Longtime right-hand woman to famed “Dog Whisperer” Cesar Millan, dog behavior expert Cheri Wulff Lucas is one of a select few dog behaviorists in the world entrusted to have worked at his side for over 16 years. Several years ago, Cheri created her own Learn to Lead brand of educating both dogs and humans to become more balanced and fulfilled.
Through workshops, private consultations, and public speaking engagements, Lucas has become an internationally recognized canine behavior specialist and speaker, spreading a message of hope to dog owners struggling with behavior issues from fear and aggression to fixation and separation anxiety. Her methods are gentle, intuitive and effective, teaching dog owners to unleash the strong, assertive leader inside of them.
In 2013, she founded the highly sought-after Training Cesar’s Way™ curriculum, an intensive, 4-day training program conducted at Cesar Millan’s Dog Psychology Center in Los Angeles, where she served as Executive Director and Master Trainer.
Proving her natural ability for dog behaviorism two decades ago, Lucas is now a great example of the healing power that proper dog leadership provides. Her infallible intuition, fearless determination, clear communication, and undeniable mastery of dog rehabilitation has earned her numerous appearances on television programs, including National Geographic’s hit series, Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan, the Spanish-language show El Líder de la Manada, Cesar’s Recruit Asia and National Geographic Wild’s Leader of the Pack, where she served as the creative consultant and dog behaviorist/trainer.
Internationally, Cheri has appeared on numerous TV shows in Spain, Germany, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Bangkok.
Cheri hosts classes, leads dog rehabilitation and mentoring workshops, and rehabilitates and trains dogs at her beautiful 20-acre ranch in San Luis Obispo County. Her three-day Learn to Lead Workshop is taught at both her ranch and at various US and international locations.
Her Wellness Unleashed program is for women only, in which Lucas teaches women that building confidence is often the first step in managing a dog’s behavior. She believes confidence issues and poor relationship dynamics often undermine a woman’s ability to assert leadership, not just with dogs, but life in general.
Cheri’s life-long mission is rescuing dogs in need. At the Second Chance Ranch, she has saved the lives of more than 5,000 dogs since 1994, when she founded Second Chance at Love Humane Society, a no-kill shelter where Lucas gives “hopeless” dogs and their owners results-oriented guidance that ensures a harmonious relationship with their canine companions. In 2013, Cheri was awarded San Luis Obispo’s “Woman of the Year” for excellence in her dog rescue and rehabilitation work.