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A Member Of The Family[Cesar Millan's Guide To A Lifetime Of Fulfillment With Your Dog]

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Many of us think of our dogs not as pets but as full-fledged members of our families. If you own a dog—or are thinking about getting one—A Member of the Family is the ultimate resource for integrating your canine companion into the life of your household.

What should you do if you need to leave your dog alone at home while everyone is at work? Are you providing him with th
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Published 2008 by Books on Tape
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Andrea
One of my favorite parts of this book is the advice Cesar's wife Ilusion gives on being a strong woman.

She says, "Women are the pack leaders of the world...women are the ones who are driven by our natures to fight to the death to hold the pack together...This determination to fight for the pack is our strength, but it can also be our weakness...you can't love a person...our of their problem or out of their issues. You have to find...the calm-assertive energy within yourself first. You need to l
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Lady Jane
I am revising my earlier, below review to downgrade my rating to 1-star. Mr. Millan, a charismatic, self-styled "Dog Psychologist" who has no formal background in dog training, animal behavior or psychology, relies on dominance and fear-based techniques that are both disregarded within the larger dog-training community (http://www.4pawsu.com/dogpsychology.htm) and even considered detrimental by some. So, while I can thank Mr. Millan for introducing me to the concepts of training and behavioral m ...more
Leo Jones
Cesar Millan's no-nonsense approach to dog ownership is a tonic for those of us who recoil in horror from such excesses as dressing dogs in baby clothes, putting dogs above spouses, family and friends, and tolerating unacceptable behavior. Millan's premise is that dogs think and act like dogs, not like furry, four-legged human beings, and owners (not "dog parents"!) must treat them accordingly. I love dogs and plan to adopt one soon. Millan's book has helped me understand that being a calm and a ...more
Rachel
Even after having dogs most of my life, I learned a lot from this book and wish I had read it years ago. As we're planning to add a new dog to our family soon, I found it really helpful to read BEFORE selecting a dog. Cesar talks about being honest with what kind of energy level your household has, as the best matches happen when a family gets a dog with equal (or less) energy. He also talks about how to approach a dog in a cage at a shelter or rescue, which to be honest, I hadn't really thought ...more
Mel
Jan 18, 2015 Mel rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: first time dog owners
Shelves: 1st-person, audible
We just got our first family dog two months ago and had a difficult time house-training him. Even though his previous owner claimed he was house broken, the dog soiled on my carpets nearly every day. We would take him out 5-6 times a day and still the dog would soil on the carpet, sometimes right AFTER a walk. I was at my wits end and finally decided to read one of Cesar Millan's books. After a few chapters, I realized I did every single thing wrong when we first brought the dog into our house. ...more
Jo-Ann
I was fascinated by the wealth of material included in this volume. I watch the show, however, the philosophy followed by Cesar and those who work with him is explained in very clear terms in this book. I enjoy the use of anecdotal material to support the interventions. Including all points of view in the Millan family is a great illustration of the power of a pack, in whatever form it occurs. Particularly striking to me is the humane quality of the volume for all participants - dogs, humans, ca ...more
Bridget Conroy
This is probably my 3rd or 4th book by Cesar. While there are still a lot of Cesar haters out there that say he is inhumane in his practices, i completely disagree. After reading multiple books by him, I think that people that don't truly know how to deal with bigger dogs and agressive breeds do not know how to really deal with them. I enjoyed this book but it was similiar to other books i have read by him so I did skip some chapters as I already knew his philosophy on it or it didn't pertain to ...more
Jennifer L.
I am a huge fan of Cesar Millan and his techniques, and the book contains all the info you need to make informed choices when bringing a new dog into the family. My favorite parts of the book were the stories of people Cesar has helped. I also really enjoyed his wife's section of the book. She nails it on how women tend to be the first ones to give in and give up part of ourselves in the name of love instead of being strong leaders and exhibiting rules, boundaries and limitations in all aspects ...more
Andrea
So we got a puppy about a month ago, and I feel like I've been slowly losing control of the situation and the last thing I need is another little terror running around the house :) This book was recommended and I'm glad a read it, there were some good tips and information about dogs that I didn't know. Like - exercise. I figured that dogs need exercise for the same reason that humans need exercise - to stay physically fit. But according to Cesar it's THE MOST IMPORTANT factor. Without enough exe ...more
T.L. Cooper
A Member of the Family: The Ultimate Guide to Living with a Happy, Healthy Dog by Cesar Millan describes Millan's formula for raising a dog who is well-adjusted and well-behaved. Millan starts at the beginning with choosing the right dog for the family based on lifestyle, energy levels, etc. He discusses every aspect of dog ownership and incorporating a dog into the family in the best interest of the dog. When the dog's best interests are met, the entire family benefits. He uses examples of his ...more
Jen
Well-written and clearly stated.
Almost every professional in Dogs has written (or will write) a book that covers, in general, how to select the right dog for you, what to do with it once you get one, how to handle training and behavioral issues, how to select veterinary care, covers a myriad of basic health issues and even also always touches on "what to do when the time comes to say goodbye."

This one is probably the most entertaining book of same that I've read, and I promise you, I have many.
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Katy
Oct 21, 2008 Katy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone thinking of getting a dog
In anticipation of getting another dog, I've been watching "The Dog Whisperer" on TV, and decided to give Cesar Millan's new book a try. For those of you not familar with Millan, he is a dog trainer who solves behavior problems in dogs by teaching the humans involved how to understand a dog's pack mentality and use it to elicit the behavior desired.

I liked the book. He describes many common errors we humans make in relating to dogs, talks about how to observe a dog at the shelter or kennel and
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Meghan
First, I have to confess I had to skip the very end chapters. I was having a really hard time with the 'losing your pet' section. My review is based on the book up to that point.

I find I both really like Cesar Milan and... don't really like him at all. This, perhaps, reflects either a.) my own dog experience. Or b.) my own arrogance as a dog lover and chronic dog observer. It isn't that I think he's wrong, just that at times I find his theories a bit too simplistic. Example: he constantly talks
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Kim
This book is meant to be read BEFORE getting your new pet. It was informative, and I'm following a lot of his ideas, but my puppy (we got her 3 days ago) is not following suit as quickly as all the dogs on the Cesar show. Especially when it comes to the leash. We are going to press forward and see how Cesar's ideas work or our new dog. I would recommend this book, but I wouldn't make it my only dog-adotion read.
Madhulika
We got a puppy in early May, and I did a LOT of reading before and after. Still am. I'm the completely committed type of person, who needs to know EVERYTHING about anything I do. To it, I will bring in my own feelings & intellect. The library the books by C Millan. I was not taken by him at all. The approach & understanding, while claiming inclusion (family), also uses control & domination as tools. The title is a good one, and he is successful at his work. But if you want to have a ...more
Angie
Ok, if you have a dog, this is a MUST read. I’m not going to become one of those ANNOYING people telling you how to treat YOUR dog. Partly, because I know I’m inconsistent. But, I must recommend this book. The thought process will continue to be a challenge for me but it will make a ton of difference on how my dogs (and my future dogs) enjoy their lives.

The book addresses specific needs that people may face with their dogs as well as overall rules that we can all use. I know for a fact that som
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Molly
To be honest, I haven't read every word of this, but I will. I am new to Cesar Millan. I know he stirs strong feelings in lots of people, either for or against. Not owning a dog currently, I naively say that I'm "for" his methods. I like things to be prescriptive - "just tell me how to do it!!" and that's what he does. Just like parenting, his behavioral tenets rest on changing the adult's behavior in order to impact the dog's. Not easy as a parent, and I'm guessing not easy as a dog owner. Anyw ...more
Sarahanneme
my favorite chapter was the last one, from his wife. no, i liked all the chapters, but watching him in action (on video) has helped me realize how little i knew about dogs when I got one, and how i could have made Cabot's life a lot easier. I give him a lot of credit for putting up with me.
Loretta
ok... so I really enjoyed Cesar's show "Dog Whisperer" although for a long time I just thought it was hype. After reading this book, I can say, nope! That was not hype! He is GIFTED!!!!

Surprisingly, this book provided a lot of great insight on parenting, not just welcoming a pet (the right kind of pet) into the family! I re-evaluated my reasons for adopting my Australian Cattle Dogs and discovered that while I used less than desirable reasons, I would make the same choice again! My lovely girls
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Linda
This book introduces you to the basic philosophy behind Cesar's methods. It's an excellent book if you haven't religiously watched his Natgeo shows. However, if you're a veteran of The Dog Whisperer, the book's a bit repetitive because, for every page of "concepts" and "philosophies", you have about three or four sample stories from the show.

The reading goes down smooth and easy. They give you allegories and anecdotes galore, but very little practical advice or tips.

As I said, this is a good *i
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Erika Ordonez


I read this book as we were adopting a new dog coco to be part of our family one dog, one rabbit, my husband and myself. We are dog whisperer fans, so when we adopted coco and read the 1st 2 chapters of this book I realized we made the right choice picking this dog with the right energy and introduced him to our home and family the proper way! I absolutely love his book, filled with anecdotes, from Cesar and his clients, as well as tips for every stage of life(dog and human) thanks to this book
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Maria Zain
I put this under parenting because it still came in hand with the new baby. great advice everyone should read especially before having children.
Kim
Apr 17, 2014 Kim added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pets
I will re-read this one.... I don't remember why I kept this... my feelings about Cesar are kind of complicated....
AnnieM
I love that he covers the life of the dog. Not just how to raise and train a dog, but the whole life span from picking a puppy to making the choice to put your dog down.

It's also great that he has the kids and his wife give their views and lessons learned. It gives you a great look into the world behind the Dig Whisperer.

I've listened to three or four of his books and while there are similarities across the books, I'm never bored. I love listening to the books while I walk my dog so I can impl
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Rachel
Jul 24, 2011 Rachel rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: dog people, cusomer service workers
I have never owned a dog. I may never own a dog. However, I still think this book will help me interact more easily and less fearfully with the increasing number of dogs that I come in contact with. I think the author covered pretty much every dog related topic and usually with some good examples and details. His approach is a little um...Californian, but I think if the reader can ignore the sillier aspects of the culture, it is highly instructive and the guy certainly seems to know a lot.

Also,
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Terry Cohoe
Fabulous. If you've evver watched The Dog Whisperer then you already know how amazing Cesar's advice is for the pack leader or pack leader wannabe. I read t his book out of order, but it didn't seem to matter. I went away with so many tips for the dog that we are planning on adop[ting, but also for the dog we already have. Our dog, Pete, is a great dog, but this book offerred suggestions to make our relationship even better. Must read if you are planning on getting a dog or already have one. I'm ...more
Lisa
Sep 30, 2011 Lisa rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: first-time dog owners
This was a great book to read as a first time dog owner. And I'm doing pretty well, I think partly b/c I never developed any bad dog habbits, so I'm a clean slate for Cesar to do his worst. My two new (old?) doggies are eleven and eight, so the older one, Jeter, may never really learn all these new "tricks" (I sometimes feel like everday is a blessing!), but Jilly has been doing really well, she knows who's "pack leader"! I'm totally in love with J&J, and Cesar's book really helped to streng ...more
Grace
I didn't enjoy the one or two episodes of The Dog Whisperer that I saw, but this book made more sense to me than the shows did. It's a bit heavy on new age-y terminology for my taste, but Millan's philosophy is basically common-sense-based dog training. This book is a nice intro for first-time dog owners and a fun, easy read for more experienced owners.

I wish Millan had explained in the book why he makes that weird hissing noise at dogs when he works with them. Maybe I'll have to read his other
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Carol
Everyone seems to be talking about The Dog Whisperer, and we don't get Nat'l Geographic channel, so I got this book to see what he was all about. He writes of dogs from the pack mentality, and teaches dog owners to raise them with exercise, discipline, affection in that order. It was a great read for any dog lover, though I do not agree with his belief that humans are also animals. It was informative, touching, and well written. If you have a dog or dogs, I highly recommend the book.
Kent
Quick read but good read. I have heard that Cesar's techniques are controversal or throw backs to other era's, but this book speaks more to how to incorporate a dog into your family on the whole, not train it. It was pretty refreshing. Birth, life and death are all key parts of the cycle and the last chapter reiterates this and frames death and how to deal with that of your pet very eloquently. I found this chapter particularly refreshing and thought provoking even though sad.
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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.

Prior to The Dog Whisperer series, Millan had focused on rehabilitating especially aggressive dogs and had foun
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