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Most Helpful Favorable Review

21 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

I had an amazing experience with this new book, just minutes after it came out.

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I am a 55 year old dog loving, college professor who has been using Cesar's way to save over 40 last chance problem dogs since shortly after the show started. I also have an over 3100 member yahoo email list where dog owners help each other learn to apply his techni...
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I am a 55 year old dog loving, college professor who has been using Cesar's way to save over 40 last chance problem dogs since shortly after the show started. I also have an over 3100 member yahoo email list where dog owners help each other learn to apply his techniques safely and correctly. (List has open archives and another 20,000 have come in solved problems and moved on from that high volume list).

I had an amazing experience with his new book, just after it came out.
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"Dallas" was bought from a breeder at age two months, by a chronically ill woman as a "companion".

65 days later, this once cute, now "too much" puppy, was to be abandoned to the second largest animal control in the United States (57,000/year), IF no foster was found in hours.

Even knowing that I ONLY work with problem dogs who are 18 months to 3 years, a fellow independent volunteer rescuer called me as the very last chance before the owner would take this now "energetic demon puppy" to a place where it would be lost in a sea of a thousand faces, (all other rescues being over full).

Having just picked up Cesar Millan's new puppy book "How to Raise the Perfect Dog, from Puppyhood & Beyond" a scant 15 minutes earlier, I realized from the book's detailed index that I would be able to find answers quickly, to teach me how puppies are different from adult dogs in behavior and socialization needs.

TWO DAYS LATER, a new foster was found who was willing to continue Dallas's behavior modifications, which have ALREADY resulted in:
.Proven socialization with other dogs,
.Calm feeding ritual,
.NOT charging out open doors,
.Using doggy door within 2 hours,
.Zero accidents during visit,
.traveling quietly in car, seat-belted in,
.Responds to disapproval "sound" to quit unwanted behavior, .Elimination of whining, barking, howling,
.Comes when called, unleashed,
.Walking behind on leash loosely, not pulling,
.Staying in "sit" & "down" positions for extended times, quietly and on loose leash.

Dallas is now a highly desirable, well-behaved 5 month old adolescent. When done with his neutering, he will be quickly snapped up by waiting adopters!

I KNOW that this information is going to make a HUGE difference to rescues who will be more willing to take on puppies because they can show fosters how to prevent the problems which so often creates problems that dogs are then (re) abandoned for!

Thousands of dogs are being saved by thousands of people using Cesar's way safely and effectively. Now thanks to the book and this show's episodes, a greater understanding of how to prevent the problems that create abandonment has been made available for volunteers like my self to step up and save even more dogs not only by solving problems more quickly, but stopping problems before they begin, based on my own experience in rescue and rehab!

Besides the Books recommended below, do consider adding either the "Dog Whisperer Show" Seasons, 1,2 and or 3 (use the epsiode guide to pick your favorites OR select from the mini "themed" Dog Whisperer DVDs which are 3 epsiodes based on a designated topic. Truly a (moving) picture is worth a thousand words!

posted by CJAnderson on October 11, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Save Your Money

While I respect Ceasar's knowledge, I think this book was full filler either making the reader believe they should have read his other books or brought the series on DVD. I'm a first time dog owner & never really watched the show much but thought his book would provide ...
While I respect Ceasar's knowledge, I think this book was full filler either making the reader believe they should have read his other books or brought the series on DVD. I'm a first time dog owner & never really watched the show much but thought his book would provide a breadth of knowledge considering Cesar's reputation. It only touched on his experience with a few breeds & I felt like where he should have provided more detail he left that job to other breeders and dog owners or to a few short bullets to detail. Some of the areas he discussed at length were things I have & could have figured out on my own. I can't reccomend this to other puppy owners.

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  • Posted July 25, 2011

    Save Your Money

    While I respect Ceasar's knowledge, I think this book was full filler either making the reader believe they should have read his other books or brought the series on DVD. I'm a first time dog owner & never really watched the show much but thought his book would provide a breadth of knowledge considering Cesar's reputation. It only touched on his experience with a few breeds & I felt like where he should have provided more detail he left that job to other breeders and dog owners or to a few short bullets to detail. Some of the areas he discussed at length were things I have & could have figured out on my own. I can't reccomend this to other puppy owners.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

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    I feel cheated ...

    When I purchased a book entitled "How to Raise the Perfect Dog" I expected a lot practical advice about, I don't know ... maybe how to raise a a good dog? (I wasn't looking for "perfect.")

    Instead, this book is dog psychology book, and it does indeed provide a lot of insight into how a dog views the world and its owner. Unfortunately, there is almost zero advice on the practical day to day training problems.

    Let me sum it up and save you some money: be your dog's pack leader and if you can't be a "dog whisperer" then you and your dog are out of luck.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2011

    OK for first time owners

    I like Cesar's thoughts on training! However, I felt this book didn't offer much for those that have had dogs in their family for years. I do think that it is a great book for the first- timers.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2011

    Ummmmm

    Could be better

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2010

    Not what one would expect

    Judging from the title you'd think it'd be some sort of guide based off of Cesar Millan's experience. Not so, it was more a book about Cesar's own personal experiment with buying and raising 5 pup. It was less useful than I had hoped for a first time puppy raiser.

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