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How to Raise the Perfect Dog - Cesar Millan & Melissa Jo Peltier

How to Raise the Perfect Dog

By Cesar Millan & Melissa Jo Peltier

  • Release Date: 2009-10-06
  • Genre: Pets
Score: 4
From 290 Ratings


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 can raise 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


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

    By filmguyryan
    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.
  • The best book you can buy when getting a puppy

    By BriannaDick77
    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.
  • 10/10

    By Wiscoq698kathy14
    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!
  • I Use Cesar's Methods !

    By Rockabye0
    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.
  • Perfect Puppy

    By Dublin's Ma
    This book clearly serves its purpose and clearly explains how to raise the perfect puppy. No ticks or gimmicks, just clear outlines of the necessary work of raising a new member of the family. Cornet jokes and written in plain language make this book an easy read. I wish every dog owner was required to read this book before they were allowed to adopt a dog!
  • Really?

    By JuanYniguez
    I read this book and no where did I find Cesar advocating torture of dogs. People love to overreact. I can see many positive things from both sides. Positive training is great. But it also has it's flaws. It is unrealistic and impractical at times. It's people who love to jump on bandwagons and try to make themselves fell superior because they know more than the rest of us. Chill out and leave Cesar alone. He has done so many good things for animals.
  • My puppy bible

    By GA5 - parent
    I enjoyed and learned so much from this book. It really opened my eyes to think I about what my dog needs from me, not what I need from my dog. So in that regard, Cesar is the JFK of doggy diplomacy. Everyone with a dog should read this book!
  • Lacking

    By Go2ground
    Was excited about founding out how to deal with our new puppy. Read the whole book and never learned any methods. Just talks about how you want the dog to behave, never how to achieve it. For example, puppy needs potty training, has an accident in the process, and this book never tells you what to do. Just that you don't want it to happen. Very disappointing.
  • Great insight!

    By jacardozo76
    I am first time dog owner and this book has provided a vast amount of knowledge, furthermore it would be a resource guide on how to raise my Jack Russell Terrier.
  • Great Book

    By Ricky J Talks
    Super useful and interesting !!