Hell on Wheels
Beverly Keeley and Janet Parker adopted Harry from their local shelter, and have discovered that he becomes very aggressive to anything on wheels, such as bikes and skateboards. It's become impossible for them to walk him because he pulls badly and since he's a German Shepherd mix, he's a powerful dog. Cesar establishes that Harry is anxious and fearful, which became aggression toward what frightened him. Cesar and Harry go for a walk, and Cesar's sons help him work with Harry once Cesar is sure Harry is under control. Before the session is over, Harry is happily running beside a skateboarding Andre, Cesar's nine-year-old son. Then Cesar stands with Harry and has Illusion and their sons go by on various wheeled vehicles. He teaches Janet and Beverly how to touch Harry to redirect his attention when he begins to lunge; they are very encouraged but realize that it will take practice to rehabilitate Harry.
Bright Lights Big Problem
Brooks is an Entlebucher (Swiss Mountain Dog) owned by Lorain and Chuck Nicholson. As a puppy, Brooks was taught to "chase the light" with a laser light. He became obsessed with finding the light. He is constantly searching for any light. Cesar asks questions about what Brooks was like when he came to them and established that Brooks is neurotic and that he sees lights as something he can control. He tells them that any time they see Brooks behaving in this frantic manner, they need to make him sit and calm down. They need to establish themselves as pack leaders before they can change Brooks' behavior. Chuck and Lorain explain that they let him do whatever he wants because they want him to have fun, but Cesar explains that in pack behavior dogs never walk in front of the pack leader, and they are having fun. Brooks has been through obedience training and is not walked on leash, but Cesar has them put him on leash to keep his head up and follow Lorain and Chuck. Inside the house, they work on the light fixation by correcting him when he tries to follow the light. Within a few minutes, Brooks is sitting and focusing on Chuck and Lorain rather than chasing the light, and they realize that if they work with Brooks as directed, he'll be much happier.
Season 1 Episode 5 of Dog Whisperer resulted in a 0.00 rating in the 18-49 demographic.
Dog Whisperer follows well-respected animal behaviorist Cesar Millan as he works to help dogs with behavior problems, and their human families. These problems range from excessive barking to behavior, that if not corrected, could leave the owners little choice but to euthanize the dog. Mr. Millan describes his work as "rehabilitating dogs", and training people". Dog owners can learn from him ways to establish a balanced relationship with their dogs that will help to prevent these problems.