Be the Pack Leader: Use Cesar's Way to Transform Your Dog . . . and Your Life

By Cesar Millan   |   Published On: Sep 23, 2008
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Get advice straight from the expert with Be the Pack Leader: Use Cesar's Way to Transform Your Dog . . . and Your Life. Authored by Cesar Millan, a nationally recognized dog expert and star of National Geographic’s hit show Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan, this New York Times bestseller is a guide to taking the relationship with your dog to a higher level.

By developing the skills necessary to become the calm-assertive owner that your dog needs to live a balanced, fulfilled life, you’ll improve your dog’s behavior—and your own life in the process. This book is filled with practical tips and techniques, including how to use calm-assertive energy in relating to your dogs and others around you; the truth about behavior tools, from leashes and harnesses to clickers and e-collars, and how to satisfy the needs of your dog’s breed. You’ll also find success stories from Cesar’s clients, and a quick reference guide of specific, step-by-step procedures to tackling some of the most common dog behavior problems.

About the Author

Cesar Millan is one of the most sought-after experts in the field of dog rehabilitation. At his Dog Psychology Center in Los Angeles, CA, he fields as many as 100 requests per day. He is the star of the Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan on The National Geographic Channel and author of New York Times bestsellers Cesar's Way and Be the Pack Leader. He's been profiled in such publications as People, Men's Health, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Post, and US Weekly, among others. 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. Cesar was born in Culiacan, Mexico, and has over 20 years of experience with canines. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two sons.

Melissa Jo Peltier is co-owner, co-founder, and Chief Creative Officer for MPH Entertainment in Burbank, CA. She is an Emmy, Humanitas and Peabody award-winning writer. Peltier, with her two MPH partners, is also executive producer of Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan.

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    8 x 5.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Weight
    8.8 ounces
  • ISBN-10
  • ISBN-13
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  • Author
    Cesar Millan, Melissa Jo Peltier
  • Publication Date
    Sep 23, 2008
  • Publisher
    Penguin Random House
Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Mirror, Mirror?

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 Notes

Bibliography and Additional Recommendations for Further Reading

Organizations to Turn To

Illustration Credits



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