How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend: A Training Manual for Dog Owners [NOOK Book]

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For nearly 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 new, expanded edition, with a fresh new design and new photographs throughout, 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 ...
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How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend: A Training Manual for Dog Owners

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Overview

For nearly 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 new, expanded edition, with a fresh new design and new photographs throughout, 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 three decades, is based on the philosophy that "understanding is the key to communication, compassion, and communion" with your dog. The importance of honest and effective communication with your dog is underscored throughout this guide, especially in the practical training exercises: a detailed, comprehensive, fully illustrated obedience course through which the monks lead you (and your dog) step-by-step. 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 life In this new edition, How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend has been expanded to encompass the latest equipment (e.g., retractable leashes, "invisible" fences); new trends in training and care (doggy day care, professional dog walkers, etc.); and dozens of new anecdotes and case studies, drawn from the monks' own experience, that bring to life the essential training concepts. In 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 advocate the philosophy that "understanding is the keyto communication, compassion, and communion" with your dog. This very specialguide features a unique, step-by-step obedience course, and proper techniques for complete care at every stage of a dog's life.

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The Monks of New Skete have turned out a book on virtually every phase of dog care, understanding, and training.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780759524385
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 5/15/2001
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 73,787
  • File size: 4 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2012

    Excellent Read this before and after you "adopt" your best friend

    Wish I read this before I started training. Don't stress, the monks show you the corretions for your/others errors. I also ordered the DVDs. Can't wait to view them. Thank you monks for this amazing book.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 13, 2011

    Highly recommended - a must read

    For anyone who owns a dog - even if your dog is an adult. This book is entertaining, full of examples, and it teaches you so much about training your dog in a way that will make both - the owner and the dog - best friends.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2011

    The best book written for humans who want to understand dogs

    This is the third time I've bought this book. It goes much deeper into the minds and histories of dogs and gives us insights into why they do what they do. The best.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2012

    Part-way Through

    I got this book to not only find some training advice, but also learn to build a better relationship with my dog. She's a 5 year old border collie mix with a level 4(+1/2) heart murmur. We can't exercise too much, and she can be anti-social. The monks advised me to sing to my dog (she's about 5lbs overweight, so we went with Big Girl, You are Beautiful and some other songs) and make better eye contact. Who knows if it helps, but they do mention a lot of things about your demeanor with your dog, and I think it will help over time. I'm only on page 99 of the ebook.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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