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Old 12-04-2013, 05:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Anyone read: The Monks of New Skete?

Mainly this book? If so, what is your honest opinion of it? My "neighbor" 2 blocks down gave it to me when she saw me walking my GSD puppy. She was walking a large male named Cash and claimed that this was the puppy bible. What do you think?

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Old 12-04-2013, 06:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't know if I'd call it the puppy bible, but it is a nice book for a beginner/or library collection..I liked it, take what works for you from it
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I liked the book. Is it the only training method I use? ...no.
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I took what I liked from it and ignored the rest
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Old 12-04-2013, 06:23 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I have a couple of their books. The one you posted is the best in my opinion. I enjoyed the books. I like the philosophy/theology(??). I agree with the rest. I pulled from it what I thought was prudent and ignored the rest. Still a good read.
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Old 12-04-2013, 08:18 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I have heard a lot about this book but never got a chance to read it. If you were to describe the philosophy, how would you summarize it?
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I read it about 10 yrs ago(maybe not that version posted) It was interesting, but not what I'd choose to use as protocol for puppy raising. If I were to invest in a book for puppyhood and on, it would be Sheila Booths Purely Positive Training
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Old 12-04-2013, 08:58 PM   #8 (permalink)
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To me, the first New Skete books marked a change in the way that I thought about dog training. I love the emphasis on incorporating the dog into the rhythm of the house. They really emphasize positive direction and building the relationship.

I've been to New Skete and the monks are incredibly nice. I got to tour the kennels and meet all of the adult dogs. It is a truly special place.

One issue that always arises in these discussions is the "Alpha Roll" technique which was included in one of their early books. Subsequent editions do not include or endorse it.
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I have read parts of an old edition (1978). I always found the passage cited below to be somewhat amusing given who the authors are… actually, I think a psychologist would have would have had a field day with it.

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“As previously mentioned, there is usually a preference in selecting a male or female. There are some very prominent characteristics in the male of the species. However, we must bear in mind there is always the exception to the rule. But, on the whole, males tend to be more high-spirited, more in command of the situation, and in spite of their size – from the smallest poodle to the majestic shepherd – they have a manner of being aware of who they are and where they are, and not just what belongs to them – even without staking out their territory.”

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To me, the first New Skete books marked a change in the way that I thought about dog training. I love the emphasis on incorporating the dog into the rhythm of the house. They really emphasize positive direction and building the relationship.

I've been to New Skete and the monks are incredibly nice. I got to tour the kennels and meet all of the adult dogs. It is a truly special place.

One issue that always arises in these discussions is the "Alpha Roll" technique which was included in one of their early books. Subsequent editions do not include or endorse it.
I was gonna say, I must have old versions of the book or something because they advocate alpha roll, scruff shake, scruff 'slamming', etc. Glad they revamped some methods!
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