As A Dog Thinketh

Daily Words of Wisdom for Dog People

By (author): Monique Anstee
ISBN 9781771512374
Softcover | Publication Date: December 12, 2017
Book Dimensions: 5.25 in x 8 in
368 Pages

About the Book

Daily reflections, guidance, and sound advice from a top trainer and competitor.

Confused by your canine? Monique Anstee believes we have made dog training much too hard, when it really is very simple. Anstee teaches you to think differently, which will help you get out of your mind and into the moment.

Monique Anstee trains dogs kindly, but effectively, and her clients love her for her honesty. Now, she has compiled a book of daily wisdom in which she shares her most deeply held values and philosophies, and her most sought-after lessons gleaned from more than 25 years in the business. With her signature no-nonsense approach and wry sense of humour, Anstee shares reflections that will inspire a-ha moments, nurture your confidence, and invite you to be more authentic with yourself and with your dog.

When should you reward, and when should you tell him to try harder? How can you create ten moments a day where you can praise your dog sincerely? How can you use your own thoughts, beliefs, and body language to improve communication with your dog? How are we creating reactivity in our dogs?

Anstee offers a new and inspiring way to think about your relationship with your dog, tempered with the clear-eyed perspective of one who has seen dogs and their owners find solutions to all kinds of problems. She empowers her readers to affirm their instincts with their dog, and to believe in the power to change together, each and every day.

About the Author(s)

Monique Anstee is the founder and head trainer at the Naughty Dogge. She has earned national rankings in obedience competition, and was the first Canadian to represent Canada in International Obedience at Crufts, the world's largest dog show. Monique is a frequent guest on Victoria's C-Fax Radio, and also has been a guest on the A Channel and Shaw TV. Find out more at


“Dogs thinketh not like people, but rather like dogs. Monique Anstee gives dog owners better insight into what makes their best friends tick. From better understanding springs better relationships. And really, that’s what all dogs and their owners deserve.” —Marc Goldberg, co-author of Let Dogs be Dogs with the Monks of New Skete

“Monique offers the culmination of years of wisdom not only from her own experience, but from that of her mentors as well. Going beyond the simple ‘how to’ of dog training, <I>As a Dog Thinketh</i> is a manifesto for living and working harmoniously with dogs.” —Tyler Muto, world-renowned dog behaviour specialist and president of the International Association of Canine Professionals

“If you or a friend are confused by their canine, need to be empowered to be the pack leader, or just want to understand dog behaviour better, this would be a tactful gift.” —Read Local BC

“Anstee’s book explains the gap between getting the obedience exercises and having a well-balanced dog that is both a good dog and a pleasure to live with—all the time . . . Whether you are a trainer with paying clients or a competition/performance handler who does agility, herding, obedience, etc., or simply a dog-loving owner who wants to improve the relationship with your dog—this book is a must have. It belongs on every shelf of every dog owner and trainer. Trust me, it’s the best investment you can make in your dog and yourself.” —Australian Shepherd Journal

“An easy to read support manual that didn’t preach but rather gently pushed me towards paying closer attention to [my dog] . . . and checking in with myself and how I was behaving.” —Dana Gee, Vancouver Sun

“Excellent book . . . Chock-full of clever daily philosophies, Anstee’s no-nonsense approach and great sense of humour are what’s been missing from many training guides. Her advice is honest and refreshing, and after working 25 years in the dog training business, her wisdom is completely sound, offering a wonderful perspective on how to nurture and develop your relationship with your best furry friend. A must read for dog people!” —Modern Dog

“Beautiful book that simplifies how and what dogs are really thinking.” —Sochi Dogs rescue and rehoming organization