How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend: A Training Manual for Dog Owners

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For more than a quarter century, How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend has been the standard against which all other dog-training books have been measured. This expanded edition preserves the best features of the original classic while bringing the book fully up-to-date. The result: the ultimate training manual for a new generation of dog owners--and, of course, for their canine best friends.

The Monks of New Skete have achieved international renown as breeders of German shepherds and as outstanding trainers of dogs of all breeds. Their unique approach to canine training, developed and refined over four decades, is based on the philosophy that "understanding is the key to communication, compassion, and communion" with your dog.

How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend
covers virtually every aspect of living with and caring for your dog, including:
  • Selecting a dog (what breed? male? female? puppy or older dog?) to fit your lifestyle
  • Where to get--and where not to get--a dog
  • Reading a pedigree
  • Training your dog or puppy--when, where, and how
  • The proper use of praise and discipline
  • Feeding, grooming, and ensuring your dog's physical fitness
  • Recognizing and correcting canine behavioral problems
  • The particular challenges of raising a dog where you live - in the city, country, or suburb
  • The proper techniques for complete care of your pet at every stage of his or her life
In its scope, its clarity, and its authority, How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend remains unrivaled as a basic training guide for dog owners. Like no other book, this guide can help you understand and appreciate your dog's nature as well as his or her distinct personality--and in so doing, it can significantly enrich the life you share with your dog.
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Publisher
Little, Brown
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Published on
May 15, 2001
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Pages
202
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ISBN
9780759524385
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Language
English
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Genres
Pets / Dogs / General
Pets / Dogs / Training
Science / Life Sciences / Zoology / General
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Make training fun and effective

This friendly guide shows you how to select the right trainingmethod for your dog, based on his unique personality, to reach yourdesired goals. Whether you want to teach Buddy to sit or masterretrieving, you'll get expert training tips and techniques for youand your dog — to ensure a mutually respectful relationshipwith your four-legged friend.

Concentrate on canines — discover why your dog acts theway she does, understand her nutritional needs, and ready yourselffor the task of training your dog

Prep for your pup — prepare your home for your puppy'sarrival, discover the importance of socialization, and get startedon housetraining

Put your best paw forward — teach basic commands like Sit,Stay, and Down, and get the scoop on how to deal with doggie don'tslike chewing, digging, and excessive barking

Take training to the next level — get involved inorganized dog activities and competitions, where you'll both showoff impressive tricks like retrieving, figure 8s, and much more

Open the book and find:

Step-by-step instructions for teaching your dog basiccommands

Helpful advice on crate training

Safe ways to address aggression and separation anxiety

Tips for teaching Buddy to behave himself around people andother dogs

Techniques to keep your senior dog feeling young

Health issues that can interfere with training

Experts to turn to for training help

Learn to:

Use positive reinforcement as an effective teaching tool

Select the gear you need for training success

Teach the basics including Sit, Stay, and Down

Eliminate unwanted behavior

The Other End of the Leash shares a revolutionary, new perspective on our relationship with dogs, focusing on our behavior in comparison with that of dogs. An applied animal behaviorist and dog trainer with more than twenty years experience, Dr. Patricia McConnell looks at humans as just another interesting species, and muses about why we behave the way we do around our dogs, how dogs might interpret our behavior, and how to interact with our dogs in ways that bring out the best in our four-legged friends.

After all, although humans and dogs share a remarkable relationship that is unique in the animal world, we are still two entirely different species, each shaped by our individual evolutionary heritage. Quite simply, humans are primates and dogs are canids (like wolves, coyotes, and foxes). Since we each speak a different native tongue, a lot gets lost in the translation.

The Other End of the Leash demonstrates how even the slightest changes in your voice and the way you stand can help your dog understand what you want. Once you start to think about your own behavior from the perspective of your dog, you’ll understand why much of what appears to be doggy-disobedience is simply a case of miscommunication. Inside you will learn
• How to use your voice so that your dog is more likely to do what you ask.
• Why “getting dominance” over your dog is a bad idea.
• Why “rough and tumble primate play” can lead to trouble–and how to play with your dog in ways that are fun and keep him out of trouble.
• How dogs and humans share personality types–and why most dogs want to live with benevolent leaders rather than “alphawannabees!”

In her own insightful, compelling style, Patricia McConnell combines wonderful true stories about people and dogs with a new, accessible scientific perspective on how they should behave around each other. This is a book that strives to help you make the most of life with your dog, and to prevent problems that might arise in that most rewarding of relationships.


From the Hardcover edition.
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