If you are thinking about getting a dog, or are a new dog owner then “How to Raise the Perfect Dog” is a must have. Many people are familiar with Cesar Millan from his popular TV show “The Dog Whisperer”, but you may be surprised to know he’s also a New York Times bestselling author of dog books. While Cesar reiterates many of the same principals he addresses in the show, he also goes beyond that and gets into the nitty-gritty of raising a dog. Topics like housebreaking and vaccinations are discussed in an interesting, easy to read format, which will help give you the guidance you need to take care of your dog or puppy.
He starts with how to choose the most ideal puppy for your personality and lifestyle. He gives you some great tips on what you should expect from any reputable breeder or animal shelter. Some of the other chapters that contain some great information have to do with how to care for your puppy when it first comes home, how to connect and communicate with your puppy, keeping your puppy healthy, and raising a social, problem free puppy.
One of the things I really enjoyed about this book is that it mixes facts and advice along with real life case studies and examples. If you want to get the most out of this book it’s important that you don’t skim as there is a good amount of knowledge contained within the stories and examples Cesar shares about different dogs that he’s trained.
On a personal note, my husband and I rescued a dog from the shelter last week and “How to Raise the Perfect Dog” has come in handy. The new saying around our house has been “well, Cesar says…..” Having read the book before our dog (Lily) came home, I was able to be better prepared and feel more confident when taking care of my dog during her critical first week. The confidence I have is also felt by Lily and it’s helped me to establish in her mind that I am the pack leader (something that Cesar will tell you is very important). So if you are planning on getting a dog or puppy, check out this book and I doubt you will be disappointed.
Rating: 4 stars out of 5 | Publisher: Harmony | Pages: 320 | Buy on Amazon