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How to Raise the Perfect Dog: Through Puppyhood and Beyond by [Millan, Cesar, Melissa Jo Peltier]
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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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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3829 KB
  • Print Length: 303 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Archetype; 1st edition (Sept. 25 2009)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002QE3CU8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 87 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,357 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Essential reading if you are adopting a puppy or just getting an adult dog that's new to you.
I'm not a big reader but found this easy to get through and incredibly useful. Ideally it should be read BEFORE you bring your new pet home, as there is excellent advice about introducing the new pet into your life and your space.
Cesar's approach is sensible but loving - ideal and doable for everyone!
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There are some good tips in here, but overall I was a little dissapointed. In many sections I felt practical information was lacking...a lot of it is about attitude, but I didn't feel that that was enough, some more practical advice is needed for many things. I also felt that there was quite a bit of filler. Cesar uses the stories of several dogs as a backdrop to his advice which in principle is a good idea, but in reality made me feel like there was too much story telling that did not necessarily add to the book. If all the practical advice given in the book were boiled down it wouldn't make for a book, so it feels like there is a lot of filler to make it into a book. I found myself skimming a lot and when I looked up sections for specific problems like whining etc, I found myself a little dissapointed with lack of information. I didn't give it a lower star rating because I do think that the attitude described by Cesar is helpful and it's not a terrible book, but just somewhat dissapointing. Incidentally, Cesar gets a bad rap in some circles for his dominance theory, but there is nothing hurtful or violent or agressive recommended for puppies. I think the techniques that he gets a bad rap for are those he uses for adult dogs with sever behavioural issues and there is obviously no need to use them on a puppy and he does not suggest we do.
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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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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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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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We're on Day 3 of puppy ownership (poodle/schnauzer mix). This book has been absolutely helpful in understanding what's happening in our 8-week old little guy's head and how to motivate him and housebreak him. Crate training is absolutely essential. Ceasar's advice for introducing the puppy to the crate worked beautifully. Having a safe place the first 2 nights was a saving grace. Note that all the advice didn't necessarily apply to him -- each dog is different. Our breeder already accustomed him to sleeping through the night without needing to pee and he can hold it for several hours. However the feeding and bathroom schedule have been very helpful. Definitely recommend this (and taking a few days off work) to anyone planning on adopting a new family member.
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