A Member of the Family: Cesar Millan's Guide to a Lifetime of Fulfillment with Your Dog

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Many of us think of our dogs not as pets but as full-fledged members of our families. If you own a dog—or are thinking about getting one—A Member of the Family is the ultimate resource for integrating your canine companion into the life of your household.

What should you do if you need to leave your dog alone at home while everyone is at work? Are you providing him with the exercise he needs? How can you make sure your children and dog get along well? How do events in the human ...

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Overview

Many of us think of our dogs not as pets but as full-fledged members of our families. If you own a dog—or are thinking about getting one—A Member of the Family is the ultimate resource for integrating your canine companion into the life of your household.

What should you do if you need to leave your dog alone at home while everyone is at work? Are you providing him with the exercise he needs? How can you make sure your children and dog get along well? How do events in the human family—such as birth, marriage, or divorce—affect the family dog? All of these questions and many more are answered by bestselling author Cesar Millan in his new book.

Brimming with practical tips and techniques, A Member of the Family addresses the most common issues and questions that emerge over the course of a person’s lifetime relationship with a dog, explaining what it takes to be a good dog owner. From choosing the right dog for your particular family’s needs to setting the rules of the house (yes, you and your family are in charge) to finding a quality veterinarian and monitoring your dog’s health, Cesar offers essential advice for a harmonious home. No topic is left untouched. With success stories from Cesar’s fans and clients throughout, A Member of the Family includes sections on travel and doggie day care, the needs of an aging dog, and dealing with the death of a pet and its long-lasting effects on a family. A chapter on dogs and children is written from the perspective of Cesar’s sons, Andre and Calvin, and one on the role of the strong female pack leader is by Cesar’s wife, Ilusion.

In his frank, simple, and calm manner, Cesar acts as your personal guide as you build a fulfilling, satisfying relationship with your dog.

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From the Publisher
"[Millan is] serene and mesmerizing. . . . He deserves a cape and mask."
New York Times

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616877217
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/7/2008
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Cesar Millan
Founder of the Dog Psychology Center in Los Angeles, Cesar Millar is the star of Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan on the National Geographic Channel. In addition to his educational seminars and work with unstable dogs, he and his wife have founded the Cesar and Ilusion Millan Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing financial support and rehabilitation expertise to shelters.

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 xiii Chapter 1 A Match Made in Heaven: Determining the Right Dog for You and Your Family 1 Chapter 2 Gimme Shelter: Navigating Shelters, Rescue Organizations, and Breeders 31 Chapter 3 The Homecoming: Welcoming Your New Dog into the Family 51 Chapter 4 Raising the Perfect Pup: Puppies 101 77 Chapter 5 Rules of the House: Providing Rules, Boundaries, and Limitations 117 Chapter 6 Away from it All: Traveling with and Without Your Dog 139 Chapter 7 An Ounce of Prevention: The Basics of Health Care for Your Dog 155 Chapter 8 Dogs and the Family Life Cycle: Helping Your Dog Survive the Ups and Downs of Family Life 193 Chapter 9 Ms. Pack Leader: Women and the Power of the Pack, from Ilusion Wilson Millan 245 Chapter 10 Pack Leaders-The Next Generation: A Kid's Perspective, from Andre and Calvin Millan 257 Chapter 11 Moving on and Letting Go: How to Say Good-bye to Your Best Friend 269 Resources and Further Reading 281 Notes 289 Illustration Credits 293 Index 294
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