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From the bestselling author and star of National Geographic Channel's Dog Whisperer, the only resource you’ll need for raising a happy, healthy dog.

For the millions of people every year who consider bringing a puppy into their lives–as well as those who have already brought a dog home–Cesar Millan, the preeminent dog behavior expert, says, "Yes, you can raise the perfect dog!" It all starts with the proper foundation in the early years. ...
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Overview

From the bestselling author and star of National Geographic Channel's Dog Whisperer, the only resource you’ll need for raising a happy, healthy dog.

For the millions of people every year who consider bringing a puppy into their lives–as well as those who have already brought a dog home–Cesar Millan, the preeminent dog behavior expert, says, "Yes, you can raise the perfect dog!" It all starts with the proper foundation in the early years. Here, Cesar tells you everything you need to know to create the best environment for a well-balanced dog in order to avoid behavior issues in the future, and shows you how to correct the most common behavior issues for young dogs.

Based on Cesar’s own detailed experiences raising individual puppies from some of the most popular breeds, How to Raise the Perfect Dog is like having Cesar right beside you, as your own personal expert, coaching you and your dog from the first day of your life together.

Packed with new information aimed specifically at the particular needs of puppies and adolescents, and written in Cesar's friendly, accessible style, How to Raise the Perfect Dog answers all the most commonly asked questions and guides you towards a loving, satisfying life-long relationship with your best friend.

#1 New York Times bestselling author, Cesar Millan shows you how to raise the perfect dog and prevent behavior issues before they start, including:
• what to expect from each stage of your puppy's development
• quick and easy housebreaking
• the essentials of proper nutrition
• the importance of vaccinating–and of not over-vaccinating
• creating perfect obedience from day one through rules, boundaries, and calm-assertive leadership
• how to avoid the most common mistakes owners make raising puppies and young dogs
• how to correct any issue before it becomes a problem
• unique exercises and play to bring out the best in every breed

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Having a perfect dog means more than reinforcing an owner's vanity: A happy, healthy, well-behaved pet leads a longer, more stress-free life from puppyhood through maturity and even old age. Cesar Millan's How To Raise the Perfect Dog aims at nothing less than this. This tutorial on nurturing a canine companion emphasizes establishing housebreaking and obedience behavior patterns early, but it doesn't neglect equally important elements, such as providing proper nutrition, vaccinations, exercise, and leadership.
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“Millan’s wizardlike facility with dogs–the calm he brings to them, the confident way he handles them–is mind-blowing.”
Newsweek

“[Millan] arrives amid canine chaos and leaves behind peace.”
—Malcolm Gladwell, The New Yorker

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Newsweek
Millan's wizardlike facility with dogs-the calm he brings to them, the confident way he handles them-is mind-blowing.
The New Yorker
[Cesar] arrives amid canine chaos and leaves behind peace.
—Malcolm Gladwell
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307461308
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/14/2010
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 31,481
  • Product dimensions: 8.28 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Cesar Millan
Founder of the Dog Psychology Center in Los Angeles, CESAR MILLAN is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Cesar’s Way, Be the Pack Leader, and A Member of the Family. He is the star of Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan, the National Geographic Channel’s top-rated show. In addition to his educational seminars and work with unstable dogs, Cesar and his wife have founded the Cesar and Ilusion Millan Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping shelters and rescue groups.

MELISSA JO PELTIER, an executive producer and writer of Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan, has been honored for her film and television writing and directing with an Emmy, a Peabody, and more than fifty other awards. She lives in Nyack, New York, with her husband, writer-director John Gray, and stepdaughter, Caitlin.

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Biography

Professsional dog behaviorist Cesar Millan ("The Dog Whisperer") claims to rehabilitate dogs and train people. Certainly, this extraordinary man has rescued hundreds of troubled canines from destruction and abandonment and taught owners the calm, assertive leadership skills needed to handle difficult, even aggressive dogs.

Millan developed his unique talents on his grandfather's farm in Mexico, where he first observed the "power of the pack" that has become the linchpin of his training techniques. (Today he maintains perfect control over a pack of up to 50 dogs, including some of the most powerful, protective, and aggressive breeds around.) At his Dog Psychology Center in Los Angeles, he receives as many as 100 calls a day from pet owners desperate to solve such extreme canine behavior problems as shyness, insecurity, jealousy, and "red zone" aggression.

The Emmy Award-nominated television program Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan debuted on the National Geographic Channel in 2004. Millan gained even more attention when he and his training techniques were featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show. In 2005, he received a special commendation from the National Humane Society Genesis Award Committee for his work in rehabilitating shelter animals. He is the author of several books on dog training -- most notably The New York Times bestseller Cesar's Way (2006) -- and has produced a line of CDs, DVDs, and training tools.

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    1. Hometown:
      Los Angeles, CA
    1. Date of Birth:
      1969
    2. Place of Birth:
      Culiacan, Mexico

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Meet the Puppies

Junior, Blizzard, Angel, Mr. President 7

Chapter 2 Perfect Match

Choosing the Perfect Puppy 31

Chapter 3 Mother Knows Best

Learning from the Pros 67

Chapter 4 Puppy Comes Home

Easing the Transition from Litter to Family 91

Chapter 5 Your Healthy Puppy

Health Care Basics 139

Chapter 6 Connecting, Communicating, and Conditioning: How Your Dog Learns 161

Chapter 7 The Social Puppy

Getting Along with Both Dogs and Humans 209

Chapter 8 Problem-Free Puppies 229

Chapter 9 Smells Like Teen Spirit

Adolescent Challenges 253

Chapter 10 Epilogue

The Puppies Grow Up 273

Appendix Resource Guide 283

Notes 287

Illustration Credits 291

Index 293

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  • Posted October 11, 2009

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

    Hi
    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.
    *******************************************
    "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!

    21 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2010

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    A must-have for any dog owner!

    Whether you are getting ready to bring home your first puppy or you have owned dogs for years, this book will provide you with a whole new set of tools. Cesar's methods are not only effective and humane, they are completely natural for dogs. He truly brings to life the inner workings of the pack and how dogs learn from other dogs. He articulates this information to the reader in a way that makes it easy for the reader to start using these methods. He uses concise instructions, several examples, and even includes troubleshooting problems. Cesar can turn anyone into the pack leader, which will result in the perfect dog, regardless of breed or age. Each chapter is filled with useful information, entertaining stories of his own experiences, and charming canines that will steal your heart through the pages.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2009

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    Cesar has written a must have for prospective or current puppy owners!

    Cesar Millan's How to Raise the Perfect Dog is a godsend for puppy owners. His instructions are common sense, easy to implement and rewarding for both the puppy and its owner. As a professional dog trainer who utilizes only positive training methods, I was delighted to discover Mr. Millan's training methods were exclusively positive in nature. In addition to the basics of house training and the very most basic of obedience work, he has included an informative section dealing with the most commons misbehaviors such as mouthing (which is also called biting if it's YOUR hand!). If you are a Dog Whisperer watcher and have wondered how he accomplishes communicating wordlessly with dogs, you will find an explanation of exactly how to use body language to communicate with your puppy. I have recommended this book to my clients and would HIGHLY recommend it to anyone is considering raising a puppy. Reading the book before selecting a puppy will supply a wealth of valuable information to help select a puppy of a breed and energy level which will be compatible with the owner. The concise, yet detailed, instructions are easy to understand. The methods included in Mr. Millan's book provide the new owner with a head start toward raising the "dream dog" everyone is looking for.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 13, 2009

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    Don't bring that puppy home until you read this one!

    I definitely recommend reading this book before bringing a new puppy into your life. There are so many puppies out there waiting for adoption. The problem is, they're so cute and hard to resist that when we bring them home we feel sorry for them, don't want to be "hard on them" so we let them get away with murder. Well....that cuteness doesn't last long when that puppy grows up and develops bad habits. That's right about the time people give up and many times wind up dropping their "new puppy" off at the shelter. This step can be prevented if we know how and this book gives us the knowledge.
    How to Raise the Perfect Dog teaches us which puppy is best for our energy level and what to do from the minute we bring it home in order to become the proper leader. It teaches us how to breed respect within the family (pack) so that new puppy feels secure and confident. It is our responsibility to give our dog the best life from beginning to end. This is just one of several of Cesar's books that tells us how to do just that.
    Once again, Cesar and Melissa Jo make a great team!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2012

    Cesar Provides Sanity

    Thank Heavens for Cesar! He breaks down all the different stages of "Puppyhood" and defines them, along with their potential pitfalls clearly and concisely. He writes in easy to understand sentences and makes the very sometimes stressful decision to bring a dog home seem not quite so daunting. Having successfully used his techniques on another beloved dog, Cesar was my "Go To Guy" when we decided to rescue another dog. Great read and great advice from a great man. Thanks, Cesar!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2009

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    You and Your Puppy Need This!

    From how to select a puppy by matching your energy level to that of the puppy to surviving a puppy's prolonged adolescence, Cesar Millan's latest book provides a wealth of good advice illustrated with his own (and his friends') experiences with puppies of various breeds. From pit bulls to miniature schnauzers, Millan covers a lot of territory. Priceless episodes include the labrador puppy who didn't like water and the bulldog puppy who learned to use his nose. Although Millan believes that canines are dog first, then breed, in raising a puppy, he demonstrates the importance of bringing out the best aspects of a dog's breed.

    Easy to read and understand, organized primarily by topic and covering a lot of ground, this is an excellent book for a first-time puppy owner and applies to owners of purebred dogs as well as shelter pups. Millan also makes a plea for puppy seekers to avoid puppy mill/pet shop puppies when selecting a purebred dog and encourages visiting shelters. (His choice of purebreeds came about due to his desire to explore the differences in various types of dogs -- retrievers, terriers, etc.)

    Millan and co-author Melissa Jo Peltier are a winning combination and I look forward to more forays into the world of dog behavior from this dynamic duo!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 9, 2009

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    Not Just for Puppies!

    Cesar's book, "How to Raise the Perfect Dog," was, to me, fantastic and my dog is four years old! I first heard about Cesar when my pup was eight months old and I was shocked at what he said. I admit that I'm a dog book junkie, so I wasn't expecting too much, but Cesar's Way was like a tsunami for me! I learned how my energy affects my dog. It's not an easy concept, but something had to change. I had to change.

    I've read all Cesar's book and watched the Dog Whisperer DVDs several times. Once again, here comes a puppy book that I was, frankly, thinking this won't relate to my situation. But it does. I enjoyed it from the standpoint of thinking back to how cute was my Standard Schnauzer puppy. Then there was the reminder level of what to do about energy at the "animal/species" level. Then there's the layer about finding things to fulfill the breed.

    If you watch the Dog Whisperer, there are episodes in which Cesar is dealing with dogs that are aggressive to the point of what he calls the "red zone." For several of them, the owners say they have been told that the dog should be put down, so Cesar is the dog's "last hope." That's not my dog, but he does have his aggressive moments when he sees a cat or a rabbit, so even those episodes have helped me stay calm-assertive and get my dog under control. Looking back, if I'd had this puppy book, I may have prevented or lessened his strong prey drive by not freaking out when he killed his first rabbit and by channeling this drive into other activities.

    But it's never to late to, as Cesar says, "Live in the moment." My dog's no longer a puppy, but I am going to fill in the cracks of our life together by taking to heart what Cesar writes and move forward. No, my dog's no longer a puppy. Yes, IMO, this book is worth reading, puppy - or dog of any age!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 13, 2009

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    Great for all dog owners

    What a great read-I finished it in 5 days and have started to re-read it already. Cesar presents a well laid out plan for raising the perfect dog, which we all want! While his general plan covers everything from how to pick a puppy, bringing pup home, how to transition pup into your home as far as sleeping, feeding, rules, play time, exercise, etc. he has comments from actual 'cases' such as the 4 puppies he raised, a couple of breeders and trainers and one of his employess who adopted a puppy. These examples help you see just how much flexibility there is for each situation but how each situation comes back to the same basic plan-raising a puppy in a natural way, a way that will teach your pup how to be a happy, relaxed dog!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2012

    To hes amazing

    I have a friend named Charlie! Hes cute!

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2012

    He's Amazing

    My family got a book and it taught my dog Charlie,how to behave

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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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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  • Posted November 11, 2009

    The perfect book if you're getting a new puppy!

    I really enjoyed How to Raise the Perfect Dog. I've gotten very valuable information from each one of Cesar's books. This is PERFECT if you are considering getting a puppy, or are a first time pet parent. It WILL require a change in lifestyle, and Cesar lets you know what you need to be prepared for, as in time, commitment, and energy. It's a very good health guide for when and what to vaccinate for and why, and other health concerns. CM talks about the different stages of puppyhood and why it's important to expose them to certain things and has good information on conditioning them to things like leashes, vet clinics, etc. He also lets us know how common human behaviors can be setting up the pups for behaviors that we don't want from our dogs, so you will know not to do them. I'd say it covers every aspect you can think of in order to be the best pet parent you can be and have a happy and healthy dog. Many things we don't realize that we really do need to know.


    Personally, I'm very big on rescue (and the mom of a puppy mill survivor), so I'm glad Cesar goes into the details of the plight of puppy mills and what to avoid so you don't buy into them - and we need to put a stop to puppy mills!

    Two thumbs up.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 13, 2009

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    Cesar's New Book an easy Read with lots of good Info

    A very good book for a new puppy home. Learn the hows and whys, and focus on teaching them right from the start. A guide for everyone, this book is a must for those getting s puppy or better yet, for those considering a puppy! A great Holiday Gift!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2013

    Loved this book. Very helpful. 

    Loved this book. Very helpful. 

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 2, 2012

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    A must read for new puppy parents.

    This is more than a book of does and don'ts. It is also stoies of all the work and energy it takes to raise a well behaved dog. For me, it has earned a place of honor right next to Uncle Matty (sp)

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2012

    Lilly

    Dribks ur blood

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2012

    Paris Love

    This is about the book
    Iuuuuuuuuuuv puppys so much

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    This is it

    I love this book this book is worth wat the people such as us looking 4

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2012

    Windstar here

    Windspark come to the second result to join hurricane clan!

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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