Cesar Millan’s Mastering Leadership DVD Review Part I

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In your household is your dog the Pack Leader? Does your dog jump on you when you arrive home? Does your dog paw you when it’s time for dinner? When you open the front door does your dog walk out first? If you answered yes to any of these questions then Cesar Millan’s Mastering Leadership DVD Set is something you have to see.

I just received the Cesar Millan’s Mastering Leadership DVD Set. Do you enjoy watching Cesar Millan the Dog Whisperer on the National Geographic Channel? This DVD set is not exactly like the Dog Whisperer where he goes around to different homes solving problems. It’s filmed in front of a live, interactive audience with practical footage, and also some clips from the Dog Whisperer show to reinforce specific points.

People Training For Dogs – Disc 1

Here’s an outline from Disc 1 of Cesar Millan’s Mastering Leadership DVD Set.

The five section this disc covers are:

  1. Dogs as animals
  2. Dogs as a Species
  3. Dogs as Breeds
  4. Dogs as Personality
  5. Dogs Fulfillment

After I watched disc 1 (twice) I thought to myself…I’m going to make my parents watch this disc. I’m not sure if they’ll follow all or any of Cesar’s teachings, but it’s very eye opening and will help them better train their dog.

5 Important Points From Disc 1:

  • Rules, Boundaries, and Limitations – Your dog must have rules, boundaries, and limitations. As a pack leader it’s your job (the human) to enforce these because if you don’t then your dog will assume the role of pack leader and start setting up his own rules, boundaries, and limitations.
  • Four Levels Of Energy – Very High, High, Medium, and Low – Low and Medium are born to be followers and the high and the very high are born to be leaders. It’s not so much the breed you want, but the level of energy.
  • Importance Of The Walk – a simple walk makes you in tune with your dog. That’s why a homeless person and their dog seem to be so in tune together because they’re always walking together. The owner should be in the front and the dog should be in the back (owner leads the dog).
  • Dog Fulfillment – Knowing how to fulfill a dog properly will give them balance.
  • The Fulfillment Formula has an order 1. Exercise 2. Discipline 3. Affection – this will accomplish what your dog needs. We often times mix up the order in the formula. We need to fulfill our dogs first then ourselves. The Affection is for us (the humans) not for the dogs. The Body | The Mind | The Heart.

Of course there’s a ton of other information besides just what I listed above, but I wanted to share the main points that stuck out in my head.

My Thoughts

As I mentioned earlier as soon as I finish up with this DVD set it’s going to my parents and I’m going to force them to watch all three discs. I was very impressed by the first disc, People Training For Dogs. It covers some key areas that I believe will help both novice and advanced dog owners. The first disc runs only about 45 minutes in length and is very easy to digest in one sitting. I’d recommend any person who wishes to increase their understanding of dogs, dog behavior, dog psychology, and would also like to strengthen their bond with their dog to purchase and watch Cesar Millan’s Mastering Leadership DVD Set Disc 1.

Wait…there’s more to come. Over the next few days I’ll also review Disc 2 and 3.

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5 Comments

  1. @Colleen, sorry for the late response. I hope things are going better with Luna. I constantly work hard with my three dogs and sometimes feel like they just don’t get it either. Try to be consistent and persistent. If you still feel like you need help you might try contacting a personal trainer.

    @Andrea, Thanks for the great comment. The videos have definitely helped me better understand my relationship with my three dogs. We are constantly working on our training (dog and human). I plan on reviewing the next two DVD’s within the next couple days. Sorry it’s taking a while to get the reviews out, but the holidays have definitely kept me busy.

  2. Thanks for the review! It was very helpful and cleared up some questions I had about the Mastering Leadership series.

    I love The Dog Whisperer, and when I heard that Cesar had training videos available, I was really interested. While people tell me I have a “good dog” (and he is by regular, non dog people standards,) I know him better than anyone, and we absolutely have some key issues we need to work on. Our biggest, I think, is that he does NOT play nicely with others, which in turn causes me to isolate him from places where we may encounter other dogs and consequently he is deprived of outings to the dog park, the lake, the river, and even walks around our own neighbourhood (lots of dogs run loose where we live, which sends me into nervous overdrive. Not much of a leader hey?) I used to think he was just a socially awkward dog, but apparently he’s not, I AM. As a result of my ignorance, he is definitely not a balanced dog. I now know that, sadly, I created this, and he has been, and still is, living an unfulfilled existence. It makes me sad that I’ve done this to him. However, I will learn from my mistakes and work on making his life better. Cesar’s video sounds like a great tool and a good place for me to begin my “re-education” 🙂 So, thanks again for the helpful review. This is my first visit to your site, but it’s bookmarked now, and I’m looking forward to reading the rest of your review of the Mastering Leadership DVDs.

  3. I find it really hard to assert dominance over Luna. And every time I attempt the tactics shown on The Dog Whisperer, it just never quite works. The veterinarian has told me that he believes Luna is mentally challenged, which sometimes is very believable and other times I think that’s all crap.

    Regardless, she just never seems to “get it”. She doesn’t understand WHY I won’t let her walk ahead. And never relents in trying to gain her dominance back…(back? Hmm, did she ever really lose it to begin with?).

    My boyfriend thought it was just me not being assertive enough until he moved in and he was quickly humbled by how impossible she is to control sometimes. In any case, I never stop trying to train but it’s a constant struggle for who is in control.

  4. I’ll be interested to see your entire review and look forward to your additional posts. I took a look at the series and reviewed it in November.

  5. Well, I was going to comment anyways, but that added an extra incentive 😀

    Ever since I found out about Cesar Millan the way I view dogs, has completely changed, But I also find that its just as difficult to be a pack leader to dogs that haven’t had that leadership before. But once you achieve it, even to the smallest extent eg: walking four dogs without them dragging you; its an AWESOME feeling.

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