Brandon McMillan is a professional animal trainer and behaviorist who has spent his entire life learning about and working with all types of animals—from household pets to the wildest of untamed beasts.
Born into a family of animal entertainers, McMillan has been training animals since he was a baby. Thanks to his father and uncle who gave him the skills and techniques to train animals of every kind, McMillan developed an attachment to these animals at an early age. He jokes that he’s been “picking up animal poop” as far back as he can remember, but his early years around the animal performers certainly gave him valuable skills that he uses often in his current career as a Los Angeles -based animal trainer for film and television. McMillan is frequently hired by Hollywood’s top A-list celebrities to transform their out of control pooches into well-mannered dogs.
Although McMillan has a diverse background with wild animals, his hidden passion lies with dogs. He is very well known for rescuing dogs on death row, then turning them into well-trained pets, service animals and sometimes, even movie stars. “Over 1.5 million dogs are euthanized every year in America because they can’t find homes. I’m just doing my part.” says McMillan.
“My school was the school of hard knocks,” he says. “All my educational background is from 100% experience in the field–no books, no classrooms.” When asked if he feels he’s garnered a sixth sense because of all his interactive animal experience, Brandon replies with an emphatic, “No!” He doesn’t see it that way. “I don’t have any special powers, just cut and dry experience. Having a sixth sense won’t teach an animal anything. Experience will.”