The Covid-19 pandemic caused people to be stuck at home and it has lead to the great pet adoption of 2020-2021. If you’ve been looking for a new companion, chances are you have been asked to pay high prices or join long wait lists.
Unfortunately, this has also lead to many pet friends getting abandoned. Well celebrity dog trainer, Cesar Millan, has some advice for would-be adopters.
“What does a dog need, how long do they live, what are the necessities of a dog, and as family, do we work together,” he said during a recent media conference via Zoom recently to promote his latest series Cesar Millan: Better Human Better Dog.
On pet abandonment, Millan said owners need to have more empathy and compassion.
“Animals would never abandon humans. You do not hear stories of dogs abandoning humans because of disabilities or not having a job.”
“Only loyalty, love, and respect, that’s what we know of animals,” he said, adding that when humans abandon their pets, it is akin to abandoning their family.
“If humans become better, education-wise, dogs automatically (will) become better as a dog is a reflection of your knowledge,” he said.
“I focus on humans as they need to understand, to connect, to communicate, and to have a relationship. I am not interested in teaching people techniques (on how to train dogs) but to teach them about energy, communication, trust, respect, love.”
“You have to hear these things, kids need to hear about trust, respect, love, honesty, loyalty before you train dogs.”
“I do not train dogs. I have people who come to see me and telling me they do not have a dog but they love my show as it makes them a better human.”
The celebrity trainer with high profile clients such as Oprah Winfrey, Will Smith, Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Aniston. Mark Zuckerberg, said to change the world, one does not need to have scientific permission.
“I work with leaders of the world, the biggest leaders, and I help them. My clients are Harvard graduates but they can’t handle a chihuahua. My clients rule the world but not the dogs.”
Cesar Millan: Better Human Better Dog premieres on National Geographic Channel (Astro CH551 / Unifi TV CH508) on Wednesday, September 1 at 9pm.
The series will stream on Disney+ Hotstar Malaysia from November 12.