How to be Your Dog's Best Friend: A Training Manual for Dog Owners

Monks of New Skete
Little, Brown, and Company 1978
ISBN 0-316-60491-7
199pp
Date finished: 2010-06-01

The Monks of New Skete are located in rural New York and are well-known as breeders of German shepherd dogs. This book discusses their approaches to training and caring for dogs, with an accent on understanding dog behaviour and psychology in order to train them effectively. The first and last chapters are slightly infused with their spiritual beliefs -- dogs are a way to maintain a connection with the rest of Creation that urban living has isolated us from -- but this atheist found their discussion interesting and not heavy-handed, and the bulk of the book is just useful advice with no religious aspects. While the authors view dogs favorably, they aren't sentimental either, suggesting how to physically correct a dog (make eye contact first) and to make it clear that the human is in charge. Their suggestions on how to train dogs in basic commands (sit, stay, down, etc.) are straightforward and clear, and I'll be trying them with our new dog Aurora.

(There seems to be a 2002 edition of this book that's revised and updated.)

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