Be the Pack Leader: Use Cesar's Way to Transform Your Dog... and Your Life

Cesar Millan, Author, Melissa Jo Peltier, With
Cesar Millan, Author, Melissa Jo Peltier, With Harmony $25.95 (316p) ISBN 978-0-307-38166-8
Reviewed on: 10/01/2007
Release date: 10/01/2007
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Millan, television's ""Dog Whisperer,"" says that ""Even the most unobservant person can see an owner's own issues totally mirrored in his or her dogs' problems,"" and in this follow-up to last year's bestselling Cesar's Way, he makes that connection more explicit and exploitable. Every dog wants a ""clearly defined social framework, with a fair, consistent pack leader""; chances are good, then, that behind every unruly dog is an inconsistent human. To become the master your dog needs, one must cultivate ""calm-assertive energy,"" a mind-set that puts both dogs and people at ease; besides thorough explanation, Millan offers a number of suggestions for developing this powerful form of non-verbal communication, including visualization techniques and inner dialogue (""focus your mind, and then tell yourself, 'This is my sofa.' ""). Answering readers' requests for more straightforward advice, the book also offers a rundown of training tools-collars, leashes, etc.-and step-by-step instructions for properly handling common occurrences such as meeting a new dog, walking, feeding and visiting the vet. In numerous case studies, Millan's love for his work is obvious and infectious; whether you need a book for your dog or yourself, Millan's simple techniques, compassionate tone and intimate knowledge of dog psychology (and the human effect on it) makes this a worthy read.
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