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How To Raise The Perfect Dog Review

With all the dog training techniques available in the market today it can be so hard to decide on what methods work best.

This is where How To Raise The Perfect Dog – Through Puppyhood and Beyond by Cesar Millan sets itself apart from the rest. The question is, is it the best method for you and your dog?

In my How To Raise The Perfect Dog Review I am going to walk you through everything you need to know regarding the perfect dog from puppyhood and beyond.

What Is How To Raise The Perfect Dog – Through Puppyhood & Beyond?

Who has watched Cesar Millan on National Geographic Channels The Dog Whisperer?

For those who have you will know how successful Cesar is with his training and behavior practices and the ease in how he explains what he is doing and how it is achieved.

Just like his hugely successful TV show these are easily understood and easy to implement training techniques.

The Cesar Milan Story

How Does Raising The Perfect Dog Work?

Starting from the very early foundations of puppyhood this method Cesar uses creates the best possible environment for your dog ensuring you have a well balanced dog.

Following everything Cesar set out will ensure your dog, grows from puppyhood and beyond with zero behaviour issues in the future, and will show you the best techniques and methods used for correcting these when they are young.

How to raise the perfect dog through puppyhood and beyond comes in Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback and Audio and is packed with new content and information about puppies and adolescent dogs.

Cesar Milan is one of New York Times best selling authors and some of the things covered in How To raise The Perfect Dog include:

  • The Importance of vaccinating – and not over vaccinating
  • What to expect from each stage of your puppies development
  • Easy and successful house/toilet training
  • How important the right nutrition is
  • Achieving an obedient dog from day one with rules, boundaries and calm authorative leadership
  • Common mistakes all new dog owners make and how to avoid them
  • Correcting all issues before they become a problem
  • Some great exercises and games to bring out the very best in your dog.

Can You Benefit From Raising The Perfect Dog?

This book is all based on Cesars own experiences with raising all types of different dog breeds and I can honestly say from experience using this book with my training was almost like having Cesar Millan along side me.

The benefits I have gotten and passed on to many other dogs I have trained have truly been appreciated by their owners.

The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association have also weighed in with the benefits of this book and can be seen here on The Canadian Veterinary Journal Webpage.

We all dream of taking our dog out and having people look in awe as your dog is calmly walking alongside you while thier dog looks like its having an out of control moment.

This book will show you just how to get this type of dog.

What People Are Saying About The Book Raising The Perfect Dog

I have visted many review sites on How To Raise The Perfect Dog – Through Puppyhood and Beyond and the following are actual reviews from people who have purchased this book in any of the forms I have mentioned.

The following 19 reviews will give you some idea of what value this training could bring to you and hopefully help you in deciding if this method and book is the right fit for you and your dog.

The Pros & Cons – Customers Honest Reviews

  • 1 out of 5 stars Poor training methods, will cause issues – His methods do not follow scientific studies whatsoever. The dominance theory has since been disproven and using training methods can have a serious negative impact on your relationship with your dog.
  • 5 out of 5 stars can’t stop reading his books – I love his books they are very informative and interesting.
  • 5 out of 5 stars Excellent book! – I’m only halfway through this book, but have already learned so much! If you read one book to prepare for your puppy, pick this one!
  • 1 out of 5 stars Caesar Milan is not a good trainer – Caesar Milan continues to use and promote the Dominance theory despite it being disproved by the very person who proposed it.
  • 5 out of 5 stars Very informative – Love the book ! Very helpful! Great training tool!
  • 1 out of 5 stars Pick a Different Trainer – Cesar Milan’s training methods are outdated and not based on science at all. Choose a different trainer who uses positive and science based training methods. Your dog will thank you!
  • 3 out of 5 stars Perfect? In my dreams… – I love Mr. Millan. However, I hoped this pricey book would provide practical, concise steps for molding good behaviors in my puppy. Instead it was a tale of 4 puppies with some vague dog whisperer techniques sprinkled throughout. I feel a little ripped off because there’s no real practical substance, just anecdotes. I’ll be reselling the book online.
  • 5 out of 5 stars Excellent book! – This had so many sensible, solid approaches to navigating life with a new puppy. Now I’m feeling confident that when I pick up my pup next week, we’ll be in good shape to create an awesome, lifelong relationship guided by exercise, boundaries, and affection. Love Cesar!
  • 3 out of 5 stars Perfect Puppy – Not enough detail on each subject. I.e, potty training. A lot of examples of his ability to train his dogs but not enough info of what to do if/when/where. Too advanced for this novice need simple step by step.
  • 1 out of 5 starsDisappointing – Very disappointing. No fundamental info like potty training.
  • 5 out of 5 starsGreat Product – This was a gift for a first-time dog-owner from an experienced dog owner. It is a perfect addition to anyone starting or who has an existing canine family.
  • 3 out of 5 starsPerfect Puppy – Not enough detail on each subject. I.e, potty training. A lot of examples of his ability to train his dogs but not enough info of what to do if/when/where. Too advanced for this novice need simple step by step.
  • 1 out of 5 starsOutdated theories about dogs – There is so much misinformation about dogs and their behavior in that book. I couldn’t finish it.
  • 2 out of 5 starsTraining for puppies – Not what I thought it would be. I thought it would be more about training and how to do it but it seemed to be a book more about basic dog instincts.
  • 3 out of 5 starsNot for me – To much restrictions and rules. Normal people can’t be that way should’ve bought the complete idiots guide.
  • 4 out of 5 starsBack to the doghouse – Book was good however the organization of the book seemed a little bit unorganized..
  • 4 out of 5 starsGood advice – This is a well written book. I am going to listen to some of the advice and some I won’t. I hope that I won’t regret that decision.
  • 5 out of 5 starsGreat read for any dog owner – Must for puppies Some of this I have practiced but it all makes so much sense. A must read!
  • 3 out of 5 starsNot really what I expected – It was hard to read the guides because it overlaps w/ his anecdotes of his puppies.

Is This Book Any Good?

As a dog trainer myself I am always looking at other methods and learnings to perfect my craft.

Is this book on how to raise the perfect dog any good? For me yes, however I also use a lot of other training resources when training my clients dogs and my own.

In my honest opinion if you are looking for a book that is purely focused on training tips and guidelines alone, then this book may not be the right choice for you.

You might want to check an article I wrote on 51 Puppy Tricks a step by step guide if you have no experience with dogs or training.

My Final Thoughts

For me this book has been a great addition to my collection of training resources, however it is somewhat outdated being written back in 2009.

In comparison to other books on the market, and the ways training have evolved over the years Cesar unfortunately hasn’t with this publication.

In terms of performance and what my customers have gotten from using this book and the training guidelines within it is an ok book.

It will teach you some really important things to look for in your puppy as well as your older dog.

I have the audio version which for me is an easier way for me to take in his advice and I still listen to this today, because as I said earlier in this review I still find a lot of the content very good.

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To many peaceful nights sleep for your dog, and always remember “May Your Home Be Filled With Love And Dog Hair”

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10 thoughts on “How To Raise The Perfect Dog Review”

  1. Personally, I do not own a dog, but understand the importance of them being trained.  It’s important that they only go to the toilet in certain areas and always act friendly to visitors.  That they are taken for walks and runs which will keep them healthy.  And that they are kept clean and fed well.

    I used to have cats, and played with them a lot.  However, cats are more independent and don’t require you to walk them!  

    Cesar Miller’s book is very interesting from what you’ve written here.  Even though some of the reviews are by people disappointed with his work.  As you look after other people’s dogs and own dogs yourself, you would be a better judge on how good the book is.   Then there’s the audio version!

    • Hi Stella,

      Thanks for your comments.

      It is true that not all people have enjoyed his book and the review I have given is based not only on what I feel but also that of others as I always think that is the only way to ever do a true review.



  2. Hi Mark. Thank you for very interesting article. I had already few dogs in my life, but still I feel that there is so much to learn about proper training and raising a pet. Haven’t heard before about Cesar Millan book, but looking on your post it seems as a great addition to the training process. I know Cesar is great expert, and a price of book is also reasonable. Looking forward to these advices and tips in practice.

  3. I respect Mr. Cesar Millan. And I didn’t know that the Canadian Veterinary Journal approved his book. And now hearing from you as a dog trainer that you have found a lot of value in this book is a huge point. If I would to hire you to train my dog, you would implement some of the things learned from Mr. Millan. So I would like to learn them myself too.

    • Hi Abel,

      While some people have found very little value in any of Cesar’s books, as a trainer myself I find his methods and books very informative.

      Thanks for taking the time to read this review.


  4. Hi Mark,

    I’ve been a dog owner for decades and have always trained my own dogs with little difficulty, but I admit, I cheat.  I choose dogs who are well-suited to me and are more likely to be easily trained.  Know yourself, then pick your dog.

    I have watched Mr. Milan’s shows and found them entertaining and shocking.  It really is more about training the human than it is about the dog!

    I’m not surprised that many beginning dog owners don’t find the book helpful.  Once you’ve mastered something, it’s really hard to remember what it’s like to be a beginner.  Also, having a dog in a apartment is very different from having a dog on a 2 acre suburban lot.  There are a lot things to consider when training a dog, or a human.

    Your review was very helpful for letting me, a non-trainer, know that I probably wouldn’t get much from it.  Thanks for saving me some money!


    • Hi Karen,

      Pleased to meet another dog owner who is obviously well versed in dog training.

      Your comment “Know Yourself, the pick your dog” is so true and something I tell a lot of my clients, family and friends when they have decided they are going to add a puppy or dog to their family.

      I have always thought a dog is the reflection of its owner and truly believe there are no such things as dangerous breeds, just dangerous owners.

      Glad I have saved you some money on a book purchase that probably wouldn’t have been of help to you.



  5. Hi. What an interesting article on raising a dog.

    I understand that it is very important to conduct significant research before adopting or buying a dog. There are many myths on the web concering raising your dog properly and, from time to time, I get too confused. Thankfullym I found your page. I will save it to come back whenever I need to do so.

    Thank you!

    Best regards,

    • Hi Dominique,

      Yes there is so much stuff on the web regarding this and unfortunately a lot of it is from people who have no idea.

      I am always here if you need any advise or guidance.



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