“The dog universe has changed enormously in the last twenty years and Brother Christopher and I believe that we had an important message for todays dog owner, a philosophy that could help both dog lovers and dogs be happier.” “ May we be worthy of their love"
Marc Goldberg and Brother Christopher
So starts and ends the book “Let Dogs Be Dogs - Understanding Canine Nature and Mastering the Art of Living With Your Dog”
Marc has had dogs since he was a child where he trained and showed them very successfully in the obedi ence ring. Based in Chicago, he has continued his very successful career, being one of the top trainers in the country today, working on a one to one basis with dogs and their owners. Past President of the International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP) Marc has given back much to the profession helping students and mentoring trainers which he does until this day.
The Monks of New Skete had been breeding and working with German Shepherd Dogs for many years before Brother Christopher met Marc at an IACP Conference. The Monks had already produced many successful books, best known of which was “How to be your Dogs Best Friend”.
They found their philsophies to be so similar that they have collaborated on annual training sessions held at the monastery in Cambridge, NY and which has led to the publication of 'Let Dogs be Dogs' since they felt a new type of dog book that would lay a foundation for understanding dogs as they are, would help owners regardless of what type of training they practiced.
Wendy Volhard is internationally recognized as one of the leading authorities on health and nutrition for dogs.
Volhard is the senior author of The Holistic Guide for a Healthy Dog (Howell Book House, 1996 & 2nd edition 2000). In 1973, she formulated the Natural Diet for a Healthy Dog, a nutritionally complete diet to maintain peak health, long life, beauty and performance.
Volhard developed the most widely used method for evaluating puppies for the right home and the right purpose, and her film Puppy Aptitude Testing was named best film for 1981 by the DWAA; developed a Canine Personality Profile to help dog owners understand why their canine charges do what they do, and her article on Drives was named Best Article in a Specialty Magazine for 1991 by the DWAA; gives seminars on health and behavior, instructing and training and also lectures at annual conventions of the APDT, GroomExpo and the United Kingdom Registry of Behaviour Consultants.
Wendy's talents are best summed up by James Dearinger, former Director of Obedience for the American Kennel Club, in his Foreword to the Canine Good Citizen (Howell Book House, 1994, 2nd edition 1997):
"Wendy has few equals when it comes to understanding canine behavior. She has a remarkable ability to sense the needs of a particular dog and what is best for the animal. A talent, for sure, but one she has honed to a fine point by studious research into all phases of dogs - behavior, health, and nutrition."