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“CESAR 911” - BOSS WITH A BARK (102)

“Cesar 911” 102: Boss with a Bark
Premieres Friday, March 14, at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Cesar travels to Long Beach, California, where whistleblowers Lori Jo and Patti are fed up with their boss Takis’ three unruly bichons frisés, collectively named the “Moos.” Their disruptive behavior threatens the business, Frisco’s Bar and Grill, as well as their boss’s home life. They bark obsessively, knock over trash cans and honk the restaurant delivery truck’s horn for attention. Even Takis’ wife, Joanne, has had enough of the unruly Moos, but Takis doesn’t see anything wrong with their uncontrollable behavior. In order to rehabilitate the Moos, Cesar will have to re-train Takis — but will he be able to take Cesar’s advice so that his beloved dogs won’t destroy his business and his marriage?

Cesar then heads to the Freedom Writers Foundation to meet whistleblowers Tiffony and Sue Ellen, whose workplace is being disrupted by their boss’s 140-pound Labrador retriever, Beau. Their boss, Erin Gruwell (also known as “Ms. G.”) teaches at-risk youth and her work was featured in a major motion picture, but she can’t seem to change bad boy Beau’s behavior. He barks constantly, steals food, brings dead animals in from outside, and is aggressive toward anyone in a hoodie, causing everyone at Freedom Writers to constantly be on “Beau Watch.” Cesar concludes that Beau is a dominant dog who feels the need to protect his environment, but will he be able to help Erin so that she can write a new chapter for her and her Beau?

A Message from Cesar

Hi, everyone! Be sure to tune in this week to “Cesar 911,” where I make my way to Long Beach. First, I’ll be working with a restaurant owner, Takis, whose three bichon frisés have taken over the place, as well as his home life. These dogs have absolutely no rules, boundaries, or limitations to the point that his own employees have blown the whistle on him and his wife is threatening to leave the bedroom because of the dogs.

I’ve dealt with dogs like this before, but the real challenge will be Takis. From the beginning, I’m not sure whether I’ll be able to get through to him and convince him that his overindulgence to his dogs is the cause of the problem.

Next, I go to the Freedom Writers Foundation where the boss’s 140 pound Labrador retriever Beau is causing major problems. Like Takis’ three dogs, Beau has no rules, boundaries, or limitations, but he’s also about five times the size of all of Takis’ dogs combined. I quickly figured out that Beau is just trying to protect his environment — but will I be able to teach his humans how to get him to do it without endangering everybody and everything around him?

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

“Cesar 911” airs on Friday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Nat Geo WILD.

Cesar 911 Episode 2 Q&A

Q: You talk a lot about “rules, boundaries, and limitations.” What are they, and why are they so important?

A:  They simply mean teaching a dog what it can and cannot do. In the wild, a mother dog will correct a puppy immediately when it behaves inappropriately until the puppy learns the rules of the pack. This is what we should be doing with our dogs in our homes as well — correcting them immediately when they break the rules, creating places where they can and cannot go, and redirecting them from unwanted behavior.

They are very important because, without them, a dog will make up its own rules, boundaries, and limitations, meaning that the dog becomes the Pack Leader instead of the humans. A dog without rules, boundaries, and limitations will never be balanced.

Episode 2 Follow Up

In episode 2 of “Cesar 911,” Cesar helped Long Beach, California restaurateurs Takis and Joanne Stathoulis work with their three out-of-control bichon frises, known as the Moos, who had become overly-spoilt stand-ins for children.

The dogs are doing much better now, but has Takis really learned Cesar’s fulfillment formula of Exercise, Discipline, and then Affection? Watch the video to find out.



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