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

How To Be Your Dog's Best Friend

Hardcover Published: 23rd September 2002
ISBN: 9780316610001
Number Of Pages: 352
For Ages: 13+ years old

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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.

Industry Reviews

It is the most readable book on dog training for the layman that this reviewer has come across. Any person who has ever thought of owning a dog should read this engaging book from cover to cover. - LIBRARY JOURNAL

An excellent course in canine care and obedience... full of sympathetic details and well-illustrated chapters. - NEWSDAY

The Monls of New Skete have turned out a book on virtually every phase of dog care, understanding and training. They have done so from a tremendous depth of affection for the animal- an affection that shows in phase after phase of the book. A fine book indeed. - WAHINGTON POST

Preface to the Second Editionp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
An Introduction to Training
Myths, Mutts, and Monksp. 3
How New Skete Went to the Dogsp. 9
What Is a Dog?p. 15
Some Important Termsp. 18
Selecting a Puppy or Older Dogp. 22
Researching Canine Rootsp. 35
How to Read a Pedigreep. 38
Where to Find Trainingp. 46
The Concept of Praise in Dog Trainingp. 55
Discipline: The Taboo Topicp. 63
What's Cooking?p. 79
Grooming Your Dogp. 87
The Inner Dimension of Training: In the Beginning Is the Relationshipp. 95
Canine Environmentsp. 103
City Lifep. 104
Suburban Lifep. 114
Country Lifep. 118
Outdoor Lifep. 125
Sensitivity Exercises
Your Dog May Be Lonelyp. 129
Where Is Your Dog This Evening?p. 138
Playing Pavlovp. 144
Silence and Your Dogp. 153
Radio Trainingp. 158
Massage for Dogsp. 160
The Round-Robin Recallp. 166
Keeping Fit for Lifep. 168
Avoid Canine Incarceration!p. 172
Children and Dogsp. 177
Starting Off Right
Puppy Trainingp. 189
Standard Obedience Exercises
Starting Outp. 217
Equipmentp. 219
Heelingp. 225
The Stayp. 239
The Recallp. 248
The Downp. 257
The Down-Stayp. 262
About Obedience Competitionp. 267
Understanding Your Dog's Personality: The Problem Explainedp. 271
House Trainingp. 278
Chewing, Digging, and Jumping Upp. 282
Protection Training and Attack Trainingp. 289
Alarm Barkingp. 292
Aggressive Behavior, or How to Deal with a Canine Terroristp. 294
Behavior In and Out of Carsp. 302
Social Implications of Trainingp. 307
When a Dog Dies: Facing the Death of a Dogp. 308
A Parting Word
Dogs and the New Consciousnessp. 315
Select Reading Listp. 323
Appendixp. 327
Indexp. 331
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ISBN: 9780316610001
ISBN-10: 0316610003
Audience: General
For Ages: 13+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 23rd September 2002
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.9 x 16.0  x 3.1
Weight (kg): 0.62
Edition Number: 1