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Publisher's Summary

Here is everything you need to know about the crucial first months of your puppy's life. From the decision to adopt a pup through the practicalities of every phase of caring for your puppy, the Monks of New Skete offer clear, sympathetic, and intelligent guidelines. This complete guide is a source of wisdom and inspiration for anyone genuinely committed to building a loving and lasting relationship with their dog.
You'll learn:


how to choose a puppy
how to handle your puppy's first night at home
successful house-training
the value of a consistent schedule
general care of your puppy
leash training and preliminary obedience work
visual and vocal communication with your pup
basic obedience training
ways to cope with common puppy problems
More important, you'll discover a unique approach to puppy training based on a deep respect and understanding of canine behavior.
The Monks of New Skete have been breeding, raising, and training German shepherds for more than 25 years, and their extraordinary grasp of every facet of puppy behavior has gained them worldwide attention. New Skete Monastery is located in Cambridge, New York.
©1991 The Monks of New Skete; (P)1998 ©2006 HighBridge Company
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By Kate D on 08-27-10

Good Overview of Puppy Training

I read the Monks other book about dog training. It was pretty much duplicate information except this one focuses on getting a puppy but is very general. I think this book is good for people who are considering getting a dog. It would be very good reading for them because there are way too many people who are either to cheap or too lazy to properly train their dogs, even in the basic ways. If you are one of those people who things your pup or dog doesn't need training you should read this book. And if you are one of those people who pull your dog around and have no control over him....you are the one who has the problem and need to read this book.

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By Jean on 11-07-05

Hummm... Nothing wrong with this picture!!

As a dog trainer I see the benifit for any future dog owner in this audio book. Most of the question I get from my hanlders (owners) is after the fact... Why is my dog so active, why is my dog still urinating in the house... Bla bla bla...
This is the most useful book I've read on puppys! I think I will introduce a pre-puppy course for my classes. I really do not beleive to have owners put their dog down because their dog are to active or destroy the house. Future dog handlers (owners) should look at their needs before getting into trouble, and this book covers it all. I really do not any monks but these guys are great... Excellent and very good reading (listening). I can not say enough!!!

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By Zoe on 08-30-16

Helpful, practical, compassionate, effective

I found this book very helpful. The strategies were clearly explained with reasons for them, consequences of not following them and detailed descriptions of how to carry out strategies for a wide variety of situations that commonly come up with puppies. I have had three dogs from 1 year up but never from new born so I was very keen to hear insights in this area and I was not disappointed. Would highly recommend.

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By Nike on 10-06-16

Sensible advice

I picked up quite a few ideas from this discourse☺ So much rang true with my experience. Thank you Refreshing too the spiritual context. Thanks.

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