Cesar's Way: The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems

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Fans of the National Geographic Channel's The Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan will be grateful for Cesar's Way, an accessible guide to help new and current dog owners better understand the needs of their beloved pets. If you are not yet a fan, try to catch a couple of episodes of the remarkable show--you will be amazed, impressed, and motivated to create a healthier, more fulfilling relationship with your dog. In Cesar's Way, Cesar explains that dogs are not complicated, and despite what various owners think--not human. They rely on three key elements in their lives: exercise, discipline, and affection (in that order). "Problem dogs" can be attributed to "problem owners," owners who don't understand and misinterpret their dog's behavior. Cesar's Way is really a training program for dog owners, with chapters devoted to understanding the "power of the pack," taking responsibility for "how we screw up our dogs," and learning how to manage aggression. Cesar's book (a must-have for new and old dog owners) moves beyond basic obedience school techniques, and teaches owners how to change unwanted behavior by better understanding their "best friends." --Daphne Durham

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Cesar Millan's Top 5 Tips for Going to the Dog Park

1. Make sure your dog is spayed or neutered, has all her shots, and is in good health. Under no circumstances should you bring a sick dog to a dog park!

2. Do not use the dog park as a substitute for the walk! If you drive to the park, leave your car a block away and take your dog on a vigorous walk of at least thirty-five minutes to drain some of her energy. Never take an over-excited dog to the park.

3. While at the park, don't "punch out" on your calm-assertive leadership. Be aware of your dog at all times, and take responsibility for her behavior.

4. A calm-submissive dog will not attract another dog's aggression--but an excited dog, a weak, timid dog, or an aggressive dog can become a fight-magnet.

5. Know your dog! If your dog has poor social skills, is overly fearful or is dog aggressive, or if you have not yet established your calm-assertive leadership with your dog, find a more controlled way to introduce her to the company of other dogs, such as "play dates" with one or two other dog owners.

“I rehabilitate dogs. I train people.” —Cesar Millan

There are at least 68 million dogs in America, and their owners lavish billions of dollars on them every year. So why do so many pampered pets have problems? In this definitive and accessible guide, Cesar Millan—star of National Geographic Channel’s hit show Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan—reveals what dogs truly need to live a happy and fulfilled life.

From his appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show to his roster of celebrity clients to his reality television series, Cesar Millan is America’s most sought-after dog-behavior expert. But Cesar is not a trainer in the traditional sense—his expertise lies in his unique ability to comprehend dog psychology. Tracing his own amazing journey from a clay-walled farm in Mexico to the celebrity palaces of Los Angeles, Cesar recounts how he learned what makes dogs tick. In Cesar’s Way, he shares this wisdom, laying the groundwork for you to have stronger, more satisfying relationships with your canine companions.

Cesar’s formula for a contented and balanced dog seems impossibly simple: exercise, discipline, and affection, in that order. Taking readers through the basics of dog psychology and behavior, Cesar shares the inside details of some of his most fascinating cases, using them to illustrate how common behavior issues develop and, more important, how they can be corrected.

Whether you’re having issues with your dog or just want to make a good bond even stronger, this book will give you a deeper appreciation of how your dog sees the world, and it will help make your relationship with your beloved pet a richer and more rewarding one.

Learn what goes on inside your dog’s mind and develop a positive, fulfilling relationship with your best friend

In Cesar’s Way, Cesar Millan—nationally recognized dog expert and star of National Geographic Channel’s hit show Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan—helps you see the world through the eyes of your dog so you can finally eliminate problem behaviors. You’ll learn:

• What your dog really needs may not be what you’re giving him

• Why a dog’s natural pack instincts are the key to your happy relationship

• How to relate to your dog on a canine level

• There are no “problem breeds,” just problem owners

• Why every dog needs a job

• How to choose a dog who’s right for you and your family

• The difference between discipline and punishment

• And much more!

Filled with fascinating anecdotes about Cesar’s longtime clients, and including forewords by the president of the International Association of Canine Professionals and Jada Pinkett Smith, this is the only book you’ll need to forge a new, more rewarding connection with your four-legged companion.

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Customer Reviews:

  • some common sense, some misguided information
    This book is okay, and that's all. Cesar is a TV phenom and that is it. Sometimes his teachings are great and positive for all, and sometimes they can be really damaging in the long term for the animal and the family. I highly suggest you consult a local trainer with a positive approach before reading/following any of Cesar's methods on your own....more info
  • Inspiring.
    Cesar's Way, is a wonderful book. I have been watching the Dog Whisperer for some time. Through observing my mistakes and working hard to correct my issues I was able to fix every agressive, dominate anti-scocial issue my dog had because of my ignorance. This book took his instruction further and truely helped me understand my dogs needs better. My dog can now be trusted while an infant in on the floor...she always gives them space because I now know how to give her leadership and boundries. It was a nice bonus to learn more about Cesar and his background. Dogs really do change who we become if we work to give them what they need. If you have problems with your dog and you are willing to change what your doing to get the outcome you want this book is for you! I'm now the kind of person and the kind of dog owner I had always wanted to be. Thanks Cesar! ...more info
  • This is good, but check out Montana's dog whisperer
    Saturday Dogs...and the owners they trained

    Cesar is great. But to get a practical, step by step understanding of how dogs think, get "Saturday Dogs......and the owners they trained", by Susan Overfield. She is Montana's dog whisperer, and has been at it for 38 years, quietly changing dog after dog, owner after owner. Overfield gets dogs, and she gets people. And she does something traditional trainers don't---she guarantees her results. Overfield trains using a relationship based, dog centered method. She is Montana's own dog whisperer. She has trained rescue workers, breed groups, herding dogs, hunting dogs, dogs of every stripe, age, color, and personality. Her book is a delightful series of anecdotes which illustrate her method and how dogs think, using actual examples of dogs she has trained. The name of the book comes from her popular Saturday classes. Overfield trains around the country privately. She does fundraisers for rescues and shelters, and she also is acclaimed for speaking to large groups, including animal based trade groups. She writes like she talks, which is smart, witty, and unvarnished truth. Pick this book up here, or at her website: [...]. Watch the video. She is for real....more info
  • I you LOVE the tv show, you might just like this book.
    First off, let me say that I do like Cesar Millan and enjoy his TV show. I recently adopted a dog from the shelter, and for a good week, Nat'l Geo took over our TV. So to understand and train our dog, I looked to this book for a more expansive, practical "Guide" (as the title proclaims). However, I was disappointed to find little here that's useful.

    As some reviewers complained, the first biography section is, while a feel-good story, neither riveting, well-written nor instructive.

    The second section goes into his "pack leader" philosophy, but if you've seen the show even once, you've heard most of this before. What's here is more apology than anything, giving the reasons and research behind the way he treats the dogs he works with.

    In the third section, he talks about serious issues like aggression and obsession, and though he describes them well, his ultimate advice is to seek help from someone else.

    If you're looking for lots more Cesar than the one-hour show provides, then this is your book. If you're looking for a "guide" to interpreting your dog's behavior, addressing its needs and training it, look elsewhere. (My recommendation? Check out Victoria Stilwell)....more info
  • Good read
    The book was in excellent condition and arrived promptly. The information was not as helpful for hands on training as much as a philosophy and chronicle of Cesar's life and methods....more info
  • Our dog "Layla" did not go back to the pound! Excellent book!
    Carefully read the book, and then read it again. With lots of exercise and work we turned our "wild" biting and attacking 8 month old rescued Lab-dalmation "Layla" into a sweet dog that is actually quite bright and can fetch and hike for hours, and sit and stay. We even have her getting along with the cat. We almost took her back to the SD Humane society, she was attacking our 12 yr old German shepherd and any other dog or person she saw during a walk. But with Cesar's help we didn't fail our dog, "Layla". She still needs work out on the trail, but what a difference....more info
  • Wonderful book!
    Cesar's no only has help to become a better pet owner, but also to appreciate living in the moment!...more info
  • Now I know why I've been having problems!

    I have been a 25-year dog owner and rescuer. Before a career ending injury, the majority of dogs that I rescued where found out in the country where I delivered mail. People would just dump them or move and abandon their dogs. I spent fortunes getting them back in good health, but because of them being abandoned, most of them suffered significant trust issues. I would love them and think that was enough. It was, for a majority, but there were a few, mostly dominating males, who the healthier and stronger they got, the more dangerous they became to our family. Unfortunately, with our not having the information provided in this book, we had them put down.
    There is not a dog owner, rescuer, vet or behavioralist who should skip reading this book. It should be a required reading for everyone. I found the reason why one of my own dogs thought it was ok to bite me while I trimmed his nails and tended to his teeth. As I am disabled, I am not able to give my dogs the long walks suggested, but I am certainly able to do more than I have been, and discipline is now a far greater priority than love (not that they don't get tons of it). They seem to respect me, obey me and have a greater desire to please me. This book has done wonders for my relationship with them, which is what it is all about anyway, isn't it?
    Ember Lennep...more info
  • perfect gift for any cesar fan
    this book is an inspiration and insight into the life of cesar and the work he does, if you like watchinig his shows you have to read this book. it is one of those books you just can't put down you have to read it to the end....more info
  • Book Review
    I think this is a good informative book but won't necessarily teach Fido to sit or anything like that. To me it's more about getting inside a dogs head and understanding the canine phyche which I think is worth the read. It is an easy read and all in all a good book....more info
  • Interesting, detailed read from start to finish.
    This book was wonderful. It's not simply a book about how to train a dog. This book is both a great autobiography about Cesar Millan, and a book that shows how to have companionship with a dog. Cesar not only explains his methods he uses when rehabilitating animals, but shows the origins of where he developed his methods through years of observation. Overall a very wonderful and informative read. A definite buy for any dog lover out there....more info
  • really enlightening book that helped me understand my dog
    cesar's way has really helped me keep my grandpug from barking all the time, and now i am his leader and i decide where we walk and for how long.
    reading this book has helped me and my neighbors with their two dogs. i just wish i had the tv channel to watch him at his best. a must have book if you want to change or understand a dogs behavior...more info
  • great approach
    I liked this book very much, but i must say i like cesar milan prior to reading this. This book is somewhat biographical, but it made it an intresting read. I am a dog trainer, so I understood where he was coming from on a lot of his guidance. I do how ever agree with some of the neg critics that he is very vague in this book on application. Timing is key to correction and you really need to have worked with dogs or have a trainer help you develop this. His other book is a little more informative than this. I think he does a good job overall and he really cares about his dogs...more info
  • A slight disappointment
    Having seen Cesar on TV, I was a bit disappointed in this book after reading a few chapters. It seems to go on and on and on and on about the same thing - being the leader and giving off calm-assertive energy. OK! OK! We get the point!! However, I LOVE to watch Cesar and he is right on the money about dogs. I just wish it was more info on working with my dog than his philosophy (even though he is 100% right)....more info
  • good book
    i'm not a specialist. i just love dogs. i bought this book with reserves - i dislike media hypes and celebrity talk. but... many of the things described in the book just made sense to me. made me learn more about dogs and about my own behavior too. his methods don't seem cruel to me. why should it be cruel to walk your dog every day for 1 to 2 hours? that is the main thing one learns from this book. it may sound like a simple thing to understand and do. but this book really makes one understand the importance of walking and exercising as means to keep a dog calm and happy.
    i enjoyed 98% of it - it is also well written, clear and to the point.
    i recommend it as an overview - it doesn't teach you how to train your dog to "leave it" or to "sit". ...more info
  • Why Isn't This Book Required Reading?
    Since reading this book, I've secured more copies for my children and those I love. After reading this book, it would be impossible to go back to being ignorant about dogs, their needs, your needs, and what this dog/man relationship is all about.

    This book is a must for dog owners, perspective dog owners, and non-dog owners. Do yourself a favor and read this book. I'd definitely start with Cesar's Way before reading any of Cesar's other books.

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  • A Great Read! Lots of Info
    It works if your willing to change your attitude toward the whole training process and most importantly invest QUALITY time into it!!!

    I read this book in 2 days. I just couldn't put it down! Cesar's approach makes you think and re-evaluate everything you ever knew of training and dogs in general. I believe he is a sincere man. His love for dogs is evident. As he says though, love isn't enough. I applied his techniques to both of my Dogs with great results. The WALK is most important before anything else. The thsst sound works great with my dogs when I feel they're pulling away from the calm-submissive state.

    I'm just about done with his 2nd book. "Becoming the Pack Leader". This book is more explainatory as far as the behaviors/personalities of your specific dog, and what to do. It also explains in great detail ALL the tools (leashes, harnesses,collars etc...) for training, the pros and the cons, and how to use them effectively.

    I'm not one to jump on the band wagon when it comes to a new fade, or "guru", but Cesar Millan's realness and compasion for ALL living things really struck my heart. I feel through these books I have become a better person as well. I recommend any Ceasar Millan product. I probably won't go out and get all the food, dog beds, toys etc... but as far as the learning tools I'm there!!!

    Peace!! Stay Calm-Assertive In the words of Bob Barker, "Help control the pet population, have your pets spayed or neutered goodbye everyone!!!"...more info
  • the good and bad
    If you are an avid watcher of dog whisperer and 'get it' then this book won't be much more helpful to you. And a lot of it is a biography so it depends if that is what you are looking for.

    Pros -

    But I did quite enjoy it - a lot of it is a biography of Cesar which of itself it really interesting. It helps to know his background and where he is coming from.

    Cons -

    Repeats itself though this is the fault of the editor.

    The biography could be a con to some!

    No quick tools or solutions

    Any few tips he gives (emphasize few!)is hard to get to - no quick find of it.

    And like any of his books he is not a dog trainer so don't expect this to be a step - by -step dog training book!

    But this is helpful if no one has watched many shows as it does condense all his repeated thoughts on the show to a book.

    Overall I would suggest you pick up a copy of it at the library. I didn't buy this book but borrowed it. I would put this under the category of not one to own but a pleasant read if you borrow it.

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  • Are we treated badly by other humans?
    Maureen and Gary Ross wrote the nothing short of incredible TRAIN YOUR DOG, CHANGE YOUR LIFE, using insights from the Delta Society, which uses dog training in human therapy. (Available on Amazon and Kindle).

    Cesar's popular training method of exercise, discipline (now called positive reward, gentle training, whispering, etc.), and then love, as well as insights about the energy we radiate, are truly innovative. NOW, he's likely read or seen the Ross's work, or read up on the Delta Society, and is actively writing/ speaking about HUMAN interaction as it relates to dog training. The key human insight in all this is: We TEACH others how we want to be treated.

    If our dogs (or our human companions!) treat us badly, it's because we are teaching them, often unconsciously, to do so. The insight, learned a decade ago with birds and dolphins who can simply swim or fly away, is that negative reinforcement doesn't work, but only TEACHES the student to treat US badly. Positive energy, plenteous rewards, and not reinforcing the negative treat the student to treat us well, and behave well.

    We train many species in our petcarelicense.com programs and at our clinics, and are learning with the Rosses that HUMAN relationships can benefit from understanding Dog training. A dog is a creature molded out of pure love, but to understand behavior problems, radiating calm energy is reassuring to start, lots of play and exercise is a path to showing our gentle but alpha status, and "discipline" is about giving lots of string cheese for the times we're treated right (the behavior is appropriate).

    Prediction: Cesar will be coming out with more and more books that show how learning dog training can help with every aspect of ALL our relationships, including human!...more info
  • Cesar's Way
    A must read for any dog or animal lover. And it is an valuable dog owner's reference book. And a must for Cesar Millan fans....more info
  • It works!
    His methods have worked very well for our pit bull terrier where positive reward training has failed. In response to those who wrote reviews on his outdated wolf psychology and his harsh tactics, I believe you don't actually know his methods. He never physically harms the dogs and is quite gentle and uses his experience with ferral dog psychology. I would recommend this book to those who want their dogs to truly obey rather than have a pocket full of treats their entire life or hurting their dogs, both methods that in my opinion are sure to fail in the end. ...more info
  • book review
    book was in good condition, but not new as stated by supplier.....Packaging and shipping were good...more info
  • WOW, This stuff really works!!!!
    I have to admit, I was skeptical about Ceasars methods. No that he could do it, but that we would be able to read a book and get results like on his TV series. I just did not believe, we could make his magic work for us as well. We have 3 Shih Tzus, and they get on very well, but my wife read this book, and they are now a pack :)

    I never could walk them together on leashes, as a matter a fact I never used leashes. We just went out into the yard and they did thier Business. Well my wife has adpoted Ceasars methods, which include walking the dogs, and exercise as well as affection. It works, even for a simple guy like me who just wants a lap dog :)

    Page 57 sums up the relationship, I had with my favorite pet. All love and affection. I lost her in a tragic accident, at my own hand. After time, we added two more for a total of 3 Shh Tzu's. I still wanted that "all love and affection" dog Trixie was, but realized I had to take Ceasar's words to heart. From page 57...."please open your mind to the possiblilty that your dog may be missing some of the things she needs to be happy in and fufilled as a dog". Well I opened my mind (with my wifes help :)) and I really beilieve the dogs are happier.

    That line would be my best advice for anyone to read this book. Open your mind, to what Ceasar is teaching and you will find that with some time and patience this book, his work, will give you a better relationship with your dog or dogs.

    Thank you Ceasar, you may have saved my marriage as well. LOL :)
    Bill Gonzalez...more info
  • Great Reading to understanding your new pet...
    I received this book to give it to my grandaughter for her new( first time owner)dog. I did read before giving it to her. I found it full of information for her.I also received it in a timely maner. Many thanks....more info
  • I'm No Dog Whisperer
    Good auto-biography and concepts but I would have liked a little more "how to". Learned a few tips for my new puppy and I see where I made mistakes with my dog but would have liked more direction on how to correct bad behavior....more info
  • helpful tips
    I purchased this product after viewing a collection of Cesar's dvd's. They don't provide "How to..." for training a dog to do "Things"(sit, down, etc.) but they are very insightful in understanding how to have a good relationship with your pet as dog and master. The book has helped us get off to a good start with our new puppy. ...more info
  • excellence
    Cesar millan should have been a social worker, his patience and understanding of dogs is amazing. This book is very informative and helpful in training my dog and meeting her needs. one of the best training books....please buy it!!!!...more info
  • Cesar's Way
    This book was not quite what I had expected. I was looking for a more in depth book on training. This just hit on a few items. If you want to know more on Cesar this is the book, but not for some one who wants to do your own training....more info
  • Cesar's a genius
    I bought this book for my daughter who just adopted a 5 year old Chihuahua, Lulu from a puppymill. I know Cesar's knowledge will be a great help to them because Lulu is afraid of everything. She's never been socialized and will need a lot of patience. My daughter needs training too....more info
  • Good, but....
    I absolutely love watching Mr. Millan's show, and think that the way he understands and interacts with dogs is magical, so when our family got a chihuahua puppy, we also bought this book, assuming we'd learn how to raise Sam. While the book is full of interesting advice and understanding of dog psychology, I find it lacking in techniques to actually help you deal with common dog problems. For example: no advice on housebreaking, chewing, etc. The book is an interesting read, but I'm still searching for the one that will give me more detailed exercises to work on with my chi (I'll still watch Dog Whisperer on tv, though!)....more info
  • Cesar's Way
    Cesar's Way: The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems

    I've been reading his books slowly. I have so many books to read so I'm savoring him. I've enjoyed learning about his background growing up in Mexico and coming to this country to persue his dream and his consequent success. What I've learned I've shared with the rest of the family who find him interesting. Why no one else ever considered the psychology of dogs but Cesar Milan is remarkable. It took a young man growing up on a farm with working dogs to bring his experience and observations to dog training. I'm not even a dog person; I have always lived with cats. Recently I moved in with my daughter and granddaughters. They have a beagle who has a few bad habits that I'm trying to deal with so I began watching Cesar's show. And that's when I discovered this body of little known knowledge and found it fascinating. And then I learned that there were books. I haven't read enough about correcting the problems and I don't know if I will have any support from the rest of the family but I have found discovered a new interest-dog psychology. Thank you Cesar Milan....more info
  • Dog Owner's Bible
    Written in an easy to read conversational tone. Lots of common sense here. Will keep this book within arms length for quick reference! My dog is happier already....more info
  • It's Dog Psychology
    I loved this book! This book is more of a how he got to where he is now and following Cesar's Way. I know Cesar makes on how to have a balanced dog look is easy is because it is. Those looking a step by step how to teach your dog how to sit and such, clicker train, constant treats, this is not your book. I feel those who are complaining that is not a how to book, those people are looking for an easy way out of their dog's behavioral problem. If you don't have the patience to really understand that is your lack of knowledge that is causing your dog to behave badly, what's going on with your dog mentally, I suggest you get yourself a local professional to help you out. They will have patience and the right energy that your dog will need to achieve balance. This book will teach you that your energy and the way you carry yourself affects your dog's life. If you want your dog to respect you because of YOU not because you have a piece of treat in front of you, this is your book. Cesar has said many times that he is not a dog trainer but a dog psychologist. There is a difference. If you have a dog that has severe behavioral problems, Cesar is the man but if your dog just has a light case behavioral problems (even you may stretch it to be a big problem but Cesar may see them as light cases) any other book can do it.

    I even learned on how to keep a routine for a dog reading this book. This is a book that will teach you common sense which is exercise, discipline, and then affection. Common sense such as calm-assertive energy and the body language to go with it, and patience....more info
  • Do not recommend! Does not understand dogs at ALL!
    Here is the summary of my much longer review as to why I disagree with much of what is offered in this book.

    The good: Recommendations of exercise, give your dogs boundaries and rules, realize your dog lives in the moment, consider your lifestyle and get a dog that matches it, anti-dog fighting and anti-breed specific legislation.

    The bad: Based on debunked dominance theories that were based on a flawed study on captive wolves, recommends walks that do not include enough sniffing and mental exercise for the dog, believes exercise is much more important than affection or discipline (whereas most believe they're all important), believes you have to give exercise, discipline, and affection only in that order.

    The ugly: Recommends some horrible techniques like alpha rolls (shoving an aggressive dog down and onto its side), flooding (flooding a fearful dog with the object of their fear), and using treadmills with the dog tied to them and unobserved (could hurt or even kill your dog), does not understand canine body language and often misinterprets clear signals the dog is giving off.

    The weird: Too much New Age mumbo jumbo for me, talks mostly about your energy. I kept thinking he was going to bring up crystals and auras next.

    The contradictions: Cesar contradicted himself so many times it was hard to take what he said seriously.

    Cesar ends his book with this: "I sincerely hope that, with this book, I have helped you find a place to begin in your quest for a better, healthier relationship with the dogs in your life."

    I do believe he believes this. I do believe he is sincere. Unfortunately, this book contradicts itself too often and when the advice is clear, it is not anything based on the reality of dogs. It is based on a flawed study about captive wolves. You can get some common sense things out of this book (exercise, boundaries, etc.), but you can get those from any book on dog training or psychology. I really recommend against this book and would suggest, if you want a book that is more positive and gives you some good idea on what to do with dogs, check out Patricia McConnell's The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs....more info
  • If I read the phrase "calm-assertive energy"one more time...
    I have never watched Cesar Millan's television show, but my petsitter talks about him a lot so I was curious about this book.

    This book is a fun read for dog lovers, especially the early chapters in which the author describes his life and how he came to be the famed dog trainer that he is today. It is also fun to read about the celebrities he has worked with (Oprah, Jada Pinkett Smith) and how their dogs walk all over them.

    However, do not choose this book if you are looking for detailed advice about dog training or correcting problem behavior. Although the title may imply otherwise, all the solutions here are very vague and generally fall into one of the following categories: you (the pack leader) need to work on "calm-assertive energy," you need to take your dog for a half hour walk, or you (still) need to work on "calm-assertive energy" so that your dog will have "calm-submissive energy." Unfortunately, Millan doesn't really tell the reader HOW to obtain that kind of energy, other than perhaps by emulating Oprah.

    Although the stories of dogs rehabilitated by the author are heartwarming, ultimately the novelty wears thin because not much insight is given into how the dogs' behaviors are turned around (other than by the author's "calm-assertive energy.") This book would have been much more interesting had the author spoken more specifically about fewer cases, or made the book shorter.
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  • so-=so
    was looking for how-to.
    great story about cesar, not much about how to train dogs...more info
  • Dog's are not humans
    This is an excellent book, it all makes sense. Yep, I was one of those people who spoiled the dog and didn't get all the responses I expected - although never a red-zone dog lucky me! My new pup is happier then ever. It's an eye opener. I'm sure some people have a problem with the fact that they may be creating the issues their dogs have (and that they could be wrong in the "training" they're doing), most do not want to take responsibility for their own faults/health etc. so to take responsibility for their animals....this would be tough. Great reading for all dog owners. ...more info
  • Very helpful book
    I recently bought a Yorkie-Poo pup and was looking for a book to help guide me through training her. Cesar's book was very informative and helpful. I am glad that I purchased it....more info
  • Loved it!
    I first learned about Cesar Millan from the National Geographic Channel, where I happened to watch his show the Dog Whisperer. I was amazed at how easily he transformed "Problem Dogs" (meaning: Problem Owners)and I wanted to learn more about him and his methods.
    In "Cesar's Way" we learn more about the author's background and how he developed his passion for helping and working with dogs. I found the part about his childhood in Mexico very interesting. Especially when he outlined the different attitudes that people have towards dogs.
    Cesar also goes over his basic principles of living with a well balanced dog. And what it takes to become a great pack leader. Some of these principles are very basic yet it seems most humans have forgotten them. But as Cesar proves time and time again his method works and it is by no means harmful or even cruel to dogs.

    Overall, a fast and entertaining read, with advice that can even be applied towards other areas of life.
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  • Dominating isn't Training
    While some of the concepts in this book are valid - the need for the handler to be 'in control' and the concept that dogs are not people and need to be treated as such, the methods used by Cesar Milan are not training as much as they are flooding, as explained by another reviewer. At first I was curious about his methods (based solely on his results) until I saw him going after an especially aggressive dog with a tennis racket. And when he continued to bait this dog with the racket when the dog was in its crate, that was all I needed to see. His excuse - using the tennis racket was an extension of his arm, so he wouldn't get bit?!?!? Basically, he's a bully and is using negative experiences to bully the dogs into submission. Ever listen to him talk to women handlers/owners? Typical machismo. No surprise then, that his tactics mirror those sentiments.

    Remember - this guys a dog groomer, not a trained animal behaviorist. Would you let your barber give you tips on how to raise your kids?

    Please...avoid this guy like the plague. Need behavior help? Contact your local shelter or behaviorist for tips. Not this guy....more info
  • I really enjoyed this book
    I love dogs. I have 3 of them. I am lazy, though, and never walked them because I was tired, I didn't feel like it, I never trained them to walk on the leash without pulling me, etc. I was neglecting my dogs.

    Then I started to watch Cesar's show. He grilled into me, DOGS NEED EXERCISE!!! I began to feel guilty. I started to walk my dogs. Because they weren't trained by me, they pulled me all over the neighborhood. It isn't very pleasant. I found a dog park, I started taking them. Then I read this book. Cesar says dog parks are fine, but aren't a replacement for daily walks with the pack leader! GRR. More work for me. LOL.

    Now I'm motivated, reading more books on dog training and considering taking my dogs, one at a time, to obedience classes. They deserve the best I can give them and it won't hurt me any to walk them every day.

    I just love Cesar's positive attitude and his no nonsense approach to how to look at man's best friend. They're animals! We have to realize they're not people! They deserve the best we can give them, because they give their best to us.

    I thank Cesar for changing my relationship with my dogs and making me a better dog owner. I recommend this book....more info
  • An easy, enjoyable read!
    I enjoyed reading this book. Although I didn't always agree with everything, there is much merit in what Cesar teaches. I do notice the difference that exercise makes in my dog's disposition. I don't have time to do as much of the exercise as he suggests, but I now make it an important part of my day to make sure we get our walk done!

    Whether you use this as a dog training guide, or get some tips from it, it is easy to read and very engaging!...more info
  • He always in the know
    My daughter's new friend has 6 pugs, and she has a 13yo small mix. I've learned so much from Cesar's way that I know this would come in handy!...more info
  • A Must Read for All, Not Just Dog Lovers
    Cesar's book is a fantastic read! You can apply his logic to not only dogs but family, friends and work. It's all about attitude and how the world around you relates to your energy. Your dog will love for it and you will feel empowered in all aspects of your life.

    Easy read, a must!!!...more info
  • Cesar? No Way.
    Sorry. I'm not a "spoiled-sport". Just a long time dog professional who knows that Cesar Milan's "methods" have set back modern dog training 40 years.

    Dogs can be effectively trained without aversives, using positive reinforement, and achieve the same results. You can be a leader without being a bully. You can lead effectively by example instead of by coercion.

    Many people nationwide are becoming wise to Milan's methods, and I have a feeling his "media star" is about to burn out in favor of more dog friendly trainers.

    Don't waste your time or money on his book. Use your "energy" to create a bond with your dog based on mutual respect and not fear....more info
  • excellent read, very knowledgeable
    i love this book, i got it for my boyfriend and he cant stop talking about it. he never ever reads and finds himself not being able to put this one down. i completely recommend this to any dog lover wishing to learn more. ...more info
  • Good reading
    i didn't know ANYTHING about dogs, so this was a very nice intro. It helps you keep some things in mind in dealing with dogs...mine are puppies and i appreciated the insight.

    Easy to read....more info
  • Great book!
    This book is wonderful! His book teaches you how to "think" like a dog and how to train your doog with methods that WORK! I highly recommend this book:)...more info
  • Surprisingly Weak Book Filled with Gaping Holes and Inadequate Explanations
    For a man who comes across as a strong, tough trainer this is a surprisingly weak book. It's a combination of his life stories and anecdotes about dogs he has encountered. Throughout there is a pseudo-spiritual New Age philosophy that tries to connect dog behavior with the human spirit. But none of it is ever very successful in communicating the stories adequately.

    Millan also skips over details of his life and his training techniques. If you're looking to find out more about how he came to America you won't find it here--he says "something" told him to leave home on a December 23, wait a couple weeks before crossing the border illegally, then live a month "on the streets" before finding a job in San Diego. But it's filled with contradictions--he claims he gave all his money to the guy to take him over the border yet suddenly he has a few dollars in his pocket and he never explains how he lives for a month with no money. He claims he knew no English yet he "managed to put the words together" in English to ask some women for a job. He is taken in by two women and works for them (he never says for how long) but he claims he can't remember their names! Then over a couple of pages he summarizes the next 5 or 6 years of his life--jumping from foreign-speaking hick to dog-trainer to the stars without any sense of how he accomplished it.

    Namely, his stories lack credibility because he doesn't give you enough detail and contradicts himself. And there's something fishy about how he fails to go into details--are these stories not true or is he just hiding something?

    Then there's the writing style of the book. He obviously didn't "write" it (he just learned English a decade ago!) and enlisted a co-author. It is too properly written for a man who claims to not know English well!

    Some of the dog stories are okay--but again he doesn't give enough detail to really explain what he did to change the dogs. He just keeps going back to the "pack leader" mentality and he claims to have some mental connection with the animals. He never gives much detail about his training technique--just claims to have miracle after miracle happen because of who he is. At times it's all a little hard to swallow.

    It's only for people who already admire him and are interested in reading minimal stories about the types of things he does on TV. But be prepared to see that the point of this book isn't how to deal with troubled dogs--it's how bad owners are at handling dogs. He uses much of the book to condemn dog owners, often rightfully so, for pampering pets and not enforcing enough discipline....more info
  • Cesar's # 1
    Haven't finished the book, but so far very enlightening. I can see where he's coming from and I can digest the wisdom....more info
  • ok reading but not a lot about training...
    Cesar talked a lot about himself, his background, etc. Which is fine, drops a lot of names (repeatedly) and doesn't really get into any training facts. Guess it wasn't what I was looking for....more info
  • Dog lover"s handbook
    Great book. Practical Advice. Ceasar is Amazing! I recommend this book to all dog lovers....more info


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