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  • Hardcover: 303 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 1 edition (6 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307461297
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307461292
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 14.3 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (196 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 874,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Icon to dog owners all over the world... The man is a dog wizard, a genius.' (Anne Shooter, Daily Mail 20091129)

'[Millan is] serene and mesmerizing . . . He deserves a cape and mask.' (New York Times 20091129)

'[Cesar] arrives amid canine chaos and leaves behind peace.' (Malcolm Gladwell, The New Yorker 20091129) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Cesar Millan, international bestselling author of Cesar's Way, TV star of National Geographic's Dog Whisperer and household name in dog training, turns his attention to puppies. Everything you'll ever need to know about getting it right from the start and for life. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Katja on 22 Sept. 2012
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I bought this book as a training guide and was disappointed as such. It is an interesting book to read about how he trained his dogs with just a few tips. You need to read a lot before getting the training information you were really after.
If you after a training guide than this book is a bit long windet, if you want an interesting novel about dog training then you will enjoy the book. I bought "the perfect puppy" from Gwen Bailey as well and find it an easy step by step training guide getting straight to the point.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Denis Vukosav TOP 50 REVIEWER on 19 May 2014
Format: Paperback
"How to Raise the Perfect Dog" by Cesar Millan is an informative and practical guide for all those who find themselves in a position to obtain or buy a puppy and want to help her/him grow into a decent dog and faithful friend.

The book is written by known writer and host of "Dog Whisperer" TV show, Cesar Millan who gives lots of tips for raising happy dog, while avoiding behavior problems in process.
More precisely inside reader will find Cezar's advices about puppy nutrition, detailed overview of the puppies growth and development for owner to track whether progressing is going as expected, vaccinating info, information how to correct problems before they become permanent behavioral issues and, perhaps most important, list of common mistakes owners do related to puppies raising and how to avoid them.

The author recommends combination of exercise, affection and discipline, providing clear rules for your young dog, teaching her/him where the limits and boundaries are.
He is also known for using some avant-garde techniques and concepts which are known to fans of his show like the ideas of dominance and leadership, calm-submissive behavior that sometimes sound a bit controversial.

But what is certain is that Cesar Millan has lot of experience and vast dog knowledge, and most important, that he really cares about dogs.
He treats these beloved animals with care and love, never abusing or forcing them to do something that will make them unhappy.

And with all other previously mentioned reasons, I believe that this book deserves your attention if you have a puppy and you're scared because you have never been in such a situation, and there's not enough information or you hear contradictory information all around. Therefore it seems that Cesar Millan is able to help you raising the happy dog.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By SBno1 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Sept. 2013
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This book is probably more useful before your get your puppy, but if your already have a pup, then it still has some good advice that you can use.

The book will get you to ask yourself what kind of dog you are looking for in terms of energy, not spiritual, but in terms of physical exercise. Do you like miles of walking or just a casual walk around the block a few times. Then he suggests the kind of energy levels a dog may have that will suit your life style. It is no good getting a springer spaniel if you can only spare the time to walk a mile every other day. It is not fair to the dog and he/she may well become destructive through boredom.

If you want a calm dog, but the litter and mother are going hysterical when you come to view them, then this should ring alarm bells. Likewise, if the dog can't be bothered to raise its head when you turn up, it might not make a good jogging companion.

There are some good tips and advice on all aspects of puppy husbandry, exercise and training and examples of what Cesar has had to do in the past to correct bad behaviour. What he tries to get across is prevention is better than cure and it all starts at puppyhood and making sure that the puppy you have is right for you and your family. It can save a lot of heartache.

I now have a happy healthy mongrel (from a rescue center) that easily manages the 1000 miles per year I walk, sits quietly in the car, comes on holidays with us and is placid. Had I not taken some of the advice I may well have ended up with a dog that wasn't compatible with our lifestyle and we all become miserable as a result.
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By KaloSky on 18 Feb. 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a book intended for novice dog owners. There is a lot of good, basic information and advice, but some of it really is very basic. CM covers a broad range of puppy-raising topics, including vaccinations, neutering, house-training, basic obedience training, leash training, etc., arranging it into chapters following the breeding and birth through early developmental stages of puppies and on through adolescence. By beginning at such an early starting point in this chronology, covering breeding dogs, the birth of a litter and the behaviour of a mother and her new puppies, he sets a foundation to help the reader understand how their puppy has been shaped and influenced prior to the point at which they bring the puppy home. CM uses some case-study puppies he picked for the purpose of demonstrating with real examples. He includes input from professional breeders, a vet, other trainers, and accounts from dog-owners remembering when they were raising a puppy for the first time.

Some of CM's techniques don't translate well from his much more prominent screen medium: "calm-assertive" energy is hard to depict in words, and CM doesn't even seem to try; I guess he assumes his readers will have seen his tv series. He is all about nature and instinct and energy, which can seem very vague at times, though the writing style is plain and straightforward forward.

For anyone with experience of dogs, it probably won't provide much new information. It could be disappointing for novices as well; much of it does not seem like special advice that could only come from a dog expert who is a cut above the rest.
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