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 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.
Cesar Milan is any animal's best friend because he treats them as animals. This book is a wonderful starting point to learn about how to make your furry friends happy and healthy. Thanks for bringing this treasure to the audible audience!
Now I know WHY my dog does what he does AND I know how to manage those bad habits. Many of those I gave him myself by MY bad behavior. This was a training for ME as well as for my dog.
Listen and learn! I listened while walking my rescue beagle for the first few weeks I had him. He's not perfect, but I know a lot more than I did when I started.
Two hours into this book, I was still waiting for something about dog training. The book went on and on with a lot of stories about his upbringing, celebrities he knows, coming to America illegally, his issues with machismo ... and so on. The gist of it is now he is a big celebrity himself.
He may know something about dogs, but everything he knows could be condensed to about 15 minutes max.
A much better choice is any thing by Patricia B. McConnell like:
For the Love of A Dog (also on audible).
I deleted this from my player after the first 2 hours. Yuck! So much for celebrity dog trainers!
Yes, The rules of being alpha are really pretty basic, but there are so many nuances to how a dog communicates, a little refesher is needed.
So much good information on dog psychology. My only complaint has nothing to do with dogs at all. He seems to think that there is some justification in illegally entering the USA. Even though he has paid the fines and dealt with the legalities of being here (unlike most illegals no doubt), he sounds like he is still defending it. Since when does being poor make breaking the law justified? It doesn't.