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How to Raise the Perfect Dog

Through Puppyhood and Beyond
Narrated by: John H. Mayer
Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
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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.

©2009 Cesar Millan (P)2009 Random House

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Anyone getting a puppy should hear this first!

Amazing book packed with knowledgeable advice! I highly recommend it. Beating your dog or any animal is never acceptable, it just makes them scared and eventually vicious. A light tap in the right spot with a discouraging sound will get the point across and maintain their respect for you and all humans.

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  • John Fernandes
  • 2016-01-30

A great primer on dog psychology

This is the world's "go to" for understanding dog psychology. This is a must-read for any dog owner. It is NOT a training book. It is rather a manual to how your dog's brain and psychology work - which will set you up for success in training.

I would definitely recommend this to everyone that wants to raise a dog.

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  • Morran
  • 2012-12-31

Wonderful book if you are getting a new puppy!

Would you consider the audio edition of How to Raise the Perfect Dog to be better than the print version?

I love to be able to listen in the car on the way to work.

What does John H. Mayer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He did a very good job! Loved the voices he used talking from the dog's perspective.

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I have listened to this book four times, and each time I learn something new!

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  • Donna Butler
  • 2016-04-19

Great listen!!

Such a great amount of information, really helps thinking like a Momma dog, vs the emotions ee have and impart on our animals, that they don't really feel. Our 4.5 month old Daisy, golden retriever is responding so well to the techniques I've used that I've learned in this book. She c is, so much smarter than I ever gave her credit for as a puppy.

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  • Beverly
  • 2011-03-10

Perfect for new owners

This is a perfect for those who are new to dog ownership, AND those wo haven't been for a while. Great tips !!!

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  • Krysta Alexander
  • 2018-06-23

Interesting but not exactly realistic

I acquired this book in the hopes of learning more about dog psychology and building a closer bond with my current dog. The experiment he conducts is under completely perfect circumstances. All milk mannered dogs from breeders and I feel like it would have been better to get dogs from shelters or at different ages and show that even if the pup has had a rougher start it can still be raised to be a great dog. Most people adopt or buy from pet stores and don’t always get puppies. I guess I just would have liked to see more variation on
The dogs because the only thing that was different about them was they were different breeds.

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  • Melisa
  • 2010-04-26

A MUST HAVE!!!

Everything you need to know about puppies and how to raise them properly from Cesar´s point of view is in this book. I loved it, definetly a MUST HAVE if you are planning to buy a dog or already have some trouble with your new puppy.

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  • Jan
  • 2012-03-21

Enjoyable and informative

Cesar covers all the needed new puppy information in a more interesting format than some of the other puppy care books. He adopted four puppies with a variety of needs and backgrounds. As he tells about the individual dogs you learn the right way through each phase of puppy care. I found it easy and entertaining listening, rather than lists and dry information.

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  • jersymick
  • 2018-09-16

This is Caesar's best book so far.

his is Caesar's best book so far, it gives Precise actions to do at each state of a puppy growth. also how important it is to find out where your dog was born and who owned them, and did they do the right steps before you get your pup.

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  • DebH
  • 2018-08-17

Dog gone good! lol<br />

My eyes have been opened to really see what a dogs life is about. We often try to humanize them and Cesar will get you back on the right track. Thank you Sir I wish I would have read this before I got my first dog! I pray our new German Shepherd pups will have a stable pack that will help them to become the best dogs in the World and their future litters as well.

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  • Anastacio
  • 2018-08-12

Great puppy training book

Of the six audibles that I have listened to on the subject, this book is my favorite. It is full of great advice for your puppy’s psychological health (as opposed to just training your dog to perform tricks using food). Well worth the purchase.

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