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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (976 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: The Monks of New Skete, Michael Wager Narrator: Michael Wager, The Monks of New Skete Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2002 ISBN: 9781598872415
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The 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 their training.

In The Art of Raising a Puppy—over 250,000 books sold since 1991—the brothers tell you everything you need to know about the crucial first months with your new best friend, from the decision to adopt a pup through the process of finding a dog breeder, preparing for your pup's arrival, succeeding at house-training and preliminary obedience exercises, and building the foundations of training. This is an essential source of wisdom, information, and inspiration for anyone who has a puppy or is considering bringing one home.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mckinley | 2/18/2014

    " read this because of a dog ... and his owner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dorothy | 2/15/2014

    " A great book for understanding your dog, working with her, and feeling good about your own training efforts! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 2/9/2014

    " The Monks have spent decades studying dog behavior, training and development and I learned interesting facts about pack behavior and why dogs do what they do. I also learned the importance of carefully selecting a breed, litter and puppy to meet your family's lifestyle and personalities, and how much work is involved to properly socialize a dog into your family and neighborhood. I am not sure that I am ready for this responsibility, having spent my last two decades on raising humans! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 2/8/2014

    " This book is great with detail on how to work with your puppy. It doesn't provide age and expected progress timelines which makes it difficult to understand if you are making appropriate progress. But, I am pretty impatient so keep that in mind. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Renee | 2/4/2014

    " Good book except some of the discipline techniques seem excessively harsh. Stick your finger down the dog's throat to hinder biting? I don't think so. I took that kind of advice with a grain of salt but the rest of the book is good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenn | 2/2/2014

    " A great obedience training book for new puppy owners. And on top of that, a great read for all dog enthusiasts. Thanks, Ang. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 1/26/2014

    " The monks seem like gentle men and are clearly successful at raising extremely well behaved German Shepherds...but they start their training at 8 weeks (I got Rio at 12) and don't use treats to train. Ever! Still, I gleaned some useful info, such as never punish your dog when you tell him to "come," and to pratice "down" on a comfortable surface, like grass or carpet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 1/26/2014

    " I especially liked this book and the second one is even better! I'd like to think Buddy is so awesome due to some of the advice I got from this book! (well, besides he's My puppy) :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 1/19/2014

    " I love this book! It was the most helpful tool in training my dog. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristi Miller | 12/16/2013

    " A must read before you get a puppy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/11/2013

    " Clear, concise and simple. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sharon | 12/4/2013

    " Read this before I knew better, meaning before I knew about positive reinforcement. For its time this was an okay book but even the monks realized it needed to updated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 11/14/2013

    " This book is very helpful in understanding how to best modify your dog's behaviour. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah C | 10/27/2013

    " Read this book while raising our pup. Had very good, practical tips. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 10/26/2013

    " Our veterinarian recommended this book when we got Max, in 1995. It includes good information about canine behavior, but is more heavy-handed than I would like. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy | 10/21/2013

    " I loved the Puppy Personality Test (which can also be used when choosing adult dogs). These monks know their dogs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andi | 7/5/2013

    " I learned a LOT from this book! It is extremely helpful and I dog-eared a LOT of pages to refer back to when we finally have our puppy! A must read for all kinds of people who are looking to raise their puppy and do it well! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrick Bateman | 3/30/2013

    " Good book. I wish everything was in order though. At chapter 11 its telling you to go to chapter 15 then back to 13 or something... confusing "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 12/27/2012

    " Very good book about raising a puppy. I like their methods and the "test" in the back of the book was very useful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 7/8/2012

    " I started reading this book a week prior to aquiring my yellow lab pup. The advice worked like a charm! Our family dog is now the best dog around! I highly recommend this book!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nora | 6/23/2012

    " These monks know what they're talking about, and this book has been infinitely helpful in raising our adorable lab puppy. Thank you, Monks of New Skete! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crystal Hanson | 6/14/2012

    " Okay, I totally bow down to these guys. I have read Everything, on dog training and this works. I used this book, oh four or five years ago, with a German Shepherd. There was never time when I felt I didn't have control over him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 JanieceK | 6/6/2012

    " A good "How-to" from choosing the right puppy to training him to be a good dog. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 5/3/2012

    " This book would be fun to read even if you had never had a dog. I wish I could join their monastery and give the gift of well-bred dogs to the world. I'm sure god thanks them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Neal | 3/15/2012

    " Was OK, but a bit impractible if you have a job and like your dog. As an aside, seems it makes a good chew toy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 5/16/2011

    " Good advice; found it to be a lot more effective/comprehensive than other books on the topic "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 4/10/2011

    " I especially liked this book and the second one is even better! I'd like to think Buddy is so awesome due to some of the advice I got from this book! (well, besides he's My puppy) :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mckinley | 3/16/2011

    " read this because of a dog ... and his owner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 10/7/2010

    " Would have been more helpful to read BEFORE I got my dog. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 9/17/2010

    " This book would be fun to read even if you had never had a dog. I wish I could join their monastery and give the gift of well-bred dogs to the world. I'm sure god thanks them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanette | 7/4/2010

    " This book has been a great help with our German Shepherd puppy, Charlie. Highly recommended for puppy owners. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andi | 6/5/2010

    " I learned a LOT from this book! It is extremely helpful and I dog-eared a LOT of pages to refer back to when we finally have our puppy! A must read for all kinds of people who are looking to raise their puppy and do it well! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 5/24/2010

    " I started reading this book a week prior to aquiring my yellow lab pup. The advice worked like a charm! Our family dog is now the best dog around! I highly recommend this book!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 5/20/2010

    " This book is great with detail on how to work with your puppy. It doesn't provide age and expected progress timelines which makes it difficult to understand if you are making appropriate progress. But, I am pretty impatient so keep that in mind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen | 5/4/2010

    " A nice reference book for new puppy owners. I've found myself flipping through it often for advice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 5/2/2010

    " It was a very informative read. Having a new puppy is a big deal and any help you can get is pretty good. Now I just need time to practice some of the things she and I need to work on. "

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