This is a great book for the most part as long as you don't get too bogged down in the life history of Cesar's childhood and emigration to the US. Also, I'm a little skeptical of this mystical "Energy" he keeps talking about. I don't believe for a second my dogs have a sixth sense that allows them to read an "energy" aura surrounding me. Are they perceptive and sensitive to my attitude and body language? Without a doubt! But, I'm not a believer in the West Coast mysticisms regarding the "energy" I'm projecting.
Cesar is right on track with the rest of the advice. I especially like his take on dominance not being a bad thing, but rather a state of being necessary in any healthy human/canine relationship. Living in the present is also very helpful. We could all take that to heart! As with all self-help books, I recommend the reader pick and choose what works well for them keeping in mind the human is always responsible for good leadership as stated in the book. I totally agree you can't be a pert-time leader in your pack and hope to see positive results.
I don't watch the cable TV show so most of this was new to me. One last criticism...I believe he does not place enough value on the Skinner psychology methods. They too are essential in strengthing the human/canine bond. Despite the criticisms, this is a great book for a dog owner (not the only one, just a great one!)
not so much a how to but more of an insight to his philosophy. I found it helpful and have applied some of what he describes with success. I recommend it
What a great book! I wish I had read this years ago. I believe anyone who has a dog, wants a dog or has had dogs in the past should read this book! ( and if you have kids or hope to have kids... You should read this book to learn about yourself 😊) My pup and I had issues that I never had with other dogs in my life. To the point I hired a wonderful trainer. She told me to read this book. I'm so glad I did, because it has helped me to understand not only my pup, but how I was causing many of the issues. My pup Zona is still at Bootcamp this week. But when she comes home there will be many changes for all of us 😄. I'm so excited ... I can't wait to implement all we have learned. I will close now, because I'm off to buy the next of Cesar's books. God bless and Goodluck to all! Karyn A.
Seriously wish I'd gotten this book a lonnnggggg time ago. If you're having behavioral issues with your dog BUY THIS BOOK!! It's likely not the dog. It's you. Aggressiveness, jumping, biting, leash pulling, anxiety, problems with other dogs, etc. . . . Cesar will help you. I have a 4yr old German Shepherd that I rescued a year ago and she's a sweet dog but lots of the above issues and I couldn't help her with everything I tried on my own. He really made me understand how dogs think and that I was going about everything the wrong way. Her major issue was pulling on the leash and within two walks after applying what I learned from this book, she's a different dog. Night and day! BUY THIS BOOK! (The reader's voice takes some getting used to if you're used to Cesar talking on the show and there's quite a bit of name dropping in his stories but you'll get past it. I didn't know anything about his life so it was interesting and the information he gives is so invaluable.)
There is no comparison. Read other dog books before and nothing has helped like this one.
Not so much a favorite scene. Just his personal stories mixed in with dog psych lessons. The part that clicked most for me and helped me the most was what he said to do before and during the walk if your dog is pulling you a lot.
Just several huge sighs of relief when I started seeing the difference in my dog.
Again. Buy this book - or any other Cesar Millan book. He's not called the Dog Whisperer for nothing.
The beginning of the book was a bit boring talking about his life, but then the last 3/4 of the book was very interesting. I learned a lot about my own dog that I never thought about before.
I'm Robert's wife, a retired physician and homeschool mom whose grown kids now love history, literature, sci-fi, fantasy, historical fiction
This has given me the resolve to get a handle on my dogs' various issues and hope that I might succeed. Now we'll see if I can pull it off. This book is more about the dog/human power struggle and how to win it than anything like training tips. It's about getting the dog and people to have the right attitude which hopefully will be reflected in behavior.
It could have been more enjoyable if they would have made this book and "Be the Pack Leader" to have different information. I felt like I was listening to the same book twice. Honestly, I felt duped.
Love the reader's voice and tone.
I enjoyed this book. Cesar has great insight into the lives of our four-legged friends, but it's a little long and his only advice is to walk your dog twice a day. If you're trying to train your dog, this isn't the book for you. But if you want to know why your dog acts the way it does, then get this book.
This works. Interesting to get to know the man behind the muts.
This book was a great balance between his life and technique.