“El Lider de la Manada” is a show done completely in Spanish in which Cesar Millan facilitates the adoption of dogs into deserving homes. The first season was done in Spain, an effort by Millan to do a show that his mother in Mexico (Millan was born in Culiacan) could appreciate.
“Before that my shows were in English,” says Millan, “and although my mom could watch them, she would always tell me: “Pero no es tu voz hijo!” (But it is not your voice, son!) So I promised her that I would someday make a show in which she could hear my voice.”
The second season of the program, this time recorded in the U.S., will air sometime this fall. When asked how this show will differ from “Dog Whisperer,” Millan says: “This time I’m matching the correct dog to the correct owner. Let me give you an example: sometimes mothers look for a puppy for their children and at the shelter they pick the most active of them all, “the cutest,” the bounciest one. However, if the children will be at school all day and mom at work all day, it will not be a successful match. This program will help people understand that for an adoption to be successful the puppy and the owner must be corresponding counterparts.”
As the star and co-writer of the show, Millan says that another important goal is “to awaken the world to how many dogs are euthanized in one year, how we kill them and how the world really treats what we call man’s best friend. By recognizing what is really happening around the world, we can save the lives of millions of dogs by respecting their love.”