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The monks of New Skete have been breeding and training dogs at their New York monastery for more than 20 years. Their philosophy of raising dogs accentuates the essential human-canine bond, whereby owners must learn to understand a dog's instincts, needs, and behavior. Understanding a dog, the monks say, is the key to successfully training him. They first published this philosophy in their 1978 classic guide How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend. Now the monks concentrate on the first three months of a puppy's life in The Art of Raising a Puppy.
The book observes a litter of monastery puppies from birth to 12 weeks. Tender photographs and dialogue reflect these precious first few weeks of life. Even at this time, the human-canine link is vital; the monks stress the importance of gentle touch to help forge this connection. Basic puppy training techniques are explored and executed, all of which puppy owners should find easy to implement. Virtually all types of dog problems and dog training are examined in the book, always in compassionate and easily comprehensible language. The monks also look well beyond surface training techniques to analyze the roots of dogs' problems and explain how training can help. Owners are taught how to gently assert dominance over their dog, which will make for a long-lasting and fulfilling relationship. Beautiful black-and-white photographs of monastery puppies will pull at every heartstring.
The monks of New Skete in Cambridge, New York, dog trainers and breeders of German shepherds, here expand on their classic How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend . The excellent instruction begins with an in-depth examination of the puppies of one litter from birth through their eventual placements with new owners-- following their social and physical development, their needs, and clues to their emerging personalities. Proposing that the best way to forge a healthy dog-to-owner bond is to prevent problems before they occur, the authors soundly emphasize that a puppy begins its training "the day it arrives home." They teach readers how to choose an appropriate breed and a promising puppy, and how to assume the position of "pack" leader from the start. Sensitive and unimpeachably humane, this handbook places equal stress on the time-consuming responsibilities of dog ownership and on its ultimate rewards. Photos.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Great book! Read this before getting our puppy and found every super handy in training and knowing what to expect and why. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Samantha Burke
The information is very dated and geared for large breeds. I was very disappointed with this book.Published 4 months ago by Kim Boyd
Great book, every puppy owner should read lots of valuable lessons to lay a concrete foundation for raising a puppy.Published 9 months ago by jacob
A very detailed book on how to bring out the best in your pup and how in return she will bring out the best in you.Published 9 months ago by Goyo
I am so happy that I ordered this book! We will be brining home our new family member in 6 weeks and reading this book has given me all the confidence I was lacking. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Leanne
I loved this book when I had large breed puppies and dogs, very useful information. I bought the book again to use with my new puppy a mini dachshund and can't seem to apply the... Read morePublished 13 months ago by jennbug
It is a very helpful , clearly written and illustrated book, an excellent guide to training a puppy. Thank you.Published 13 months ago by Muna hamlin