I did enjoy this book. It was an easy read, and I read it in two days. I could practically hear Cesar's voice as I read. There were a LOT of reflections in this book. You really get to know him and his journey from adolescence to adulthood. I felt like the description for this particular book of his was a little misleading though. "Understanding and correcting common dog problems" turned out to be something more like "understanding dog problems". He really did get far into the dog psychology aspect, and why dogs in the USA are so messed up. It kind of irritated me by the end about how many times he dropped that USA dog owners make such a mess of the dog's life. However, he does explain the behaviors we create quite effectively, so you get to understand why he states it so bluntly.
The one drawback was that he didn't really go into how to correct problematic behaviors. He hammers the Exercise, Discipline, then Affection motto repeatedly. However, he doesn't go into "if your dog does _____, do this_____". (Which is what I was hoping for.) There were PLENTY of interesting things learned from this novel. It is definitely worth the time. Like did you know:
- Walks are more than just an opportunity for waste elimination and exercise for Fido?
- Letting your dog run around in the backyard is not a retreat- just simply a bigger kennel?
- After adopting a dog, Cesar recommends not giving affection for TWO WEEKS?
I learned a lot, including how we as humans are so empathetic to all living creatures that we superimpose ourselves onto our pets. Met a depressed dog lately? More than likely his owner is depressed...
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