Monday, May 24, 2010

Cesar's Way

Cesar's Way: The Natural Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems

"Learn what goes on inside your dog's mind and develop a positive, fulfilling relationship with your best friend."

You'll learn:
  • What your dog really needs may not be what you're giving him
  • Why a dog's natural pack instincts are the key to your happy relationship
  • How to relate to your dog on a canine level
  • There are no "problem breeds," just problem owners
  • Why every dog needs a job
  • How to choose a dog who's right for you and your family
  • The difference between discipline and punishment
As Cesar clearly states in the book, this is not a dog training book. It is a dog psychology book. But as a psychology major and avid dog-lover I really enjoyed it. However, I think his ideas are extreme and impractical for most people. I understand his theories and even agree with them. But this is Cesar's job. And he has a whole staff to support him and his pack of dogs. The everyday person does not have that luxury. And according to Cesar, if you cannot give your dog at least 2 one-hour walks a day, on top of training and play, then you should not even own a dog. If only those who could manage that owned dogs we would have a lot of homeless dogs. Again, I'm not saying that I disagree with him, I just think he is a little idealistic. I do appreciate that he does not believe in bad breeds and works really hard to not have any dog euthanized. But if your dog does not see you as the leader, read this book. Even though it's not about training, you will learn ways to establish leadership. I've recommended it to people and will continue to do so either because of their shared interest in dog psychology or because they are not the leader of the pack. I respect Cesar for his work and he does have a lot of good information.

If you are interested in purchasing his book, click here.
If you would like a subscription to the magazine Cesar's Way, click here.

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