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How to Raise the Perfect Dog: Through Puppyhood and Beyond [Paperback]

Cesar Millan , Melissa Jo Peltier
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Book Description

Sept. 14 2010
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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“Millan’s wizardlike facility with dogs–the calm he brings to them, the confident way he handles them–is mind-blowing.”

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

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About the Author

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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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
I found the training part of the book great and can see how knowing how to set rules and boundaries even with young puppies (like their dog mother does) will help develop a great dog.

I am giving my daughter a copy even though she does not at this time have a puppy because she has all his other books and tapes and will add to her collection, there is still lots of good new information in the book that I found interesting.

I have recommended this book to a person that is shopping for a puppy as I believe it will help her prevent the biggest mistakes that people can do picking out a puppy. That is matching the energy level of the dog with their own energy. IF you are laid back do not get one of the high energy dogs like a border collie or GSD for instance as they need to be matched with people that are out there working with them or doing a lot of high energy activities with them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book and Tool June 27 2011
I breed Golden retrievers and I provide this book for all of my puppy families. This book is clear, concise and easy to understand, even better, easy to apply. Cesar helps my families understand their new baby and its needs. Cesar explains things and techniques in an understandable way allowing all my families to benefit from the book. Whether the family has had dogs before or have never had a dog before they are much better prepared for their bundle of joy, fur and fun! I highly recommend this book!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Before you get your puppy,..get this book!! May 19 2011
By Crystal
I ordered this book because my husband and I are about to get 'our' very first dog. Our breeder suggested to us that we should buy it and read it before we get our puppy. I'm sooooo glad we did. I thought I knew a fair bit about dogs(I use to work at 2 different Animal Hospitals) but after reading this book. I was amazed at how little I knew. No wonder so many people have probelms with their dogs.
This book doesn't talk very much about training technics you can use our your dog, it's more about understanding a dogs mind, and then how to use that to teach your dog. Cesar talks a lot about your energy level and how it effects the dogs mood and behaviour. Also about picking the right energy level type dog to match your energy level. He also tells you how to completely avoid problems that are most common complaint with dog owners, by using certain tools to proactively keep your pup from even starting bad habbits.
Most people just see a breed they think is nice looking, and get it without educating themselves on what the breeds personality is like, their energy levels, and health issues. This is one of the reasons why there are so many dogs in shelters, or put down every year.
Find the right dog for YOU!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book Dec 5 2012
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I really loved this book. I will be getting my new puppy in January. I have already started to read it a second time. I also ordered the Puppy deck cards and I know they will come in handy for quick reference.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No a how to Nov. 25 2011
Ok book but not what I was looking for. I want quick and dirty rules and techniques and this book does not help. Nice story about Ceasar bringing up some puppies but please just give me what I need to know and forget the fluff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite puppy training book Aug. 20 2014
By Kait
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My favorite puppy training book, this is the book to buy before you actually choose your puppy. Cesar takes you through choosing a dog that matches the right energy level for your lifestyle, how to bring out the best in any breed, and has some great info for the first couple of months you spend with your new puppy. Loved it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book June 21 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a great book! Lots of info for dog owners and great tips for puppy parents! Cesar Millan has an easy-to-read writing style
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4.0 out of 5 stars good book May 23 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
good little book that provides a insight into puppy training. helps you understand the basics a bit better and helps you better understand the needs of your puppy (used in addition to basic puppy training sessions).
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Most recent customer reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars set some pretty unrealistic expectations for the dog to be "perfect"
This was ok, set some pretty unrealistic expectations for the dog to be "perfect"
Published 1 month ago by Infinitykate
4.0 out of 5 stars Yay Ceasar!!
Very good read. very helpful.
Published 1 month ago by renkma
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good book
Published 2 months ago by Jessica
3.0 out of 5 stars Pas à la hauteur de mes attentes
Ce qui me déçoit est que la moitié du livre est des éleveurs, la nourriture et les soins. Je m'attendais à avoir des trucs d'éducation.
Published 3 months ago by Sylvie Bob
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I'm happy I got Cesar's books, I'm a newbie with dogs and this book came in very handy. It simplifies training and above all understanding your pets behaviour and my role as a pack... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Helen Makrisopoulos
3.0 out of 5 stars Just okay
The book is okay, but you had to read so much while getting such little advice. Too bad... I need good advice for my boisterous labrador puppy
Published 8 months ago by Rebecky
4.0 out of 5 stars Great information, nothing new
After reading about and watching Cesar Millan's, nothing in this book will come as a surprise. It is a good book to have for a reference, and a must-read for all new puppy-owners.
Published 9 months ago by Rose Anne van der Heiden
1.0 out of 5 stars Is this guy for real?
I saw and enjoyed many episodes of his show but found this book to be along the lines of rubbish. I love my dogs and treat them with love as well as with a firm grip on what I... Read more
Published 9 months ago by DEXTER MORGAN
3.0 out of 5 stars Not strong on usable info
A lot of catch phrases but a little light on usable information. There must be better books out there. Look elsewhere
Published 10 months ago by Andrea
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks Cesar
I can probably let you know more when the puppy is older, but a lot of useful info in this book.
Published 10 months ago by Lynne Holden
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