Don't waste your time with Cesar. Dominance theory in dog training has been continually shown to be less effective than positive reinforcement training, and can have negative effects on your relationship with your dog.
Absolutely brilliant and helpful in all aspects of taking care of your dog. Down to the very last chapter it is brimming with valuable information of how to have a healthy and very happy relationship with your pack!
Simply all you need to know to raise a good, obedient dog, and become a better person yourself while at it. I tried and tested it with my puppy, with no prior dog raising experience, and I would recommend anybody do the same. Essential read for new dog owners.
The narration is just perfect for the material: clear, soothing and reassuring.
This book contains very little actual dog training material. Instead it's filled with references to new age-type concepts: balance, energy, whole person. with no real meaning. Cesar M. might be a good dog trainer. No doubt. However based on his TV show and all the books he managed to publish and sell he is really good at hiding his actual dog training methods behind empty content. All of these concepts like "pack leader", structure, alpha dog have been thoroughly discredited by many scientists.
Unfortunately scientists don't have widely marketed and big budget TV shows to promote real discoveries. The result: books like this one. If someone likes pop psychology then this book will definitely fit the bill. Nothing against pop psychology but it has nothing to do with dog training.I'm not even touching his constant use of the word "energy" in so many variations. There is negative energy, positive energy, energy balance.
Even if we take these as metaphors and not something with actual substance it has become a linguistic crutch after the first chapter.
In the chapter about Tycoon (the first case) Cesar M. uses most of the space to describe himself, his feelings, the client, Tycoon's "journey" from a macho to softer person, struggles of the Tycoon's personal assistant, house maid's feeling and body language, private jets, Cesar's LA's training facility, but practically nothing to describe how he actually solved the problem with his client's dogs. I maybe I missed it somehow.
John H. Mayer's narration is actually pretty good.
Exactly what I needed a crash course in dogy styles, breeds, behavior, corrections and real life examples! What a wonderful human being this Cesar.
I like the simplicity of the language, the small histories and the insights on how to improve on taking care of a dog
Recommend it for anyone with a dog or thinking on getting one, plenty of basic knowledge and terms