February 14, 2009

The Dog Whisperer, Cesar Millan: advice to President Barack Obama & family re: new puppy.

Bonus: Now, with Video of Cesar Millan, the Dog Whisperer offering advice to the Obamas re: their puppy adoption!

My idol, Cesar Millan, just offered some advice to my idol, President Barack Obama re the most famous puppy that hasn’t been adopted yet, ever:

…Obama, 47, promised daughters Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, that they’d be getting a dog for their move to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in January. So what should the First Family have in mind when looking for a pooch? Cesar Millan, the star of National Geographic Channel’s Dog Whisperer, has some advice for the Obamas. 

First, don’t expect the canine to be impressed by the commander-in-chief just because of his resume. “The dog won’t know he’s Barack Obama and won the presidency,” says Millan. “Dogs don’t know if they live in Beverly Hills or the White House. They don’t know what you do for a living.”

The entire family should “play pack leader roles and greet [the dog] in a calm assertive way,” says Millan. And because they have such busy lives, Millan suggests a “medium energy level” dog for the family. 

When it comes to recommending a breed, Millan echoes Obama’s campaign when he says not to judge a dog by its looks. “You could look for a rottweiler who is a medium level energy dog or a poodle who is a med level energy dog.” 

Joking about his own background, Millan, who is from Mexico, adds, “In Mexicans we have low, medium or high level energy [people]. So it’s not a race or a breed. It’s an energy you are born with.” 

As for what to teach Malia and Sasha about welcoming a new pet into the family, Millan says, “I teach my kids when you meet a dog, no touch, no talk no eye contact. Let the dog come to you. And keep a calm and stay assertive energy.” 

That calm assertive energy is something Millan sees “coming out of Barack during his speeches” and advises him to maintain it – not just with dogs but with world leaders as well. “Animal leadership and human leadership goes together”…

…for the rest, go to People. Yes, the first time I’ve ever linked to…People.

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