How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend

How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend Summary

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 lifeIn 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.

Book Reviews


Amazing. Covers all you need to know.5 star

I bought this book to read through before I adopted my first dog (1.5 years old, 13 lbs, mix of 5 breeds) from the shelter. I was already taking care of a Maltipoo (about same age) so I had an idea of how to take care of a dog, but wanted to take it a step further and expand my knowledge. It’s been 2 months since owning my dog and I just finished this book today. While there are many things that are (or should be ahhaha) common sense for the self disciplined dog owner, this book covers way more. As a result, my relationship with my dog is great. Everyone in the dog park comments on how well mannered and healthy he is. There is still much to do in terms of rearing up my young dog, but this book has opened my eyes on the humbling experience of being a proper dog owner. Highly recommended for ANY dog owner.55


The best dog training book5 star

This book is something that was given to me as a gift, and I feel so fortunate to have ever read such an amazing training manual. The insight into what makes a dog a dog is quite amazing. I think that My dogs have turned out to be very well behaved dogs in no small part because of the excellent methods prescribed by this book. My dedication and consistency was the other factor of course. I can't tell you how much I love this book!55


Awesome book5 star

This book is great, it touches on all parts of dog ownership. You can use it for any level of care. I wish everyone who has a dog would take the time to read this book. Remember, there is nothing worse then a untrained dog, but nothing as rewarding as a trained one.55


Great book!5 star

This is a great book for understanding a dogs needs and behaviors and how to train your dog in the basics.55

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How to train a dog3 star

It was good35


How to best a dogs best friend5 star

Its a good very good book u should read it if u like dogs or if u like to read55


Every animal owner needs your books5 star

I recently bought a German Shepherd male 6 week old puppy from Phil Skoog - Von Waldenberg German Shepherds and upon my purchase of this ever so beautiful animal I asked what books were good to help me learn to care and raise a GSD. I was told that both your books were by far the best and I must tell you, that was the best piece of information I could have ever gotten. I have raised Lhasa Apsa's and shown champions for many years but never had a large breed dog before so I felt I needed more information to raise my beautiful boy properly. Your books give me so much information that I think every animal owner, especially large breed dog owners should buy them and read them. No matter what you think you know or how much you know, both books by The Monks of New Skete will teach you the many things that the other books won't. As a dog owner for over 30 years even I have learned things that I never even heard of or would have thought of. Thank you so very much for writing both of your outstanding books. They are both worth their price in gold and I am so thankful that you shared all the information in them. I am following everything to a "T" so that my boy lives a very happy and healthy life and one well trained. The best purchase I've made on the app store *****+55

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