From his appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show to his roster of celebrity clients to his reality television series, Cesar Millan is America's most sought-after dog-behavior expert. But Cesar is not a trainer in the traditional sense; his expertise lies in his unique ability to comprehend dog psychology. Tracing his own amazing journey from a clay-walled farm in Mexico to the celebrity palaces of Los Angeles, Cesar recounts how he learned what makes dogs tick. In Cesar;s Way, he shares this wisdom, laying the groundwork for you to have stronger, more satisfying relationships with your canine companions.
Cesar's formula for a contented and balanced dog seems impossibly simple: exercise, discipline, and affection, in that order. Taking readers through the basics of dog psychology and behavior, Cesar shares the inside details of some of his most fascinating cases, using them to illustrate how common behavior issues develop and, more important, how they can be corrected.
Whether you're having issues with your dog or just want to make a good bond even stronger, this audiobook will give you a deeper appreciation of how your dog sees the world, and it will help make your relationship with your beloved pet a richer and more rewarding one.
©2006 Cesar Millan; (P)2006 Books on Tape
If you only buy one book ever about your dog, make it this one! While his book will not explain how to teach your dog commands (sit, stay, come) it will teach you how to get your dog to operate in the human world, be easy to live with and most importantly, keep you from ending up in a lawsuit. This book is revolutionary, an absolutely essential read for the dog owner. It shows you how to keep your dog in line - no more annoying, destructive and sometimes dangerous behaviors such as obsessiveness about food and toys, acting dominant and aggressive towards other dogs, biting, barking, whining, etc. No other book on dog training teaches this.
I read several books before this one trying to figure out how to get my puppy to behave. She knows basic commands and several tricks, but I found it didn't keep her from chasing people and animals down the road, barking at every noise and jumping up on people. Nothing I read taught me that. After reading this book, however, and using its principles, my puppy has changed dramatically and quickly.
We give our dogs, love and affection and usually that's it! Just like with people (children especially) you can't love your dog into behaving. Exercise and discipline need to come first. Exercise to release their pent up energy and discipline in the form of rules and boundaries, not to be confused with punishment. Then comes the love and affection. This is what leads to a balanced, stable and healthy dog, one that doesn't rule your life.
Keep an open mind while reading this book, as with anything that really works, it may contradict many things that you have heard or read about dog training. It explains the psychology behind dog behavior and how we can teach a dog to adapt to our world, which is much different than theirs. It will change your life and make you and your dog much happier!
After having invested thousands of dollars in training assistance, obedience experts, dog psychologist, and well meant advice of many friends Cesar's techniques have finally brought a new happiness to our small pack of six dogs.
He just makes sense. When we think of our dogs as loved dog companions and treat them as such, rather than little people in our home, our life and theirs have become much more enjoyable.
Cesar's way has worked very well for use especially with one of our dogs that had an aggression issue. If you've reached a point where you don't know what to do - do what Cesar says!
This is a great book for people who are interested in having a well behaved and much loved pet. It is not the conventional dog training book, and if you want his approach to work, you must be opened minded, you must believe in yourself, your dog, and your ability to have a dog that is well behaved.
Having loved and owned dogs for years, I have accidently employed some of his ideas, like excersise. My dogs alwasys listen better after a 5 mile run. And if you don't have the time in the day to run 5 miles with your dogs, then he gives you other ideas on how to excersise your dog.
I loved his approach and I am using it on my two dogs, but, like anything else, it is not a quick fix, you must be willing to do the homework.
This book is not for someone who is looking to "fix" their dog, that won't happen, he can fix you and your behavior toward your dog, and that will fix any other problems you might be having.
For dog lovers only!!
I'm rarely not disappointed when I have expectations so saying this book was everything I expected is a big compliment from me.
Not the best part of the book, but I found myself looking up information on the Diane Wipple dog mauling case after hearing about it from this book.
I was also struck by the references intermixed in the story. I really liked that the authors reference other dog authors.
Mayer's voice is great for audio reading. It is a little weird to have a Cesar quote read without an Hispanic accent, but it is read very well and the voice is easy to listen to.
I've been trying to think of my dog's perception of the world much more. He's a smart dog and figures things out pretty quickly and I find it interesting to think about how he interprets his surroundings.
As the owner of two Shelties who just turned a year old, I wish my wife and I had listened to this book a long time ago. Though we've tried to do everything right, it now seems that we've (okay, I've) done just about everything wrong. This is a great book to listen to BEFORE you bring that puppy home. Now, having said that, we are applying Cesar's lessons to our two dogs with great results. It's just a shame we're having to unlearn them of all the bad things before getting the full benefit of Cesar's ways.
If you've seen the TV show, the book doesn't add much and has too much repetition of Cesar's basic approach. If you haven't seen the show, Cesar's way is well explained and the examples are fascinating insights into dog/human behavior. You and your dog will benefit, although it will take some work on everyone's part, at least enough to justify reading this book.
Good read. I loved it & learned a lot about our dogs. Cesar's Way is was so handy. It made me look at the things that I was doing wrong with our dogs. I changed my actions right away & the dogs followed my lead me right away. They really wanted an Alpha in their lives. They are better behaved now. They sit & wait for their food now. Thanks for the help with our dogs. Very Educational.
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!)
good stories, along with practical knowledge
Great story teller, kept you interested
Cesar's story about how Jada Smith helped him out, get stuff.
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