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Raising Your Dog with the Monks of New Skete
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It is a nice production with peaceful and beautiful landscapes and relaxing music that make it a really gentle and peaceful DVD to watch with any dog lover, as it really emphasizes the companionship that is the very essence of all that we love of dogs.
If you want a detailed and practical "how to" DVD then purchase: Your Puppy 8 weeks to 8 Months. I hope this helps anyone.
According to this Amazon listing, the video supposedly sold over 1mm copies. Allegedly, the producer (Atmosphere Entertainment) claimed that the DVD was "not profitable" and so refused to pay the monks for their work. Search for "Atmosphere Entertainment New Skete lawsuit" on Google and you'll see the controversy. The monks apparently sued Atmosphere Entertainment though the only case I was able to find seems like that their case might have rejected because the damages were too high for the court's jurisdiction (I am not a lawyer). It's also worth noting that the monks themselves do not sell the DVD on their website, which seems to further support this. If this is true, I think it's unethical to buy this DVD since it would exploit quality, loving folks.
All that said, the monk's books on training and raising dogs ("How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend: The Classic Training Manual for Dog Owners (Revised & Updated Edition)" and "The Art of Raising a Puppy (Revised Edition)") are absolutely excellent and well worth reading. My uncle adopted a German Shepherd from the monks many years ago and I still consider the pair to have the strongest bond between man and dog I have ever seen. I have recently adopted a pitbull from the shelter and we are training her primarily with the monk's philosophy and methodologies.
I gave the video 4 stars because if you haven't read The Monks of New Skete, The Art of Raising a Puppy book, getting this DVD is a good idea. If you've read the book, my advice is to skip this DVD.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Reading this book has helped us to train our pup and better understand (some times) why she is behaving the way she is at the time. The monks of New Skete know there stuff.Published 5 months ago by Jack Dan Trades
Among a whole number of issues, start with puppy right and avoid behavioural and temperamental problems in the future.Published 7 months ago by Lim
I thoroughly enjoyed this video and found it very useful. I like the way the Monks incorporate spirituality into their discussions of dogs. I will be ordering more copies as gifts.Published 8 months ago by Kindle Customer
Charming, thoughtful approach. Helps to put you in the right mindset. The production is slightly dated. The second disc is better- more direct tips and an action plan.Published 9 months ago by APond
better to invest in the books. video was not very high quality and information not very detailed still enjoyed it but for the price, the books are hands down way better!Published 10 months ago by Kathleen J. Rocheleau
This is actually a fun video to learn dog training with. I have trained with world class kennels and I believe the Monks of New Skete have a program that can benefit any dog... Read morePublished 12 months ago by RichKolivoski
Very informative easy to follow-helped me understand the importance of training!Published 14 months ago by Nancy Gomoll