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Publisher's Summary

Best-selling author Cesar Millan takes his principles of dog psychology a step further, showing you how to develop the calm-but-assertive energy of a successful pack leader and use it to improve your dog's life - and your own.

Filled with practical tips and techniques, as well as real-life success stories from his fans, clients, and his popular television show Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan, Cesar helps you understand and read your dog's energy as well as your own, so that you can move beyond just correcting behavioral issues and take your connection with your dog to the next level. The principles of calm-assertive energy will help you become a better pack leader in every area of your life, improving your relationships with friends, family, and coworkers. In addition, Cesar addresses several important issues for the first time, including what you need to know about the major dog behavior tools available and the difference between "personality" and "instability".

Ultimately, what emerges from Be the Pack Leader are both happier dogs and happier, more centered owners.

An Audible for Dogs Pick: Make your dog's day. Cesar Millan shares how audiobooks can make dogs happier and calmer. Learn more.
©2007 Cesar Milan and Melissa Jo Peltier; (P)2007 Random House Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House Inc.

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  • Susan
  • New Port Richey, FL, USA
  • 11-15-08

What a help!

If you have a Pack as we do, 4 border collies and 1 sheltie and things start to go haywire, it's true, look at your own life and the stresses you bring. We had a major incident in which one dog who is normally not aggressive got into with another and I thought my sheltie would lose his ear. They were reflecting my inner chaos and unhappiness from work and not keeping any pack order. Calm assertive has dealt with so much of the situation, exercise so much more. All my dogs walk well on or off leashes,but now they are so much more clear on who is the leader of the pack. The one dog we knew had problems (I hate the word issues) with strangers is so much better, especially since we've told people, don't look, don't talk, just basically ignore her. She comes around like the young dog she really is, rather than the tough thing she wants you to see. Did I mention they are rescues and each had to be rehabilitated. There have been so many times when I wish Cesar could appear and help, especially when I know he'll be in my area the first of the year, but this book is a close second. My physician uses it with his kids and I will pass it on to teachers at my school!

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very helpful

I've read the book. it was helpful. the audio book was even better. I listen while I walk my dogs.

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Love that it was read by Cesar!

Loved that it was read by Cesar, it meant so much being able to hear it from him.

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Be the Pack Leader is just what you need!

I love that it is narrated by Cesar. Very good book for raising BALANCED dogs or kids!!!
I'm not of the only "positive training" mind set with dogs or children. I say "YES" a bunch of enthusiastic times but occasionally I need to say "NO" and I want my dogs and grandchildren to know that "NO" means "NO". It may be a matter of life or death as they are running into a busy street or some other danger.
This is worth the time to read.

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Listen & watch The dog whisperer.

excelent book, fantastic stories. if you didnt watch Cesars show, you need to do it after listening to this book.

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Good book

As a new dog owner this book was very helpful to teach me that my dog's behaviour is my responsibility and won't magically improve without focus and intentional discipline.

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No appendix like the printed book and poor audio

What did you like best about Be the Pack Leader? What did you like least?

stories were entertaining and illustrative

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

include more practical tips, examples like to change this behavior, do this, etc.

What three words best describe Cesar Millan’s performance?

pretty good narration

Was Be the Pack Leader worth the listening time?

Not for me. I wanted more process to train my dog. I got a lot of stories.

Any additional comments?

This was the worst audio quality out of 20 books I have purchased. I hope it was an isolated incident. The appendix of the printed book has an appendix covering the topics I wanted to hear. The appendix does not appear in this edition.

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need to know information

Love it. Dogs are a mirror of your emotional state, only they don't respond the way you do, they become unbalanced. We often think our dog has the problem, in this book you learn what is unbalanced behavior and what to do to balance your dog and get the perfect dog you always wanted to have.

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What would have made Be the Pack Leader better?

This book explained what you should do, but not how to do it. Cesar's suggestions are easier said than done, and without knowing how to effectively become a pack leader, or even some of the steps to take to start, this book is just a lot of words and repetitive thoughts.

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  • Betsy
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  • 03-25-12

Cesar is always my favorite

What did you love best about Be the Pack Leader?

His model of Exercise, Discipline, Affection is so simple to follow and I found it works so effectively with my two big dogs. This is not a training manual but a book on dog psychology and how you can be the best leader for your special dog.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Cesar is my favorite character.

What does Cesar Milan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Cesar described his childhood in a 3rd world country as a young boy. His success is incredible.

What insight do you think you’ll apply from Be the Pack Leader?

His model is effective. Cesar reminds you that dog psychology is different than dog training.

Any additional comments?

I would listen to it again.