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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 real-life success stories from his clients (including the Grogan family, owners of Marley from Marley &
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Published October 2nd 2007 by Crown Archetype
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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
Jan 14, 2010 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
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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
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
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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
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