How to Raise the Perfect Dog

How to Raise the Perfect Dog

Through Puppyhood and Beyond

Book - 2009
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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

From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Three Rivers Press, ©2009.
Edition: First paperback edition.
ISBN: 9780307461308
Characteristics: xi, 303 pages :,illustrations (some color) ;,21 cm
Additional Contributors: Peltier, Melissa Jo - Author


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Dec 03, 2018

Great book for really understanding your puppy in order to raise the pup right. I got a lot of take-Aways from this read including information about obedience, crate training and patience. Consistency is really important and its even more important to know how your dog thinks when you’re communicating. I also found the chapters on the transitions from puppy to adolescent to adult to be enlightening.
Take note that this book is not in step-by-step format and Cesar uses experiences and storytelling throughout. A lot of “How To” books give actual steps in a certain order, but I enjoyed reading the storytelling style better for this topic because I could almost connect it to the Dog Whisperer show as a visual.

Dec 02, 2014

I am preparing to bring a puppy into my home and this book helped me bring into focus what life will look like once he arrives. It is the second training book that I have read and while I think the first title offered more practical, step by step training advice, I do believe that this title has a lot of value. It made me think very introspectively about how I personify my pets in a way that may be inappropriate for their healthy development; we can still love them like people while respecting that their instincts and needs come from a different place than ours. Cesar Millan does a great job of explaining where a puppy's "misbehaviors" are originating on an instinctual level and how we can reframe our actions in a way that a puppy will inherently understand. My 3 star rating only comes from the many references to his other books and the occasional unnecessary tangent. I have no idea where the comment below about his tactics being scary and harmful to dogs is coming from.

Mar 08, 2014

His methods use punishment and other tactics that will scare and hurt dogs. That certainly does not help them be happy. To really help your dog be happy and well behaved, look for books and videos by trainers like Karen Pryor,
Patricia McConnell, Jean Donaldson,
Kathy Sdao (From Tacoma!), Jane Killion. Here is a great website with free positive videos.

Mar 16, 2013

If you exist in a zen state 100% of the time this system will work. However, if you are a normal human being, prone to being frustrated with bad behavior, forget it. He may be a wonderful trainer himself, but his method will not work for the average individual. You'd be better off hiring him or going to a local obedience school.

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