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Dog Whisperer leads pack walk for unwanted pooches

Published on Sep 30, 2012 7:15 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The man they call the Dog Whisperer led hundreds of Washington dog lovers and their four-legged friends on a "pack walk" on Saturday to raise election-year awareness of the plight of unwanted canines.

"You're a rock star, Cesar!" shouted one fan as Mr Cesar Millan, the one-time illegal immigrant from Mexico who is the best-known dog trainer on television, kicked off his second annual National Family Pack Walk in the National Mall.

Seen in more than 100 countries, The Dog Whisperer features Mr Millan working his magic on dogs with all sorts of behavioural issues - or, more to the point, educating their owners how to become calm but assertive "pack leaders."

The pack walk, however, is geared more towards bringing public attention to the rehabilitation and adoption of unwanted dogs - a cause, Mr Millan said, that could do with some legislative help.

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