I'm pretty much awesome!
Cesar's words inspire you to be calm and assertive in every aspect of your life, not just when working with dogs. Starting from his childhood in Mexico, he tells his story how he came to be the man he is today and thanks all the kind people who helped him along the way. Not only does this allow you to get to know Cesar on a new level, but it lets you know that kindness does still exist in our world. This was an excellent book. That being said, it could use a different narrator. I had a hard time getting into the story due to the narrator's monotone, boring way of reading the book. However, once I got a few chapters in, the story had me hooked and I was able to finish it.
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!)
I am so glad Cesar hopped the border and wrote this book! Finally someone who doesn't see dogs as children or as little people. He sees them for what they are...Animals. Cesar uses very easy to understand terms for explaining canine behavior and psychological background.
Overall, great book!
good book lots of interesting information. just wish there was some "how to" to follow up with how to change what is being done incorrectly.
overall, glad I read and would recommend
The truth of training a dog is that no manual will help unless you first have some idea as to the psychology of a dog. This book really shines with that. If you understand the psychology of a dog, you will be much more successful at training it. I'm glad I read this in preparation for training my pup.
great book for those looking for help in their relationship with their dog.
this was well narrated, but it would have been much better had cesar himself narrated it, due to his unique accent.
This was a wonderful book, especially for first time dog owners. I was having issues with my dominant, aggressive dog. After listening to several stories, I would use similar techniques, or emulate certain characteristics described to achieve really great results. I don't care that it wasn't in Cesar's voice. This book isn't a dog training manual. It's a human training manual as well as a quick bio on Cesar, which I felt was necessary. It's important to understand where the author is coming from, with respect to his expertise, to better understand his techniques and philosophy. Owning a dog is a special kind of responsibility, and requires adherence to a specific philosophy. I feel like a much better owner for having listened to this.