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America's foremost authorities on dog care and training distill decades of experience in a comprehensive foundational guide for dog owners.

No matter what training method or techniques you use with your dog, the training is unlikely to be optimally successful unless it is predicated on an understanding of the dog's true nature. Dogs need food, water, exercise and play, rest, veterinary care - the basics. But since dogs naturally want to be led, they also need focused and compassionate guidance.

Through abundant stories and case studies, the authors reveal how canine nature manifests itself in various behaviors, some potentially disruptive to domestic accord, and show how in addressing these behaviors you can strengthen the bond with your dog as well as keep the peace.

The promise of this book is that, especially in an ever-accelerating world filled with digital distractions, you can learn from your dog's example how to live in the moment, thereby enriching your life immeasurably.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 The Monks of New Skete (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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Best insight about dogs for me.

I adore the Monks and have read all their books. This one was as enlightening as all of them.

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very good book as a professional trainer myself I see very few books I would recommend this is one of them

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  • 11-12-17

ideas work

We've begun to implement some of the ideas in this book and have seen positive reactions in our dogs. The bottom line is that these gentle methods work.

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Raise dogs like your children

I like that the title is "let Dogs be Dogs", but the recommendations mirror those for raising healthy, obedient, independent, and happy children.

I would just emphasize that 0-6 months of age for a dog is similar to being a human toddler. You should only use luring and never discipline your dog/child. 6-12 months are the elementary grades, when dogs/kids listen to you and want to please you, so focus on positive reinforcement. After the first year, they start their teenage years, which dogs never leave. They may test your leadership, but if you have a good loving mutually respectful relationship, you will establish a life-long bond. Just remember to never get angry about anything because your dog/child is just doing what dogs/children tend to do, and always discipline calmly and with your dog's/child's best interests at heart.

Also, just like every child is different, so is every dog. Some dogs/kids are easily crushed when a parent raises their voice while others don't flinch. Remember that you need to tailor the relationship to your dog's/child's personality.

Great book!

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this was an amazing book I cannot begin to express how it made me feel but it made me think about and what it taught me highly recommend any passionate dog lover. or to anyone just hoping to understand their furry friend a bit better.

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very helpful

Very helpful for people wanting to know more about spending a life with your dog. I liked how the the author narrated his own book. it makes it more personable.

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Tons of great advice and instruction

This was the third book I read by the Monks of New Skete and Marc Goldberg, and it may be my favorite. We are raising our 5th dog, but this time as empty nesters and with only one dog at a time. We have always had what we believed to be good dogs, but this time wanted to put more effort and deliberate training into this one. This book explained so clearly, and thoughtfully all about the relationship between me and my dog that the training isn’t just instructions handed down by a drill instructor to be executed with perfection by a student, but rather the fluent dance of coexisting with respect and boundaries. I don’t want this to sound like doing yoga with your dog. Please read the book or better yet listen to it and write a better review than me!! I feel much more at ease about being a pack leader doesn’t mean drill instructor 😊

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Wonderful insights into our furry friends

It's a long narrative peppered with excellent insights and instructions for establishing a rewarding relationship with our dogs, even the most challenging ones.

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Excellent book

I really enjoyed this book. I always learn a lot from books by these trainers.

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  • 05-22-21

Great book

I was leery at first due to the religious connotation but was extremely pleased with not only the practical but spiritual aspect of this book. I would definitely recommend for new owners and seasoned dog owners. I grew up in kennels, AKC and with 4H. My background with dogs is in my opinion strong but this book gave me additional tools and insights to be a better pack leader.

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  • 05-09-21

OK I guess but not was I was hoping for.

I struggled to finish this book, I found it kept going off subject and didn't focus enough on specific dog issues and rectification.

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  • 12-01-19

Calming and Insightfull

Fantastic read, throughly enjoyed pottering around the house and listening with my dog at my side.