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Cesar's Way: The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems
Cesar's Way The Natural Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems
Author: Cesar Millan, Melissa Jo Peltier
“I rehabilitate dogs. I train people.” —Cesar Millan — There are at least 68 million dogs in America, and their owners lavish billions of dollars on them every year. So why do so many pampered pets have problems? In this definitive and accessible guide, Cesar Millan—star of National Geographic Channel’s hit show D...  more »—reveals what dogs truly need to live a happy and fulfilled life.

From his appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show to his roster of celebrity clients to his reality television series, Cesar Millan is America’s most sought-after dog-behavior expert. But Cesar is not a trainer in the traditional sense—his expertise lies in his unique ability to comprehend dog psychology. Tracing his own amazing journey from a clay-walled farm in Mexico to the celebrity palaces of Los Angeles, Cesar recounts how he learned what makes dogs tick. In Cesar’s Way, he shares this wisdom, laying the groundwork for you to have stronger, more satisfying relationships with your canine companions.

Cesar’s formula for a contented and balanced dog seems impossibly simple: exercise, discipline, and affection, in that order. Taking readers through the basics of dog psychology and behavior, Cesar shares the inside details of some of his most fascinating cases, using them to illustrate how common behavior issues develop and, more important, how they can be corrected.

Whether you’re having issues with your dog or just want to make a good bond even stronger, this book will give you a deeper appreciation of how your dog sees the world, and it will help make your relationship with your beloved pet a richer and more rewarding one.

Learn what goes on inside your dog’s mind and develop a positive, fulfilling relationship with your best friend

In Cesar’s Way, Cesar Millan—nationally recognized dog expert and star of National Geographic Channel’s hit show Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan—helps you see the world through the eyes of your dog so you can finally eliminate problem behaviors. You’ll learn:

• What your dog really needs may not be what you’re giving him

• Why a dog’s natural pack instincts are the key to your happy relationship

• How to relate to your dog on a canine level

• There are no “problem breeds,” just problem owners

• Why every dog needs a job

• How to choose a dog who’s right for you and your family

• The difference between discipline and punishment

• And much more!

Filled with fascinating anecdotes about Cesar’s longtime clients, and including forewords by the president of the International Association of Canine Professionals and Jada Pinkett Smith, this is the only book you’ll need to forge a new, more rewarding connection with your four-legged companion.

Also available as a Random House AudioBook

From the Hardcover edition.
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ISBN-13: 9780307337979
ISBN-10: 0307337979
Publication Date: 9/18/2007
Pages: 320
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 94 ratings
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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esjro avatar reviewed Cesar's Way: The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems on + 724 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 8
I have never watched Cesar Millan's television show, but my petsitter talks about him a lot so I was curious about this book.

This book is a fun read for dog lovers, especially the early chapters in which the author describes his life and how he came to be the famed dog trainer that he is today. It is also fun to read about the celebrities he has worked with (Oprah, Jada Pinkett Smith) and how their dogs walk all over them.

However, do not choose this book if you are looking for detailed advice about dog training or correcting problem behavior. Although the title may imply otherwise, all the solutions here are very vague and generally fall into one of the following categories: you (the pack leader) need to work on "calm-assertive energy," you need to take your dog for a half hour walk, or you (still) need to work on "calm-assertive energy" so that your dog will have "calm-submissive energy." Unfortunately, Millan doesn't really tell the reader HOW to obtain that kind of energy, other than perhaps by emulating Oprah.

Although the stories of dogs rehabilitated by the author are heartwarming, ultimately the novelty wears thin because not much insight is given into how the dogs' behaviors are turned around (other than by the author's "calm-assertive energy.") This book would have been much more interesting had the author spoken more specifically about fewer cases, or made the book shorter.
reviewed Cesar's Way: The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems on + 34 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
He has a gift and lots of good points. I do believe him when he says we make our pets neurotic by not recognizing their true nature. It's a definite must-read for any dog lovers/dog-owners. Aside from his advice, Millan has really made a life for himself - - a great story of what you can accomplish when you have goals and go for it.
reviewed Cesar's Way: The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems on + 37 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
This was a very insightful book, and it was interesting to read about Cesar's progression to hosting the National Geographic Channel's "Dog Whisperer". Cesar makes some very good suggestions on working with dogs, and he is very knowledgable about how dogs act in packs. It is a good read for someone who is looking to better understand their dog's behavior(s); however, it does not replace working with an experienced and qualified trainer and/or dog behavioralist.
reviewed Cesar's Way: The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems on + 15 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
We got this book when we were first thinking of adding a dog to our family. I absolutely love this book! We learned how to relate and bond with our dog better than I ever did with our family dogs growing up. This is not a book on how to train your dog to sit, come, stay, etc. But it's a great tool to have a great relationship with your dog that he can understand.
wardbunch avatar reviewed Cesar's Way: The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems on + 88 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
This book is just what my very troubled rescue Sharpei/German Shepard needed to get back to "mental health." It was GREAT!!
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golfergurl avatar reviewed Cesar's Way: The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems on
Interesting background on Cesar. But if you're looking for practical tips and step by step instructions on how to train your dog,look elsewhere. I have found books on clicker training more useful.
Granites2001 avatar reviewed Cesar's Way: The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems on + 88 more book reviews
I loved this book. It is not a book about Obedience techniques, but more about understanding your dog. How they see the world and think....Loved it!
fuji avatar reviewed Cesar's Way: The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems on + 2 more book reviews
WOW!!! A real "reality check" for us humans! Some information is hard to swallow, but as Cesar explains, this is how real dog packs and wolf packs act. It definatly explains his contreversial methods to people who are new to his work. Also, a few short chapters summarize his remarkable life. Although his training methods are thoroughly described this is NOT a training book! There are no descriptions of how to get your dog to "sit" or "rollover'. Have an open mind before you read this book, it can drastically enlighten, but also shock you to the reality of your dog's behavior. The advice is phenomenal and I recomend it to novice trainers and professionals alike.


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