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How to Raise the Perfect Dog: Through Puppyhood and Beyond [Kindle Edition]

Cesar Millan , Melissa Jo Peltier
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (689 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From the bestselling author and star of National Geographic Channel's Dog Whisperer, the only resource you’ll need for raising a happy, healthy dog.

For the millions of people every year who consider bringing a puppy into their lives–as well as those who have already brought a dog home–Cesar Millan, the preeminent dog behavior expert, says, "Yes, you can raise the perfect dog!" It all starts with the proper foundation in the early years. Here, Cesar tells you everything you need to know to create the best environment for a well-balanced dog in order to avoid behavior issues in the future, and shows you how to correct the most common behavior issues for young dogs.

Based on Cesar’s own detailed experiences raising individual puppies from some of the most popular breeds, How to Raise the Perfect Dog is like having Cesar right beside you, as your own personal expert, coaching you and your dog from the first day of your life together.

Packed with new information aimed specifically at the particular needs of puppies and adolescents, and written in Cesar's friendly, accessible style, How to Raise the Perfect Dog answers all the most commonly asked questions and guides you towards a loving, satisfying life-long relationship with your best friend.

#1 New York Times bestselling author, Cesar Millan shows you how to raise the perfect dog and prevent behavior issues before they start, including:
• what to expect from each stage of your puppy's development
• quick and easy housebreaking
• the essentials of proper nutrition
• the importance of vaccinating–and of not over-vaccinating
• creating perfect obedience from day one through rules, boundaries, and calm-assertive leadership
• how to avoid the most common mistakes owners make raising puppies and young dogs
• how to correct any issue before it becomes a problem
• unique exercises and play to bring out the best in every breed


From the Hardcover edition.


Editorial Reviews

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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




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'Icon to dog owners all over the world... The man is a dog wizard, a genius' -- Anne Shooter, Daily Mail 20091129 '[Cesar] arrives amid canine chaos and leaves behind peace.' -- Malcolm Gladwell, The New Yorker 20091129 'Have you just welcomed a new puppy into the fold and desperately need some expert doggy training advice? Then you should read Cesar Millan's new book How to Raise the Perfect Dog.' -- Dog's Life Magazine 20091129

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  • File Size: 2255 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Archetype; 1 edition (October 6, 2009)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002QE3CU8
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283 of 291 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What I've Been Waiting For November 4, 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book is great--very informative, positive, and practical. I would recommend this book to anyone who is thinking about getting a puppy. As an experienced animal handler, I feel that this book is a great guide for the beginner and experienced alike. Among the things that I find particularly useful are the careful, step-by-step instructions, specific examples from puppies that Millan raised while working on this book, discussions from experienced breeders and dog trainers, and an extensive appendix of suggestions for further reading. The only thing not in the book that I would have loved would be a more thorough discussion of integrating the new puppy into a home that has older dogs already. While there is some discussion of this, it is not enough to provide the guidance I really would like.

While some dog trainers will denounce Millan's methods as archaic and harsh, I would encourage readers to keep an open mind. While Millan does not employ a positive-reinforcement-only approach--which is what many of his detractors prefer--his methods are gentle and concerned only with the well-being of the dog. His methods have made a huge difference in my life and in my dog's life. She is happier and more balanced when I follow Millan's formula. Everyone who meets her comments on how well-behaved she is and takes great pleasure in petting and playing with her--even people who are typically frightened of dogs or just uncomfortable around them. As a high-energy, alpha-type dog, I don't believe that would be the case if I had not followed Millan's methods; for my strong-willed dog, positive reinforcement is only sometimes a strong enough motivation to encourage the behaviors I want, but discipline coupled with positive reinforcement is exactly what she needs.
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150 of 167 people found the following review helpful
By M. Byrd
Format:Hardcover
Years ago I found the Monks of New Skete's books and videos. I also read as many dog training books as I could find. In every book, I learned something new and even moved on to teach dog obedience training. When I found Cesar for the first time, his concepts about energy, claiming, "nose-eyes-ears," and pack leadership filled in the gaps of my dog knowledge. I wish I'd know this in the past with my other dogs, but as Cesar says, "Live in the moment." Luckily I found about him when my Standard Schnauzer was abut eight moths old. Cesar has changed my life with my dogs.

This new book about puppies is not too late for me even though my Schnauzer is now four years. It gave me a nice reminiscence of my dog as a puppy and reminded me to rehabilitate him as a dog, but also to find things to do that he will enjoy because of his breed.

IMO, if owners use Cesar's new book along with the Monks of New Skete's "The Art of Raising a Puppy," there will be fewer surrenders to shelters during their dog's adolescent stage. They're a dynamic duo!
Peggy
Rochester, NY
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282 of 335 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars extremely dissapointed March 31, 2012
By samson
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I read some of the negative reviews before I purchased three of Cesar Millan's books at the same time and I thought: this is the dog whisperer! He knows dogs and I watch his shows which are fantastic so it must be just disgruntled book/dog owners for some reason, maybe because he is unorthodox from conventional dog trainers. After buying three of Cesar's books and keeping a very open mind and trying really, really hard to get "Zen" with his whole "energy" concept I found myself extremely frustrated and extremely p-ed off, not because I wasted the money on the books but because I have never read so much BS in a book. For example, Potty training: Cesar proceeds to relate a couple stories from breeders who essentially disparage the rest of us mere idiots on house training. "What's all the fuss he writes comes from one breeder?" I can house train any dog in three days he boasts. Then he goes on to say he has a puppy mill dog that still messes years later (what happened to any dog I ask?) He then goes on to say that older dogs in his "pack" really do all the house training by example. If everyone had an older dog doing all the training then we wouldn't need to buy the book! The same is true for the professional breeders who boast about how great they are and how stupid the rest of us are, they just happen to have the parent around to do the potty training. The books are filled with so many contradictions it is ridiculous. Too many to write about all of them! In one part he disparages veterinarians and canine health professionals (which I am not) and describes how they don't let nature run its course and nature knows best and he and his breeder pals outsmart all the canine doctors. Read more ›
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149 of 178 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Bring Home the Puppy Without This Book! October 13, 2009
By JillV
Format:Hardcover
I definitely recommend reading this book before bringing a new puppy into your life. There are so many puppies out there waiting for adoption. The problem is, they're so cute and hard to resist that when we bring them home we feel sorry for them, don't want to be "hard on them" so we let them get away with murder. Well....that cuteness doesn't last long when that puppy grows up and develops bad habits. That's right about the time people give up and many times wind up dropping their "new puppy" off at the shelter. This step can be prevented if we know how and this book gives us the knowledge.
How to Raise the Perfect Dog teaches us which puppy is best for our energy level and what to do from the minute we bring it home in order to become the proper leader. It teaches us how to breed respect within the family (pack) so that new puppy feels secure and confident. It is our responsibility to give our dog the best life from beginning to end. This is just one of several of Cesar's books that tells us how to do just that.
Cesar and Melissa Jo make a great team!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Caesar Milan is a dog genius. A must have for any dog owner.
Published 4 hours ago by JIM
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty easy read
Pretty easy read. This is the first book I've read by Cesar. The beginning of the book helps you know what to look for when picking a dog.
Published 1 day ago by S. Arnold
5.0 out of 5 stars Puppy Love
This book is very good to read to help a person get through puppy hood. Puppies need and love playing each dog has its own personality. To get a puppy is a family decision. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Joy Love
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Not as much info as I had hoped.
Published 1 day ago by Cassandra Cooper
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good training info
Published 3 days ago by Terrance J. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy read, easy to understand...
Cesar hit the nail on the head with this one, a quick easy read if you're like us and have that "oh $#!T" moment AFTER you bring puppy home. Read more
Published 7 days ago by EileenPitcock
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good.
Published 9 days ago by Charles H Grimes
5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable treasure
This book is helping me get thru puppyhood of my 4 month old chihuahua, Daisy. I think everyone should read this book before they make the commitment of adopting a puppy, to see... Read more
Published 10 days ago by brian edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars I now include this book in my puppy packages
I really enjoy watching the Dog Whisperer, Cesar Millan's show so I out of curiosity I bought 3 of his books. This one is very good. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Debbie Hudson
5.0 out of 5 stars New puppy owners please read!
Very resourceful. I wish every new dog/puppy owner would read this and truly dedicate themselves to raising a perfect dog.
Published 12 days ago by KALB
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