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The Art of Raising a Puppy (Revised Edition) Hardcover – Jun 29 2011

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 2nd Revised ed. edition (June 29 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316083275
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316083270
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.2 x 24.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 141 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I really enjoyed the stage by stage development of a puppy. I've had dogs all my life and didn't know these things.
I found it very helpful for training tips as well. My vet did advise though, not to put your finger down a puppy's throat to stop
the mouthing as they say in the book.
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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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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 same training to her as a large breed puppy.
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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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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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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. It is written beautifully, had trouble putting it down. I am truly greatfull to the Monks of New Skete for such helpfull guidance.
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The Monks compile a great deal of knowledge into one very informative, very well-written, hard-to-put-down book. This book focuses on the development, both physiological and psychological, of puppies: from the dams pregnancy and whelping on. They address what to do, what to avoid, nutrition, etc., for each phase. I strongly suggest that you also read "How to be Your Dog's Best Friend". In the latter book (their first) they make it very clear that you should read not only their book, but many others on the training and evolution of dogs and a variety of other related subjects and provide a recommended reading list. Having read both books (and many others), I felt that they had no pretensions (as some do) to be the utmost authority on the subject. Nonetheless, as for puppy books, this is my number one pick, my guidebook.
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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 authors.
They have raised GSD,s for over 30 years which makes me believe that they are doing something right.
Their basic principal is the bond between the dog and its owner and base their training around that.
A delightful must read for all Shepherd owners!!
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