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on March 31, 2012
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. In the next section he then goes on to say even his breeder friends have to outsmart nature and nature has to be controlled with certain tricks because it isn't always perfect. One is left shaking their head with a WTF look? I generally wouldn't waste my time with all this reviewing but this one just really got me fired up. I read "How to raise the perfect Dog", "César's rules" and "Cesar's way" my advice: save your money or buy the book from the Monks of New Skete that breed German Sheppard's. It was decent but not great.
My advice to Cesar (which I'm certain he could care less but it makes me feel better to get it off my chest) stop writing about how great you are and how "Zen" you are with doggieland and how much Junior does your job for you and try to understand there are people out here truly suffering with dog issues. We need simple, comprehensive, effective steps on how to manage dog problems and few of us have a "daddy" or "junior" to assist us - it's just us. Many of us are not the neurotic confused people attempting to transform our dogs into pseudo-humans that we oftimes see on the show. We are just average, everyday working folks that love our animals and truly want to teach our animals their role, discipline, exercise and then love them, However, some have issues and standing there with all the "energy" transference in the world isn't stopping fido from crapping in the house.
Months later update: I'm an avid Amazon shopper and i trust the reviews because they are generally very insightful and accurate, especially when there are more than 5 or so reviews for a particular product. I find it interesting to note some people give a negative response to a review if they simply don't like to hear the real truth or at least opinion of the reviewer. sad for them because consumer protection is only guarded by consumers and if we only tell rosy tales and never provide sincere, critical feedback then we might as well all go by what the professional reviewers like "Consumer Reports" provide (which are worthless and a fraud IMO and paid by advertisers). I like the Dog Whisperer, i just think this book is poor and he could have done a much better job with the content.