The Art of Raising a Puppy
he Monks of New Skete have been involved in every facet of dog care for over 25 years: breeding and raising German Shepherds, training dogs of all breeds, and counseling dog owners on the many aspects of life with their dogs. What sets their program apart is the monks' compassion, respect, affection, and understanding of canine behavior and how they incorporate that into t...more
I was first introduced to the Monks of New Skete 20 or so years ago. I had a dog at the time, but not a puppy, so I'm not sure why I read this book then (other than the fact I devoured any and all dog books as a child). And now I remember why they had such a profound impact on my relationships with dogs.
Unlike the conditioning training so popular today (positive methods rely on positive and negative conditioning) the Monks of New Sket ...more
I am wary of some of their dominance-based suggestions for training however. Some of the specific suggestions they recommend including giving breeds such as German Shepherds or Dobermans a "cuff" to the chin if they growl at guests could be dangerous. As a veterinarian we kn ...more
For example, dog mothers do not correct their puppies by saying, "Now Spot, that was not a nice thing to do. I don't like it when you do that so you'll have to stop that, you hear?" This is something I've seen done way too often between human owners and their dogs.
Usually the offending pup (i ...more
Enjoyed understanding how The Monks of New Skete raise puppies. The respect they have for nature and setting the best foundation for puppies is just remarkable. They take raising/breeding a puppy very serious and make the reader stop and think about, why they want a puppy/dog? Do you want companionship? Do you want only protection? Please just get an alarm system. Because a dog is so much more than that.The key is trust through play, discipline and time. There really is nothing as fulfilling as ...more
I'm a little excited.
The monks of New Skete are, like, dog GODS, and they raise German Shepherd puppies at their monastery. My dog is a toy poodle, which is very much like a German Sheperd but more wolf-like. (Never thought I'd be a purse dog person. But I live in 700 square feet! What am I gonna get, a malamute?)
So when I bring little Archy home from the breeder at ...more
However, I did find some of their advice quite helpful, including the idea of using confinement and crate training for puppies, and their house-training schedule using the crate, being taken out, eating an ...more
Unfortunately, while the book offers a lot of great advice througho ...more
The Monks breed and raise German Shepherds (for companion dogs) and have spent a lot of time observing dogs and raising puppi ...more
Yes, some of this book is a bit over-the-top. For exam ...more
So after reading this book I understood why we were such unsuccessful dog owners! I learned a lot about dogs but as I read more books, went to dog training classes and learned clicker training, I r ...more
It also had some interesting points about key time periods (measured in weeks after birth) in which traumatic events or lack of training can have a larger effect. Definitely makes you think twice about who you purchase a puppy from, since ...more