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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)2006 HighBridge Company; 1998 ©

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  • Jean
  • 2005-11-07

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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  • Robert
  • 2012-05-11

Dog Person

I have had dogs my whole life. My family bred, raised, and showed dogs for competition and I thought I knew just about everything about raising a dog. Having read this book I realized how much I still needed to learn. My wife and I rescued an emotional troubled dog, but I read this book (twice) and use the techniques to train our dog. She is now universally loved by everyone who meets her and will sit, lie down, bark, and high-five on command. She is great with children and we couldn't imagine life without her. If you are getting a dog, READ THIS BOOK, before you buy your dog, and then again when you train your dog, and you will develop a happy and healthy relationship with your dog too.

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  • Jan
  • 2012-03-21

Wonderful Ideas

The Monks breed German Shepherds preparing them for a variety of roles. The audio is abridged and doesn't have the darling shepherd puppy pictures. However, it is a great listen with many practical ideas and practices the New Skete Monks use with their dogs. I was a little over-excited about my new puppy coming. Purchased four books and three audio books. Glad to have this in my library and will listen again.

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  • Kate D
  • 2010-08-27

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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  • lucky me
  • 2017-09-30

I disagree with the Monks methods

For me, the overall approach was too rigid and too domineering for the
breed of dogs I have. If I were training 'working dogs' such as guard dogs
or farm/herding dogs these methods would have been understandable.
But inapropriate for lap & companion dogs who need a more gentle and loving touch rather than restrictive crating, strict discipline (tough love) and encouraging pack behavior & rank.

Consider the relationship you want with your pup and proceed with a training method that's right for the both of you.








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  • Ted
  • 2012-10-01

Solid advice from a trusted source.

Would you listen to The Art of Raising a Puppy again? Why?

This is a good reference work, which is probably better in hard copy. I picked up the audio version for convenience, but would advise getting a printed copy.

What other book might you compare The Art of Raising a Puppy to and why?

How to be your dogs best friend.

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  • Munson
  • 2015-04-03

Perfect listen to prepare for a new puppy

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

We are expecting a new puppy is a couple of weeks and while we have always had dogs; it has been 12 years since we had a puppy. Great thoughts on the right way and the wrong way to train the new family member. Patience and repetition with lots of praise...

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

Patience and praise will make a good companion.

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  • T. Pulice
  • 2015-03-13

Great info for beginners!

Easy to listen to and very informative. Would highly recommend to new dog owners. We are now ready to bring our new puppy home.

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  • TS
  • 2015-03-01

Everyone with s dog should read this

I've been training adult dogs for years now for rescue but I'm getting my first puppy in over 20 years and I want to do it right. Heard about this book from a friend so I got it. Lots of great stuff and things I wouldn't have thought about when training a puppy.

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  • Rachel L.
  • 2015-02-13

Awesome perspective, awareness & insightful help!!

Would you listen to The Art of Raising a Puppy again? Why?

Allows the full spectrum of the journey in balancing the joys, delights, diciplines &
behaviours in creating a life long companionship
between puppy & owner. Very compassionately presented & tactful support with suggestions of what to do to enhance the behaviours of your pup or full grown dog.
Inclusive of all life styles and environments.
Very Masterful information which brought immediate harmony in raising our pup!!
A must know of empowering information & techniques!

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Puppy's

What about Michael Wager’s performance did you like?

Awareness & guidance

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

Any additional comments?

Step by step to mindful & loving behaviors
for the balance and well being for the pup, owner, family & children!

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