“CESAR 911” - FAMILY FEUD (101)

“Cesar 911” 101: Family Feud

Orange County whistleblower Debi alerts Cesar to her neighbors, the Dong family, who are afraid of their first family dog — a black Lab mix named Misty, who has bitten every member of the household. Debi and other neighbors have suggested the Dongs do the unthinkable: have Misty put down. Cesar immediately notices that she is showing signs of insecurity and, after working with the family, suggests taking her to his Dog Psychology Center to help her build confidence around his pack. Will Misty return home a changed dog for her human pack?

Cesar’s next stop takes him to whistleblower Brad, who is having major trouble with his sister Nicole’s Shiba Inu mix, Auggie, who constantly attacks Brad’s dog, Kimo, whenever the family is together. Cesar teaches Brad and Nicole about giving dogs boundaries as well as personal space, and points out that their nervous energy leads to aggression in their dogs. But can he overcome the real obstacle: Nicole’s fear that Auggie will go on the attack?

A Message from Cesar

Hi, everyone! Be sure to tune in to this week’s premiere episode of “Cesar 911,” where I start out by helping a family that’s afraid of their own dog, a black Lab mix named Misty. Misty has bitten every member of the Dong family and it’s gotten to the point where the neighbors have suggested they have the dog put down because of its aggression. But as soon as I took Misty’s leash, I realized what the real problem was, and I was determined to solve it. Seeing a family that wants to have a dog so much but which is also afraid of that dog is heartbreaking. I have to help turn Misty around.

Then, I meet Brad and Nicole, a brother and sister who are also next door neighbors, and whose dogs are tearing the relationship apart. Brad invites me to help with his sister’s dog Auggie, insisting that he’s the problem — but watch closely what happens when we bring Brad’s dog Kimo into the mix. This may be a case where I have more than one dog to rehabilitate.

Tune in and tell your friends to watch as I come to the rescue on “Cesar 911.”

“Cesar 911” airs on Nat Geo WILD.

Cesar 911 Episode 1 Q&A

Q:  Are some breeds naturally more aggressive than others?

A:  No. Any breed can cause trouble. The difference between an aggressive Chihuahua and an aggressive pit bull is that the bigger breeds can cause proportionately bigger damage, although there is at least one case on record of a Chihuahua killing a human.

Bad things happen when powerful breeds (or mixes of powerful breeds) live with humans who like the breed but don’t understand and fulfill the animal in the dog. Many people consider the look or popularity of a breed before thinking about whether the dog works for their lifestyle. This is a recipe for disaster.


Episode 1 Follow Up

Where Are They Now? Misty’s Family after “Cesar 911”
Misty’s mom, Alyssa Dong, describes their experience on “Cesar 911” as an amazing journey. Beyond Misty’s rehabilitation, Alyssa celebrates her new found self-confidence, which allows her to be the Pack Leader that Misty needs. It’s truly wonderful to see the Dong family’s transformation after training with Cesar. Tune in to “Cesar 911" on Nat Geo WILD.

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