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Cesar's Rules: Your Way to Train a Well-Behaved Dog

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  1,092 Ratings  ·  74 Reviews
In 'Cesar's Rules', Cesar Millan gives you his key rules for dog training so you can finally eliminate problem behaviours. Packed with experience from Cesar's lengthy career working with dogs, this book will allow you to forge a new, more rewarding connection with your four-legged companion.
Hardcover, 305 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published February 1st 2006)
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AmberBug **
Eh, I picked this up in preparation for adopting two puppy-teen dogs. I picked up some great information but also had to wade through a giant mess of stuff to get to it. As much as I can admire Cesar, I was under the impression that this was his second book and wouldn't be too heavy handed with his backstory. That wasn't the case. This is heavy full of stories from his own background and those of the other trainers he lists. Entertaining read but I don't know if I would recommend it - he basical ...more
Mar 06, 2013 Chad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you've read other Cesar Milan books, there's the usual amount of back story and self congratulation. This book differs from previous Dog Whisperer books in two ways. First, Cesar consults several other dog trainers about their methods and reasoning, even a few who have publicly disagreed with his training style. That made this book significantly richer. Second, instead of over-broad generalizations that make previous books frustrating, there are hands-on techniques described in such a way tha ...more
Caroline Christoff
I am going to read it after I finish my current cesar book. He is probably the best dog trainer in the world!I recommend any book he wrote.I am excited to read it.
Oct 27, 2010 Tamar rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My dog can now sit, lay down, and pee outside. Success.
May 18, 2017 Charlie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
I really enjoyed this book. Cesar Millan talks to many different dog trainers with different approaches and discusses training techniques. I love that the book has a very holistic view on things, it doesn't take sides or concludes that Cesar's methods are the best. He openly admits when other trainers know better and gives detailed account and explanations on techniques he's often criticized for. Also, he describes in detail techniques he doesn't necessarily agree with, and does this is a very i ...more
Jul 24, 2011 Rob rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally finished this after getting it some months ago; one thing it has convinced me is that I need to spend more time reading so I don't stay the slow reader I have become.

Millan's successful TV show has spawned a number of books and videos, and this one has the feel of something tossed off by the demand of his publisher, and/or perhaps fans of the show. Millan often disappears here and yields the stage to a melange of "experts" whom I fear he may not have particularly well vetted. That list i
Ally Atherton

When I got Bailey, my Pug Cross, he wasn't very well behaved and he would always take me for a walk around the block. He had several issues including dog aggression mainly due to the fact that his previous owner kept him inside her house most of the time.I have been making a big effort to train him and that's why I read this book. I read another great book around Christmas ( Feisty Fido) which really helped and I would recommend that to anybody who has a dog aggressive dog.

To anyone who doesn't
Aug 05, 2012 Kat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First time reading Cesar Millan. I only know a little about him as I haven't watched any of the Dog Whisperer shows, only saw him for a guest appearance in an episode of Bones (and I'm not even sure if it really was him or another trainer), but I liked what little I knew of him and his methods.

I read the Kindle version of the book and while the formatting is good, when images are involved then the page breaks kind of doesn't work well - like a photo shows up without the caption (caption in the f
I became interested in Cesar Millan after recently reading some criticisms. I'd seen the first season of Dog Whisperer, and that's about it. This is the second book of Cesar's that I've since read, and this is where I became a fan. His passion, dedication, and knowledge shines through. He collaborated with a variety of well-known dog trainers & behaviorists, many who use different methods and have even criticized Millan's. He speaks freely about his desire to learn from every master of the c ...more
Apr 13, 2012 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't quite expecting what this book delivered, but I wasn't disappointed with what I got out of it, either. As a review and history of dog training methodologies and beliefs through the ages, it was excellent. But it was also a discussion by Mr Millan on how he had integrated some of these methods into his own work and how he differentiated himself from them, as well. I think this was the most important reading point for me.

I've watched the Dog Whisperer on TV for a while now and you never
May 17, 2012 Laurie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always learn plenty from Cesar, and this book offered not only his particular advice on helping one's canine companions integrate happily with their human families, but also explored a variety of methodologies for 'training' one's dog. Two thumbs up for providing the sort of background info. that I thrive on, and for making the frequent distinction between teaching a dog "commands" or tricks and helping a dog to become a calm, confident, easy-going, and rewarding companion. Trust me, these are ...more
Teresa Rosenberg
Feb 19, 2015 Teresa Rosenberg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was a little bit disorganized, and real practical advice didn't come until the last 20% or so. However, I still got a lot out of it. I believe you need to be genuine when you're interacting with your dog, so trying to follow a training style that's not really your thing just won't work.

Some trainers prefer to work quietly; others believe it's of paramount importance that a dog will follow verbal cues without any accompanying body language (or eye contact, even); some use a c
Joan Colby
Oct 27, 2010 Joan Colby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Common sense advice by the Dog Whisperer. Millan takes on his critics, primarily those who advocate positive-only training and explains that much of their theories are ones he accepts and utilizes, as well as the more conventional types of training. He urges dog owners to be open to a variety of methods, rather than being advocates for one rigid system. He evaluates the various training ideologies and visits with some of the leading experts. He also differentiates between the rehabilitation of p ...more
Nov 09, 2016 Rubén rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Tengo 3 perritas así que me interesó este libro para ver si podía encontrar tips de como adiestrarlas ya que si se llegan a salir de control de vez en cuando.

No lo hubiera llegado a comprar si no es porque lo encontré en descuento sino hubiera estado díficil que lo llegara a leer. Qué bueno que lo compré barato porque es bastante malo.

Las primeras 3/4 partes del libro se la trata hablando de su libro, de charlas con otros entrenadores así como mencionar continuamente que su método es increíble y
May 01, 2013 Shayla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
So I've read this book maybe 3 times now? Every time I do not only does it reinforce ideas already in my mind but I usually spot a new one as well. Cesar's teaching are all more of natural common sense...the type of common sense humans often forget along the way in their lives. He puts it down in an easy to understand form and provides plenty of examples. He also takes assistance and advice from other professionals, so you know you are not getting a completely one sides deal when you get this bo ...more
Jan 29, 2013 Shirly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some excellent tips and anecdotes about dog raising. Now I know that I should have started reading books like this even before I adopted my dog - there is so much that I can do as his human that will make him calmer and happier, and therefore make me less crazy! Highly reccomended to anyone dealing with dogs. I especially liked the way he interviewed so many different dog experts, from different schools of thought, and each gave their personal beliefs and methods. I like that he believes you can ...more
Lisa N
Aug 13, 2012 Lisa N rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Being first-time puppy owners, we rushed out and got this book hoping for remedies. While interesting, this is not a quick-fix kind of book. I read most of this and sort of skimmed the rest. Good insights into dog psychology. Two principles I found particularly intriguing—

1. Think of your dog in four ways, in the correct order: animal, species dog, breed, name.

2. Rules for a balanced dog—(1) exercise, (2) discipline (rules, boundaries, and limitations), and (3) affection—in that order.

I was t
Aug 29, 2015 Kenneth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cesar continues here offering strong support to being "calm/assertive".
He starts with a fun walk through his childhood and the beginnings of his interactions with dogs.
Dog psychology is a big part of this discussion as he pushes the need for dogs to find balance.
He uses several interesting personal case studies , the he opens up to several other notable dog trainers. I like what he does here, following a pattern that he has always demonstrated on his NatGeo TV show, of incorporating the wise cou
Apr 30, 2011 Judith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The most interesting aspect of this book is that the author interacts with many other dog & animal trainers and brings all of those experiences into the picture instead of just touting his own system. All of these trainers have completely different rules and modes of operation and Cesar is very respectful of the differences and obviously pleased at the similarities. I have two fairly well-behaved dogs and I just want to tweak a couple of things, so I am hopeful that the lessons I learned fro ...more
Gerri Leen
Aug 05, 2011 Gerri Leen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first of Cesar's books that I can honestly say bored the living crap out of me. I finally had to give up when I found myself avoiding it. I'm not sure if he and his cowriter were just in over their heads tackling a topic this big or if this was just for the money and that lack of true motivation showed? If you've seen the Dog Whisperer, the first few examples are all too familiar. And there is so much theory but not very well presented. Skip this and go back to any of his books on do ...more
May 05, 2015 Jake rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help
I really enjoyed this book, I learned a lot about dogs and even what I can do to improve myself as a leader of the pack. I like how the author considers a wide range of opinions from different perspectives. I defiantly will read more of these books to learn much more. I recommend this book to people wanting to get a dog so that they can learn that it’s much more than just feeding him and walking, and letting out side to pee.
Feb 03, 2013 Pam rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: do-not-recommend
Ceasar's "Way" involves dated techniques using choke chains, punishment, and intimidation to "be the boss" of your dog. That philosophy has led to many dogs being turned into shelters that could have been fine family pets had their owners not followed his advice. Check youtube for the "behind the scenes" videos of why his techniques work on the show. I'm embarrassed I checked this out from the library.
May 31, 2013 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Starting with a puppy for the first time I didn't want to screw him up. I learned a lot, but the book was somewhat difficult to make myself read. I had to renew it a bunch of times from the library. But there was some useful information - I copied down some ideas to print out and insert in the books I refer to more.
Nov 23, 2010 Lindsay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
A very quick and easy read. Includes some things that his earlier books didn't cover, but a lot of repeated information. Did enjoy how he took the input of other trainers, so I felt it was more comprehensive in that sense. Is good if you are just starting to train your dog, but isn't helpful for more complex commands.
Jan 01, 2011 Grey853 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I enjoy watching the "dog whisperer" so I thought I'd check out one of his books. It was quick and easy, filled with common sense things that many people don't think about when it comes to dogs. I also liked the personal background he gives about his life and his relationships with his own dogs, especially Daddy.
Jun 02, 2012 Sarah rated it it was ok
Shelves: home-life
I felt like it took a while to get to the main purpose of the book. By the time I did, it had to go back to the library, so I wasn't able to get the full benefit from the book. Maybe when the dog comes home I will check it out again... maybe. I did get a bit bored about reading a narrative of Cesar's life when I just want doggie tips.
Tammy Mutka
I did not like this book nearly as much as I liked How to Raise the Perfect Dog. I did not feel that it flowed as nicely. I felt that topics jumped. There was a lot of information so that you could choose various methods of working with your dog. It was very informational and also had a lot of historical information. I might have scored it higher if I had not read the other book first.
Oct 23, 2010 Kellie marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
OK, I love Cesar Millan. I couldn't wait to read this book & only got a little way into it when my adorable 7 month old puppy shredded it. Hardcover & all! Apparently she doesn't want to be a well-behaved dog. Haha... I can't wait to replace the book & get to finish it.
Jan 02, 2015 Gaby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Me habia olvidado de hacer la review de este libro.
Muchos consejos interesantes para poner en practica junto con historias reales de algunos adiestradores que hacen de este libro, una lectura imprescindible.
May 16, 2012 Dayne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
With a new puppy, I need all the help I can get. I think Cesar has some very sound philosophy behind his rules. He is sometimes rough with completely out of control dogs on his show, but in the book he talks about normal dog problems. Mostly it's about training the trainer.
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