Cesar 911

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Famed trainer helps dogs with serious (and scary) problems.

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Positive Messages

Contains strong pro-animal themes. It underscores the idea that the majority of aggressive dogs can be rehabilitated if both the owners and the dogs are trained correctly. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Millan clearly loves and understands dogs and offers constructive and concrete assistance with them. Millan has been criticized by some animal groups from his methods of training aggressive dogs. Owner behavior is often misguided, but they do love their pets and would rather work to change their behaviors than give them up or euthanize them.


Aggressive dogs bark, snap at, lunge towards, and sometimes bite humans of all ages. Contains stories about people going to the hospital with serious dog bites. Desperate owners sometimes consider euthanizing their animals. Some of the actions taken to train the dogs might seem too aggressive to some.


Contains occasional fully-bleeped curses, usually uttered out of pain or fear. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Cesar 911 features famous dog trainer Cesar Millan helping owners with very aggressive canines who might be too scary for younger viewers. Dogs are shown barking, snapping, lunging, and even biting people, including children, (though no injuries are shown); the dogs' rehabilitation process can also be intense. There's an occasional bleeped word (usually uttered out of fear or pain). Owners of all ages are cautioned against attempting some of these training tactics without the help of professionals. 

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Teen, 15 years old Written byTheBeagle February 12, 2018

'Reality' TV show

I've seen a few episodes, but it just feels like a 'reality' TV show. If your kids are fine with dogs barking, lunging, and occasionally biting,... Continue reading

What's the story?

CESAR 911 is a reality series featuring renowned dog trainer Cesar Millan helping dogs in crisis. Millan responds to emergency calls from families, friends, and co-workers who are reporting serious problems with canines who are unable to acclimate to the home, can't get along with neighbors, or are otherwise uncontrollably aggressive. After meeting the dogs and their owners, Millan offers his assessment of the dog's behavioral problems. He works with the animals in their homes and at his Dog Psychology Center to change their behavior. The owners get retrained too. After some post-training monitoring with the help of cameras, Cesar checks-in to see how things are progressing. It isn't always easy, but with his help, both the dogs and their owners go on to lead more peaceful, happier lives.

Is it any good?

Cesar 911 features Millan's trademark approach to assessing, training, and retraining dogs, which includes lots of calm, patience, and clear breakdowns of their behaviors. It also includes clear (though simplified) explanations to the featured owners about how their actions are creating and perpetuating the dogs' aggressive tendencies. 

The intensity of the animals featured here might make those already skittish around dogs feel a bit more nervous around them. But no doubt that dog lovers and dog owners will find the information and and advice offered here both interesting and useful. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about reality shows featuring animals. What makes them appealing? Are these shows designed to educate or to entertain? What kind of animal shows do you like? 

  • Do you approve of Millan's methods? Do you think he's ever unsuccessful in his attempts to rehabilitate a dog? Do we get to see that on the screen?

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For kids who love animals

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