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

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  10,129 ratings  ·  1,202 reviews
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and read enough about his techniques to know I don't agree with him and I find his ideas about dogs sometimes old and out of date, sometimes simply wrong, and sometimes dangerously wrong.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
Jul 31, 2008 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
Apr 18, 2011 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
Jul 13, 2009 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 -- native-am ...more
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mind-expansion
I liked watching Cesar Millan on his show, treating problem dogs; and I liked reading his book also. Didn't know he was an illegal immigrant who had to sleep on the streets for a while.

If you are only interested in the information about treating your dog, it can fit into a sticky note page. However there are interesting things to learn when you read between the lines. Especially about leadership and anxiety, how a calm leader/partner/society can calm others, the instinct about yielding and lead
Amanda Skinner
Oct 04, 2012 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
Jul 16, 2009 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
Jan 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dogs, nonfiction
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
Jun 21, 2009 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
Emilee Hone (Emilee Reads)
Lately I've been educating myself on positive reinforcement theory and reading books by dog behavior experts such as Karen Pryor and Patricia McConnell, in the hopes of training my dog to do some new tricks and to better understand him. (He also loves my husband best, so I wanted to bond with him a little more!)

As I researched these books, I remembered that I had read this one a few years back. I feel that it's important for me to say DO NOT READ THIS. Dominance theory in dogs has been out for d
Feb 04, 2013 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,
Apr 07, 2009 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!
Apr 17, 2008 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.
Mar 31, 2008 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 rated it did not like it
This book is just making me angry!! I cannot finish it.
Lindsay Nixon
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is fantastic (and strangely self-help-y for the human... one of the better “self help” books I’ve read 🤔) HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

My knowledge of Cesar Milan was limited. I knew him by name and that he was the “LA dog trainer to the stars” and had caught bits and pieces of his tv show, but that was it.

His personal story / memoir at the front of the book was unexpected and awe-inspiring. I loved it and wAnted more but that’s not why I bought the book ;)

Cesar is an outstanding teacher. He exp
Carol Nicolas
Jun 28, 2014 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 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
Josephine (biblioseph)
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
Shareen Ghabrial
This is one of the FEW books that have induced action in me. It has changed me, and I have a relationship with my GrandDog that is different than any of her predecessors, ever. I trust him, and am thrilled about what I learned from him.
Jan 22, 2008 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 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!
Ryan Frantz
Mar 23, 2017 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.
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: previously-owned
Whether or not you believe in the author’s methods, it is obvious he has a connection to dogs that would make many dog owners envious. If you struggle with a difficult dog, this would be a good book for you. Although, discovering the difficult one may actually be YOU, could be challenging to anyone with a fragile ego.
Mar 07, 2016 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!
Kia ✩
Sep 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
For the longest time I believed this BS. Thanks to Tumblr for opening my eyes.
OK, so if you manage to slog through Millan's incessant and cringy name-dropping, this book actually has good advice. Mostly in the area of walking. A lot of people will probably read this and think, "I don't need to read an entire book to be told, more or less, that I need to walk my dog," but I really do believe that his reasoning for it, the timing of it, and some of his anecdotal stories relating to achieving a calm state in dogs is helpful. (I do not agree with his instructions for how to w ...more
Twila Newey
Feb 21, 2018 rated it liked it
288pp. This was a skim read. It was fine, but too much story and background when what I needed was the practical application (last 50pp). I Bought it on kindle yesterday, finished this morning. Desperation is an apt description of where we are with Albus. On walks he gets fixated on dogs and people out on walks and will spin on his leash and bark--not aggressive--he wants to play with every moving thing but it's frenetic energy which isn't good. At home he jumps up whenever anyone comes to the d ...more
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dogs
This book has reinforced the concept, in my life, of living in the present moment with my dog. Some people do not necessarily agree with Cesar’s techniques or philosophies but I have found them quite useful when I volunteer at the local No Kill Animal Shelter walking dogs. Many of these dogs initially try to pull you, jump around, are timid, confused or excited.
I have found by having a calm and assertive demeanor and setting boundaries, rules and limitations it only takes around 5-15 minutes to
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, animals
We don't have any dogs but I checked out this book from the library after my son watched reruns of Cesar 911 on Netflix and became fascinated with the show. For the past few months, I have read a few pages of this book to him every night. Surprisingly, my son made it to about page 250 before he tired of it. This book contains advice on maintaining pack leader status with your dog, dog psychology, and general dog care.
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