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The Art of Raising a Puppy [Hardcover]

Monks of New Skete
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March 20 1991
The Monks of New Skete THE ART OF RAISING A PUPPY The authors of the classic guide How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend now tell you everything you need to know about the crucial first months of your puppy's life. From the decision to adopt a pup through the practical steps of choosing the right breed, preparing your home, caring for your new charge, and practicing basic obedience exercises, the Monks of New Skete offer clear, compassionate guidelines for raising a puppy. Renowned for breeding German shepherds, the Monks train their own beautiful dogs, and dogs of any breed, according to a unique program based on understanding canine behavior and enhancing the bond between dog and owner. This communion begins in puppyhood and is based on deep respect and affection. Improper care, poor training, or a lack of attention during the early months can lead to problem behaviors that become increasingly difficult to alter as your dog matures. By learning to gently assert your dominance from the start, you'll build a lasting and loving relationship with your pup. This complete guide, illustrated with more than eighty black-and-white photographs, explains the stages of puppy development, how to communicate with your pup, how to begin a complete training program, and how to deal with common problems like chewing, jumping up, and paper-training. The kind of fulfillment a solid relationship with your pup can bring is demonstrated in the stories of three dogs who have assumed special places in their owners lives. The Art of Raising a Puppy is an essential source of wisdom, information, and inspiration for anyone who loves and cares for a puppy. As a community, the Monks of New Skete have been breeding, raising, and training dogs for more than twenty years. New Skete Monastery is located in Cambridge, New York.

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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.

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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.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book Nov. 14 2011
By Kat
This book is an excellent source for anyone thinking of buying a dog (especially a puppy). The monks are knowledgeable in their work and stress the importance of having the time and patience to raise a puppy properly. While they specialize in German Shepherd dogs, many of their principles can and should be applied to any breed. This book is a must for potential puppy owners.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great training book for gentle, humane training Nov. 24 2001
My dog is now 2 1/2 years old and people always ask me how we trained her to be so loyal, obedient, loving and playful - my answer is "I read this book called The Art Of Raising A Puppy written by some monks in New York and started using it when she was 8 weeks old". I have recommended this book to other friends who have raised their puppies with the monk's philosophies and their dogs are the same - loyal, loving, obedient, and playful.
The book stresses the importance of understanding why your dog does things so you can help train/correct them the best way. When you use the methods in the book it seems your puppy obeys earlier and needs to be corrected less than others who do not. Good luck with your training - I hope your relationship with your dog is as rewarding as ours has been.
By the way I do a lot of work with the local humane society and they are big on "clicker training" - I have seen many animals trained with this method and they don't have near the bond with their trainers as those I've seen trained with the monks methods. Just wanted to mention that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best puppy book April 7 2014
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this book actually guides you in how to train you pup. Not just a story about a few puppies like milan's book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for any new puppy owner Jan. 25 2014
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The techniques in the book made getting a new puppy such a positive experience. It is a must If you have a new puppy or are thinking about getting one.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The "bible" of all dog books! Jan. 15 2007
At first I thought this new-age "doggie" duty might be a bit ... out there, especially penned my monks, but I can admit when I am wrong, as I was in this case.

This is THE best book for anyone who owns a dog and wants to understand their canine companion. It is very easy to read and completely understandable. The monks' philosophy makes perfect sense. I feel a bit guily about ways we trained the family dog when I was a kid, but times have changed and these are reflected in this book.

As an adult about to embark on getting my dog, I researched ... a lot ... until a friend suggested this book. This is the first book I recommend to people. It provides clear information, offered in step by step stages of a dog that kept me fascinated while I waited for my puppy. I was well prepared to meet the demands of my seven week old puppy when she arrived.

If you only buy one book on raising dogs, this should be it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 6 2014
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Really great information for new dog owners.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Required Reading For All Dog Owners May 17 2014
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This is without doubt the best or one of the best books for people who are getting a new puppy, whether it's their first or tenth. I have had dogs all my life and yet this books was incredible for the learning and the absolute rationality too it. I suspect anyone can learn from it. Their ideas, beliefs and reasons are well back-up with their own and others experiences, We have raised one with this system and are now in the process of raising another which lead me to re-read it and learn again!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book April 30 2014
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I used this book years ago to train the family dog, he was the best dog. Unfortunately we had to put him down last August (he was 13 yrs old). Recently my son and his boys purchased a new puppy and I purchased this book for them as well as "How to be Your Dog's Best Friend" they love these books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book first and puchase your puppy
This book is a must for any person thinking about getting a puppy. I had many dogs and horses in the past and I could have use the info. Thanks again for a second chance!!
Published 3 months ago by Ivan Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Raising a Puppy
The book gives you a break down in the puppies stages of life. Gives you detailed advise on training your puppy, recommend this to anyone looking to get a puppy. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Curtis Brothers
2.0 out of 5 stars I didn't love it
Highly recommended to my by somebody who only used this book as a training aid - It was okay, nothing amazing though! I gave it to a friend!
Published 14 months ago by LEDK
5.0 out of 5 stars The Art of Raising a Puppy
Great book! Very informative. I couldn't stop reading it! I would recommend it to everyone before getting a puppy or a young dog.
Published 15 months ago by Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars Required reading for all Shepherd owners
An excellent in depth view on how to raise your GSD.I have read many books on German Shepherds and I have found that all the monks of New Skete books go above and beyond other... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mountainman611
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, have used it for 2 puppies
First used this book about 15 years ago with our chocolate lab pup. He has since left us, but renewed acquaintances with puppies and the Monks just a year ago with our new black... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Bob Loblaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative
I train search and rescue dogs and base my assessment of a puppy off the test in this book. They did a very good job of covering the care of a pup for the first 8 weeks of life. Read more
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