On the season finale of Cesar 911, Cesar Millan has to crack a tough case of an aggressive dog whose violent behavior has the other pups in the neighborhood paralyzed by fear. It’s up to Cesar to step in, freeing the neighborhood from the bad dog’s behavior.
The Patient: Matilda
Cesar is called to Long Beach, CA by whistleblower Arturo, who’s fed up with his two neighbors’ powerful bulldog-boxer mix Matilda attacking dogs in the neighborhood.
Matilda has even bitten Arturo’s own beloved dog, Coco. Since the attack, Coco is afraid to even walk down the street, driving Arturo to take action and call Cesar to the rescue, hoping he can protect Coco and other dogs from any further attacks.
If Cesar can’t help Matilda control her violent tendencies, Arturo wants to take steps to remove her from the neighborhood. It’s up to Cesar to protect Coco and the other neighborhood dogs while rehabilitating Matilda.
Step one is an ambush, where Arturo and Coco wait for Matilda’s owners to walk her in the park. Cesar stands back and watches, observing the lack of control Matilda’s owners have on their dog, who pulls at the leash in an excited state. From the moment he sees Matilda, Cesar knows the confrontation isn’t going to end well.
Sure enough, as soon as Matilda sees Coco she lunges away from her owners, who lose control of the leash. Disaster strikes as Matilda begins to fight with Coco, and Cesar must spring to the rescue.
Luckily, Matilda is dragged away from Coco before she hurts anyone, but not before one of Matilda’s owners takes a spill in the process.
Matilda’s owners Sam and Jim were thrilled to see Cesar, and Cesar didn’t waste any time in starting their first lesson – how to walk Matilda without pulling or letting her lead. It’s easier said than done, as Matilda’s owners have a hard time taking control and walking in front of her. To Cesar, it’s clear the owners aren’t in charge.
Cesar realizes that both Matilda and her owners need a lot of work, so it’s off to Cesar’s Dog Psychology Center, a 43-acre ranch where Cesar can closely study the behavior of dogs and help rehabilitate them through various methods. Here, the whole gang will get the training they desperately need.
Once they arrive at the Center, Cesar’s first task is to gauge how Matilda reacts in a pack. Matilda is nervous at first, but quickly begins socializing with the other dogs, showing Cesar that her aggressive behavior comes from her owners’ lack of leadership, rather than a violent personality trait.
Next, it’s time for Cesar to re-teach Sam how to walk his dog. Sam’s poor walking technique let Matilda lead, putting her into protective mode. Sam needs to learn how to relax when he’s walking his dog, staying calm while showing proper leadership to Matilda. Once Sam stopped focusing on Matilda and began thinking positive thoughts, his walk improved immeasurably.
After making progress at the Dog Psychology Center, Cesar needs to see that Matilda’s owners can control their dog in a real-life situation. He takes them on a trip to the dog park, a huge leap of faith for Matilda that could potentially turn into a dangerous fight.
Turns out, they have nothing to worry about, as Matilda loves playing with her new friends. From attacking other dogs to socializing with them, Matilda’s journey has been amazing, and now her owners have the skills to maintain her good behavior in the future. Another success story and saved neighborhood for Cesar!
Want more Cesar Millan? Don’t miss the premiere of his all-new series Love My Pit Bull on Friday, April 18 at 9P.