Monday, October 23, 2006

DOG WHISPERER Returns For A Third Season Tonight For National Geographic Channel

Problem Pooches Beware! National Geographic Channel′s DOG WHISPERER Returns For A Third Season

Series Moves to New Night and Time: Mondays at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT

From a Devil Dalmatian Fire Dog to a High-Maintenance Pink Maltese to a Pickup-Chasing Blue Heeler, Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan Lends Calm-Assertive Guidance

National Geographic Channel′s Emmy-nominated series DOG WHISPERER with Cesar Millan is returning for a third season and moving to Monday nights at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT, beginning Monday, October 23. This year the episodes are even more quirky, remarkable, touching ... and, of course, jam-packed with Cesar′s signature "Tsssts!"

From a devil Dalmatian that heats up a firehouse to a French bulldog kicked out of doggy day care to a tire-eating blue heeler, the third season features some of Cesar′s toughest cases yet. Celebrities, including Oscar nominee Virginia Madsen, recording artist legend Patti LaBelle, actress Jada Pinkett Smith and the best-selling author of "Marley & Me," also seek Cesar′s help with their canine dilemmas. And, for the first time, the series travels across the country to aid problem dogs and their desperate owners. In addition to Cesar′s home base of Southern California, episodes for the new season include problem pooches in New York, N.Y.; Atlanta, Ga.; Chicago, Ill.; Dallas, Texas; Omaha, Neb.; Philadelphia, Pa.; and Cleveland, Ohio.

With more than 20 years of experience working with canines, Millan has been called "Dr. Phil for dogs," and for good reason. He has a unique gift of rehabilitating dogs and training their owners. A favorite of "Oprah Winfrey," Cesar was also parodied on a recent episode of "South Park," and his book "Cesar′s Way" (Harmony Books, 2006) has been a fixture on the New York Times best seller list for the past five months. The second season of DOG WHISPERER received a nomination for a Primetime Emmy award. Millan was recently made an honorary member of the International Association of Canine Professionals.

World premiere episodes for season three include the following:

Dog Whisperer: Kobe, Banjo and Kisses
Monday, October 23, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT
Five years ago, just after the Hoffman family brought home Australian shepherd puppy Kobe, he got into a tragic accident and lost his eye. Since then, Kobe has been biting people and lunging at strangers. The family is practically living in isolation. Will Cesar be able to restore the balance to this household and teach Kobe how to play well with others? Then travel to Nebraska to meet 6-year-old Banjo, a black and tan coonhound rescued from an animal-testing lab. Unfortunately, he′s still deathly afraid of people, even his owner Beverly who′s had him for four years. One vet told her to put Banjo down, but can Cesar help this traumatized pet recover? Next, meet Kisses, a Maltese dyed cotton-candy pink by her owner, Kitten. Adorable as she is, Kisses is also high-maintenance. She exhibits aggressive behavior, nips her owner′s heels and relieves herself on the carpet whenever Kitten′s old roommate stops by. Can Cesar bring harmony to this pink world?

Dog Whisperer: Buster, Holli and Spike & Belle
Monday, October 30, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT
On a farm in rural Nebraska, Buster, an 8-year-old blue heeler/Australian shepherd mix, is supposed to play the role of alarm dog for Justin and Aimee Burch - but he does his job a little too well. Buster started attacking the mailman, and then progressed to attacking any delivery or service person. Even the family′s closest friend is attacked whenever he visits. Will Cesar be able to change this overprotective charger? Next, meet Holli, an American Staffordshire terrier severely injured when she was run over by a school bus. To avoid amputation of a limb, her owners Craig and Renee chose to have an experimental surgery done. However, Holli is still not fully recovered. Cesar offers Craig and Renee a special kind of rehabilitation for their beloved canine. Then Cesar helps actress Virginia Madsen and her 11-year-old son Jack find a new dog for their home. Virginia had sought Cesar′s help before, with a shepherd mix named Dixie. Unfortunately, Dixie became very sick, and Virginia had to face the tough decision of putting her down. After many tears, Virginia and Jack decided that was the best decision, but now even their 10-year-old French bulldog Spike is missing her company. Cesar comes in to visit his old friends and help find the dog with the perfect energy for both energetic Jack and the still peppy, but aging, Spike.

Dog Whisperer: Molly, Jane and Genoa
Monday, November 6, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT
Molly, a 1 1/2-year-old blue heeler in Nebraska, had been chasing her owner Mark Eggers′ pickup truck to the point where, one day, she caught the tire, her teeth stuck, and she flipped over. Since then, Molly has lost an eye and had her lower jaw pushed up through her upper. Cesar makes his way to the rural farmlands of Nebraska to help apply the brakes on Molly′s tire terror. Then meet Jane, an American Eskimo/border collie mix in Chicago that just won′t walk. When her owners Carolyn Gordon and Giuseppe Scurato take her outside, it seems that anything can frighten her and she won′t budge. Can Cesar help Jane overcome her fears of the outside world? Next meet Genoa, a golden retriever that, at times, belies her breed′s gentle nature. When her owner Dan comes home after work, she whines and pants and then rampages throughout the house, trying to find a place to hide. Can Cesar help Genoa waken from her nightmare?

Dog Whisperer: Wilshire and Butch
Monday, November 13, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT
Firehouse 29 on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles is a city landmark and home to a team of professional firefighters. However, in June 2006, these heroes faced a challenge even L.A.′s finest had no idea how to overcome: a 3-month-old Dalmatian puppy they named Wilshire The Firehouse 29 members had good intentions when they took in the spotted pup, rescued from near-death at a pound, but it wasn′t long before the hyperactive Dalmatian was running the firehouse: bolting out the door into six-lane traffic whenever there′s a call; running over the lunchroom tables looking for scraps of food from the firemen′s meals; and jumping on children who came to visit. If the men can′t teach Wilshire to behave like a proper firehouse dog, it′s certain the city attorney will have him taken away. Can Cesar clear Wilshire′s spotty past and make him a role model for fire dogs everywhere? Next, Cesar travels to the Lone Star State, where he meets Butch, an overly aggressive English bulldog. Butch was attacked by two dogs when he was a puppy, and after his owners nursed him back to health, he became aggressive to the point of biting them. Can Cesar rein in Butch′s out-of-control behavior?