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Be the Pack Leader: Use Cesar's Way to Transform Your Dog...and Your Life

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  3,578 Ratings  ·  394 Reviews
Bestselling author Cesar Millan takes his principles of dog psychology a step further, showing you how to develop the calm-assertive energy of a successful pack leader and use it to improve your dog s life and your own.
Filled with practical tips and techniques as well as success stories from his fans, clients, and his popular television show Dog Whisperer with Cesar Milla
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Published October 2nd 2007 by Books on Tape
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Jan 14, 2010 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know many find Cesar to be unreasonable or cruel, but...reading this book, I have to say that HE makes sense. He upholds discipline (not punishment) and calm, assertive energy as two of the highest orders of the canine hierarchical system. He never expounds cruelty, abuse, or punishment as an acceptable method for dog training (or behavioral correction). He asks us to interact with our dogs, to integrate them into our lives (and vice versa) so that we actually DO become a family, rather than f ...more
Aug 04, 2008 Andre rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Honest dog lovers
Recommended to Andre by: No one
Shelves: dogs
If Cesar’s Way was, as some folks complained, short on concretes, it was ample on theory, the whys and wherefores of Cesar’s philosophy were explained in depth…for some too much so. Be The Pack Leader will please those who want more “a, b, c” application along with their theory. Co-authored with Melissa Jo Peltier the book’s prose is a bit more polished than Cesar’s Way which, I think, is reflective of Cesar’s growth since the first book as he has continued his journey into the world of practica ...more
Lisa Kindberg
Jan 10, 2012 Lisa Kindberg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Solid advice. Whether you're raising dogs or children the philosophy works. Dogs (and kids) need to have a calmly assertive person in their lives who cares for them enough to teach them the basics for survival.

Heel - stay by my side, don't go running off into the woods (traffic) I can protect you easier.
Sit - there are times when you need to be quiet and attentive.
Stay - now is NOT the time to go wandering on your own.
No - and no means NO. Fortunately dogs (and kids) are easily distracted and a
Oct 18, 2010 John rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In my family, there are three factors that go into deciding what gift to bestow upon someone. 1) What hobby/activity are they participating in currently? 2) Do I think they’ll like it? 3) I like it, so maybe they’ll give it a chance and if not, maybe they’ll give it to me.

The first one is certainly the most used. As an example, a few years ago I baked some sort of Germanic dessert bar for a potluck at work, then I made it again and brought it to Thanksgiving. To my family this automatically mean
Sep 04, 2011 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This is a very helpful book. I adopted a dog about a year ago, and he came with some issues that my husband and I have been struggling with (separation anxiety, dominance, obsessive/fixated behavior towards my 3 cats, etc.). Thanks in part to the advice and examples in this book, my dog and I are making huge strides.

When I first got my dog (rat terrier mix), his separation anxiety was so severe, he would mess in the house if I was just in another room for too long (like when I took showers). We
Jun 22, 2009 Suzanne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this on CD and was glad I did. I don't think I would have stuck with it had I actually had to sit and read the book - at least I could get other things done while it played. I was disappointed at how it seemed to scrape the surface of being a pack leader without any real clear directions on how to do so. It was an interesting book if you enjoy listening to stories by Cesar of his experiences but I was looking for more examples I could actually apply to my dog. I have other books of his ...more
May 13, 2013 Claire rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I watched one episode of this man's TV show and realised that I do not take in information through the TV very well, so I needed to read one of his books. Cesar has written several books on his experiences with dogs and I am currently having some dominance issues with my youngest dog, so I chose this one.

This is not a book about how to train your dog. If you want a book with instructions on teaching commands and such like then this is not it. This book goes some way to explaining how a dog's min
Mar 17, 2008 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amy by: Lee
Shelves: non-fiction
I don't have a dog, but I picked this book up because I wanted to read about Millan's calm-assertive methods. I figure they are good leadership methods in general.

As Millan says (quoting Boyatzis and McKee) "the limbic system in the brain is an 'open-loop' system; that is, it depends on sources outside the body to manage itself. In other words, we rely on connections with other people for our own emotional stability. In this way, we are exactly like other social animals -- especially dogs. We m
Jun 22, 2011 Cynthia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-keep, dogs
This book wasn't what I expected. I thought it would be a serious book about obedience training, using fairly heavy-handed methods. Instead it was mostly about "energy" and how I needed to have the right kind of energy in order to mesh with my dog's energy (I think). Oh, and walk for several hours a day. Excuse me, that should have been "migrate."

I actually found some of it to be more interesting and useful than I expected. But most of it seemed quite unhelpful, even if you agree with his method
Jan 29, 2012 Drew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
We picked up this book from the library after Remy ate a chicken, hoping to learn how to break this habit without having to tie a dead chicken around her neck. Turned out the only time he mentioned the bad habit of chasing chickens he didn't really address how to stop it. We did learn some useful and interesting bits about how dogs think. I still remind Brittany that when she picks up the dog and holds her like a child it confuses the dog, but that doesn't seem to deter her. In the end, though, ...more
What I pretty much got out of this book was to work on yourself and your own insecurities and anxieties. If you are "calm and assertive" in your everyday life then your dog will respect you as the alpha you need to be in order to train him. That's great advice and all but what I really wanted was a step by step plan to get my Chiuhaua to stop jumping on and trying to french kiss everyone. only about 10% of this book was Do and Do Not. I skimmed through a lot of it. There were some great tips and ...more
Jul 22, 2009 Ashleigh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this. His ideas are based on experience. They are applicable, and they work. As I read this, dogs began to make more sense and so did people. Cesar really believes our "energy" matters. I am not sure I would call it energy, but yes, dogs, and other people I think, pick up on our energy. How can we expect to have a well-behaved dog and to be the dog's master if we are unstable?
Jenna Fisher
Really insightful about how to work with dogs. A bit repetitive at times, but I was still fascinated. I'd recommend this to folks who have dogs.
I got this on my audible club. I LOVED that it was narrated by Cesar. Very good book for raising BALANCED dogs or kids!!!
I'm not of the only "positive training" mind set with dogs or children. I say "YES" a bunch of enthusiastic times but occasionally I need to say "NO" and I want my dogs and grandchildren to know that "NO" means "NO". It may be a matter of life or death as they are running into a busy street or some other danger.
This is worth the time to read.
Mar 17, 2017 Gabrielle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Cesar and I really believe in his formula of “exercise, discipline, and affection… in that order!”, “consistent rules, boundaries, and limitations”, and “strong, calm-assertive energy”. His approach with dogs is insightful and nuanced, and the anecdotes were fun to read, but unfortunately he tends to make grand and wacky claims about “Mother Nature” and “all animal species”. He defends himself about not being “New-Agey”, and then goes on to make questionable “sciency” points that don’t re ...more
Mar 17, 2014 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
If you are considering bringing a dog into your family, this is a book that you should read.

You will either wisely decide not to get a dog unless you want a daily commitment of a few hours every day for the entire life of the dog and you are willing to learn how to meet the dog's needs as an animal, dog and its particular breed rather than as a human addition to your family.

Or you will at least choose the correct breed and energy level of dog.

This book explains why most dogs in the urban world
Kat Andrewz
Mar 13, 2017 Kat Andrewz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy reading his books but they are solely focused on being the right owner and focus minimally on any sort of training techniques, which I feel is right on key. Be the right owner before you think about training your dog to do a trick.
Marcia Tennyson
Oct 05, 2016 Marcia Tennyson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this before getting my puppy and it really helped in training her correctly from right away.
May 31, 2011 Nicholas rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Meh. In all honesty I think the only part of this book really worth reading was the appendix that gives step by step instructions on how to deal with common dog problems and issues and how to adopt a calm assertive frame of mind when dealing with animals in general so that you're not acting out of frustration, but really doing your best to communicate with them on their terms. It's a helpful reminder against anthropomorphizing our closest animal companions and for creating new relationships with ...more
Lacey Louwagie
I was a little worried about the "and your life" part of this book's subtitle; I didn't want a self-help book for ME, I wanted one that would help me with Syrus (because everyone who's met him knows he's an absolute terror. ;)).

For those of you who haven't met him, Syrus is a very polite, obedient dog who has two little issues: he's an escape artist, and he doesn't do well with introductions to other dogs. Although the book wasn't particularly helpful on specific issues, I do appreciate Cesar's
Jan 17, 2010 Katie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonficiton
Our childhood dog was agressive towards other canines, scared of everything, and generally neurotic. It always bothered me that we never took the time to train her because I felt that could have minimized some of her issues. Hence this book, as I begin pondering the possibility of getting my own puppy one of these days. I really have nothing to compare this book to, as this is the first dog guide of any kind that I've ever read. We'll see how my rating/review changes if I read another one or act ...more
Inspire your dogs to greatness. In the annals of unlikely famous people Cesar Millan, Mexican immigrant dog behavior specialist must rank somewhere near Rebecca Black and Bruce Jenner's children. Straight out of South Central L.A. Millan brings his own brand of dog psychology (no seriously, he has a dog psychology center) to pet owners who pick up his book. His advice? First, don't let you dog walk ahead of you. Never clear does Millan make the reasons why this is such a no-no nor does he cogent ...more
Jul 05, 2012 Riley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: digital, non-fiction, 2012
Decided to read this (and start running again) because I realize we've become pretty lax with Riley's training, and he's showing it with extra anxiety.

3.5 stars, really. Most of the book is case studies and philosophical talk about energy. I enjoyed that, but I admit it got repetitive. Also, I often wished for more details on the HOW of the case studies. I've seen the Dog Whisperer, so I know/believe that Cesar Millan is practically a magician with dogs, but I'm not sure everyone has that abilit
May 22, 2012 Gloria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
All his books seem to cover a lot of the same themes, but this one was more instructive.

Be the Pack Leader: Use CESAR'S WAY to Transform Your Dog . . . and Your Life
by Cesar Millan
3.72 · rating details · 1,481 ratings · 262 reviews
Bestselling author Cesar Millan takes his principles of dog psychology a step further, showing you how to develop the calm-assertive energy of a successful pack leader and use it to improve your dog’s life–and your own.

Filled with practical tips and techniques as well
Oct 08, 2007 Inder rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dog people.
Shelves: dogs, selfhelp, read-2007
This is a great book, even better than "Cesar's Way." In "Be the Pack Leader," Cesar really goes deeply into his theories of dog rehabilitation, fleshing out the great but sometimes vague techniques outlined in "Cesar's Way." Lots of great, concrete advice here.

But the best parts of this book are aimed at humans, rather than dogs. In the easy voice of a friend, Cesar describes perfectly the primal connection between people and dogs, suggesting that humans learn as much from their dogs as dogs le
Nov 20, 2011 Cams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this by accident and wound up reading the whole thing in a couple of days, as did my good lady. We both agree that the philosophy makes a lot of sense and we are going to apply it with our 14-month-old Bassett hound (Clover) and the Akita pup that's waiting for us. It was quite eye-opening to discover how wrong we were going about things with Clover. She has always been difficult to walk, partly because of her wanting to sniff everything. Now I have an idea how to fix that.

I've learned
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Jun 02, 2014 marlene (bokhjerte) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
So this book is not a "guide" to how you train your dog. If you're looking for a book with lot's of pictures and short tips about how you do this and that with your dog, this is not the book for you. This is a book about Cesar Millans view on dog psychology and dog/human relationships. But it does include some great tips and of course it'll give you a better understandment of his way of being a pack leader.

I absolutely enjoyed this book, and I do agree with and admire Cesar Millans way to be th
This book was a such a random hodgepodge of information, I find it a little difficult to review/rate.

Overall, this book has lots of useful information for anyone who doesn't know much about dogs or is about to adopt their first dog; However, for those who know a lot about dogs and are looking for explanation on behaviors or his "rehabilitation" techniques, this book is rather worthless.

My main problem with this book is that Milan gives a lot of instructions- "do this, not that" sort of thing, w
Mackenzie Heckbert
I didn't think I'd enjoy this book but I really did. I liked the anecdotes about different dogs and people he's helped the best but some of the information was very insightful. I went into this just after completing a beginner training class with my dog that was 100% positive, treat based training. While I enjoyed the training and found that a lot of it helped my dog, some parts of it didn't work for him or I. I think Cesar's methods are somewhere in the middle and I can definitely appreciate th ...more
Shahine Ardeshir
Nov 22, 2015 Shahine Ardeshir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This man's underlying philosophy, about dogs, what they need, what role we as owners need to play, just makes sense. That's what kept me reading, that's what made so much of what was written in the pages ring true, and that's what will stay with me long after I'm done with this book.

Through his writing, you can tell how much Milan loves dogs. But he's also fair, calling a spade a spade and encouraging each of us as dog owners to take an honest look in the mirror about where we play a role in our
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