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Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling 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.

Number one New York Times best-selling 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
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

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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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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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.

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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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I work with dogs and the hardest thing I find is explaining to people that regardless of how cute their dog is. It is not a little human child. I think if you get nothing else out of this book but the simple fact that dogs wanted to be treated like dogs than it is already worth getting. I got it and listened to it all through the day.

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READ BEFORE YOU PICK YOUR BREED AND PUP. Great book and I recommend Cesar as Narrator

Great book for all ages. If your kid hasn’t read this book and you Haba puppy it’s not too late but hurry!

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Great book

Love the way he explain about dogs! For me it was a must have since I am a first time dog owner! I learned a lot!!!

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Dogs are my passion

I enjoyed the choosing the perfect puppy!

My dogs were either last pick or handed down to me-- but they are Perfect in my eyes. Thank you, Cesar!

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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?

Yes

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awesome! loved it!

I loved it! wish I would have gotten this book before the puppy. too late!

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Excellent Information

I love the Dog Whisperer show and the books are great. I'm getting a new puppy in 4 weeks and I feel less trepidation about this one than I did about the last because I have an idea how to raise him right. I'll definitely be reading this again a couple times before my puppy comes home.

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Good Puppy book

It was an added treat to have Caesar reading the book. Very easy understood and informative.