A Member of the Family
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Cesar’s Way and Be the Pack Leader comes the ultimate guide for living together with a healthy, happy dog. In A Member of the Family, Cesar Millan coaches you on everything you need to know about raising a dog–from the moment you first think about getting a dog–including information on: Selecting the right breed for your family’s lifestyle • Establishing–and enforcing–household rules from day one • What to look for in a veterinarian • Proper nutrition • Familiarizing a dog with another pet in the family • Setting up exercise, discipline, and affection plans for your family and your dog • Introducing your dog to a new significant other or baby. Packed with practical tips and techniques–plus advice from the unique perspectives of Cesar’s wife and sons–A Member of the Family addresses the most common issues and questions for dog owners.
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A Member of the Family helps owners introduce four-legged friends into the household.

July 7, 2011 5:48 pm | By Zootoo Editor Flinn D.

In A Member of the Family, Oscar Millan, the bestselling author of Cesar’s Way and Be the Pack Leader shows you and your family how to select a dog that is right for you and your lifestyle, and then train that dog to be a full-fledged member of your family.

One of the nicest aspects of A Member of the Family is that the book doesn’t read like a number of other dry, how-to manuals that are cluttering the shelves of stores these days. Instead, Millan has packed the pages with cute and inspiring stories from his years of experience as a trainer, dog owner and dog lover.

Also, if you haven’t read one of Millan’s books before, A Member of the Family is an ideal place to start. Not only will you benefit from his encyclopedic knowledge of dog breeds and their various personalities, but you will also be entertained by his light, humorous touch and anecdotal flare when describing dogs’ interactions with their human families.

The book begins with a rundown of dos and don’ts when selecting your dog, signs to look for when determining if the dog you want is healthy, and places to go to adopt a dog if you decide to go that route. Millan then takes you through what you can expect as you bring the dog into your family, especially as the pooch starts to interact with your children. Millan’s insight is invaluable here, as surely many dog owners have moments where they wonder if their dog is ever going to really bond with their family. Millan advocates a firm hand when it comes to keeping your dog in line, believing that it is best for both family and dog, and gives many tips on how to let the dog know that you are boss.

Simply put, for a basic, easy-to-read introduction to integrating your four-legged family members successfully with your two-legged ones, A Member of the Family is an invaluable resource.

Pros: Entertaining and humorous tone; easy-to-read, informative resource.

Cons: None.

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Lisa A.
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This book has a lot of information and tips for how to deal with your new family member. He is a wonderful teacher.

Pros: lots of tips

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kathi j.
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As Cesar says on his show, "There are many ways to train your dog,..." As books go, I take what I like and leave the rest. This book I kept all the ideas! I was always interested in his wife's and his kids' viewpoints and he has chapters devoted entirely to them - written by them. It is a wonderful read. In fact I read it in two days!

Pros: Great info

Cons: none

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