Every soon-to-be-dog-owner should read The Art Of Raising A Puppy, by The Monks of New Skete. The first edition was published nearly 30 years ago but it became so popular it has been updated and reissued ever since. Even if you have owned a dog, or own one now and are considering getting another, this book is a terrifically useful and enlightening guide. Read it before you bring home the next furry member of your family.
This perennial bestseller should be mandatory reading for all soon-to-be dog owners. In The Art of Raising a Puppy the Monks draw on their experience as long-time breeders of German shepherds, and as trainers of dogs of all breeds, providing essential information and down-to-earth advice that every dog owner needs.
I had owned two dogs before encountering this book. At the time, I was scheduled to get a German shepherd puppy (a breed I had never owned), and thought it might be helpful. Was it ever! But it’s for any dog and owner, not just shepherds It’s also just a delightful read, taking you into the lovely life the Monks lead.
As an Amazon summary notes, the “new edition of The Art of Raising a Puppy features new photographs throughout, along with updated chapters on play, crating, adopting dogs from shelters and rescue organizations, raising dogs in an urban environment, and the latest developments in canine health and canine behavioral theory.”
About the authors: The Monks of New Skete have lived as a community in upstate New York for more than thirty years. Their books about raising and living with dogs have sold almost three-quarters of a million copies.