Cesar's Way: The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems
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Cesar's Way: The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems

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“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 Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan—reveals what dogs truly need to...more
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Published August 8th 2006 by Harmony (first published January 1st 2006)
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Michelle
I need to start with a bit of a disclaimer about this one. I read this book as a sort of "know thine enemies" thing. I have seen enough of Cesar's show and read enough about his techniques to know I don't agree with him and I find his ideas about dogs sometimes old and out of date, sometimes simply wrong, and sometimes dangerously wrong. But I opted to read the book to give myself a more complete picture of his techniques and so that I'm more informed when it comes to refuting those techniques I...more
Jessi
Ok so I got this book because much to my chagrin I am not the hot shit dog owner I thought I was and my sweet puppy is becoming a sweet pain in the ass.
Unfortunately this was not as helpful as I had hoped it would be.
This is EverlyBrothers he is my 1 year old Saint.
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He is an angel...for me, he seems to dislike my husband, which I did not have a huge problem with but now he wants to be pack leader and protect me and my son from all the evils in the world,he will spend ten minutes barking at a le...more
Kate
Cesar's way is not about dog training. It's about a way of living. I can see how it might not be for everyone, but it's certainly for me. He has taught me that living with and domesticating other species should involve honoring who those beings are. Having a dog isn't just about fulfilling our needs; we must fufill theirs as well.

I know he rubs some people the wrong way. I think that's because we grow up believing that dogs are all love and cuteness, in the face of the fact that they end up run...more
brian
thought this guy was some full o' shit asshole pop culture phenomenon until i saw him at runyon canyon with about 30 dogs running behind him. cesar turns around and his pack stops dead in their tracks and sits. he points to a random few of them: "you! you! you! you!" and said guys & gals zig-zag out and form their own little group next to the main group and then cesar spins around and continues jogging and everyone runs on in formation. it was heaven, really, and i wished he ran 'em -- nativ...more
Daniel
There's a lot going on in "Cesar's Way." Part of the book is a Ragged Dick tale of Cesar Millan growing up poor in Mexico (which by Mexican standards may have been upper middle class, as his family seemed to have owned land and been able to send the kids to school), studying dogs both on his family farm and in the city, and then, with nothing more than $100 in his pocket and a dream to become a Hollywood animal trainer in his heart, having a coyote -- and yes, I do get the inadvertent dog-coyote...more
Ilze
This is a very interesting book as far as dealing with your dog goes. I was most impressed by the techniques discussed, until I got near the end, where he gives additional tips. Millan seems to have forgotten that not all dogs that are bought are adult/from rescue centres. This means his little idea about taking the dog for an hour long walk before introducing it to your home falls completely flat if you have a puppy. No pup will last for a walk that long! (in fact, you would probably do more ha...more
oriana
Meh. This book is fine, but it's really just Cesar repeating the same things over and over. Be the pack leader! Take your dog on more walks! Dogs experience the world with their noses! Take your dog on more walks! Did I mention how cool my life is? Take your dog on more walks! Etc.

I mean, I don't know what I was expecting; it's not like a very general book like this is really going to tell me what to do with my specific little Napoleon-complexed terrier who is all sweetness and cuddly light unt...more
Candice
I decided to read this because we have just become owners of a fabulous 2-year-old Belgian shepherd dog. Dude is close to perfect, but we do need to work on a couple of things - jumping on us when we come home and pulling on the leash when we walk him.

Cesar gave me a lot to think about. I've already tried his technique with the jumping and it seems to work, as Dude is very intelligent. The walking will be harder because I'm such a pushover.

I like Cesar's way of saying that dogs need Exercise, Di...more
Петър Стойков
Великолепна книга за лидерството - за кучета и хора! Силно я препоръчвам дори за хора които (като мен) не обичат кучета.

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Bird
Feb 04, 2013 Bird marked it as didnt-finish  ·  review of another edition
I don't agree with many of the author's beliefs...

I have no desire to physically assert my dominance over my dog (such as pushing my dog down and forcing him onto his back with his belly exposed to show him he's submissive to me).

I don't believe that affection is the final thing my dog needs from me (after exercise and obedience). To me, my bond with my dog is built on mutual affection and trust. Without those things in place, I don't think my dog would enjoy exercising with me nearly as much,...more
Rebecca
I picked up this book after reading a long string of other dog training books. I had great hopes that this book would help solve all my dog woes. The book begins with a description of a morning in the life of a dog at Cesar’s Dog Psychology Center. This powerful opening scene shows Cesar’s talent at it’s greatest: one man harmoniously leading 35 dogs on a mountain trail. Unfortunately the rest of the book falls somewhat short of this morning hike. The book follows Cesar’s childhood and his early...more
gina
I'm giving this book five stars (something I don't often do) not because I agree with everything Cesar Millan says (I don't, I can't honestly say I'll do everything he says either) but because any book that causes you to stop, to think this much about your behavior, your lifestyle, your connection with your dog is important. And important books should be recognized and recommended. We need people whose ideas challenge our own if for no other reason than to bring into light what we believe in the...more
Carol Nicolas
This is an excellent book on understanding dogs and how to correct their behavior problems. Cesar Millan has a natural gift and rapport with dogs, and his love for them shows throughout the pages of this book. He does a lot of work with problem animals at his Dog Psychology Center in Los Angeles, where he shows that by behaving in a calm, assertive manner (you are the pack leader), and by exercise, discipline, and affection, you too can have a dog who is a peaceful, happy member of the family. A...more
Misha
I love Cesar Millan. He isn't perfect (his section about a woman killed by neighbor's dogs is missing some key information). However, he does have a tremendous understanding of dogs (and following his techniques rather than instinct saved my fiance from being seriously mauled by a pit bull). I strongly recommend this book for anyone that interacts with dogs. Period.
Rossie
Aug 22, 2007 Rossie rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
The training tactics Cesar Millan recommends are inhumane, outdated and abusive. Most of the theoretical explanations that Millan gives regarding causes of dogs' behavior problems are wrong. His methods are dangerous to both dogs and their owners, check out "Dog Training for Dummies" or "Don't Shoot the Dog" or "Parenting Your Dog" instead!
Stacey
Mar 31, 2008 Stacey rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody, try: Karen Pryor's "Don't Shoot the Dog" instead
Recommended to Stacey by: my dad
Self-congratulatory, posturing "novel" about all the dogs he has worked with. Very little actual advice, and most of it is borderline abusive.

Try Karen Pryor's "Don't Shoot the Dog," or Jean Donaldson's "The Culture Clash," or even Bashkim Dibra's "Dog Training" instead.
Jill
This book is just making me angry!! I cannot finish it.
Alexandra
By far the best dog book I have ever read. My gosh, this guy is a freaking genius. He really knows his shit.
I tried many of his techniques on my 2 poodle mixes & they are like different dogs. I'm flabbergasted. They are a pleasure. And to think, I never knew that all they really needed was simple assertiveness from me as their "pack leader." Sure, I always gave them lots of exercise- but I let them walk me,
Some discipline- but always after the fact which does absolutely nothing but put their...more
Liron
I'd give it 3.5 if I could, because I am getting some good tips, but mostly its a memoir of Cesar's relationship to dogs. Interesting, touching, even deep at times, but details about how to actually use your new pack-leader self-awareness are far fewer than I'd hoped. Like --

"Never let your dog jump up on you." How? By developing dominant energy. Thanks.

Best tips:
1. corrections, not punishments -- through touch and calm assertion.
2. Collar placement at the back of the head to keep dog at you...more
Todd Janko
The dog guru opens up on how to train your dog; but the reality of it is you are the one that needs the training. Most people in dog circles know who this man is; he is the infamous pack leader, motivational, dog whisperer. I should do a survey on Cesar Millan and the technics he endorses, and I bet they either love him or hate him.
Being a dog owner is one of the most enjoyable things in the world, it can also be the most frustrating! Cesar, at least on his television show, makes training a dog...more
Melissa
In his first book, Cesar shares stories about his childhood in Mexico and his first experiences in America. The book is packed with tips, but it’s also part memoir, which made it easy to dive into. It also helped explain the reason why he trains dogs the way he does. Learning the thought process behind his methods was perhaps the most valuable thing in the book.

Cesar had no money when he came to America and he couldn’t speak a word of English. He worked at a dog grooming salon, and then cleanin...more
Sara
No, I did not think I would ever be rating dog books. But that's before I became a dog person. Now that my family includes two labrador littermate puppies, I need all the help I can get and Cesar is a great place to start. I love watching "The Dog Whisperer," his show on National Geographic where he swiftly demonstrates that most dogs in American are miserable, spoiled, and unstable and of course, it's all our fault. The book outlines the same basic principles as the show and gets you comfortabl...more
Christy
I started watching Cesar's show, The Dog Whisperer, last year. It was just before I adopted two small dogs (a chihuahua and a chihuahua/min pin mix), so I was really interested in the topic of controlling dogs' behavior.

I enjoyed the show, and after watching a few, the basic principles of Cesar's philosophy are apparent. Many of his techniques have been useful with my dogs, although some of the advice (like walking your dogs an hour or more a day) is not practical for people who work a 40+ hour...more
Emily
You know, I wanted to like this book. I also wanted some HELP from this book. I don't have a terrible dog, but I would like her to stop chewing on things and barking insanely. I was 200 pages into this book before he offered ANY suggestions as to what to actually DO with a dog. And at that point I was screaming at the book "okay, I get it, be a pack leader, let your dog know you're the leader, don't let the dog be a leader: but HOW, HOW, HOW?"

The answer is...wait for it...walk your dog. Serious...more
Sam
I started watching Cesar on his show The Dog Whisperer. My sister is a Horse Whisperer so I figured I would like to use the natural methods to train my new dog. This book, however is much more than a How-To for dog training. Cesar shows you how to understand your dog, what makes her do the strange things she does, and how to deal with the unacceptable behaviors by being the leader, with no punishment, just consistent correction, using boundaries, rules and limitations. I am not yet very far into...more
Miguel
Cesar Millan, the "Dog Whisperer," one of the worlds best dog trainers if not the best, has his very own show on the National Geographic called exactly that, the "Dog Whisperer." And on Cesar's show you can see him perform his rehabilitation with some of what our society claims to be some of the most dangerous dog breeds in the world, such as pit bulls, canines, rottweilers , etc.. Cesar however does give tips on his show, but he also advises not to use this tips without consenting a profession...more
Julius Butcher
When I was six, I had a dog. I don't remember if it was a he or she, or what breed it was, most probably it was a mutt. Let's say he was a male. I tried to teach him tricks and make him bow to my will, but he didn't listen. He started to bark at the postman, and then he barked at everyone, and then he started to bite the postman. We had to get rid of him. Sad story.
Thirty four years later my wife got a dog. He is a Tibetian terrier, and he is the kindest animal I have ever met. When my wife adop...more
Ginger
Although I greatly admire Cesar, I found this book repetitious and its ethos a bit pompous. It's also riddled with name-drops; I am fascinated by canine behavior, but I could care less if it's Oprah's dog or Jada Pinkett Smith's dog under observation. To be fair, there *are* some insightful sections, and yet I imagine that the entire book might be boiled down to a really beautiful essay. Still, for someone who's never been around a dog, it's probably a great read!
Sári
Nagyon stimulál és inspirál ez a könyv. Ha csak annyi a hatása, hogy tegnap elvittem a kutyámat egy kétórás gyaloglásra, ami gyökeresen másképp zajlott, mint az eddigi (mint most megtudtam, katasztrofális stílusú) sétáink, akkor már megérte. De az a helyzet, hogy szerintem éppen csoda történik egy tíz éves, irdatlan energiatöbblettel rendelkező kutya és gazdái életében valahol az országban.
Olyasmiket olvastam ebben a könyvben, amit egész életemben hallani vágytam. Nem bonyolult vagy fellengzős,...more
Brianna
My husband and I just adopted a rescue dog from the shelter. I'm a cat person. My husband is a dog person, but truly had no idea how hard and time consuming a dog would be. I was ready to throw in the towel after 1 day, but someone recommended Cesar's book, and I started using some of his techniques before I had even finished the book.

I can only say good things about it in the sense that his techniques really do work! I kept wanting the book to get to the part where you learn the "cam assertive...more
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Cesar Millan is a Mexican-American self-taught, professional dog trainer widely known for his television series The Dog Whisperer, now in its sixth season and broadcast in more than eighty countries worldwide, including the US, Canada, Australia, Spain, Chile, Macedonia, Italy and the UK.

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