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Luciano Aguilar

Luciano Aguilar did not always have a love and passion for dogs. Ironically, throughout his entire childhood, he was actually afraid of dogs. Aguilar's childhood fear stemmed from his limited and mostly negative, exposure that included being barked at, chased and cornered by dogs. However, as a young adult, this long-lived fear was overcome when Aguilar joined the United States Air Force at the age of 18. In the Air Force, he served five years of his 10-year term as a Military Working Dog Handler. During the last 5 years in the Air Force, Aguilar worked in the elite Presidential K9 Unit, whose primary mission was to secure Air Force One, aircraft transportation for the U. S. President. During these years, he secured Air Force One for Presidents Clinton and Bush, and also secured the arrival of President Reagan's body transport into Andrews AFB, MD.

Once Aguilar's 10-year term in the Air Force was completed in 2005, his passion for dogs led him to the start-up of a dog-training business in Los Angeles, Ca. Using his well-trained dog Ajax, Aguilar promoted his business by holding demonstrations all over the Los Angeles area, showing off his skills in parks, expos, busy streets, always drawing a crowd. Aguilar expanded his business by holding dog-training seminars across the country, including to audiences of law enforcement officers and fellow dog training professionals. In addition, because of his expertise in Bite Prevention, Aguilar was invited often to speak to children in local-area schools and to employees of the United States Postal Service.

In 2009, Aguilar made his first appearances on Spanish television on the popular shows Sabado Gigante, Alarma TV, and El Gordo Y La Flaca. Aguilar's appearances quickly crossed over to the English television market. For three consecutive seasons starting in 2010, he has been the resident "Pet Pro" for the nationally-syndicated TV show "America Now". On "America Now" he has taped over 100 segments, sharing his knowledge of dog behavior and dog ownership, and gaining much experience working in front of the camera.

With Aguilar's growing popularity in 2012, he was given the opportunity to perform live to sold-out venues, including the Night of the Horse in Del Mar, Ca, and the Fiesta of the Spanish Horse in Burbank, Ca. Aguilar was hired by a public relations firm to be the pet expert to promote Disney's movie "Frankenweenie". Aguilar talked with various media outlets on TV, radio, internet, and news print, promoting the importance of the human-and-dog relationship.

Aguilar's continued interest to serve his community has led him to be appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Hawthorne School District, a city in the Los Angeles County. The Board, including Aguilar, consists of 6 members, including the district's superintendent. The Board is responsible for making critical decisions that can impact all 9,000 students in the area, as well as the entire community.

As a Board member, Aguilar has successfully coordinated the City of Hawthorne's First Annual Family and Pet Extravaganza event, and is preparing for the second annual Extravaganza scheduled for October 12th, 2013. Aguilar hopes to inspire the students in the district through his continued accomplishments.

"I come from a background where, instead of being supported and uplifted, I was talked down to and discouraged, and not expected to accomplish anything in life. I had to discover, for myself, my true worth, and I had to believe in myself.  Today, I take much pride in my many achievements: I have protected the U.S. President; I have a successful dog-training business; I have started a career in television, and I'm an elected official serving my community. I want the kids to understand that life is full of lessons to be learned, but regardless of where they come from or what hardship they have experienced, through hard work and determination, achievement and success is always possible!"


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    How to crate train your dog

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    We now know dogs who behave badly around the house can be harmful to the people and property inside of it. But our pet pro says there's an easy way to control your dog at home.
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    Owning a pet can be a big responsibility. Most people don't know what they're in for. So why not volunteer at your local animal shelter and find out?
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    Helping a stray dog

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    Many of us have witnessed the heartbreaking sight of a lost or confused dog running down the street in danger. What can you do to help?
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    "Re-training" your dog

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    Think training your pooch is a walk in the park? Not always. And faulty methods can condition your dog to respond incorrectly to commands. Pet Pro Luciano Aguilar explains how to correct your dog's behavior -- and yours!
  • Dog safety for kids

    Dog Safety 101 for kids

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  • Go fetch? Or not...

    Go fetch? Or not...

    Playing games like 'fetch' with your dog can be really fun. But did you know it can take some work to get our furry friends to play along? Our pet pro, Luciano Aguilar, explains why.
    Playing games like 'fetch' with your dog can be really fun. But did you know it can take some work to get our furry friends to play along? Our pet pro, Luciano Aguilar, explains why.
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