208 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 0.6 in
February 4, 2014
National Geographic Society
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 142621328X
ISBN - 13: 9781426213281
Read from the Book
Stimulate the Brain, Early and Often: I am often asked if dog owners can do anything to make their dogs smarter. If you look on the super- market shelves, you’ll see numer- ous dog foods that claim to aid in intelligence. I don’t know if diet can increase intelligence, and dogs cannot take IQ tests to prove this one way or the other. However, I do believe “stimulating” a dog during early puppyhood can result in a stronger, more balanced brain. A puppy’s brain is like a sponge—soaking up all the smells and sights and experiences in the world as fast as it can. A well-stimulated pup will grow up to have a larger brain with more cells, bigger cells, and more interconnections between them. Hearing loud noises, getting regular exercise, meeting new dogs and people, traveling to new places, and even going through agility course training for a few minutes each day make for a stron- ger brain. We can influence the development of a puppy’s brain by providing him with the best environment possible when he is a newborn pup. Likewise, a dog that is deprived of stimulation or that doesn’t have interactions with other dogs or humans is more likely to have a smaller brain and be less balanced. I have seen many situations in which an understimulated dog is not only an unhappy dog but also a dull, almost lifeless animal. But, conversely, too much of a good thing can be harmful. I have also seen situations in which overstimulating a dog can lead to behavior problems and aggression. Signs
From the Publisher
After more than 9 seasons as TV’s Dog Whisperer, Cesar Millan has a new mission: to use his unique insights about dog psychology to create stronger, happier relationships between humans and their canine companions.
Now in paperback, this inspirational and practical guide draws on thousands of training encounters around the world to present 98 essential lessons. Taken together, they will help dog owners create the most fulfilling life possible with their dogs.
In these pages, Cesar delves into crucial themes that go beyond obedience-school basics to reveal the hearts and minds of our beloved pets. In short, practical takes, he explores:
• The basics of dog psychology
• Instinctual behaviors
• Creating balance and boundaries
• Managing common misbehaviors
• Choosing the right dog for your family
• Helping your dog adjust to life transitions
Throughout the book, inspiring stories from Cesar’s case files -- and from his TV show, Leader of the Pack – provide moving real-world applications and surprising life lessons.
Smart, easy to use, and packed with Cesar's remarkable insights into human and canine behavior, A Short Guide to A Happy Dog is an inspiring tool for anyone looking to live a better life with a beloved member of the family.
About the Author
Star of the National Geographic Channel’s celebrated Dog Whisperer and Nat Geo WILD's Leader of the Pack, CESAR MILLAN is the most sought-after dog behaviorist in the world, recognized for his particular expertise in canine psychology. He is author of the New York Times bestsellers Cesar's Way, Be the Pack Leader, A Member of the Family, and How to Raise the Perfect Dog, as well as the founder of the Dog Psychology Center in Los Angeles. In addition to his educational seminars, Cesar has established the Millan Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping shelters and rescue groups
"I recommend this guide to all dog owners. Whether you just adopted your first dog or you've been a long-time owner, this is a wonderful 'tips and technique' book which helps you to better understand your furry best friend." --LATF The Magazine
"A strong distillation of Cesar's unique insights about dog psychology to create stronger, happier relationships between humans and their canine companions." --examiner.com