cook well, well, sigh, I will never get to meet you, but you are only the man I would consider, other than a stroke of ??????to be back w/ my Ex, he’s in Fla and w/ ????? I don’t know, I have morals, standards, a huge love 4 animals and sustaining the universe/our world and our animals ans ESPECIALLY helping as many dogs as we can. I have class, and at this point, I’m 65% away from winding up under a bridge, without my “protectors” and a single family member, they were all born in the late1800′s ans early1900′s, no aunts, nieces,etc. , I wanted to vent and tell you that you are a brite star, and you are still w/your loyal world-wide family,and loved and respected. I could just imagine bedtime w/you a safe home ,and the love and dogs. I gather Spain suits you, I had always wanted to go, but I aadore the caribbean….hawaiian isles etc, just memories now and so many tears EVERY day&nite.I KNOW you don’t listen to the morons who write neg. or bad/nasty things about you and your style. Keep that sweet,smart littleshort guy on TV , so I can keep dreaming, it’s hard all alone and no pack, let alone to be the omega….. A girl can dream…..and when you, as I do, look at all the brite stars, my 4 girls, and Daddy is the brite in the night sky, it’s just too cold here on Cape Cod, where I am stuck, alone,sad and scared. Even if my girls were alive, we wouldn’t need your training, they were (we)were that good! I wish I could meet you….. now the embarrassing part, hitting “submit”….here goes a dreamer……a good,but empty soul, oh dear……Godspeed!Ciao,CalieCaliente…….loboluna, Peace! *whew!

  46. B.J. Buckle
    March 2, 2013, 12:41 pm

    To a precious soul, please keep on keeping on. Pain is part of our Journey in this life. Hopefully we learn from this and become stronger
    We are never given more than we can handle.Please take this and run with it! May God continue to bless you!
    I have to say that I agree with most on the format of the new show. Don’t like to see losers. Please introduce the others to another choice that is a perfect match. Man and Dog both win. Thanking God for you and keeping you in my Prayers!!!!

  47. Edna Falkner
    Aurora, Co
    March 15, 2013, 8:49 pm

    Hi Ceaser
    U are my hero
    I Like to have 2 females german Shepard, one is 3 years old and another is a puppy, 14 weeks, I don’t a problem, but some people think having 2 females is a issues, for me is all about pack leader. What u think? Please if u have a chance let me know, thanks

  48. Brenton
    gold coast australia
    June 9, 2013, 6:34 pm

    I just saw the first episode here in Aus and can I just say its a joke that ceasar gave jet to that Jenny woman she is a crazy catlady and made it clear at the start she was only there too meet ceasar and wouldnt of considered another dog otherwise.. she clearly has only just adequent premises for her animals as iy is and all her current dogs looked poorly cared for and very dirty. I have lost all respect for the validity of this show

  49. Lois V
    Canada
    July 8, 2013, 1:42 pm

    To those who express disappointment and criticisms at Cesar about the new show’s content: you must understand that we have no idea what has gone on behind the scenes at production or editing, and with contract negotiations. Cesar has been ripped off big time with his previous show. When you are on top in this business, everyone is your friend, with their hands in your pockets. Daddy’s story may be something Cesar is going to control, so be patient, he is the real deal, the dogs know, it, the wolves know it and we who love the man and his message know it. Think about it: one person. Cesar is one person who has had the rug pulled out from under him, along with his name, his fame and his future, But here he is popping up to resume his role at the lead. be patient, you will get what you want.