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

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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...more
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Published October 2nd 2007 by Books on Tape (first published 2007)
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Andre
Oct 12, 2012 Andre rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
Linda
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
Lisa Kindberg
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...more
Suzanne
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
Cynthia
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...more
Amy
Sep 01, 2008 Amy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
John
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...more
Pam
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...more
Drew
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
Theresa
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
Donna
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...more
marlene
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...more
Ashleigh
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?
Jonny99
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
Christine
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...more
Claire
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...more
Cams
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...more
Nicholas
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
Katie
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
Gloria
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...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...more
Inder
Oct 17, 2007 Inder rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Riley
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...more
Chris Walker
A lot of this book is about how troubled humans can mean troubled dogs. It asks you to look in the mirror if your dog is acting up. It draws on the work of Daniel Goleman (Emotional Intelligence), Deepak Chopra and others and stresses that calm assertive leadership will not only help you control your dog but will also help in other areas of your life to achieve balance and harmony. Where you can't find the confidence in yourself to dominate (in a good way, as the pack leader) your dog it recomme...more
Brianna L.
Be the Pack Leader: Use Cesar's Way to Transform Your Dog...and Your Life
Cesar Millian
Non-fiction/Memior

Cesar Millian has a famous TV show called the Dog Whispere. In this book he refers back to those shows for examples in his lessons. He talks about so much stuff. Leashes for your dogs, how to deal with their personality, breeds of dogs, and many more things. Ceasr even writes down experiences of other people and their dogs.

I really like dogs. Thats why I chose to read this book. I used to watc...more
Hillary
Well, I've not read many books on training dogs so my review is a little limited. I found the ideas he gave on the dynamics between dogs and owners to be very novel and really refreshing. The idea that the owner should not act as though the dog's mind of his own attitude is actually a good reason to let him do as he wishes really changed my views of all the dogs I've had in the past. Instead of letting the dog decide for himself how he'll be allowed to live, it stands to reason that as the "Lead...more
Ashley (cnthrdlywt2bwz)
I definitely don't agree with much of what he says and I've never watched his show. This book focuses upon the fact that many problems found in dog behavior stems from something emotional, or physical that its owner is projecting. While this seems like a simple concept that I could accept, he delves deeply into talking for ages about energy and spiritualism evoked around the dogs to make them behave that I just couldn't get behind or understand exactly what he was trying to accomplish or instruc...more
Christina
Another great book -- this books expands on his philosophy from the first book and gives practical step-by-step advice.

Besides all the TONS of new information I have learned from these books, he has pointed out a few things that I have thought for years, hence the "YES!" moments while reading --

*There are no bad dogs, just bad owners.
*A home is just not quite complete without a dog.
*Having dogs as pets keep people in touch with the natural world around us. (A dog much moreso than a cat or other...more
Ghostleegirl
I admit I am pretty much addicted to Cesar Millan and his way of handling dogs. I really like the methods he uses and the way he never raises his voice and doesn't really even use heavy handed tactics with the dogs.

Even though my dog doesn't have any behavioural issues, he gets along with other dogs and is a pretty happy, calm pooch, I am finding that by reading Cesars books, it is helping me to understand the body language of not only my dog, but other dogs. It's helpful to know what to watch...more
Ryan
Not as specific on particular handling techniques as I would have liked. I understand that Cesar does not see himself as a "trainer," so this book is not about "training" your dog to sit, stay, etc. It is mostly about having what Cesar calls a "calm-assertive" energy toward your dog, which shows that you are the dominant animal in the relationship and the "pack leader." Little guidance is given on exactly how to apply this entergy in specific circumstances, but I guess that is because every situ...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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