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Be the Pack Leader: Use Cesar's Way to Transform Your Dog . . . and Your Life Hardcover – October 2, 2007
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Millan, television's "Dog Whisperer," says that "Even the most unobservant person can see an owner's own issues totally mirrored in his or her dogs' problems," and in this follow-up to last year's bestselling Cesar's Way, he makes that connection more explicit and exploitable. Every dog wants a "clearly defined social framework, with a fair, consistent pack leader"; chances are good, then, that behind every unruly dog is an inconsistent human. To become the master your dog needs, one must cultivate "calm-assertive energy," a mind-set that puts both dogs and people at ease; besides thorough explanation, Millan offers a number of suggestions for developing this powerful form of non-verbal communication, including visualization techniques and inner dialogue ("focus your mind, and then tell yourself, 'This is my sofa.' "). Answering readers' requests for more straightforward advice, the book also offers a rundown of training tools-collars, leashes, etc.-and step-by-step instructions for properly handling common occurrences such as meeting a new dog, walking, feeding and visiting the vet. In numerous case studies, Millan's love for his work is obvious and infectious; whether you need a book for your dog or yourself, Millan's simple techniques, compassionate tone and intimate knowledge of dog psychology (and the human effect on it) makes this a worthy read.
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About the Author
Founder of the Dog Psychology Center in Los Angeles, CESAR MILLAN is the star of Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan on the National Geographic Channel. In addition to Cesar’s 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. A native of Culican, Mexico, Cesar lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Ilusion, and their two sons, Andre and Calvin.
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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What I've learned from him, combined with what I've learned reading books by other authors, has made a huge change in the way I interact with dogs, including my own. I used what I've learned to get a great working relationship with a friend's neurotic pooch while I was dog sitting and used it to balance my very high-energy, retired racing greyhound. (Greyhounds are not typically very high energy, mine is somewhat of an exception. He would run marathons if I let him.)
Over all, two thumbs up. Read this. Take notes if you need to. Check the reading list in the back and then read more books. In no time, you'll have the neighborhood wondering how you got your dog to behave and walk on the leash so well! Patience, effort and dedication along with the right tools (like this book) and you can achieve just about anything.
The book is worth a read. I would suggest watching some of his TV shows to get a clearer sense of Cesar way to behavior modification.
I'm glad I did because he needs to know what's in this book. It's informative and relavent.
I regret it because I've lost some of the skills and ideas from this book and I'd like to get them back. I may have to buy another copy...