- 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: 155 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Art of Raising a Puppy (Revised Edition) Hardcover – Jun 29 2011
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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.
From Publishers Weekly
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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As a kid years back, my experience with our family dog growing up was pretty standard. We said "no" and "bad dog" a lot, had problems with him running away, rubbed his nose in it when he dumped on the floor. I knew there had to be a better way.
Between Patricia McConnell, Sophia Yin, Ian Dunbar, and the (newer versions) of the Monks of New Skete we've been shown a totally different way. It's amazing... we train through positive reinforcement, never have to say bad dog, and now have a 9-month old puppy that we can pretty much walk off leash. Still working on his recall and some separation anxiety, but with these resources we feel totally solid in handling it.
As a total sidenote, I went for the science-based positive reinforcement over dominance theory for a couple of reasons. I had read a couple of Cesar Milan's books a few years back and actually found them quite thin on the actual, tangible "what to do". There was also something about the whole pack leader thing that didn't sit quite right with my knowledge of learning theory. From what I've been able to gather since having our pup in the house, all of that's totally valid... and I just so love the results we've seen from more positive oriented methods.
The book goes thru the developmental stages of a GSD puppy and emphaizes puppy testing. i have had other breeds and the book does not work so well with them (Lab Ret & Yorkies), so I can honestly only recommend for the GSD group. If you fit in, then it's a must buy. If you are not sure if the GSD is for you, buy this book as you will learn what is so special about the breed.
If you are not thinking of getting a GSD or one of thw working breeds, ACDs, AS, Collies etc. then pass it by. It really does not work with the Sporting or Toys breeds- wnich is only failing but then no book is perfect for everyone.
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