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A Member of the Family: Cesar Millan's Guide to a Lifetime of Fulfillment with Your Dog Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook


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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Random House Audio; Abridged edition (October 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 073936958X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739369586
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,295,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[Millan is] serene and mesmerizing. . . . He deserves a cape and mask."
New York Times

"[Millan] arrives amid canine chaos and leaves behind peace."
—Malcolm Gladwell, The New Yorker



From the Trade Paperback edition.

About the Author

Founder of the Dog Psychology Center in Los Angeles, Cesar Millar is the star of Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan on the National Geographic Channel. In addition to his educational seminars and work with unstable dogs, he and his wife have founded the Cesar and Ilusion Millan Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing financial support and rehabilitation expertise to shelters.

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I received Cesar Millan's third book, "A Member of the Family" today.
K. S. Mueller
The very first time I paged through this book (having already read and enjoyed Cesar's Way) I didn't buy it.
Dawn Killen-Courtney
I recommend this book to anyone getting a new dog as A Member of the Family,its a family book.
Mary Sorenson

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146 of 153 people found the following review helpful By K. S. Mueller on October 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I received Cesar Millan's third book, "A Member of the Family" today. I have both of Cesar's other books, and figured by the third book it probably wouldn't be so great. Boy, was I mistaken!

I turned randomly to the chapter written by Ilusion Wilson Millan, Cesar's beautiful wife. I was instantly hooked, and could not put this book down. I then turned to the chapter Cesar wrote about his beloved sidekick, Daddy, the greatest representative of Pit Bull known to man.

I know there are a lot of people whom I call "anti-Cesareans". These are people who dislike Cesar Millan because a) he doesn't have a degree and b) they (erroneously) believe he is cruel to dogs and c) they (erroneously) believe he is an illegal immigrant. For those anti-Cesareans, I have a message for you. READ THIS BOOK. You will find out about a man who has a deep and abiding love for dogs of all kinds, his family, his friends, and all human beings. Millan is a true specimen of humanity. The definition of "a good guy".

After reading this book, there should be no doubt in ANYONE's mind that Cesar is uniquely qualified to work with problematic dogs as perhaps no one else in popular culture today. But what is most remarkable is his open-arms approach to other dog behaviorists (some of whom have degrees, some who may not), and his understanding that there is room enough in this crazy world of ours for everyone. There is time and space for every method of interaction with canines, as long as it does NOT harm the dog. That is what Cesar Millan stands for.

I cannot stress enough (and for the bazillionth time!) Cesar Millan is not a dog trainer.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Luchie on October 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I just finished reading this book: A Member of the Family. It is a great read. You will learn from Cesar what to do and how to do it. You'll get good advice for every day doggie problems. This is one of those books that will be reread and kind of used as a Doggie Bible.
This is a must read for all dog owners. I give this book all five stars. Not only will your dog benefit from what you learn, but yourself and family will benefit from it too.
Lucy and Schroeder
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43 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Jody Moskowitz on February 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
A Member of the Family: Cesar Millan's Guide to a Lifetime of Fulfillment with Your Dog First off, let me start by saying that I think Cesar is one in a million. I"ve read his books and watch his show religiously. That being said, I would rate this book as an interesting read-somewhat more informative than his previous titles yet still something of a tease. I still feel that he doesn't lead you step by step in the solving of problems. Reading about his TV cases gets somewhat tiring -mainly because I watch the show. I can't help but feel that someone is suggesting that he not reveal too many concrete solutions. A tease. I know that I am not the only one that feels this way about his books and I guess it's frustrating thinking that you will get more answers than you actually do. Oh well. I still love this guy!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By JillV on October 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is my favorite thus far and I've read them all. Cesar and Melissa Jo make a great team once again! I really love Ilusion's chapter. I started with that one and once I opened it I sat in my car reading, unable to put it down.
Cesar's books motivate dog owners and non dog owners alike learn to become more balanced. His energy jumps off the pages and you can't help but take it in. In this book he talks about adoption (really important to me), preparing for a visit to the vet, how the family energy as a whole effects your dog, healing and energy.....SOO much more. This is a must read!
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By citywulf on November 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover
(3.75 stars) Cesar Millan's books have shown a progression both in his ideas and in the ease with which he presents those ideas. This book is the easiest of the three to use as a guide for life with your canine companion(s).

MAJOR kudos for Mr. Millan's chapters on choosing the right fit for your entire family (other pets included!) and for how to evaluate a shelter dog. These chapters are the best of their kind I have read. Continued kudos for not shying away from the hot topics of food quality and vaccination shedules.

Other chapters that present his ideas for creating a balanced home and a balanced dog are easy to follow and contain sound reasoning, though he was still somewhat vague IMO. In particular, he fails to outline his concept of "corrections." He on occassion is explicit (I was especially pleased with the advice to withhold attention from a dog that jumps up, since jumping is usually an attention-seeking bevahior, and his caution that a pinch collar can simulate a bite and further arouse an aggressing dog). In other instances, he merely said "correct the dog." This vagueness leaves too much open to interpretation - is he talking vocal interruption, collar correction (which is what most people will assume), body blocking, what? Although I haven't gotten the impression from his books that he relies heavily upon collar corrections, because this subject causes him the most grief within the profession, he needs to be more specific.

There is a letter in this book from a couple who adopted an 85lb dog and, a mere one month into their relationship, put her into a down and held her there until she showed "submission." Earlier, Cesar acknowledged (hooray!) that submission is an offered behavior, not something one canine forces upon another.
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