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The Art of Raising a Puppy (Revised Edition) Hardcover – June 29, 2011
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The book observes a litter of monastery puppies from birth to 12 weeks. Tender photographs and dialogue reflect these precious first few weeks of life. Even at this time, the human-canine link is vital; the monks stress the importance of gentle touch to help forge this connection. Basic puppy training techniques are explored and executed, all of which puppy owners should find easy to implement. Virtually all types of dog problems and dog training are examined in the book, always in compassionate and easily comprehensible language. The monks also look well beyond surface training techniques to analyze the roots of dogs' problems and explain how training can help. Owners are taught how to gently assert dominance over their dog, which will make for a long-lasting and fulfilling relationship. Beautiful black-and-white photographs of monastery puppies will pull at every heartstring. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I can not stress enough the importance of early human socialization, and the Monks of New Skete seem to agree. If you are planning on breeding a litter, I urge you to pick up this book an heed the authors advice.
This book also stresses humane training methods, and the importance of positive reinforcement. Using this method has helped with my dominant GSD pup. Constant scolding will get you nowhere. A quick pop on the lead when bad and copious amounts of praise when good makes training a happy occasion for both dog and master.
I would recommend the three tape training set "Raising Your Dog With The Monks of New Skete" along with this book. The tapes show the New Skete method from the puppy birth, to training the adult dog, and brings the information together nicely.
The alpha roll is a technique espoused by the Monks, although I hear the main author of these books no longer recommonds the roll. It is to teach the dog that you are dominant. Basically you roll the dog over and hold it on its back until it quits struggling. Problem is instead of learning that you are dominant, many dogs learn that you are scary. And a fearful dog can grow up to become an aggressive dog. If you want to read a harrowing tale about what the alpha roll can do to a dog, pick up Patricia McConnell's The Other End of the Leash.
Some of this book is helpful. I particularly like the interview with Maurice Sendak (whose dogs have clearly unlearned some of the Monks' training.) The food/potty training schedule is very helpful. That's what people rave about when they come into the center. Up to about chapter 11, I don't see anything majorly wrong with the book. The chapters on early development and socialization provide a lot of useful information. If the "Who should have a dog" chapter persuades one person that they aren't ready to provide the environment needed for the type of dog they are thinking about, I have to applaud it.
But, their main methods of training don't feel right to me. Enough said already about the alpha roll. No food?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great book and should be read by anyone thinking about getting a dog. That said the first few chapters deal with the early stages of a dog that might not be useful... Read morePublished 1 day ago by mountainvalley
BEST PUPPY BOOK EVER !!!! I tell everyone about it!! Wish I would've known about it years ago!!!!!!! :) :) :)Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book is worth it for the interview with Maurice Sendak alone. Spiritual in the best way, it points to the true key to a positive life with animals - self-discipline. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Tom
These guys have been raising dogs for decades and it shows in their style. If you are getting a puppy (or maybe just got one) this is worth the read.Published 11 days ago by Tretnine
I like it better than "How to be Your Dog's best Friend" because the information is more applicable and detailed at each stage of development.Published 15 days ago by Flo in Gold Canyon
Great read for anyone with a new puppy. Offers great insight and is presented in a common sense manner that makes it easy to comprehend.Published 17 days ago by ERIN E DESHANO