- Paperback: 298 pages
- Publisher: Three Rivers Press; 1st edition (September 18, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307337979
- ISBN-13: 978-0307337979
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,471 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cesar's Way: The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding & Correcting Common Dog Problems Paperback – September 18, 2007
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Fans of the National Geographic Channel's The Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan will be grateful for Cesar's Way, an accessible guide to help new and current dog owners better understand the needs of their beloved pets. If you are not yet a fan, try to catch a couple of episodes of the remarkable show--you will be amazed, impressed, and motivated to create a healthier, more fulfilling relationship with your dog. In Cesar's Way, Cesar explains that dogs are not complicated, and despite what various owners think--not human. They rely on three key elements in their lives: exercise, discipline, and affection (in that order). "Problem dogs" can be attributed to "problem owners," owners who don't understand and misinterpret their dog's behavior. Cesar's Way is really a training program for dog owners, with chapters devoted to understanding the "power of the pack," taking responsibility for "how we screw up our dogs," and learning how to manage aggression. Cesar's book (a must-have for new and old dog owners) moves beyond basic obedience school techniques, and teaches owners how to change unwanted behavior by better understanding their "best friends." --Daphne Durham
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Cesar Millan's Top 5 Tips for Going to the Dog Park
1. Make sure your dog is spayed or neutered, has all her shots, and is in good health. Under no circumstances should you bring a sick dog to a dog park!
2. Do not use the dog park as a substitute for the walk! If you drive to the park, leave your car a block away and take your dog on a vigorous walk of at least thirty-five minutes to drain some of her energy. Never take an over-excited dog to the park.
3. While at the park, don't "punch out" on your calm-assertive leadership. Be aware of your dog at all times, and take responsibility for her behavior.
4. A calm-submissive dog will not attract another dog's aggression--but an excited dog, a weak, timid dog, or an aggressive dog can become a fight-magnet.
5. Know your dog! If your dog has poor social skills, is overly fearful or is dog aggressive, or if you have not yet established your calm-assertive leadership with your dog, find a more controlled way to introduce her to the company of other dogs, such as "play dates" with one or two other dog owners.
--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
About the Author
Founder of the Dog Psychology Center in Los Angeles, Cesar Millan is the star of Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan on National Geographic Channel. In 2005, the National Humane Society Genesis Award Committee presented him with a Special Commendation for his work in rehabilitating sheltered animals. A native of Culican, Mexico, Cesar lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Ilusion, and 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 and more than fifty other awards. She lives in Los Angeles and Nyack, New York.
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I have seen Cesar's show a number of times, and am a fan, but this is not a training book. It is really more of an autobiography. Cesar has really done so much for troubled animals, and it is an interesting read, but I would not purchase this if you re looking to train a puppy or dog. I highly recommend Patricia B McConnell's training books, as well as the one by the monks. Patricia books are soft covered and approximately twenty pages. She has a number of short books that concentrate on specific issues. The monk book is comprehensive. Both are great.
For example, to correct dogs that bark and act aggressively in the car, she blacked out the windows with construction paper and then ran a some light string/rope across the front and put dark curtains. When the dogs started to bark, which they will bark, you close the curtains. Dogs are very smart, after a few times, they realize that they won't be able to see anything if they bark. Now that's using a common sense approach!
His "exercise / discipline / affection, and in that order" is a great teaching, but the book teaches not much more than that in the rest of the pages.
Also, beware that watching his shows and doing what he does would be very dangerous for you, as most of the methods he uses to calm dogs require a lot of training, fast reflexes and ability to instantly read changes in dogs. There are better books out there to help you understand your dog better, and even as Cesar himself agrees, it's more important to train the human than the dog.
Don't listen to the noise of nay-Sayers getting all political about his practice being shady, this guy understands dogs and his opinions will help you have a better relationship with yourself and your dog. He teaches you how to be calm, be assertive and love in a way your dog will actually understand.
I gave the book a 4 out of 5 simply because there was very very little to be found in this book that wasn't explained and demonstrated in season one of Dog Whisperer. I was hoping for a little more insight into the topics and approaches covered by the TV series and was a little disappointed that it was more or less a summary of the show's basic concepts. But, to be fair, Cesar Millan's approach is not that complicated and it might be expecting too much for his TV series and first book to be radically different from each other.
As far as Cesar's approach itself, I believe that it is a 95% sure and healthy way to approach your relationship with your dog. I leave that 5% for those dogs that are special and well adjusted despite their owner's shortcomings and for those whom have issues no matter how calm and assertive their owner may be. I just don't believe in a 100% sure method for all dogs under all circumstances. That said, working with dogs at the local shelter I have seen first hand how following Cesar's guidelines is so much healthier and satisfying to the animals than showering them with affection and letting them drag you around because you feel sorry for them. Even when it doesn't seem as "friendly" the dogs themselves actually tend to finish their interaction calmer and more satisfied for your effort.