DVD: Dog Whisperer: Season 1 (NC)

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Cesar Millan is something of a shaman among the world's dog-lovers (celebrity clients include Will Smith and Scarlett Johansson).

His training books have featured on The New York Times bestseller lists and Nintendo has released a Dog Whisperer computer game. Watching him on screen reveals little of his technique. The "dog rehabilitation expert" can seemingly walk into the home of a troublesome pooch and be instantly sure of their troubles' source. Drool can be a sign of fear, for example. Such preternatural abilities give him the air of Uri Geller, but instead of twisting spoons he's bending mutts' minds. Mildly engaging for the general public; nirvana for dog-lovers.