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  • ISBN-13: 9780316604918
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 10/30/1978
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 202
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2003

    If you're looking for positive training, this isn't it.

    This is primarily the "yank 'em" method of dog-training. Dogs will put up with a lot; why make them? There are numerous authors who demonstrate very effective methods based upon positive motivation, not avoidance: for instance your dog might prefer to be taught how to heel using kindness and reward rather than by getting a sharp tug on a choke chain before he even knows what you want. Dogs with "soft" personalities ought not to be subject to these methods at all. Good alphas know better than these humans how to motivate their packs without physical correction. Try "The Dog Whisperer," "Purely Positive Training," or "The Dog Listener" instead. Unless you just need somebody to yank around. In which case, become a bureaucrat or tabloid journalist. But leave the dogs alone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2001

    The Monks of New Skete How To Be Your Dog's Best Friend

    I am not a dog trainer, I am only a dog owner. When I received my first Chesepeak Bay Retreiver I knew NOTHING about dogs other than you have to pick up the mess. This book is by far'THE BIBLE' on dog training. Written in easy to understand information with illustrations for reenforcement. I have recommended this book to many people and their reactions are just as mine. This 'info' book really works. If you want to own a dog, be a responsibable pet owner, follow this book. It won't let you down and neither will your dog, your best friend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2000

    Monk Rock!

    The Monks of New Skete really know how to rock your understandings or misconceptions about training your dog. Gone is the notion that a dog is Man's best friend. Thoughtful instruction teaches Man how to be a Dog's best friend. I enjoy my time with my dog. My dog even loves ice cubes! Several years from now when another dog is looking for a new best friend, he and or she can rest assured that I will train, love and enjoy them as taught by the Monks of New Skete! This book is a must read for anyone, especially those debating about dog ownership!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2000

    Buy this manual - It works!

    The Monks of New Skete have written a great dog training manual. They use the natural instincts of the wolf pack to maintain discipline but emphasize the love of the dog for the owner. They are as concerned about the happiness of the dog as they are with maintaining discipline under the assumption that a happy dog will work with you, not against you. I can't possibly convey how well this program works, except to say that I've trained four dogs using this book, and they all turned out well.

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