For more than a quarter century, How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend has been the standard against which all other dog-training books have been measured. This expanded edition preserves the best features of the original classic while bringing the book fully up-to-date. The result: the ultimate training manual for a new generation of dog owners--and, of course, for their canine best friends.
The Monks of New Skete have achieved international renown as breeders of German shepherds and as outstanding trainers of dogs of all breeds. Their unique approach to canine training, developed and refined over four decades, is based on the philosophy that "understanding is the key to communication, compassion, and communion" with your dog.
How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend covers virtually every aspect of living with and caring for your dog, including:
Selecting a dog (what breed? male? female? puppy or older dog?) to fit your lifestyle
Where to get--and where not to get--a dog
Reading a pedigree
Training your dog or puppy--when, where, and how
The proper use of praise and discipline
Feeding, grooming, and ensuring your dog's physical fitness
Recognizing and correcting canine behavioral problems
The particular challenges of raising a dog where you live - in the city, country, or suburb
The proper techniques for complete care of your pet at every stage of his or her lifeIn its scope, its clarity, and its authority, How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend remains unrivaled as a basic training guide for dog owners. Like no other book, this guide can help you understand and appreciate your dog's nature as well as his or her distinct personality--and in so doing, it can significantly enrich the life you share with your dog.
The Monks of New Skete have been raising and training dogs for over 30 years at their Cambridge, New York, monastery, and this volume-updated from the 1978 version-offers solid insights on dog training, behavior, grooming, feeding and a host of other topics. Whether discussing country, city or suburban dogs, the monks dispense good advice on humane care, such as admonishing owners to avoid "canine incarceration," i.e., leaving a dog confined alone for long periods of time. While the book does contain many useful, tried-and-true techniques for obedience-stay, heel, down-stay, recall and the like-its unique value lies in the monks' insights and thoughts about the human-canine bond. Concepts such as discipline and praise are more than merely a means to an end, the monks maintain: they are extensions of a caring attitude and real communication with a canine companion. Without devolving into New Age psychobabble, the monks make philosophical and spiritual observations that no dog lover could resist, and which just might make a convert of the uninitiated. 87 b&w photos.
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Amazing. Covers all you need to know.
I bought this book to read through before I adopted my first dog (1.5 years old, 13 lbs, mix of 5 breeds) from the shelter. I was already taking care of a Maltipoo (about same age) so I had an idea of how to take care of a dog, but wanted to take it a step further and expand my knowledge.
It’s been 2 months since owning my dog and I just finished this book today. While there are many things that are (or should be ahhaha) common sense for the self disciplined dog owner, this book covers way more. As a result, my relationship with my dog is great. Everyone in the dog park comments on how well mannered and healthy he is.
There is still much to do in terms of rearing up my young dog, but this book has opened my eyes on the humbling experience of being a proper dog owner. Highly recommended for ANY dog owner.
The best dog training book
This book is something that was given to me as a gift, and I feel so fortunate to have ever read such an amazing training manual. The insight into what makes a dog a dog is quite amazing. I think that My dogs have turned out to be very well behaved dogs in no small part because of the excellent methods prescribed by this book. My dedication and consistency was the other factor of course. I can't tell you how much I love this book!