This week on Cesar 911, Cesar Millan helps two businesses taken over by the owners’ rowdy dogs. From three rogue Bichons to an overweight Lab, Cesar’s patients believe they’re the bosses.
Dogs #1: The Moos
The Challenge First, Cesar is called to Frisco’s, a dog-friendly diner. Frisco’s whistleblowers Patti and Lori Jo love the restaurant’s pet-welcoming patio, but have one big problem: the Moos.
The Moos are three manic Bichons, whose reign of terror over Frisco’s drives away customers and makes employees nuts.
To make matters worse, the dogs are the prized possessions of Frisco’s owner Takis, whose big, fat, Greek personality lets the dogs run wild.
The Moos’ mania is no better at home, where the three dogs drive Takis’ wife Joanne crazy.
It doesn’t take long for Cesar to realize the problem: Takis adores the Moos too much to discipline them.
Takis wants his dogs to look Greek, sound Greek and act Greek – and loves their bad behavior.
Cesar’s task will be to break the Moos from their manic habits, and to teach Takis how to control his beloved pups.
Cesar first shows Takis that with a calm walk and proper leash handling, he can keep the Moos from freaking out. Takis can’t believe what he’s seeing.
So to teach Takis how to reign in the Moos, Cesar takes them to meet his own dogs. Unsurprisingly, the Moos freak out.
But then, Cesar shows Takis how to hold their leash in a way that calms them down. Takis’ gentler touch soothes the Moos immediately.
Once he teaches Cesar to keep the Moos calm at the restaurant, the next step is to keep them out of Takis and Joanne’s bedroom. Takis loves having the Moos surrounding him in bed. Joanne? Not so much.
After Takis balks yet again at putting the Moos in their own beds, Joanne makes it clear she’s had enough.
And just like that – the Moos are out of the bed.
Turns out, all Takis needed was a little extra motivation to discipline the Moos. Chalk up yet another successful intervention for Cesar!
Dog #2: Beau
For his second patient, Cesar makes a special trip to the Freedom Writer’s Foundation. Founded 17 years ago by teacher Erin Gruwell (or Ms. G), the program enabled at-risk students to write about their hardships and caught the eye of Hollywood, resulting in the movie “Freedom Writers” starring Hillary Swank.
Freedom Writers employees Tiffony and Sue Ellen were both Ms. G’s students and love the work their former teacher does for underprivileged youth. But their peaceful workplace has just one issue: Ms. G’s dog Beau.
A 140-pound Labrador, Beau is a continuous interruption to the staff’s workday, especially when he’s delivering a dead animal in the middle of a meeting.
Overweight and lazy, Beau doesn’t think twice about jumping for food on the table, especially for pizza.
And once he’s down, it’s hard to get him back up again.
Tiffony and Sue Ellen love their workplace, and don’t want Beau’s reign over the office to continue to hurt their work.
To confront Ms. G and Beau, Cesar ambushes them with his hood up to play into Beau’s fear of strange men. Beau is not pleased.
Ms. G is relieved when she sees Cesar, and explains how she can’t control her dog’s naughty quirks. She may be an expert at teaching the hardest students, but Ms G. can’t seem to apply the same wisdom to training her dog, who she’s unable to discipline and control.
After observing Beau’s barking – and calming down with a snap – Cesar sees that Beau dominates his environment. He needs to teach Ms. G to be a better leader of not just her students, but her pet as well.
Cesar’s first task: getting Beau into Ms. G’s car, his least favorite place. Beau’s negative associations with cars keeps him from climbing in, so Cesar turns the process into a game.
Sure enough, with a lot of coaxing and a little boost, Beau hops into the car with ease.
But Beau’s office disruptions are a different matter. To show Cesar the extent of the issue, the Freedom Writers staff gather in the conference room. Within a minute, Beau starts barking and breaks through the door. It’s up to Cesar to teach Ms. G strategies to calm him down.
Using a code word, Cesar reconditions Beau to wait outside the door. Even when Ms. G tries to lure him in using pizza, his favorite food, Beau doesn’t budge.
Cesar’s last challenge is to manage Beau’s aggression towards other dogs by teaching Ms. G how to keep him calm on walks. Ms G. can’t control Beau’s manic reaction, putting her at risk of getting hurt. But on a walk with Ms. G, Cesar notices that a pit bull they encounter is even more hostile than Beau.
In typical Cesar fashion, he decides to go over and help the pit bull too.
But while Cesar has his hands full with the pit bull, Ms. G handles Beau like a pro. With that, Cesar’s work with the Freedom Writers is done.
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