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How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend: The Classic Training Manual for Dog Owners (Revised & Updated Edition) Hardcover – September 1, 2002
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Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
- Publisher : Little, Brown and Company; Revised edition (September 1, 2002)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0316610003
- ISBN-13 : 978-0316610001
- Item Weight : 1.27 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 1.38 x 9.63 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #11,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Some negative reviews I read have made me wonder if those reviewers had ever, indeed, read the book. One complained about Monks' approach is too harsh. It is exact the opposite from Monks' teaching. Monks' could not stress enough for all dog owners to respect and love their dogs, and to build sound, caring, trusting relationships between dogs and owners.
Personally, I think it is best to read this book with "The Art of Raising a puppy", the two books complement each other, and provide comprehensive, in depth, integral knowledges for all dog owners.
I got him at 9 months old and am his third owner, meaning I’m pretty much the first person he’s had to consistently take orders from and it has been quite the journey (5 months later).
Doing the “scruff and shake” on a dog this size is a little intimidating. And using that method of disciplining has helped me with nothing. In fact I find it to be counterproductive for my dog. Anytime I discipline him using any kind of hostile force, is equivalent to taking two steps backwards in his progression. Why would anyone want to listen to some jerk that feels as if it’s acceptable to put his hands on you?
Instead positive reinforcement works much better with him. It doesn’t breach any sort of trust that he has with me, and being his third owner, it’s a no-brainer that trust is paramount when bonding with a new dog or any dog that has little experience co-existing in a human household.
After this book I grabbed a copy of The Dog Whisperer by Paul Owen, not that Cesar guy. It’s a much better book IMO and so far has proven to be more effective than the book the monks wrote.