How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend: A Training Manual for Dog Owners

How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend: A Training Manual for Dog Owners

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by Monks of New Skete
     
 

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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

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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 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.

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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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ISBN-13:
9780759524385
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
05/15/2001
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
88,722
File size:
4 MB

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How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend: A Training Manual for Dog Owners 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Larita More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
TheRavenCT More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.