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320 of 330 people found the following review helpful
on November 4, 2009
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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172 of 189 people found the following review helpful
on November 6, 2009
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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384 of 454 people found the following review helpful
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.
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159 of 189 people found the following review helpful
on October 13, 2009
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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103 of 121 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2010
I bought this book hoping it would be a good instruction / how-to guide. Unfortunately the book is not really laid out for this purpose. It's very heavy on personal reflection, anecdotes and story telling. This may be good for fans of the show or people that prefer learning through stories. It gets the book to 320 pages, but that's quite a bit to wade through. I am now looking for a more traditional how-to style book....
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on January 6, 2013
The book was not what i expected. Thought it would be more step by step. Rambled on too much
about his life and his dogs.
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43 of 52 people found the following review helpful
on November 4, 2009
Her name is Piper ... she's a Miniature Pincer and she is the unparalleled love of my life. I bought her from my sister when she was 6 weeks old and even when I walked into the living room and found her tugging vigorously on the corner of the carpet which she'd pulled back all the way from the kitchen to the sofa ... I forced myself to remember the mantra "What would Cesar Do?"

Now she's a big girl (well, big for a mini pin) and everywhere I go I am complimented on what a truly great dog she is. Every home or apartment I've rented since I bought her has agreed to write a letter of recommendation about what a great and non-destructive dog she is. Every roomie I've had has fallen so madly in love with her that some of them have actually wanted to visit her after I've moved. My brother bought her brother and constantly insists that I must have gotten the best dog of the litter because she is so much more well behaved than his dog ... I haven't the heart to tell him it's because of how differently they were raised. I can tell her to stop begging for food and she walks away, I can point to a spot and she goes there and sits down, I can tell her to go to her room and she'll open her kennel door with her nose, go inside and lay down. But she's a happy, energetic, full of life, healthy dog! At the dog park people are constantly asking me how I get her to listen so well, how she can be the only dog walking around smelling the ground and minding her own business without bugging every other dog and owner in the park. She never gets in fights, her tail is always up, her body language is comfortable, she's friendly to everyone who approaches her and her breed standard she doesn't yap, in fact she hardly barks at all and when I say stop, she stops immediately.

I have the Perfect Dog thanks to Cesar.
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129 of 162 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2009
This book is ony worthwhile if you are considering buying a puppy but not much help to those who may already have a dog. There is not much here for those who have a puppy and are looking for obedience training tips. The "Beyond" in the title is misleading.
A lot of Milan's approach, I believe will not translate well to the average person with little or no obedience training experience. Milan for instance writes about projecting a "blocking energy" to keep a dog behind a gate. Maybe this works for Milan, but I don't think it will work for most people.
There are some annoying things about this book. There is a blatant plug for Milan's own brand of dog treats. The phrase "calm assertive energy" appears on nearly every page and often several times on a single page.
There was a section on the ten most common obedience problems people have with their dogs. This was not useful at all. It merely summarized things that had already been previously stated in the book or just stated the obvious.
The photos in the book were completely useless and the black and white photos were poorly taken (they could have used more contrast). The color photos were a mystery. Why were they included? They showed absolutely nothing of interest. There were six color shots of the minature Schnauzer, Angel. One of the photos showed Angel "looking to Ceasar for direction" and another showed Angel yawning. Another showed Angel chasing after a toy. If color photos were going to be used, they should have at least shown something instructive or interesting.
There are plenty of better written and more useful books out there if you are looking for obedience training for a puppy.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on January 25, 2010
Dissapointing. I was hoping for practical, step-by-step training techniques by a dog expert. In my opinion, Cesar Millan has become so absolutely self-entralled that everything in the book eventually came back to him, whether it be his training center or products. I'm back to find a better training book.
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57 of 70 people found the following review helpful
on June 5, 2011
This book is all about Cesar and his celeb clients. NO value AT ALL. I found another book at my Humane Society that is FANTASTIC....I just got a shelter pup...the book I recommend is "Congratulations, It's A Dog" Congrats it's a dog is FILLED w/ amazing tips....I could care less about where Cesar was raised and how he became famous...this book is ALL about him:(.
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