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Hi! I am new to this forum and planning on adopting my first Havanese in late summer. I am wondering if any of you have used Cesar Millan's methods to train a puppy and if they were effective for you or not? I have watched the show now for a few months and read 3 of his books. If any of you have other suggestions, I would love to hear them.

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Oh, you are opening up a can of worms, leg71!!

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Here is a recent thread discussion about Cesar Milan that should give you a pretty good idea of how people think of him.

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Hello, Welcome and Congratulations on your soon to be puppy!!!
As far as Cesar Milan, most of his thinking and training methods are way to harsh for 'soft' dogs such as Havanese. Google "Ian Dunbar" and take a look at his training methods and hopefully more of our 'experts' will chime in soon!

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Welcome to the forum! Here is a book The Havanese by Diane Klumb and JoAnne Baldwin. I'm not sure if you'll find specific training methods.

Something interesting I read from The Havanese book, is that Klumb and Baldwin are both fine with dry dog food produced by large companies like Purina. They point out that most consumers and pet parents don't understand the regulations for dry dog food and how the larger brands are better at research, and consumers shouldn't fall into this idea that smaller and more expensive brands or even natural raw diets are better for the dog.

Here's a book on The Joyous Havanese by Kathryn Braund.

If you like Cesar Milan, his more recent book Cesar's Rules, contains some training tips and photos from Ian Dunbar.

I haven't read The Joyful Havanese yet, and I did read the other two books.

I watch Cesar's show The Dog Whisperer. I agree with him that human psychology shouldn't be applied to dog psychology. And humans need to be calm assertive.
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I always thought Cesar's methods were for bigger dogs, though I did watch him when mine was a pup (my first dog). I was impressed the way he could actually "train the owner" which would alter the behavior of the dog.
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Welcome to the forum. Havs are sweet natured and a sensitive type dog. Anything that deals with Positive Training is good. I loved reading the dog behavior books, so I would know some of the body language of the dogs. After reading many books, I found I learned a bits of information from each one of them.

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