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Dressed in matching bumblebee outfits for Halloween, Ruby and Ava, a pair of velvet-furred pugs, were attracting a lot of attention at a Cabbagetown pet store yesterday.

Dressed in matching bumblebee outfits for Halloween, Ruby and Ava, a pair of velvet-furred pugs, were attracting a lot of attention at a Cabbagetown pet store yesterday.

But the real star of the show was Cesar Millan, 40, the self-described “Dog Whisperer” whose television show by the same name enjoys a cult-like following.

As part of a cross-Canada tour to promote his latest book, How to Raise the Perfect Dog, Millan made a guest appearance at a Pet Valu store on Carlton Street.

“He’s almost like a pop star,” said Dave Fechner, who has owned the Pet Valu franchise on Carlton for 15 years. “When they asked me if I would host him here at the store, I said, ‘Are you kidding? Of course!’”

Hundreds lined up with their dogs and braved the bitter cold for up to three hours because of his reputation for being able to calm and control even the most aggressive and unruly canine.

During a press briefing, Millan, who jumped the Mexico-U.S. border 20 years ago and has no formal training in animal psychology, shared his thoughts.

Be a “pack leader,” he advised.

“Rules, boundaries and limitations. These are what calm the body and teach the mind to surrender. Then you give affection,” Millan added, sounding a bit like a parenting coach.

 
 
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