On Cesar 911, Cesar Millan returns to tackle the hardest canine cases of his career, helping desperate dog owners by retraining their problem pups. On the series premiere, badly behaving dogs threaten the bonds of families and friendships. It’s up to Cesar to cure these misbehaving pets – and owners.
Dog #1: Misty
For Cesar’s first case of the season, Debi calls him to the rescue, worried about her friend Alyssa’s pup Misty. Alyssa’s family adopted Misty as a puppy, looking for a friendly pal to play with her kids. But as she got older, Misty turned hostile and erratic – the opposite of kid-friendly.
A true animal lover, Alyssa grew up on a farm, surrounded by animals. However, she’s losing control of Misty, whose hostile behavior is driving away Alyssa, distressing the family’s young children –and creating a rift between Alyssa and Debi. Three trainers in, Misty’s behavior isn’t changing, Debi wants Alyssa to put the dog down. Cesar is the dog’s last hope.
To gauge the extent of Misty’s bad behavior, Cesar and Debi ambush Alyssa mid-walk, as she’s struggling to control Misty’s jumping and barking. Frustrated by Misty’s attacks on her kids and family, Alyssa is driven to grateful tears when she sees Cesar. She’s out of options with Misty, even considering Debi’s suggestions to put Misty to sleep, and knows that Cesar is her pet’s best chance for rehabilitation.
To test her personality, Cesar introduces Misty to Junior, his own personal dog. Instead of barking and attacking him, Misty shies away. This shows Cesar that Misty isn’t violent after all, her bad behavior coming from her insecurity. Cesar notices Alyssa’s lack of assertiveness when she handles Misty, furthering his suspicion that her dog has some confidence problems.
After solving the mystery of Misty’s bad behavior, it’s Cesar’s job to bring out her confidence. He takes her to his training center to socialize her with other dogs and rekindle her pack mentality. At first, Misty cowards in the corner and avoids the other dogs, but with training, Cesar teaches her to respond to the human touch, behaving obediently instead of lashing out.
But the true test of Misty’s retraining is how she behaves around her family. Cesar invites them to spend some time with Misty in the training center, unsure of how she’ll respond. Luckily, Misty’s behavior has totally transformed.
Docile and relaxed, Misty lets her family pet her and hold her paws. And after a few more days with Cesar, she returns home a new dog, hopping into the car with ease and even letting Alyssa’s kids carry her.
Dog #2: Auggie
After his success story with Misty, Cesar meets with his next clients, a couple living in fear of a family member’s misbehaving pet. Brad and Jamie were excited when Brad’s sister Nicole moved across the street, but her dog Auggie terrorizes Brad’s beloved pups Kimo and Sophie. Seized with fits of blind rage, Auggie’s out-of-control behavior has strained the families’ relationship.
When Cesar takes Brad and his dogs to meet up Auggie and his owners, it’s disastrous from the start as Auggie and Kimo lunge at each other. Nicole, who spends nearly all her time with her dog, thinks Kimo is the instigator, while Brad is convinced that Nicole’s anxiety drives Auggie’s manic behavior. Turns out, Cesar has two dogs to retrain, not just one.
Cesar’s first task is taking care of Kimo’s instigating behaviors, teaching him to respect boundaries by petting Auggie while keeping Kimo at arm’s length. After Kimo behaves calmly, it’s time for Cesar to move on to the real problem: Auggie. Sure enough, when Cesar brings in his own dog Junior to gauge Auggie’s reaction, it’s a disaster – Auggie lunges and nips his owner Matt’s leg.
To crack the secret behind Auggie’s frantic behavior, Cesar observes how he behaves with Nicole, who watches over Auggie in every spare minute she has. Cesar quickly identifies Nicole as a neurotic owner, whose overprotectiveness and tense handling causes Auggie to flip out.
To strengthen Nicole’s trust in Auggie, he takes them on a trip to the dog park. Nicole stands stressing on the outskirts, afraid that Auggie will lash out. But to her surprise, Auggie plays well with his new friends, running around and socializing like a normal dog.
To further help Nicole understand Auggie’s behavior, Cesar asks her to walk with him in the dog park, keeping him off the leash while staying calm. Auggie walks beside her, well-behaved as can be. For Auggie to stay friendly and play well with Kimo and Sophie, it’s up to Nicole to trust her dog and prevent Auggie’s bad habits from returning.
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