Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Be The Pack Leader: Use Cesar's Way To Transform Your Dog...And Your Life” as Want to Read:
Be The Pack Leader: Use Cesar's Way To Transform Your Dog...And Your Life
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Be The Pack Leader: Use Cesar's Way To Transform Your Dog...And Your Life

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  3,859 Ratings  ·  412 Reviews
Packed with practical tips and techniques, 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.
Paperback, 316 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published October 2nd 2007)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
Rating details
Sort: Default
Aug 04, 2008 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 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 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 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 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
“Discipline isn't about showing a dog who's boss; it's about taking responsibility for a living creature you have brought into your world. ~Millan

Some good points in here. Animal first. Dog second. Good ideas about getting out the energy and putting the dog to work. I like that he connected to human energy and emotional intelligence.

Calm assertiveness.

Truth be told, that’s a great classroom management strategy too!
Feb 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-books
May 13, 2013 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 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 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 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 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.
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some dog psychology can be extrapolated to human psychology. One's relationship with animals can be a reflection of self.

-Humans are capable of having these parts: intellectual, emotional, spiritual, instinctual.

-As humans, we create symbols and label things. We rationalize and use logic to understand things. Can we have ignored instinct along the way?

-Rules, boundaries, and limitations are part of the discipline needed to have a balanced life. It doesn’t kill the spirit, it gives structure and
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dog-training
Well, I decided to break down and read a Cesar Millan's book. Honestly, I don7t think it was bad, just not in the right category. This is more like a biography mixed with a bit of self-help book. Any actual tips are at the end of the book in a nice, number-bullet list. It takes maybe several pages. The rest of the book is about his clients that he worked for and how they overcame their issues using calm-assertive energy and enforcing calm-submissive energy in their dogs. No real tips of how. It ...more
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Basically this book reads like an episode of the Dog Whisperer. Which isn't really a BAD thing, but I feel like I didn't really learn anything new.

There is plenty of repetition of Cesar's main points, but I feel that it makes a lot of sense. Cesar admits to not being much of a people person. He's obviously worked out a way to express his inner dialogue about dogs to another person in the most understandable (in his mind) way, and now cannot really change the wording.

If you want to employ some
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cesar is as good with humans as he is with animals. He is a kind, firm, and informative voice to have in the media. I am so glad that this man has a platform to share his advice.
I follow much of it. In this book, once gain he stresses his “Calm-assertive energy “ approach.
He draws a line between discipline and punishment. There is a really nice section about behavioral tool and their use (leashes, harnesses, clickers) that could save you a bundle at the pet store.
Cesar also gives solid advice ab
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.
Dec 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cesar Millan the Dog Whisperer says that “even the most unobservant person can see an owner's own issues totally mirrored in his or her dogs' problems”. This book isn't a dog training book. It is mostly about energy and how you need to have the right kind of energy in order to mesh with a dog's energy, and walk for several hours a day. Cesar Millan ideas are based on experience. They are applicable and they work.
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a five finger approach to living with a well behaved dog. When you point at something as the cause of your dog's bad behavior, remember the other fingers are pointing back at yourself. I always knew there was much more going on behind the scenes of the Dog Whisperer than what was shown. This is still just the tip of the iceberg, but it's a great start to getting into the right frame of mind to become a better pet owner
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As should probably be expected from such a personality/celebrity it's part dog training part self-help book. I used this to ease my way into learning the ins and outs dog training and for this it was a sufficient starter. Though something a little denser to "sink your teeth into", as it were, is now called for.
Brittney Martinez
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great start

I view this book as a good start in my journey in having a better relationship with my dog. U have a deeper understanding of the method and am looking forward to trying some of the techniques.
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This particular work is heavy on psychology and light on technique in Cesar's explanation of pack behavior. Cesar cites from works on emotional intelligence, the power of intention, and other psychological texts as well as personal examples from his practice of healing dogs. Very interesting.
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A well researched, thoughtful, and philosophical dog training book. Don't expect specific routines and instructions. However, the general concepts really are good. It's part autobiography, part philosophy, part case studies. A really easy and enjoyable read.
Brittany Perry
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good book, loved how it explains everything. Very helpful but in an entertaining way
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: others
Good lessons about psychology of dogs. Dogs rewarded only when they are well behaved, strong points on conditioning a dog.
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty zen book with a bunch about self control and maintaining your space.
Lon Walker
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another incredibly astute look at dog psychology. We practice his techniques with our German Shepherd puppy. Great read!
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found it more of a review of past cases with the last section most informative.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Training your dog 5 32 Aug 30, 2012 12:25PM  
  • The Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan: Lessons from Cesar's TV Dogs and Their Owners
  • It's Me or the Dog: How to Have the Perfect Pet
  • The Original Dog Bible: The Definitive New Source To All Things Dog (Original Dog Bible: The Definitive Source for All Things Dog)
  • How Dogs Think: What the World Looks Like to Them and Why They Act the Way They Do
  • The Loved Dog
  • Shelter Dogs
  • How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend: The Classic Manual for Dog Owners
  • Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds
  • For the Love of a Dog: Understanding Emotion in You and Your Best Friend
  • Puppies For Dummies
  • Adopting the Racing Greyhound
  • The Social Lives of Dogs: The Grace of Canine Company
  • Bones Would Rain from the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships with Dogs
  • The Dog's Mind: Understanding Your Dog's Behavior
  • Animals in Spirit: Our faithful companions' transition to the afterlife
  • Angel Dogs: Divine Messengers of Love
  • Blind Hope: An Unwanted Dog and the Woman She Rescued
  • Dog Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook
Cesar Millan is a best-selling author, public speaker, and the internationally acclaimed star of “Cesar 911,” as well as the original, Emmy-nominated host of the “Dog Whisperer” program. With “Cesar 911,” he brings more than 25 years of dog experience and his status as the most recognized and sought-after authority in the field of dog care and rehabilitation directly to communities terrorized by u ...more
More about Cesar Millan

Nonfiction Deals

  • Hope and Other Luxuries: A Mother's Life with a Daughter's Anorexia
    $19.99 $2.99
  • Manic: A Memoir
    $12.99 $1.99
  • Who Gets What — and Why: The New Economics of Matchmaking and Market Design
    $9.99 $2.99
  • The Card Catalog: Books, Cards, and Literary Treasures
    $19.99 $1.99
  • Without a Doubt
    $5.99 $2.49
  • The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking
    $9.99 $3.99
  • Paris Letters
    $14.99 $2.99
  • Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm
    $13.74 $1.99
  • My Cross to Bear
    $11.24 $1.99
  • The Warrior Ethos
    $6.99 $1.99
  • A Chance in this world
    $5.99 $0.99
  • It's Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness
    $13.99 $1.99
  • A Deadly Game: The Untold Story of the Scott Peterson Investigation
    $14.99 $1.99
  • Everyday Zen
    $11.24 $1.99
  • In Harm's Way: The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors
    $9.99 $2.99
  • Somebody Else's Kids
    $7.99 $1.99
  • Maude
    $2.99 $1.49
  • Here Is Where: Discovering America's Great Forgotten History
    $10.99 $1.99
  • Mindful Eating: A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food (Revised Edition)
    $13.99 $1.99
  • The Rational Optimist (P.S.)
    $14.49 $2.99
  • Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive & Creative Self
    $13.99 $2.99
  • Of Wolves and Men (Scribner Classics)
    $9.99 $1.99
  • God: A Story of Revelation
    $8.74 $1.99
  • Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book
    $10.95 $1.99
  • The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words, 1000 BC - 1492 AD
    $13.99 $2.99
  • I'm Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen
    $11.74 $1.99
  • Unseen: The Gift of Being Hidden in a World That Loves to Be Noticed
    $9.99 $2.99
  • I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High
    $11.99 $1.99
  • The Imaginary Girlfriend
    $14.99 $1.99
  • Things I've Been Silent About
    $4.99 $1.99
  • GI Brides: The Wartime Girls Who Crossed the Atlantic for Love
    $8.49 $2.99
  • The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra
    $9.99 $2.99
  • Dharma Punx: A Memoir
    $11.49 $1.99
  • Princesses Behaving Badly: Real Stories from History Without the Fairy-Tale Endings
    $10.99 $1.99
  • Queens Consort: England's Medieval Queens from Eleanor of Aquitaine to Elizabeth of York
    $9.99 $1.99
  • This Life I Live: One Man's Extraordinary, Ordinary Life and the Woman Who Changed It Forever
    $9.99 $2.99
  • As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning: A Memoir (The Autobiographical Trilogy Book 2)
    $9.99 $2.99
  • An Appeal to the World: The Way to Peace in a Time of Division
    $9.99 $1.99
  • How to Have a Good Day: Harness the Power of Behavioral Science to Transform Your Working Life
    $13.99 $1.99
“Discipline isn't about showing a dog who's boss; it's about taking
responsibility for a living creature you have brought into your world.”
“Denial,they say, stands for"Don't even notice I am lying." Human beings are the only animals who are happily lied to by our own minds about what is actually happening around us.” 50 likes
More quotes…