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Be the Pack Leader: Use Cesar's Way to Transform Your Dog... and Your Lifeby Cesar Millan and Melissa Jo Peltier
Synopses & Reviews
Bestselling author Cesar Millan takes his principles of dog psychology a step further, showing you how to develop the calm-assertive energy of a successful pack leader and use it to improve your dog's life — and your own.
Filled with practical tips and techniques as well as real-life success stories from his clients (including the Grogan family, owners of Marley from Marley & Me) and his popular television show Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan, Cesar helps you understand and read your dog's energy as well as your own so that you can move beyond just correcting behavioral issues and take your connection with your dog to the next level.
The principles of calm-assertive energy will help you become a better pack leader in every area of your life, improving your relationships with friends, family, and coworkers.
In addition, Cesar addresses several important issues for the first time, including what you need to know about the major dog behavior tools available and the difference between "personality" and "instability."
Ultimately, what emerges from Be the Pack Leader are both happier dogs and happier, more centered owners.
"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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Whether you agree with his approach to training or his assessment of canine psychology, Millan's new book is worth reading....Highly recommended." Library Journal
Bestselling author and Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan takes his principles of dog psychology a step further, showing readers how to develop the calm-assertive energy of a successful pack leader and use it to improve their dogs life and their own.
About the Author
Founder of the Dog Psychology Center in Los Angeles, Cesar MILLAN is the star of Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan on the National Geographic Channel. In addition to Cesar's educational seminars and work with unstable dogs, he and his wife have founded the Cesar and Ilusion Millan Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing financial support and rehabilitation expertise to shelters. A native of Culican, Mexico, Cesar lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Ilusion, and their two sons, Andre and Calvin.
Melissa Jo Peltier, an executive producer and writer of Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan, has been honored for her film and television writing and directing with an Emmy, a Peabody, and more than fifty other awards. She lives in Nyack, New York, with her husband, writer-director John Gray, and stepdaughter, Caitlin.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
PART ONE: Balancing Your Dog
Chapter 1: Identifying Instability
Chapter 2: Discipline, Rewards and Punishment
Chapter 3: The Best Tool in the World
Chapter 4: Fulfilling Breed
The Sporting Group
The Hound Group
The Working Group
The Herding Group
The Terrier Group
The Toy Group
The Non-Sporting Group
PART TWO: Balancing Ourselves
Chapter 5: Dysfunction Junction
Chapter 6: Transforming Energy into Action
Chapter 7: Leadership for Dogs
Chapter 8: Our Four-Legged Healers
Epilogue: Humans and Dogs: The Long Walk Home
Appendix: Quick Reference Guide to Becoming a Better Pack Leader
Meeting a Dog for the First Time
Introducing Your Dog to a New Person (Especially a Child)
Introducing a New Person into Your Home
Mastering the Walk
Returning from the Walk
The Feeding Ritual
Managing Food Aggression
Facing an Aggressive Dog
Claiming Your Space
Dealing with Obsessive and Fixated Behaviors
Managing Stress at the Vet
Going to the Dog Park
Choosing a Dog with the Right Energy
Introducing a Dog to a House for the First Time
Bibliography and Additional Recommendations for Further Reading
Organizations to Turn To
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