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Mother Knows Best: The Natural Way to Train Your Dog Hardcover – Unabridged, March 1, 1985
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The Dog is a Social Animal, and in nature the mother is a dog's most successful teacher. This simple fact translates into a highly effective, dynamic approach to dog training based on the natural way dogs learn. Using this natural way of learning as a base, renowned author and trainer Carol Lea Benjamin presents a sensible, easy, humane training program designed to shape your dog into the best companion it can be, at home and in public. From the basics of puppy training and good house manners, on through all the levels of structured obedience exercises, Mother Knows Best: The Natural Way to Train Your Dog helps your dog learn as it was intended to. Here's the secret of how to enjoy your dog, have your dog enjoy you and enhance the human-animal bond?all at the same time! It's training you can rely on. After all, Mother Knows Best.
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"[The] author is someone who really loves and understands dogs, and that comes through on every page.... Every aspect of training is covered, from the basics of puppy training to structured obedience exercises, in sufficient detail and sufficient examples to show you how you can apply the advice to your own situation." —Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine Animal Health Newsletter
"Carol Benjamin has written a breakthrough book that exposes the fallacy of humanizing dogs and calls for an intelligent, reasoned, and painstaking re-evaluation of just how dogs are originally educated." —Job Michael Evans, Dog Fancy
"This book is full of excellent information and innovative ideas for turning that cute puppy into a true companion...an excellent book to give or recommend." —AKC Gazette
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Top Customer Reviews
I've had dogs before and enjoyed them, but I never thought they can actually communicate - in the broader sense of the word.
'Mother knows best' changed my whole perspective on dogs, and taught me that a dog can, and should have, a vocabulary that can grow with time.
I have a wonderful little pup that I picked up from the street.
He's seven months old now and he already knows so many words.
Whenever I go to the park with him I'm the envy of all other dog owners. He comes immediately when called, knows how to sit and stay, and so much more. There's no bigger pleasure than being able to let him run free, without a leash, knowing that he won't run away, run to the road, or fight with other dogs.
A wonderful wonderful book!!
The author is adament that food should not be given as a reward, reward should be positive attention only. The Monks also believed this but weren't so adament. More recent books have recognized that different breeds respond differently. Breeds bred for close human interaction, primarily the herding breeds, are more closely focused on humans, breeds bred to act independently such as Beagles, and other hounds, and terriers, are not closely attuned to humans and respond better to food rewards. Hey, it's animal behavior 101 that lab rats are rewarded by food and learn from those rewards. Interestingly both Benjamin and the Monks work primarily with German Shepards.
Benjamin also maintains that you can bring a dog back to the scene of its crime, i.e. where it destroyed a pillow, show it the destroyed pillow and correct the dog's behavior. All the recent books acknowledge that you can only correct a dog's behavior if you catch the dog while it is in the act.
Potentially dangerous advice that she gives is to grab a dog by both sides of the neck and get in its face to stare it down. That is threatening and confrontational and may work with puppies but other books warn against that approach with agressive dogs as it will incite them to attack and bite.
There are better books out there pass on this.
As Benjamin says well into the book, "We were all brought up to feel we could raise our children and dogs without the help of anyone. But often, to our surprise and dismay, we cannot ... Modern man does not automatically take on the role of alpha dog and do everything properly." Her philosophy of assuming the role of the dog's parent, rather than the dog's owner as most people do, rings especially true in this modern age of political correctness, but that's not why I applaud "Mother Knows Best." Raising a dog and raising a child are two very different things, and most pet owners either feel that they are the same thing or that raising a dog isn't worth the same effort it takes to raise a child. And how unfortunate is such a lack of insight! Carol Benjamin has taken the time and initiative to clearly put that into words and to observe the interaction between a puppy and his natural mother to translate it for us mere humans so that we can give our puppies the type of attention they naturally need, and deserve.
It's brilliant to suggest that the flat-out easiest way to train your animal is to do it in the same manner that it's natural mother would. And it's proven an especially successful method in creating an irrepressible bond between us and our pup. Marley Sage is only 5 months old now, but with Carol's naturally humane techniques and reassuring guidance, she's not only our best friend, but she's also the best, most well-behaved and considerate house guest we've ever had. I urge anyone even considering pet ownership to read and treasure this book. And if you know dog owners, get a copy for them also!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book. Every new dog owner should read this. It not only explains what to do, but the history of why.Published 18 days ago by fn-pauly
Excellent training book and humorously written to boot. This book recommends most of the same techniques as The Art Of Raising A Puppy by the Monks of New Skete - but it is an... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Nancy Roman
essential for any new dog owner--this was crucial to us housebreaking and training our labPublished 5 months ago by Jennifer Raushel
Helpful, straight forward and clearly written. I know this book will be a great asset in my helping me to raise our new puppy. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Suzs
I'm still reading this, and it was recommended to be by my two, closest friends who have raised dogs themselves. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Eileen M. Vucelich