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Cesar's Rules: Your Way to Train a Well-Behaved Dog

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  1,314 ratings  ·  85 reviews
The training book you’ve been waiting for from the bestselling author and star of National Geographic Channel’s Dog Whisperer
Your dog just doesn’t seem to listen. You’ve been through obedience training, but he still can’t seem to master the most basic commands. And nothing you do seems to prevent him from misbehaving. “Clients usually come to me when their dogs are ruinin
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 5th 2010 by Harmony (first published February 1st 2006)
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Mar 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you've read other Cesar Milan books, there's the usual amount of back story and self congratulation. This book differs from previous Dog Whisperer books in two ways. First, Cesar consults several other dog trainers about their methods and reasoning, even a few who have publicly disagreed with his training style. That made this book significantly richer. Second, instead of over-broad generalizations that make previous books frustrating, there are hands-on techniques described in such a way tha ...more
Matt Herman
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seemed to give a good idea on the attitude that would help get a dog to be a good boy.

I do not have a dog so I cannot say whether or not good boy status is achieved.
AmberBug com*
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
Eh, I picked this up in preparation for adopting two puppy-teen dogs. I picked up some great information but also had to wade through a giant mess of stuff to get to it. As much as I can admire Cesar, I was under the impression that this was his second book and wouldn't be too heavy handed with his backstory. That wasn't the case. This is heavy full of stories from his own background and those of the other trainers he lists. Entertaining read but I don't know if I would recommend it - he basical ...more
Oct 27, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My dog can now sit, lay down, and pee outside. Success.
Caroline Christoff
Jan 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I am going to read it after I finish my current cesar book. He is probably the best dog trainer in the world!I recommend any book he wrote.I am excited to read it.
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-books
I really enjoyed this book. Cesar Millan talks to many different dog trainers with different approaches and discusses training techniques. I love that the book has a very holistic view on things, it doesn't take sides or concludes that Cesar's methods are the best. He openly admits when other trainers know better and gives detailed account and explanations on techniques he's often criticized for. Also, he describes in detail techniques he doesn't necessarily agree with, and does this is a very i ...more
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The dog psychology portions of the book were helpful to me. I didn't realized, for example, that giving affection to a dog when it's stressed or anxious may actually increase that stress and anxiety. I couldn't give the book 5 stars because I found the last portion of the book, the training portion, very confusing. It uses first person "I," without identifying whose perspective, and there are several trainers weighing in. I couldn't follow this section. I skimmed some of the first section of the ...more
Jan 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Less about raising/training dogs than about his life story, the anecdotes are interesting, but don't teach me much about my actual situation. The training sections later on do a good job of showing several ways (clicker, Cesar's, etc) to accomplish the same commands. I like the comparisons of several methods and the clear descriptions of types of leashes/collars and their pro's and con's. I will likely read the rest of his books, as I am interested in Dog behavior, but this one was less helpful ...more
Apryl Anderson
Cesar's books are a variation on his theme: Nature's Laws are real, and we're wise to obey them. Train the person and the dog will follow. I don't mind that each one I've read resembles every one of his videos that I've watched, because they're chock full of the details that are so easily missed in the moment. I've lost count of how many "eureka" moments I've had as I learn to communicate the behavoirs I want.
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love that Cesar is an open minded person. In this book, other training methods are presented and examined with respect and appreciation. There are some great tips for dog training, and overall you get the feeling that no matter what methods you choose, the important part is to honor the fact that your dog is a DOG.
Shaunese Rowland
Eh. This book was okay. It certainly was informative in some aspects but I don’t agree with everything he suggests. I’ll take away what I can use and move on. I have a Yorkie and his tips aren’t exactly user friendly the way he portrays when dealing with a four pound dog.
Maura Muller
More philosophical than practical and poorly laid out. Disappointing.
May 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good intro to understanding dog behavior and why different training methods can be successful. A bit heavy on the psychology/theory- could have used more how-to.
Aug 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, 2018-library

Lots of stuff to get to the fairly little info, but it was good info.
Aug 16, 2019 added it
Recommends it for: dog owners
Great dog training book.
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I appreciated how he spoke with different trainers who use different programs and philosophies for dog training.
Jul 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Finally finished this after getting it some months ago; one thing it has convinced me is that I need to spend more time reading so I don't stay the slow reader I have become.

Millan's successful TV show has spawned a number of books and videos, and this one has the feel of something tossed off by the demand of his publisher, and/or perhaps fans of the show. Millan often disappears here and yields the stage to a melange of "experts" whom I fear he may not have particularly well vetted. That list i
Ally Atherton

When I got Bailey, my Pug Cross, he wasn't very well behaved and he would always take me for a walk around the block. He had several issues including dog aggression mainly due to the fact that his previous owner kept him inside her house most of the time.I have been making a big effort to train him and that's why I read this book. I read another great book around Christmas ( Feisty Fido) which really helped and I would recommend that to anybody who has a dog aggressive dog.

To anyone who doesn't
Aug 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
First time reading Cesar Millan. I only know a little about him as I haven't watched any of the Dog Whisperer shows, only saw him for a guest appearance in an episode of Bones (and I'm not even sure if it really was him or another trainer), but I liked what little I knew of him and his methods.

I read the Kindle version of the book and while the formatting is good, when images are involved then the page breaks kind of doesn't work well - like a photo shows up without the caption (caption in the f
I became interested in Cesar Millan after recently reading some criticisms. I'd seen the first season of Dog Whisperer, and that's about it. This is the second book of Cesar's that I've since read, and this is where I became a fan. His passion, dedication, and knowledge shines through. He collaborated with a variety of well-known dog trainers & behaviorists, many who use different methods and have even criticized Millan's. He speaks freely about his desire to learn from every master of the c ...more
Apr 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't quite expecting what this book delivered, but I wasn't disappointed with what I got out of it, either. As a review and history of dog training methodologies and beliefs through the ages, it was excellent. But it was also a discussion by Mr Millan on how he had integrated some of these methods into his own work and how he differentiated himself from them, as well. I think this was the most important reading point for me.

I've watched the Dog Whisperer on TV for a while now and you never
May 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
I always learn plenty from Cesar, and this book offered not only his particular advice on helping one's canine companions integrate happily with their human families, but also explored a variety of methodologies for 'training' one's dog. Two thumbs up for providing the sort of background info. that I thrive on, and for making the frequent distinction between teaching a dog "commands" or tricks and helping a dog to become a calm, confident, easy-going, and rewarding companion. Trust me, these are ...more
Teresa Rosenberg
Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was a little bit disorganized, and real practical advice didn't come until the last 20% or so. However, I still got a lot out of it. I believe you need to be genuine when you're interacting with your dog, so trying to follow a training style that's not really your thing just won't work.

Some trainers prefer to work quietly; others believe it's of paramount importance that a dog will follow verbal cues without any accompanying body language (or eye contact, even); some use a c
Joan Colby
Oct 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Common sense advice by the Dog Whisperer. Millan takes on his critics, primarily those who advocate positive-only training and explains that much of their theories are ones he accepts and utilizes, as well as the more conventional types of training. He urges dog owners to be open to a variety of methods, rather than being advocates for one rigid system. He evaluates the various training ideologies and visits with some of the leading experts. He also differentiates between the rehabilitation of p ...more
May 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
So I've read this book maybe 3 times now? Every time I do not only does it reinforce ideas already in my mind but I usually spot a new one as well. Cesar's teaching are all more of natural common sense...the type of common sense humans often forget along the way in their lives. He puts it down in an easy to understand form and provides plenty of examples. He also takes assistance and advice from other professionals, so you know you are not getting a completely one sides deal when you get this bo ...more
Jan 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Some excellent tips and anecdotes about dog raising. Now I know that I should have started reading books like this even before I adopted my dog - there is so much that I can do as his human that will make him calmer and happier, and therefore make me less crazy! Highly reccomended to anyone dealing with dogs. I especially liked the way he interviewed so many different dog experts, from different schools of thought, and each gave their personal beliefs and methods. I like that he believes you can ...more
Apr 30, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The most interesting aspect of this book is that the author interacts with many other dog & animal trainers and brings all of those experiences into the picture instead of just touting his own system. All of these trainers have completely different rules and modes of operation and Cesar is very respectful of the differences and obviously pleased at the similarities. I have two fairly well-behaved dogs and I just want to tweak a couple of things, so I am hopeful that the lessons I learned fro ...more
Aug 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Cesar continues here offering strong support to being "calm/assertive".
He starts with a fun walk through his childhood and the beginnings of his interactions with dogs.
Dog psychology is a big part of this discussion as he pushes the need for dogs to find balance.
He uses several interesting personal case studies , the he opens up to several other notable dog trainers. I like what he does here, following a pattern that he has always demonstrated on his NatGeo TV show, of incorporating the wise cou
Lisa N
Aug 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Being first-time puppy owners, we rushed out and got this book hoping for remedies. While interesting, this is not a quick-fix kind of book. I read most of this and sort of skimmed the rest. Good insights into dog psychology. Two principles I found particularly intriguing—

1. Think of your dog in four ways, in the correct order: animal, species dog, breed, name.

2. Rules for a balanced dog—(1) exercise, (2) discipline (rules, boundaries, and limitations), and (3) affection—in that order.

I was t
May 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: self-help
I really enjoyed this book, I learned a lot about dogs and even what I can do to improve myself as a leader of the pack. I like how the author considers a wide range of opinions from different perspectives. I defiantly will read more of these books to learn much more. I recommend this book to people wanting to get a dog so that they can learn that it’s much more than just feeding him and walking, and letting out side to pee.
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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