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The Dog Whisperer’s Dog Daddy Dies – Cesar Millan’s Pit Bull Dies at Age 16

February 23, 2010 By: admin Category: All Sick Dog Blog Posts, Animal Welfare Organizations, Cesar Millan's Pit Bull Daddy Dies, Daddy's Emergency Animal Rescue Fund, Pets In The News

RIP Daddy – The Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan's Dog Daddy was Featured on the Cover of Millan's Book, "A Member of the Family."

There’s sad news in the pet world, as The Dog Whisperer’s pit bull Daddy has died. He was 16.

The Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan’s dog Daddy was featured in many episodes of his National Geographic Channel show. Daddy the pit bull was included in many episodes of The Dog Whisperer, serving as a calm, submissive example for dogs who were trained on the show.

Cesar Millan’s Dog Daddy, The Pit Bull

The Dog Whisperer’s pit bull Daddy died on February 19, 2010. According to, Daddy died peacefully, surrounded by family and love.

Before becoming a member of dog trainer Cesar Millan’s dog pack, Daddy was owned by rapper Redman. Daddy was given to The Dog Whisperer at the age of four months due to his unruly behavior – a problem that’s fairly common among pit bull puppies due to the breed’s high-energy and smart mind, which requires plenty of stimulation. Pit bull puppies require plenty of training, attention and exercise and if the owner doesn’t stimulate the dog’s mind and body, this terrier breed will find activities on his own – and the owner may not like what he comes up with! (i.e. chewing, barking, etc.)

As he’s done with hundreds of dogs, Cesar Millan trained Daddy and ultimately, the pit bull became a permanent member of The Dog Whisperer’s dog pack at The Dog Psychology Center.

In so many ways, Daddy was a “model dog.” He was often called a “pit bull ambassador.” As the owner of a dog pack that includes two pit bulls, I love the fact that Millan picked a pit bull to serve as an example of a calm, submissive, well-trained dog. So often, I encounter people who have a negative view of the pit bull breed – they believe that pit bulls are unruly, dangerous, vicious, etc. Daddy and Cesar worked to dispel that myth. Daddy didn’t just help dogs on The Dog Whisperer’s show; he helped the entire pit bull breed by demonstrating the fact that pit bulls are not inherently bad dogs. Daddy showed the worlds that, like every other breed, pit bulls are wonderful, loving dogs when they’re in the hands of a caring, capable owner. Millan and his pit bull Daddy taught the world that there are no bad pit bulls — no bad dogs, really — just bad owners.

Junior Follows in Daddy’s Steps on The Dog Whisperer

Two years ago, Millan decided that it was time for Daddy to go into retirement. So together with Daddy, Cesar trained a new model dog – a grey pit bull named Junior. Junior has taken over Daddy’s role, serving as a calm, submissive role model to dogs in training on The Dog Whisperer.

But as any dog owner knows, you cannot replace a dog with it comes to matters of the heart. The Sick Dog Blog offers its condolences to The Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan and all of Daddy’s fellow pack members. In many ways, the death of a dog is like the death of a human family member. When that dog is also a co-worker, I imagine the loss is even more painful.

There’s no eloquent way to say it: Losing a pet just plain sucks. And for owners of large pet families like myself, it sucks even more, as the finite nature of existence comes into sharp focus and you realize that you’ll have to endure the awful experience of a pet’s death again, again and again (21 more times in my case, if I never brought another animal into my home). Pet loss never get’s easier. No matter how many pets you’ve lost; the pain is always the same – sharp and visceral and raw.

In 2009, I had the wonderful opportunity to interview The Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan. You can read excerpts from my interview in an article titled Tips from The Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan – TV’s Dog Whisperer Tips on Dog Training and Dog Psychology.

Cesar Millan’s DEAR Fund in Memory of Daddy the Pit Bull

To honor Daddy’s memory, Cesar Millan has established Daddy’s Emergency Animal Rescue Fund.

According to the DEAR Fund website, donations “will provide assistance for dogs who are victims of abuse or violence, man-made disasters(hoarder and puppy mill rescues), and large-scale natural disasters (hurricanes, fires, and other natural catastrophes).”

To learn more about the DEAR Fund or to make a donation in Daddy’s memory, visit

Here is a video bio featuring Junior and Daddy; it shows Junior as a puppy and it shows a little bit of his training with Cesar and Daddy, as he was trained to take over Daddy’s role on The Dog Whisperer’s show and at Cesar’s Dog Psychology Center.

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Lessons from a Connecticut Chimp Attack

February 19, 2009 By: admin Category: All Sick Dog Blog Posts, Dog Training and Behavior, Pets In The News

Lessons in animal behavior and training from the 2009 CT chimp attack on Charla Nash.

Today’s post will focus on the Stamford, Connecticut Chimpanzee attack and the lessons dog owners can take away from the chimp mauling that left the victim, 55-year-old Charla Nash fighting for her life and severely disfigured when the chimp bit off her nose, eyes and jaw, and severely injured her hands.

Recognizing the Role of Instinct in Pets

Just 72 hours after the vicious chimp attack, we’re learning details of the chimp owner’s relationship with 14-year-old Travis the chimp. Sandra Herold dressed her pet chimp in clothing, he rode in the car daily, he ate dinner at the dinner table. Herold would even share a glass of wine with Travis the chimp every night before they retired to bed – together, with owner and chimp sleeping in the same bed.

I suspect Herold was beginning to forget the truly wild animal instinct that lurked just beneath the surface in her primate pet; the fact that she allowed a friend – the victim, Charla Nash – to attempt to assist with the agitated chimpanzee confirms this.  Had Herold fully acknowledged the potentially dangerous animal instinct that would emerge, then she would have isolated Travis the chimp from even herself.

I believe this was Herold’s primary mistake: she forgot that her chimp was a chimp, with needs different from a human’s needs. She dropped her guard and forgot about her chimpanzee’s wild instincts and unfortunately, her reality check ended with a chimpanzee attack on a human that ultimately led to Travis’ death.

Remembering Animal Instinct and its Role in Dog Behavior and Training

This sad and unfortunate situation involving the chimp attack in Connecticut highlights a very important lesson that many dog owners learn the hard way.

The lesson is this: You must always remember that your dog is a dog; he is not a human in furry clothing. Treating your dog like a human in a furry sweater may largely ignore the dog’s needs, leading to behavioral problems and the dog equivalent of mental illness.

It’s also important to remember that your dog has his own unique set of animal instincts that may very well override the dog’s training at some point in time. Many owners make the mistake of letting their guard down; dog owners look at their friendly, well-trained dog and they forget what the dog is physically capable of inflicting serious injury – or worse.

Each and every dog, if put in the right situation, can and will hurt or even kill a human, another dog, a cat or another pet.

A dog’s instinct cannot be trained away or loved away; your dog will always remain a dog to the core – something that’s very important to remember if we are to keep our dogs well-trained and mentally healthy.

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