How to Raise the Perfect Dog

How to Raise the Perfect Dog Summary

From the bestselling author and star of National Geographic Channel's Dog Whisperer, the only resource you’ll need for raising a happy, healthy dog.

For the millions of people every year who consider bringing a puppy into their lives–as well as those who have already brought a dog home–Cesar Millan, the preeminent dog behavior expert, says, "Yes, you canraise the perfect dog!" It all starts with the proper foundation in the early years. Here, Cesar tells you everything you need to know to create the best environment for a well-balanced dog in order to avoid behavior issues in the future, and shows you how to correct the most common behavior issues for young dogs.

Based on Cesar’s own detailed experiences raising individual puppies from some of the most popular breeds, How to Raise the Perfect Dog is like having Cesar right beside you, as your own personal expert, coaching you and your dog from the first day of your life together.

Packed with new information aimed specifically at the particular needs of puppies and adolescents, and written in Cesar's friendly, accessible style, How to Raise the Perfect Dog answers all the most commonly asked questions and guides you towards a loving, satisfying life-long relationship with your best friend.

#1 New York Times bestselling author, Cesar Millan shows you how to raise the perfect dog and prevent behavior issues before they start, including:
• what to expect from each stage of your puppy's development
• quick and easy housebreaking
• the essentials of proper nutrition
• the importance of vaccinating–and of not over-vaccinating
• creating perfect obedience from day one through rules, boundaries, and calm-assertive leadership
• how to avoid the most common mistakes owners make raising puppies and young dogs
• how to correct any issue before it becomes a problem
• unique exercises and play to bring out the best in every breed

Book Reviews

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I like that Book5 star

I like that Book55


Your energy is everything.5 star

Every principle covered is on point.55


Very informative5 star

Touched on many topics I hadn’t considered.55


Great book for novice/intermediate dog owners and dog caretakers4 star

I recently began taking care of companions (mostly dogs) full-time and I was interested in gaining more knowledge about how to become a more fulfilling leader. This book gave me exactly what I was looking for, tips and tricks in order to reach a dog’s inner breed/personality. At times, it may take awhile to properly bond with a dog but once someone reaches that emotional level, they both will know it. It’s not just important to be a leader, but a leader and a friend at the same time. I do wish there was more in-depth information about the later years of these dog’s lives but I assume Cesar covers more information about the later years of other dogs in his other books.45


This helped me so much5 star

This helped me when I got my dog, and I’ve read it multiple times since then. I actually liked reading the autobiography part because I found it interesting. The training isn’t torturous. If you really look at his dogs, they are genuinely happy and healthy. Dogs can’t fake that.55


How to Raise the Perfect Dog5 star

This could just as easily been titled " How to Raise the Perfect Owner". Having just finished the book, I quickly opened a cozy mystery and within pages I read of a Labrador pup doing everything wrong and the protagonist allowing it. I'm thinking, "oh, no girl, you need to...". Thank you, sir.55


Basic knowledge, but ultimately not enough meat on the bone.2 star

This book lays the foundation and gets a good bit of the way there, but ultimately feels flat and incomplete. Cesar teeters between a new dog owners manual and an autobiography of personal stories and anecdotes. Somehow the two don’t quite mesh.25


The best book you can buy when getting a puppy5 star

Cesar returns with an exponential amount of information for first time dog owners and puppy parents. The way he explains dog psychology and behavior is fool-proof. I recommend this book to anyone thinking of getting a dog but especially a puppy.55


10/105 star

This book was incredibly helpful and descriptive. I pick up my cavalier puppy in 9 days. How to Raise the Perfect Dog, along with one other breed-specific book, have prepared me for the long journey ahead. Cesar's methods are of positive reinforcement and patience. I absolutely recommend this book to anyone planning on or considering getting a puppy. Thank you Cesar!55


I Use Cesar's Methods !5 star

Cesar's methods do work and I have fixed many problem dogs with his methods. I have learned a lot from him I never could have accomplished without him. I Thank Cesar for helping me learn how to better communicate properly with my dogs and others, and for the many dogs he himself has rehabilitated! He is blessed with a wonderful gift, he is a very heartwarming person of hope.55

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