How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend

  • by The Monks of New Skete
  • Narrated by Michael Wager
  • 4 hrs and 18 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Monks of New Skete are known for their unique approach to raising and training dogs. Their philosophy is that "understanding is the key to communication, compassion, and communion" with your dog.In How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend, the monks build upon the basic puppy training covered in their book The Art of Raising a Puppy to tell you everything you need to know to care for your dog. From how to select a dog to fit your lifestyle, how to read a pedigree, how and when to train, how to properly use praise and discipline, and how to feed and care for dogs, the monks offer clear guidelines to improving communication with your canine.
Filled with the wisdom, compassion, and caring that the brothers are known for, How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend helps you better understand your dog, which can lead to a deepened bond with your pet.


What the Critics Say

"Without devolving into New Age psychobabble, the monks make philosophical and spiritual observations that no dog lover could resist, and which just might make a convert of the uninitiated." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Outdated, outmoded

Friends recommended this, so I gave it a listen. I was taken aback by the advice about how to hit a dog properly. I gave up in disgust when I heard the section about "roadwork": exercising overweight or energetic dogs by having them run on a leash beside the car while you drive merrily along empty streets. Awful. Get Cesar Millan or Patricia McConnnell instead, I say.
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- A. Carter

Good basic knowledge

I have had dogs for years but I am considering a new one and thought it would be fun to hear what's going on in the land of dog training. The book was very comprehensive and has many different tips about how to get a dog and make it a good dog citizen. There are not many new things for those who already know a lot about dog training but it's an excellent book for someone who is a bit unsure on what to do. The reason why I didn't give better rating is mainly the idea that human is an alpha dog. I am not a big fan of being "an alpha dog", I think that kind of thinking is very much out dated and plain wrong. In the book they describe "alpha roll" which made me not like the book as much. Also, the part where they teach how to make your dog bark and growl at people just isn't my cup of tea. Made wrong way with a wrong dog and it's a recipe for disaster. But many helpful things too. It's filled with "how to this" and "how to that". Nice.
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- Elina

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-16-2007
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books