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The Dog Whisperer Book Review Of The TV Shows Most Challenging Dogs

January 09, 2011 | Comments: 0 | Views: 134

In September of 2004, a new television show caught the interest of many dog owners. The show, entitled Dog Whisperer With Cesar Millan, featured dogs that exhibited common bad behaviours like chewing through furniture and other household items, biting mailmen, and attacking other dogs. The show's host, who happens to be a renowned expert on dog behaviour, will then take on the challenge of eliminating these bad behaviours. He works by training not only the dogs, but also their owners. He teaches them all to live together in harmony.

The success of that show led to the development of the Dog Whisperer book, which is essentially a compilation of some episode summaries from the TV show's first three seasons. Aside from the summaries, the book also contains a special introduction by Cesar Millan as well as pictures of many of the dogs that were featured in the show. Now let's see exactly what this book has to offer and if it is as interesting and useful to dog owners as it promises to be.

The Dog Whisperer book has a total of 150 individual stories on canine behaviour problems and successful obedience training. These stories have been broken down first according to their season of appearance in the show and then by chapters, based on specific dog behaviour problems. Examples of these chapters are "Fears and Phobias," "Aggression Towards People," and "Aggression Towards Dogs and Other Animals." You will notice that each story includes some tidbits of information like what the long-term effects of the training are as well as some useful tips from the author himself.

The Dog Whisperer book is structured in the same way as the TV show episodes. The dog's bad behaviour is introduced at the outset and then Millan conducts an interview with the owners to learn more about the problem and gather some other important background information. Once he gets all the information he needs, Millan then begins training the featured dog. Depending on what the specific problem is, training can involve people, objects, or other dogs. Towards the last part of each episode summary in the Dog Whisperer book, the featured dog and its owners are revisited and the degree of success of the training is assessed.

One of the most noticeable strengths of the Dog Whisperer book is that there is a lot of useful information provided in the sidebars. The fact that the author's ideas are spelled out in very convenient lists within each episode summary is also notable. Regular viewers of the show will appreciate the fact that they now have a written reference for important points regarding dog psychology. Dog lovers who have never seen the show may consider the Dog Whisperer book as the perfect introduction.

Of course, like any other product, the Dog Whisperer book also has its weaknesses. First, it can be a bit difficult to believe that the featured dogs have ever caused their owners some big problems, since they all look adorable in the pictures. In this case, the book cannot hope to beat the TV footage of these dogs at their worst. Second, the book puts greater emphasis on the entertainment aspect of the show rather than on education. Therefore, you may want to consider another one of Millan's books if you are looking for some serious advice about undesirable dog behaviours.

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