How to Be Your Dog’s Best Friend, an informal, friendly guide by The Monks of New Skete, is truly two books in one: a step by step training manual and a philosophical discussion of the spiritual benefits of owning a dog. The Monks, who toughen their community in upstate New York by breeding and training German shepherds, reveal a profound devotion to all breeds in this detailed guide to every possible aspect of dog ownership. They cover it all: naming the puppy, training with eye contact and jingling keys, establishing the best sleeping arrangements, even dealing with pet loneliness. Owners are advised to think of themselves as the dog’s alpha figure, to train with praise instead of punishment, and to beware of becoming the dog’s maid or doorman. All through, the authors reflect on the deep spiritual connection conceivable between humans and dogs. Generations of dogs have been trained with the bestselling 1978 edition of this book. With this update, the Monks are bound to gain many new fans–happy humans and obedient canines alike. With modesty and generosity, the Monks offer an extensive list of other helpful books about dogs, as well as a useful appendix of American Kennel Club titles and terms. –Judy Fireman
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