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

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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 live a happy and fulfilled life.

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Hardcover, 270 pages
Published April 4th 2006 by Harmony (first published March 31st 1997)
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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and read enough about his techniques to know I don't agree with him and I find his ideas about dogs sometimes old and out of date, sometimes simply wrong, and sometimes dangerously wrong.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
Apr 18, 2011 Jessi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Jul 31, 2008 Kate rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
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
Jul 13, 2009 brian rated it liked it
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
Jul 16, 2009 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
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
Jun 21, 2009 Oriana rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2009
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
Jan 16, 2011 gina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, dogs
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
Петър Стойков
Не харесвам кучета. Прекалено любвеобилни са, скачат, лаят и са needy един вид. Ужас. Това си мислех преди да гледам „Говорещия с кучета“ – предаването по National Geographic с Цезар Милан, в което той „поправя“ агресивни, непослушни, невротични и всякакви други проблемни кучета… буквално за минути.

Не се шегувам – гледайте предаването (isohunt, има го и в замунда на български, но без сезон 1 който е най-готиния). Кучета, които се държат ужасно със стопаните си, хапят, лаят агресивно по всеки, яд
Apr 07, 2009 Ilze rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
BE WARNED: 10 Reasons not to copy Milan

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!
Feb 04, 2013 Bird marked it as didnt-finish
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,
Carol Nicolas
Jun 28, 2014 Carol Nicolas rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 29, 2008 Candice rated it really liked it
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
Apr 17, 2008 Misha rated it it was amazing
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.
Amanda Skinner
Oct 04, 2012 Amanda Skinner rated it really liked it
I really need to stop reading the negative reviews on books I enjoy, because they just make me angry.

I'm not a dog trainer, but my boyfriend and I recently (and unexpectedly) became dog owners. I haven't had a dog since I was a kid, and I wasn't the one responsible for them. We now have a beautiful, 6-year-old border collie depending on us. We would like to provide her with the best life we possibly can. I do what I always do when I feel overwhelmed and not informed enough, I turned to books. I
Josephine  (reading in twilight)
My favorite behaviorist is the late Sophia Yin, a formidable veterination who admited that her helpful book, Perfect Puppy in 7 Days: How to Start Your Puppy Off Right, will not give you a perfect puppy in a week-- but close to that! She gives you tools that will give you a responsive dog, and tools to fit a rescue dog into your home for a happy life.

As a person in the veterinary industry, I further suggest that you talk to local trainers, get recommendations from the local vet or dog-control of
Jan 22, 2008 Rebecca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2007
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
Aug 22, 2007 Rossie rated it did not like it
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!
Mar 07, 2016 Katie rated it it was amazing
Cesar Millan's dogs, and the way he rehabilitates "problem" dogs who would otherwise be euthanized, are all the proof I need to take his advice seriously. Even though I'm familiar with his training, this book opened my eyes even more. A great read!
Mar 31, 2008 Stacey rated it did not like it
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.
Feb 11, 2009 Jill rated it did not like it
This book is just making me angry!! I cannot finish it.
Ryan Frantz
Mar 23, 2017 Ryan Frantz rated it liked it
I've always been a fan of Cesar's. Having rescued a dog recently I thought it might be useful to read this book in case their were any new nuggets. For me, there were none.

I enjoyed learning more about Cesar and his philosophy but I think most folks will learn as much in chapters 7 and 8 as they will in the entire book.
Apr 27, 2017 Shellie rated it it was amazing
Such a helpful book!!! Cesar touches on just about everything to help canine and human have a better relationship. I read this book in one day. Turns out Sam and I were doing everything ALL WRONG----no joke!!! Ha!!
Aug 08, 2011 SwensonBooks rated it it was ok
Shelves: jill
My neighbor Cathy lent me her copy of Cesar Millan's book, Cesar's Way: The Natural Everday Guide to Understanding & Correcting Common Dog Problems. She insisted I borrow it. "Lucy owns you. You don't own Lucy," Cathy told me. She described my female Dalmatian's dominant behavior in my "pack", which is Cesar's way of speaking about households with dogs.

A friend years ago recommended watching The Dog Whisperer starring Cesar Millan on the National Geographic Channel. I don't have a televisio
Aug 08, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
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
Jul 03, 2013 Tammy rated it liked it
This is my first Cesar Milan book that I've read and also my first book about dogs, so I found it pretty informative. I liked all of the information that he had and more or less go along with Cesar's Way. I didn't care for how it was written -- I felt like there was a lot of repetition (and not always in a helpful way) and that it buried a lot of the important information at the very back of the book.

If you're looking for directions about how to work with your new dog, I would actually recommend
Jul 27, 2008 Liron rated it liked it
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
Todd Janko
Nov 23, 2012 Todd Janko rated it really liked it
Shelves: dog-books
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
Feb 03, 2011 Sara rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 07, 2012 Alexandra rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 18, 2007 Christy rated it it was ok
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
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