The Monks of New Skete, authors of the classic bestselling manuals, How to Be Your Dog’s Best Friend and The Art of Raising a Puppy, have supported their monastery in Cambridge, New York, for over 50 years, through their work in breeding, raising and training dogs.
Their newest book (along with Marc Goldberg), Let Dogs Be Dogs: Understanding Canine Nature and Mastering the Art of Living with Your Dogs, teaches a foundational approach to understanding dogs’ needs and our role as providers for their needs.
Misunderstanding your dog’s needs can lead to unwelcome and even aggressive behavior. The key to forming a harmonious relationship with pets does not come from doting on them. A bond can be formed when the trainer recognizes that dogs need a leader. Dogs also need to work, rest and play.
The book teaches a new way of training your dog with real-life examples drawn from the authors’ experiences with their own dogs and those they have helped to train. The stories illustrate where other training methods fall short and how practicing a new paradigm can cultivate a fulfilling, lifelong relationship with your pet.