Shelter Dogs Get New Leash on Life in CBS Show 'Lucky Dog'
Animal trainer Brandon McMillan has trained thousands of animals for commercials, television, movies and for people. This includes Hollywood stars needing help with getting their out-of control pooches to behave.
McMillan, single and 36, was born into a family of animal entertainers. He says he's been training animals since he was a baby (and scooping poop too.)
Although he's worked with many types of animals, dogs are his passion. According to his bio, "he is well known for rescuing dogs on death row, then turning them into well-trained pets, service animals, and sometimes even movie stars."
So when Litton Entertainment went looking for a dog trainer who would rescue, train and place 22 dogs in 22 weeks for a show called "Lucky Dog" for CBS, they knew they had the perfect candidate with each episode being an adoption story that truly warms the heart.
McMillian will be visiting animals shelters across the U.S., rescuing out-of-control and seemingly unadoptable dogs. Then, back at Brandon’s training facility aptly called the Lucky Dog Ranch, he goes to work on a labor of love, turning frightened pooches into perfect pets. In the end, a lucky family will adopt an even luckier dog for a touching, transformational show that will make a difference.
McMillian is aware that over 9,000 dogs and cats are euthanized each day in the U.S., so it is difficult to choose just a few dogs to give them a chance. "I can only take one out. That means I have to walk by 99 I can't take. All 100 are very trainable, very place-able and just as smart as the next dog. Often the one I choose just comes down to one I make a connection with," McMillan said.
McMillan will choose the family the dogs will be placed with by evaluating emails he receives and will look at the home and yard where the dog will live. The episode will end with the dog and the family meeting with McMillan training the family how to interact with their new charge.
'Lucky Dog' airs on CBS on Saturday mornings (check local listings for time), replacing cartoons with an inspirational and educational program.