Meet Cesar Millan, 'The Dog Whisperer'

1/13/2006 1:24 PM PST

Meet Cesar Millan, 'The Dog Whisperer'

When Cesar Millan, star of 'The Dog Whisperer' on the National Geographic Channel, called into the TMZ office for his interview, he was at an event... at a PETCO. You can't make this stuff up.

Millan, a dog "behaviorist," came to national prominence when he appeared on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' last season. "Ten million people got to see me on her show," Cesar tells TMZ. "So then they realized, 'This guy can help Oprah, he can help me.'"

Cesar has worked with all sorts of people; even celebrities including Will Smith, Hillary Duff, and Vin Diesel. Cesar tells TMZ that being a celebrity doesn't matter to a dog: "One thing that they all have in common is that their dogs don't know they're celebrities."

What, German Shepherds don't watch 'Independence Day'?

But on tonight's (Jan. 13) episode of 'The Dog Whisperer,' Cesar helps a woman who works with the mentally challenged apply her skills with people to dogs, too. "She was doing great things with her clients, and she didn't see them as disabled; she just told them what to do," Millan explained. "And they did. But she wasn't doing the same thing with her dog."

Be sure to check out 'The Dog Whisperer' Fridays at 8PM on the National Geographic Channel, and look for Cesar's book ('Cesar's Way') to hit bookstores on April 4.