Book Review: Cesar’s Way

Like many passionate dog owners, I’m a big fan of Cesar Millan, aka the Dog Whisperer. An old co-worker of mine was actually on his show and she said the transformation her dog went through was astounding. Now after actually seeing how she trained and treated her dog before she was on the show, I can say that I think it was more a problem in ownership than Cesar’s miracle working. But nonetheless, the man has a great and very effective philosophy when it comes to training dogs.

In his book, Cesar’s Way, he imparts his high philosophy for us starving peon dog owners. It’s very practical and definitely a holistic, owner-centered approach. Cesar firmly believes that there’s no such thing as a bad dog, just bad owners. He espouses his theory that dogs need three fundamental elements in their lives; exercise, discipline and affection. He says that despite what frazzled owners may feel, dogs are not complicated and need simplicity in training. This is so true; so often you see owners pleading and almost negotiating with their dogs thinking that they are “disciplining” them. Then they become frustrated when the dogs don’t respond to their “proposition” for obedience.

I would highly recommend this book for new dog owners. Its not the basic how-to obedience book that some people expect– it goes much deeper than that and will holistically make you a better dog owner, which will result in a better dog and a better life relationship.

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