Here is everything you need to know about the crucial first months of your puppy's life. From the decision to adopt a pup through the practicalities of every phase of caring for your puppy, the Monks of New Skete offer clear, sympathetic, and intelligent guidelines. This complete guide is a source of wisdom and inspiration for anyone genuinely committed to building a loving and lasting relationship with their dog. You'll learn: how to choose a puppy how to handle your puppy's first night at home successful house-training the value of a consistent schedule general care of your puppy leash training and preliminary obedience work visual and vocal communication with your pup basic obedience training ways to cope with common puppy problems More important, you'll discover a unique approach to puppy training based on a deep respect and understanding of canine behavior. The Monks of New Skete have been breeding, raising, and training German shepherds for more than 25 years, and their extraordinary grasp of every facet of puppy behavior has gained them worldwide attention. New Skete Monastery is located in Cambridge, New York.