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Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author and star of the National Geographic Channel's Dog Whisperer, here is 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 explains 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.
Number-one New York Times best-selling author Cesar Millan tells 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...
An Audible for Dogs Pick: Make your dog's day. Cesar Millan shares how audiobooks can make dogs happier and calmer. Learn more.
©2009 Cesar Millan (P)2009 Random House
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Critic Reviews

"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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5 out of 5 stars
By Jesse on 02-04-13

Great Book!

What did you love best about How to Raise the Perfect Dog?

A real insight to why dogs do the things they do.

Have you listened to any of Cesar Millan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

If you like Cesar Milan you should enjoy this book as well.

What did you learn from How to Raise the Perfect Dog that you would use in your daily life?

How to really train your dog with the understanding of a dog's perspective.

Any additional comments?

This is the true way to teach a dog and the steps you should take before buying a dog. I've read other positive training books that give you simple steps to train your puppy. Using using food. When something doesn't work they just say to find better treats. If that doesn't work your stuck with no ideas how to fix the problem or even what the real problem is. Cesar explains why dogs do the things they do and why. He gives you real solutions to raising a puppy, not just to keep giving them treats. Food doesn't work for all dogs as a constant motivator. The one book I read said to wait until the dog is hungry enough to want the treat. Cesar gives other motivators based on the breed or situation. Great Book!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 10-11-10

Cesar is a reader of Daniel Goleman That's how he

Cesar Millan is the greatest thing since the napkin. He has taken the concept of mindfulness and brought to the animal world. Just in time too. I have used mindfulness skills to keep my own life in order and I was quick to see that he too has read Daniel Goleman's books on Mindfulness skills, or as Cesar puts it, " staying in the moment because that's how animals live everyday ." Cesar then applies this staying in the moment thinking in his work for people to better understand how your dogs mind functions. He also breaks it down for the " people " to be able to get a clear message on what and where they need to be in their thinking when their with their pets in various situations. When talking to people in his seminars Cesar is using his mindfulness skills all the time to keep the people in the moment with him. He will save not only dogs in his life but many many people too. Spread the word Cesar Millan. Denise

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