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Excellent and Okay
on June 27, 2008
This is an excellent book if:
- you want to spend the first 100-odd pages reading about Cesar's biography. Since I did not know anything about him, I found it very interesting.
- you did not understand the pack theroy as Cesar explains it very well
- if you are already following along his series on TV and the book helps as a reminder and guide.
I only rated this book a 3 because I do not have access to the TV show as I live in Canada. I purchased to book to learn how to tweak my dog owning skills. Luckily for me (or should I say my dogs) I understand the pack theory.
I was actually quite disappointed with the book. I guess I had other expectations which I should not have had before picking the book up. Cesar spends a lot of time explaining WHAT you should do and he does this well with many examples. What he is vague on and doesn't go into much details are the HOW. I purchased this book because I wanted to know more about HOW I can always been seen as the pack leader; HOW to overcome two dogs that sometimes see me as a leader and sometimes not; HOW to train a subborn puppy not to pull on a leash and how to come on command. Cesar did cover all of these topics but more so on WHAT is important and WHY but not too much on the HOW.
This is just my personal opinion and I still feel it was an excellent book and one I could not put down as it was written in a novel form. It will be hard to use as reference as it isn't broken down like a text book. Again, my own expectations.
But I have never seen Cesar in action so I may still purchase his DVD's.