The excerpt below is taken from the New York Time bestselling book, Cesar’s Way, written by Cesar Millan with Mellissa Jo Peltier. The subtitle of the book, “The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding & Correcting Common Dog Problems,” is demonstrated by the author in the National Geographic Channel program, Dog Whisperer. The author followed this book with another bestseller entitled, Be A Pack Leader. The excerpt is reprinted with the permission of the author.
Please Note: Each breeder may have different and/or additional requirements before placing a dog. Responsible breeders take the placement of their dogs very seriously and each new potential owner must accept the responsibility for the proper treatment and care of their dog. You can find additional information on responsible dog ownership by visiting the AKC’s suggestions at Responsible Dog Ownership
Choosing a Dog
From Cesar’s Way by Cesar Millan
A dog is not a doll, a child, a purse, a status symbol, or a weapon. In choosing a dog to share your life, you have an incredible opportunity to form a powerful bond with a member of another species. But that opportunity comes at a price – the price of responsibility. Know yourself before you know your dog. Before you take the plunge in becoming a dog owner, I recommend that you be able to answer yes to the first part of each of these important questions, and no to the part of the questions in parentheses:
Did you pass? If you did, congratulations. You’re ready for a dog. If not, you might want to rethink your choice of pet.
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