Howie Mandel may be able to wrangle contestants on NBC, whether as the host of the game show "Deal or No Deal" or as a judge on "America's Got Talent," but apparently he couldn't manage his longhaired Chihuahua, Lola.
After the dog attacked both Mandel and his wife, Terry, the comedian put the word out on Twitter -- and Cesar Millan came to the rescue.
In the season premiere of National Geographic Channel's "Dog Whisperer," airing Friday, Oct. 8, Millan takes on the dual challenge of dealing with Lola and Mandel, who has both OCD and ADHD on top of being a comic.
"I don't think Howie got as much as his wife did," Millan says, "because she was listening more often than he did. He was more about making the moment a comedy show.
"But Howie was fun to have around, and he taught me a lot about how to work with people in his situation, so I gain a lot of knowledge and wisdom."
After all, before a dog can learn to be calm, the owner must lead by example.
"To a certain extent," Millan says, "I have to tell him, 'Howie, this is my show, and I want to ask you to be calm-submissive for a little while,' which took a while. He's like, 'What are you talking about, Cesar? I don't know how to be calm.' 'You see you have a problem?' 'Yes, I do see it.'
"The dog literally took 15 seconds, and Howie took the whole entire day."