How to Raise the Perfect Dog

  • by Cesar Millan, Melissa Jo Peltier
  • Narrated by Cesar Millan
  • 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

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...


What the Critics Say

"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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Customer Reviews

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The Dr. Phil of Dogs

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This was like listening to the Dr. Phil show only it was Cesar Milan talking about dogs. It’s a lot of stories and personal anecdotes, more sizzle than steak. This is not a book that focuses on the nuts and bolts of the subject matter it is supposed to address. If you are looking for an in-depth instruction of proven training techniques with new puppies this is not the book for you.

What was most disappointing about Cesar Millan and Melissa Jo Peltier ’s story?

Long in the tooth on stories and short on actual techniques and instruction.

Would you be willing to try another one of Cesar Millan’s performances?

Probably not unless it was free.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?


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- Greg Mierzwa

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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- Jesse

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-06-2009
  • Publisher: Random House Audio