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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 1St Edition edition (October 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307716864
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307716866
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Millan’s wizardlike facility with dogs—the calm he brings to them, the confident way he handles them—is mind-blowing.”
Newsweek
 
“[Millan] arrives amid canine chaos and leaves behind peace.”
—Malcolm Gladwell, The New Yorker

About the Author

Founder of the Dog Psychology Center in Los Angeles, CESAR MILLAN is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Cesar’s Way, Be the Pack Leader, A Member of the Family, and How to Raise the Perfect Dog. He is the star of Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan, National Geographic Channel’s top-rated show. In addition to his educational seminars and work with unstable dogs, Cesar has founded the Millan Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping shelters and rescue groups.
 
MELISSA JO PELTIER, an executive producer and writer of Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan, has been honored for her film and television writing and directing with an Emmy, a Peabody, and more than fifty other awards. She lives in Nyack, New York, with her husband, writer-director John Gray, and stepdaughter, Caitlin.

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Customer Reviews

If you enjoy learning about dogs you will enjoy the book.
Tahoejeepmom
It's easy to read and very informative about different ways to train.
Kati
Very informative with more than just "training" your dog.
Lois G. Bartholow

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153 of 155 people found the following review helpful By a reader on October 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
With "Cesar's Rules", Cesar Millan has provided a ton of information to dog owners about the history of dog training, various approaches to dog training, and how dogs have contributed to humans as working animals. Oh, and there's some dog training info, too!

The book starts off with some background on Cesar. It quickly moves into background and thoughts from many other trainers. This is probably my favorite part of the book (as a professional animal trainer) as I love reading about the other trainers' backgrounds and methods. I also love that Cesar reaches out to many styles of trainers, including those who may disagree with his methods. Throughout the book, Cesar is highly respectful of each trainer's methods, even when he points out that he chooses another method. I also have to admit (and this is my scientific background coming out) that I am thrilled that Bob Bailey was interviewed for this book. So much of modern training comes from the decades of data and thousands of animals that Bob and the Brelands (graduate students of BF Skinner himself) worked with, and yet I meet so many trainers who have never heard of them. Bias aside, I think the variety and quality of trainers interviewed is top-notch, which bodes well for later chapters.

I think Cesar gives a very excellent and fair presentation on the use of rewards and punishments in training, allowing each person to have their say. Even when he presents his position, he seems to simply present it as his method, and not The One True Way. Very professional, and I admire him for that.

There are a few chapters that give dog owners some broad ideas for training, and then one final chapter which gives information for training a few behaviors.
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71 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Rita Celeste on October 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Okay, living on a farm, previous titles like 'Cesar's Way' and 'Be The Pack Leader' didn't have that much advice I would be able to use. This book however had things about training off-leash. It had ways to teach dogs words and phase out treats. Lets face it, the best dogs we ever had were the dogs we had as children. We had time for them, they followed us everywhere, they did it all out of love cause we couldn't sneak that darn many treats to them! A pitbull mix adopted me. She just followed my car home, hung around and tried to follow my car off every time I tried to go anywhere. So I had to take her to town or put her on a chain so I could go. I wanted desperately to phase out the chain and the leash. The information in this book on when is the right time to use an e-collar was huge for me. I now trust my dad to use his e-collar to help me get her to stop following my car. Also she chased a few animals, cats, chickens, and a horse! So far she has stopped as asked and all the animals remain accounted for. Still, I am relieved that if she does develop a problem, there is a good chance it can be fixed and she can live freely here. People can bash me all day for my choice to try to improve her quality of life with the e-collar. If you don't live in the city, your dog lives outdoors, you feel ridiculous leading your dog around the farm on a leash, this book actually has stuff for you too!
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Jacquelyne R. Cassada on March 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Cesar's Rules represents a departure from Cesar Millan's earlier books: Cesar's Way, Be the Pack Leader, A Member of the Family, How to Raise the Perfect Dog: Through Puppyhood and Beyond. In this book, Cesar's first on dog training rather than dog rehabilitation, Cesar discusses his methods in context with those of other trainers -- and highlights those other trainers in dedicated chapters or when referring to their specialties. In his book he speaks with Dr. Ian and Kelly Gorham Dunbar, flagship representatives of the positive reinforcement school of training; Mark Harden, Hollywood animal trainer (including the two dogs who play the part of Sam in HBO's hit series "True Blood"); Robert Bailey, specialist in clicker training and long-distance or remote training in many kinds of animals; Bonnie Brown-Cali, trainer in community group obedience classes, service dogs, search-and-rescue, etc.; Joel Silverman, host of Animal Planet's "Good Dog U" and author of What Color Is Your Dog; Martin Deeley, one of the founders of IACP (International Association of Canine Professionals)and the author of Working Gundogs and other experts.

Cesar's calm, assertive energy is the star of this book. His willingness to listen as well as teach speaks volumes about the possibility of cooperation among different schools of dog training. The emphasis is on what's good for the dog, how to find it and how to implement it in your life, often with the help of a professional trainer.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Terri PhD on October 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
It's interesting how many of the dog trainers I have worked with are so skeptical of Cesar Milan without understanding his techniques or approach. This book is a great way to understand the difference between "rehabilitating dogs - train people" approach used by Cesar and "dog training." He then shows how to approach dog training by combining his techniques with those of well-known and respected dog trainers. I recommend this book to all dog owners, especially "newbies."
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