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PostSubject: Cesar's Way   Mon May 03, 2010 12:12 pm

This book outlines Cesar's core phlosiphy. He explains that of the over 65 million dogs in the USA, many people consider dogs as one of thier children. He thinks that in most cases this is not good for the dog. His recommendation is to give your dog exercise, discipline, (and then affection) everyday.

Cesar attempts to teach readers that All Dogs need rules, boundaries, and limitations just like people. Those who treat their dogs like humans, often "spoil" them which is the cause of imbalance.

Cesar is not a certified dog trainer and is a self proclaimed animal behaviorist. With no formal training but many years of practical real life experance, he believes that most dogs need to have a strong leader who must always be an "alpha" presence in the dog's eye. If an owner is not a "pack leader" he says that the dog will become the leader and will become unbalanced because it is not capable of doing the job.

When this happens, Cesar says not to worry, because any dog can be rehabilitated. The hardest part is to retrain the owners.

Cesar says he does "heavy-duty rehab". He deals in dog psychology. He connects with the dog's mind and natural instincts to help correct unwanted behavior. He doesnt use words or commands. He uses his "calm and assurtive" energy and "touch" to redirect the dogs he works with.

The first chapters deal with his childhood. He talks about how he grew up on a farm in Mexico with dogs that ran loose in natural "packs". They usually got along together and rarely fought. The dogs worked on the farms as herders, guardians and protectors. They scavenged for live food, ate a few human scraps, and formed their own society. They would interact with humans, but weren't considered "pets."

At 21, Cesar decided to come to the U.S., (illegally at the time) with no money or contacts. He crossed the border and got a job as a dog groomer in California. [He makes it clear that he paid back all he owed to the government and is now an American citizen.]

Once in the states, he saw that dogs were treated much differently. He saw the good (ppl treated dogs with love) and also saw that they were out of control because they had no proper training.

He got several jobs in the dog industry and got the reputation as "being good with" tough cases. This launched his career.

The later chapters deal with his experences and the deployment of his tecniques.

Cesar's positive energy, enthusiasm and love for dogs come thru very clearly in this book as he shares his knowledge about dogs and teaching techniques to other human "pack leaders."

The last chapter sums up his purpose: "Fulfilling our dogs first, then fulfilling ourselves." You will discover something important about yourself and life in general from dogs: Dogs teach us to live every moment to the fullest.

My summary of this book:
While some of his methods are antiquated "at best", I agree with his basic phylosiphy. Dogs need our leadership. Were we differ is on the "pack leader" thing. To me, leadership should be on a "best friend" basis. Bonding with your dog is a much more effective way of connecting to your dog's mind. Unfortunately this is not an instant thing, so it doesn't make good TV. IMO, Trust and respect are given much easier and completely with friendship than it is with a firm hand.

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PostSubject: Re: Cesar's Way   Mon May 03, 2010 4:39 pm

Thanks for the review Michael! Did you just get around to finishing the book?

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PostSubject: Re: Cesar's Way   Mon May 03, 2010 4:47 pm

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Thanks for the review Michael! Did you just get around to finishing the book?
Yes, but it wasnt easy!!!! I actually put it away twice before I finally got thru it!!!

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PostSubject: Re: Cesar's Way   Mon May 03, 2010 4:51 pm

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Thanks for the review Michael! Did you just get around to finishing the book?
Yes, but it wasnt easy!!!! I actually put it away twice before I finally got thru it!!!

I know exactly what you mean!

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PostSubject: Re: Cesar's Way   Tue May 04, 2010 9:26 am

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I know exactly what you mean!
This book might be interesting to someone who hasnt watched him on TV, but for me (having watched all of the shows) it is just like reading a transcript of his shows. Thats what made it hard to finish for me.

BTW, I still watch his shows. Im always looking for ideas. But more often than not, I discover the things I would do differently ... study

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PostSubject: Re: Cesar's Way   Tue May 04, 2010 5:05 pm

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BTW, I still watch his shows. Im always looking for ideas. But more often than not, I discover the things I would do differently ... study

Hmmm well if I can find it in my Library I'll give it a shot. I've seen a few videos on Youtube though...and that one particular video on National Geographic where he was dealing with Shadow (wolf hybrid).

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PostSubject: Re: Cesar's Way   Fri May 07, 2010 9:58 pm

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Hmmm well if I can find it in my Library I'll give it a shot. I've seen a few videos on Youtube though...and that one particular video on National Geographic where he was dealing with Shadow (wolf hybrid).

Clicky, Clicky ... http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/videos/feeds/cv-seo/Dog-Whisperer/Full-Episodes/

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PostSubject: Re: Cesar's Way   Mon May 17, 2010 6:02 pm

Betterdog4u wrote:
Steven_L wrote:
Hmmm well if I can find it in my Library I'll give it a shot. I've seen a few videos on Youtube though...and that one particular video on National Geographic where he was dealing with Shadow (wolf hybrid).

Clicky, Clicky ... http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/videos/feeds/cv-seo/Dog-Whisperer/Full-Episodes/

I haven't watched any episodes on the site but I got a chance to watch two of them at a friends house....can't say I was too impressed. There was the one with the overactive beagle... kept talking about dominance it was irritating...even my sister who was with me watching couldn't help but laugh at the things he said. Although in that episode I do like that he wasn't nagging, a problem we sometimes see owners do when their dogs don't behave. The second episode which had 3 GSD's of which two didn't get along wasn't satifying because I don't think the problem was really solved.... Yes they were able to get the dogs to walk together (although they were on either side of Millan) and they were able to take them an area with lots of dogs....but there wasn't much teaching except (once again) the whole "alpha" thing.

Maybe its just me.lol.

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PostSubject: Re: Cesar's Way   Mon May 17, 2010 6:45 pm

Both of those were "early" shows if I remember correctly. He deffinatly changed his ways in the 2008 season. But yes, he is still a proponent of the "alpha" theory!!!

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PostSubject: Re: Cesar's Way   Tue May 18, 2010 3:52 pm

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Both of those were "early" shows if I remember correctly. He deffinatly changed his ways in the 2008 season. But yes, he is still a proponent of the "alpha" theory!!!

Ah, so they were re-runs? Hahaha I wouldn't know! I'd be interested in seeing how these differ from the most recent shows.

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PostSubject: Re: Cesar's Way   Tue May 18, 2010 5:56 pm

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Betterdog4u wrote:
Both of those were "early" shows if I remember correctly. He deffinatly changed his ways in the 2008 season. But yes, he is still a proponent of the "alpha" theory!!!

Ah, so they were re-runs? Hahaha I wouldn't know! I'd be interested in seeing how these differ from the most recent shows.
Thats why i posted the link!!! Very Happy His retoric has changed a little bit and he's actually using rewards more often now. The NatGeo site has an episode guide that lists the site by the year.

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PostSubject: Re: Cesar's Way   Wed May 19, 2010 3:33 pm

Betterdog4u wrote:
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Betterdog4u wrote:
Both of those were "early" shows if I remember correctly. He deffinatly changed his ways in the 2008 season. But yes, he is still a proponent of the "alpha" theory!!!

Ah, so they were re-runs? Hahaha I wouldn't know! I'd be interested in seeing how these differ from the most recent shows.
Thats why i posted the link!!! Very Happy His retoric has changed a little bit and he's actually using rewards more often now. The NatGeo site has an episode guide that lists the site by the year.

Ok, well I don't usually have much computer time, so I'll just have to watch them little by little. Embarassed

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