In May 2005, Oprah first turned to Cesar for help. Sophie—Oprah's "problem child"—howled whenever Oprah or Stedman left the house, and she did not get along with other dogs. One lesson with Cesar later, and Sophie was like a new dog!
Then, in September 2005, Oprah and Stedman added three golden retriever puppies—Luke, Layla and Gracie—to their pack. To be on the safe side, Oprah and Stedman asked Cesar to come back to help with the introductions.