How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend: The Classic Manual for Dog Owners

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 neFor 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.
How to Be Your Dog s Best Friend The Classic Manual for Dog Owners 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 a

  • Title: How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend: The Classic Manual for Dog Owners
  • Author: Monks of New Skete
  • ISBN: 9780316610001
  • Page: 192
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend: The Classic Manual for Dog Owners”

    1. This review became lengthier than I anticipated, but if I can dissuade one person from using the techniques prescribed in this book, it will have been worth it.I would like to preface my review with a comment on my own experience. A few years ago, I taught myself nonviolent training methods studying the works of Paul Owens and Karen Pryor, among others. The books were recommended by the shelter where I planned to adopt a dog.I started studying long before I even planned to get the dog, and felt [...]

    2. I don't think ANY dog book is the end-all be-all, so no dog-training book would earn 5 stars from me. No doubt, the monks are not going to win over everyone with their methods. Positive reinforcement is the the in vogue way to train a dog right now, and they focus a lot on effective corrections. Prong collars and the shake down will probably make a lot of people weezy. Which is fine. Their methods aren't for everyone.However, I think they have an amazing approach, which mimics my feelings on dog [...]

    3. I've never been so confused from a dog training book in my life. "Hi, we are inspired by St. Francis" but then you discipline dogs by cuffing them under the chin, the "shakedown," and the alpha rollover. I don't believe for a minute that St. Francis would approve.Here's what I like about the book: their concept of outdoor kenneling and making sure the dog has the right kind of setup, raising/training puppies, the "Round Robin Recall" exercise, and their suggestion of not training your dog to att [...]

    4. How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend by the Monks of New Skete was a book that one of the dog park people recommended to us. Thanks to the wife's aunt, we got a copy of it for Christmas, and dove right in. After getting through a few chapters, my first thought was "This is the book we should have read before getting Nala". The Monks of New Skete have apparently been breeding German Shepherd Dogs for quite some time now and also run a boarding/training program for other dogs, so they have a good amou [...]

    5. I have never owned a dog but am doing some reading to prepare to get one soon. I like their overall approach and attitude. I can definitely see myself referencing this during dog training later too.

    6. I appreciated some of the things they said, especially in the beginning. But this book drove home the point that every dog training book must be read with a grain of salt and an open mind. I was honestly a bit horrified with the discipline chapter. Everyone has their own opinion on this, but I feel that those methods are old school and very out dated. We've moved beyond that, surely! I know I have. All in all, a book with some interesting viewpoints but not to be taken word for word.

    7. This is an superb training manual but very rigid and strict. I agree that a dog must know who its owner is and have a degree of fear and respectbut I am softer. I prefer a positive training approach. Reward the positive. Despite this philosophical difference I do think this is an excellent reference and one I would recommend.

    8. Full of good humor; insights into dog and human nature; and just general, all-around practical tips. This book was worth every page!

    9. Oh, those monks are a clever bunch! I, however am throughly biasedI trained my dog the New Skete way. Perfect.

    10. I highly recommend this for new dog-owners, or anyone who is eager to reconsider mankind's history and relationship with dogs. Thoughtfully written, this book felt like a meditation and a prayer. While full of advice for dog training, I also greatly enjoyed the philosophical non-advice sections as well. I feel this book is great for those who are planning to become dog-owners, and want more than just practical preparation; this book offers an emotional and spiritual foundation too. Yes, I said " [...]

    11. Much more narrative than how-to. While I like the ideas and the sentiments, I'm not so keen on the personalized stories. For practical, "do this" advice, I prefer Brian Kilcommons. I used his Good Owners, Great Dogs to train my last dog (who was universally recognized as a beyond exceptional dog: when my husband and I began dating, we left half a pizza on the coffee table and went out to a movie. It was still there when we got home, absolutely untouched). I'll be consulting his new(er) book, My [...]

    12. Reading these books again as I have a puppy coming home tomorrow! I just love these books. Their philosophy on dogs and training totally appeals to me as a lover of large shepherd mixes.Being Maurice Sendak approved gives it bonus points. He knows where the wild things are!

    13. Read this book if you want your dog to be afraid of you and ruin any possible relationship you'd have with him.

    14. Good book but I mis-read the title.I was just looking for a book that would teach me how to be one of my dog's good friends.

    15. I am hovering between a 1.5 and a 2 is really hard to say. This is not a book for amateurs---if you want to learn to train your dog, check out Patricia McConnell, Jean Donaldson, Victoria Schade, Ian Dunbar, and a host of others. This book is more for someone who is well versed in Dog and is just curious about another perspective.The Monks are, at best, highly hypocritical. Most things they recommend are just not something a "best friend" would do. Their idea of discipline iswell, archaic. My ru [...]

    16. A loving, thorough manual for training and orienting a dog. My only complaint is the length. There is just a lot of discourse in each section and I'd rather get to the meat of each issue. Although, I guess there isn't enough discourse for all the reviewers who find the monks cruel (below). There are so many qualifiers for each thing they say. For example a reviewer is horrified at the remark "How hard should you hit a dog? A good general rule is that if did not get a response it wasn't hard eno [...]

    17. One caveat to this review: I read the old edition of this book and some techniques given are outdated. Exercising your dog by "road-work", walking using a car, would not be tolerated today. But read along with other dog-training books I found the no-nonsense approach to bringing up your pup to be refreshing. There are points in the narrative where the reader is advised about the realities of dog ownership, to re-evaluate fitness to be an owner. If you can't devote time and consistent effort to y [...]

    18. Best book on the topic, hands down. We purchased this book many years ago and used it to train two rescue dogs, one of whom was a huge HUGE handful (especially destructive and out of control misbehavior). Using this book as a guide, we guided those two dogs into becoming extremely well behaved, loving life partners. And that "handful of a dog" was often cited by friends and neighbors as turning into the "perfect" dog. And he was. He lived a long happy life, but has since passed.Since we gifted t [...]

    19. After finishing this book I read through some of the reviews and am mystified by people's attitudes towards this book. About 99% of the book is how to connect with and train your dog, with super specific technique, and 1% is teaching how to the physically discipline the dog in the very rare cases that the dog does not respond to any sort of correction. Leash popping is not physical discipline! It does not choke the dog! The monks are extremely clear that they do not advocate any sort of violence [...]

    20. Mixed feelings on this one. Some things were spot on and others ran counter to everything I've learned from trainers, classes and other books.

    21. Mostly a basic dog care book. Some of the advice is fine, but it's smattered with enough non-scientific bullshit that anyone who needs something like that should avoid it. Weird rules with little to no explanation. Don't let the dog sleep in your bed because your smell is too powerful for them. No explanation of what might happen if they're exposed to such an overwhelming scent, not even an anecdote. Hilariously failed attempt at using a classically conditioned sound as a positive interrupter. I [...]

    22. One of my favorite saints of the Church is St. Francis of Assisi because of his humanity, compassion, sweet nature, and his love of animals with whom he is believed to communicate based upon the story of his converting the Wolf of Gubbio to a tamed animal. The story goes that while living in the city of Gubbio around 1220, St Francis volunteered to take leave and meet a ferocious wolf who devastated the country by attacking people and livestock. When St. Francis finally met the wolf, instead of [...]

    23. A friend gave me a book by the Monks years ago. It was then I discovered that their ministry is caring for and training dogs.I picked up some very practical tips here. They are directly in saying that their dog-training books are not about religion. Still, they sneak in some wonderful spiritual observations. Here are some of my favorites:• Living in close association with our dogs helps us avoid a temptation that is always present in contemplative life — the temptation to live narcissistical [...]

    24. Very informative and common senseGood read for all new or prospective dog owners easy to understand and very descriptive techniques for basic obedience and handling

    25. The one saving grace of my imminent move is that we'll finally be able to get a dog. So when I asked a recent dog owner for book recommendations, she mentioned this book. I can see why. It's a very thorough book. I skipped certain sections that will not be relevant (dogs and children, attack training, and obedience competition but feel my reading experience was no worse for it.Even The monks themselves say an owner-to-be should read more than just their book to prepare themselves. To this end, t [...]

    26. Despite a few suggestions which struck me as iffy (particularly the one about exercising a dog from a car, though it should be noted that that one is offered with Stringent qualifications), most of this seemed reasonable to me. The authors do note several techniques proposed in the older edition of the book which they now no longer suggest, though, judging by what I've seen on current dog training videos on Youtube, the advice here probably still falls towards the firmer end of the training spec [...]

    27. Excellent book for novice dog owners and/or for improving your relationship with your dog. That last bit is why the book is so good. It's all about how important that relationship is -- not how to get your dog to obey you, to stop chewing your shoes, or to stop freaking out around strangers--but how to strengthen your bond with your dog, via training as well as respect. When that relationship is strong, annoying behaviors are easier to correct, but more importantly, you get to enjoy the unique c [...]

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