BOOK REVIEW: DIVINE CANINE
The Monks of New Skete have supported themselves for more than 25 years by breeding and raising German Shepherds as well as other breeds. The Monks define training as building a relationship based on respect, love and understanding. Their mission is to make the world a better place by making all of our relationships with humans and animals more rewarding.
In order to train dogs, the owners must turn their dogs over for a period of four weeks of extensive training. The Monks state that in order to train a dog, the owner must understand that a dog is a dog. Many people look at their dog as little furry people with four legs. Dogs do have different personalities and different breeds have distinct characteristics but their motivation is traced to the attributes of their species.
The monks give us several case studies of dogs and the problems they have. For instance there is Tessie a mini bull terrier who needs to be taught who is in charge. Tessie is the dominant member of the relationship. She needs to be taught her proper place.
The book is broken down into categories of several dogs and their problems. It then explains what happens at the monastery. It details the dog's training and the progress the dog is making. Also included throughout the book are many tips such as what if your dog catches a ball but does not bring it back to you. There are also several question and answer sections in the book such as an inquiry regarding a choke collar. You are then given a detailed answer.
At the conclusion of the book there is a very detailed section on Master Class – teaching your dog basic commands. The basic commands include sit, heel, stay, down and come. In addition, as the book goes through each dog’s problem, it gives you a breakdown of the problem the dog is having with the basic commands - such as Tessie’s problem is learning to heal and stay. This is pointed out for each dog in the book.
Divine Canine is a must have book for anyone who loves dogs. You will love the beautiful pictures of the dogs in this book. The book is easy to understand and the examples are very detailed. If you want to teach your dog the basics, this is the book for you. The step-by-step photos and the tips on tackling problems will be a big help to any owner who is trying to teach their dog the basics. This book is highly recommended.
REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON
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