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How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend

A Training Manual for Dog Owners
Narrated by: Michael Wager
Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
4 out of 5 stars (198 ratings)

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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.

©1978 The Monks of New Skete. Used by permission of Little, Brown & Company (P)1999 HighBridge Company

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"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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Buy it, but in book format

The material is good, narration is well done, but I should have gotten this as a book (printed copy). I am in the process of buying a puppy, and I wanted to be prepared in every aspect, so I found this book very helpful in giving me advice on how to avoid typical owner's mistakes. But since I got the audiobook format I will not be able to flip the book open in case I have a specific question during dog training.
It is still fine to listen to this in the car with my son, to do the mental preparations before the puppy arrives.

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Outdated, outmoded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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  • J. H
  • Washington, DC Area
  • 09-03-18

Catholic School For Dogs

Corporal punishment (violating the commandment against, as the monks write, "stealing" gets a dog smacked). A bizarre obsession with hierarchy. Lots of platitudes. An astounding obliviousness to canine behavioral science. Even the revised edition is outdated and bound by debunked dogma (sorry, no pun intended). The narrator's voice is extremely soothing, however.

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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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  • Danica
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Some useful insights

Would you be willing to try another book from The Monks of New Skete? Why or why not?

The monks had some useful insights but a few suggestions and methods of dog training that I found less than efficient or wise--like running your pup next to a car. Do you want to get your dog run over?

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Excelent

Simple, articulate, pratical, makes so much sense, and I was able to start applying the principals imediatly and it worked for our family and our pack. Thank you

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great book

good book with some instruction on raising a dog and basic obedience. they promote a very rounded way of treating and interacting with dogs. I'm starting "the art of raising a puppy" by the monks of new skete right now. and have already ordered hard copies all around solid listen.

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great narration and invaluable information

a must-read / listen for all dog owners I have the book and listening to it is way more effective

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essential for all dog owners.

no matter how many dogs have blessed (or cursed) your life, this book offers something for all dog owners.

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How to be your dog's best friend.

Invaluable information for new dog owners and veterans alike. Pleasant narration. Practical lessons for training your dog and properly integrating him/her into your family, presented in clear achievable segments. Very satisfied.

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